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Bring Back the Arcade, the Art of Play. Custom pinball arcade Kickstarter.


By TiltWarning

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play

    OUR GOAL

    We're dedicated to building an entirely custom classic pinball arcade art installation starting with five mechanically restored vintage 1970s pinball machines featuring art packages reimagined by some of the most influential and respected counter pop culture artists working in the game today. We aim to recreate the aura of those public game rooms that ruled the underground of yesteryear, the analog era, retrofit with modern styles relevant to the minds of a new generation. We're here to bring back the arcade.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play

    Thanks for your consideration and support. Please spread the word.

    #2 6 years ago

    Interesting. Good luck!

    #3 6 years ago

    Good luck! Love the Evil Mansion pin. Very nice.

    #4 6 years ago

    Love the Hellacopters pin!!

    #6 6 years ago

    cool stuff, hope it is successful for you, recommend a small hardcover book of the originals, the restored and the custom for each machine to go into one book as I sure people will be interested in the creations of all the books.

    #7 6 years ago
    Quoted from TiltWarning:

    We're here to bring back the arcade.

    I think I'd rather keep donating to the pinball cause the same way I have for the last 40 years. By regularly playing on location. Good luck.

    #8 6 years ago

    very pretty and cool concept.. though I know there's a few people that are probably cringing that you're re-theming gottlieb wedgeheads.

    #9 6 years ago

    I don't see the point of giving money away to people who are creating custom pins and selling them for 75,000$..

    It looks like we are funding your income stream, not an art project. And you sure as hell aren't "bringing back the arcade" with anything in that price range.

    #10 6 years ago
    Quoted from toyotaboy:

    very pretty and cool concept.. though I know there's a few people that are probably cringing that you're re-theming gottlieb wedgeheads.

    All I could think about is somebody same those pins.

    #11 6 years ago

    Thanks to you all for checking out our work, and the Kickstarter campaign. Definitely appreciate you all for that.

    #12 6 years ago

    Regarding the machines we're going to be stripping down and retheming, here's what I wrote up in reply to someone who was adamantly against the concept of us taking perfectly good games out of collectors circulation. Hopefully this addresses any concerns that folks reading here might also have.

    ---
    I should have taken pics of the project El Dorado before I blanked it out for the video shoot.

    It had been kept in an outdoor shed, NE Ohio. No coin door, the cabinet was filled with leaves and dirt nshit. The original leg bolts were long gone, someone along the way had hammered anchors into the screwholes, and then attached the legs with masonry screws. The cabinet was split at all 4 vertical joints. And that's all without even commenting on its cosmetic appearance.

    There was no playfield glass, what rubbers were on the game were dry rotted, the right slingshot rubber had actually been replaced with Molex at some point. Playfield paint was weathered, chipped, and lifting, all of which I saw AFTER cleaning the playfield with some CP100.

    I found the game when a friend cleaning out his recently deceased uncle's house called me up to take a look at it, as he knew I was into pinball. Either I took it, or it was going into the dumpster.

    That El Dorado would have never been played again if it weren't for my having gotten the call from a buddy who happened to know I was into pinball. And if I hadn't been planning this project, I would have only taken the game for parts. With this project potentially happening, that El Dorado actually has a chance to live another life as a pinball machine, and not just become pinball parts carrion, fodder for vultures.

    Since recovering the game, I've cleaned the entire brainboard, playfield undercarriage, and backbox workings. Built it a new cabinet, and prepped the playfield for paint. Actually, now that I think about it, I did take a pic when I was cleaning the brainboard - http://tiltwarning.com/CleanedAndTightened.jpg - Filed and scrubbed every switch, tightened every stack, wire brushed every assembly, and sanded down and shellacked the plywood it all sits on.

    Every game we're using as a custom conversion in this project has a similar story. The Atlantis came from the same source as the El Dorado, and is in equivalent condition, so I'll be sure to document that for posterity.

    So, between the account I've just detailed, and our resumes listed on the Kickstarter site, I'd hope you take the time to adjust your perception of us as heathen pinball destroyers.
    ---

    #13 6 years ago

    Assuming you want this to take off; the result would be more games being "reimagined".
    Personally I would restore them to their original state, just sayin.

    #14 6 years ago
    Quoted from schwarz:

    Assuming you want this to take off; the result would be more games being "reimagined".
    Personally I would restore them to their original state, just sayin.

    Quoting from the Kickstarter page, "From each pair of games we have, we properly restore one, preserving that table in its original state, and the lesser of the two machines will become the art conversion, custom pinball project."

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play

    And so far we've built 3 games on our own, there's another project in progress, and with this Kickstarter campaign, we're hoping to jumpstart production of 5 more. More games you say? Working on it.

    #15 6 years ago

    They are gorgeous no doubt about it.
    But I would still love to see two originals out of the pair you choose instead of one.
    Good luck anywho, I'm sure it's lots of fun.

    #16 6 years ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    I don't see the point of giving money away to people who are creating custom pins and selling them for 75,000$..
    It looks like we are funding your income stream, not an art project. And you sure as hell aren't "bringing back the arcade" with anything in that price range.

    Agreed.

    #17 6 years ago

    I'd like to jump in here. I almost had a heart attack when I found out they were making these from the Volleys and Jungle Queens. I practically live for those Gottleibs, and I'm also reeeeeally old-school and particular about NOT modding...I like things to stay as close to original as possible. No LEDs, no add-on toys...I don't get into any of that stuff. I don't get all huffy when people do "bling", I just personally don't.

    So when TiltWarning first clued me into this, I was hopping mad...with all this work, why re-theme? Why can't you just build a generic cabinet? Why "ruin" a beautiful JQ when it can be restored? My god I was mad. Then, however, I got a tour and a solid explanation.

    I don't think these guys are snaking machines from the pinball pool; they're scouring in such a way that the hobby is ending up with MORE decent pinball games. The ones they part to original are just beautiful, and the ones they make out of the blown out reject parts are also obviously really snappy. If they were just buying en masse and stripping down machines to re theme I'd go nuts, but they're taking great care to actually increase the number of originals out there too.

    These guys are really dedicated, and talented, and what they're doing seems good for the hobby. If you don't care to open the wallet, then I'd say at least open the mind about it, and let loose your fears that good games are dying in the process. They take games that are essentially junk, not worth a couple hundred bucks, and produce both beautiful originals and rad new art pieces.

    #18 6 years ago
    Quoted from TiltWarning:

    It had been kept in an outdoor shed, NE Ohio. No coin door, the cabinet was filled with leaves and dirt nshit. The original leg bolts were long gone, someone along the way had hammered anchors into the screwholes, and then attached the legs with masonry screws. The cabinet was split at all 4 vertical joints. And that's all without even commenting on its cosmetic appearance

    Thanks for clearing that up. It'd be one thing to re-theme a reasonable condition pin.. taking a completely crap one that may have easily gotten thrown, completely different story.

    #19 6 years ago

    If I could choose between a custom reimagined El Dorado for 1K or a restored El Dorado for 1K I'd still go with the restored El Dorado.

    #20 6 years ago
    Quoted from schwarz:

    If I could choose between a custom reimagined El Dorado for 1K or a restored El Dorado for 1K I'd still go with the restored El Dorado.

    Gee, I wonder who remade the El Dorado PF so we could restore them?

    #21 6 years ago
    Quoted from tracelifter:

    Gee, I wonder who remade the El Dorado PF so we could restore them?

    Good one.

    #22 6 years ago

    Lotta traffic hitting the Kickstarter page from here, thanks again for checking us out.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play

    #23 6 years ago

    I think the pairing of today's artists with pinball is cool. Add booze, DJs and lounge tables that look like pop bumpers and you'll actually see people under 25 playing. A lot of people are doing a lot of stuff with pinball but not too many are making it COOL again.

    #24 6 years ago

    Been experimenting with making .gifs

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    #25 6 years ago

    We're on Facebook now as well, for anyone looking to link up and help us spread the word through social media - http://www.facebook.com/TiltWarning

    Thanks!

    #27 6 years ago

    I just backed it. Coop has always been one of the artists on my shortlist of people I'd want to talk to if I was going to start making boutique pins at a rate faster than one a decade. Let me know if you ever move on to solid state machines and want help coding.

    #28 6 years ago

    Thanks ecurtz, we appreciate your support.

    Not only is Coop an amazing artist - http://TheArtOfCoop.com

    But he's wicked intelligent too, like, remarkably so. Check out this interview he did with Marc Maron, kind of mind blowing. Definitely well worth listening to. - http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_318_-_coop

    Confirmed pinhead as well. He collects Bally's, big Dave Christensen fan. Owns the original Nitro Groundshaker backglass concept art.

    #29 6 years ago

    Updated the Kickstarter page with some iconic art by the participating artists.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play

    #30 6 years ago

    Don't know how many of you folks are familiar with Juxtapoz Magazine, but they're the art mag with the world's largest circulation numbers and online readership. They featured our project on their frontpage today - http://Juxtapoz.com

    Also, we updated the Kickstarter page with a short video clip of Frank Kozik talking about his pinball inspirations - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play/posts/414905

    If you're not familiar with Kozik, he's been credited by such sources as Rolling Stone Magazine and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art with single-handedly reviving the Rock Concert Poster, which was essentially a lost art until he brought it back in the early 80's. Mighty honored to have him on board.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play

    #31 6 years ago

    I think this is really neat looking project. I just signed up to back it. I hope you get funded!

    #32 6 years ago

    It's a neat project, and I can appreciate the art, but re-theming Jacks Open, even with the cool artists you have in your stable, is like painting a Blue Dog over a Picasso. The backglass on that game is awesome. Why take classic Gottliebs that are so well known for iconic artwork when there are a ton of Ballys, Sterns and other machines with much less memorable art? Why not re-theme some System80s or later-model games that used crappy photo-realistic art?

    I've been collecting for years and I still don't have any wedgeheads. They are precious IMO.

    #33 6 years ago
    Quoted from Flamethrower:

    I think this is really neat looking project. I just signed up to back it. I hope you get funded!

    Thanks for your support.

    #34 6 years ago
    Quoted from PinballHelp:

    It's a neat project, and I can appreciate the art, but re-theming Jacks Open, even with the cool artists you have in your stable, is like painting a Blue Dog over a Picasso. The backglass on that game is awesome. Why take classic Gottliebs that are so well known for iconic artwork when there are a ton of Ballys, Sterns and other machines with much less memorable art? Why not re-theme some System80s or later-model games that used crappy photo-realistic art?
    I've been collecting for years and I still don't have any wedgeheads. They are precious IMO.

    If you read up a bit further in the thread, I explained how I go about selecting the games to use for our art conversions. The assertion that I am pulling playable games out of the collectors' pool is simply unfounded. Get that.

    I choose to go with Gottliebs specifically because of the availability of parts, my familiarity with their function, and affinity for their gameplay.

    So far we've completed rethemes of: Gottlieb Dodge City, Williams Doozie, Gottlieb Abra Ca Dabra. All of which were collected as doubles, one functioning, one thrashed. The functioning games were restored and returned to the collectors' pool, and the rethemed games used to promote pinball on a level no one else has ever come close to approaching.

    If you'd like to buy any leftover backglass or used cabinet from the project, feel free to msg me through Pinside here and we can work out a deal. Be forewarned though, they are absolute crap. Hence having been cast aside for the sake of this project.

    Thanks for taking a look at our work.

    #35 6 years ago
    Quoted from TiltWarning:

    to promote pinball on a level no one else has ever come close to approaching

    Wanted to correct myself here, as my accomplishments have been matched, or even bettered, by a few pinball artists:

    One of our collaborators, Wade Krause, worked with an artist by the name of William Wiley on a custom art conversion of a Gottlieb North Star that made its way to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. AND Wade Krause worked with brothers Michael and Christian Schiess on the visible pinball machines, one of which is in San Francisco's Exploratorium science museum. While another visible pin calls the Pacific Pinball Museum home.

    Feel like this is pretty rare company to be keeping.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltwarning/bring-back-the-arcade-the-art-of-play

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    #36 6 years ago

    Just found out about this. Home stretch bump.

    #37 6 years ago

    Sadly, doesn't look like we're going to make our Kickstarter goal, but that's alright. A few new opportunities have presented themselves along the way, as we generated quite a bit of press and attention.

    Thanks to everyone who chipped in to back our project, helped spread the word, or otherwise encouraged our vision.

    Definitely stay tuned to http://TiltWarning.com

    More to come.

    Peace.

    -Dave

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