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At what age did you discover pinball and how? (Poll added)


By Pinballlew

9 months ago



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    “How old were you when you discovered and became interested in the Silver Ball?”

    • Zero to 10 years old 113 votes
      47%
    • 10 to 20 years old 81 votes
      33%
    • 20 to 30 years old 18 votes
      7%
    • 30 to 40 years old 22 votes
      9%
    • 40 to 50 years old 6 votes
      2%
    • 50 to 60 years old 1 vote
    • 60+ 2 votes
      1%

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    #70 9 months ago

    I was born in 1980 and when I was 5 years-old my parents took me with them to visit some of their friends. These friends happened to have two EM pinball machines in their basement. The adults chatted away upstairs and I never left the basement, opening the unlocked coin door after each game and popping the one quarter back through the slot to play again. My Dad came down to check on me and saw I had a surprisingly decent score. He said that I was not "flailing away like I thought you would be doing" but instead had figured out that trapping the ball allowed me to actually hit what was lit.

    My parents were in the process of finishing the basement in our house around this time. I remember the carpeting guys finishing up as I heard the garage door being opened and there was a delivery truck with two guys bringing a massive rectangular object on a dolly into our house, my Dad was with them smiling ear to ear. The object came into the basement and once unwrapped it was a Gottlieb Amazing Spider-man and I played it at least an hour a day until I was 12.oint I was only able to dedicate a half hour a day to it from 13 until I left for college. They still have the machine and I am sure to play it every time I visit.

    Pinball was not a focus of my life again until this past August when my wife and I got a sitter for our kids and had a dinner date. After dinner we were walking around and I saw a neon sign that said "PLAY PINBALL HERE" and "PIZZA BY THE SLICE" I pulled her inside and learned that she had never played pinball because "it looks so random...." an hour later and my love of pinball was back in full effect (even if my wife was only mildly enthusiastic). I started taking my kids to this spot every Friday after school and making trips alone when I could find the time. My kids and I entered some tournaments and I joined a league. Our first pin (Maiden Premium) was delivered to our house on December 22 and set up late-night Christmas Eve as a present for the kids (although I play it more than anyone). I am currently looking for the next pin to add to my basement....

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