Dumbest things you've heard from others about pinball

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Dumbest things you've heard from others about pinball


By Kineticross

3 years ago



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    #301 3 years ago

    "Why do you keep changing them, aren't they all the same?" Because they aren't all the same and I only have room for 3 machines.

    "You should have sold it for a big profit." is the classic one from my grandma, who believes everyone should make money on everything ever. If I was in it for the money I would be in a different hobby! She also doesn't seem to understand that screwing people over in such a tight-knit hobby is generally a bad idea.

    #302 3 years ago
    Quoted from Edenecho:

    Haha you didnt bother to ask if they pressed start? did you play their credits? :p

    Quoted from vicjw66:

    I would feel guilty about playing some kids game when it would have been very easy to say "press the green flashing button". I have said those exact words countless times.

    While this was happening I was concentrating on my own game and mostly observing peripherally. I also assumed incorrectly that they did press the start button, because these machines aren't well looked-after and it's not outside the realm of possibility that something was broken. I did play one ball of one of their credits before handing the machine over to a little kid who was nearby.

    It's a machine and machines have start buttons and that's a fact of life. You wouldn't put clothes into a washing machine and just expect it to magically start a cycle. No one stares at a blank TV screen waiting for it to read their mind and know to turn on. So no - no guilt here.

    #303 3 years ago
    Quoted from markmon:

    What's wrong with that statement? Those EM's are mostly the same basic game with almost the same layout (a few drop targets, 3 pops in the center, nothing to do). Who can remember a title? "I played and EM" is all you need to know (and it sucked). Maybe the title was "boring old game".

    Watch the Pinburgh finals games of Hot Tip if you want to see how exciting good EM play can be

    #304 3 years ago
    Quoted from DarthXaos:

    Watch the Pinburgh finals games of Hot Tip if you want to see how exciting good EM play can be

    Watching the video of it actually kind of proves that markmon has a point there.

    2 months later
    #305 3 years ago

    1) "Wow Mom, these are just like the games I played on my computer, when did they start making them for real"?
    (I was respectful in my answer for "enlightenment" although I felt quite bad at the time because this was the late 90s after "Black Friday, and Stern was not yet making games again)

    2) "Your a little on the eccentric side, aren't you"?
    (They then played part of my collection, and then changed their mind, "here's your sign")

    3) "Sorry, I just don't understand how a person can have these things in a bedroom, this is just too much for me".
    (A woman I was dating, but not for long)
    (It was a spare bedroom, folks...just so you know...gotcha)

    4) "Do you play your machines"?
    (This was for insurance purposes)
    "Yes, of course, I do".
    "Well, we cannot insure them if you play and use them".
    "What"? "I need an explanation here".
    "What the hell is the difference between a pinball machine and a classic car, guitar, or motorcycle"?
    "I mean people drive and use these items too".
    "Well, we understand that, but we have no idea what they would be worth for replacement values, who exactly appraises them"?
    "I DO, welcome to my world, feel free to contact me anytime".
    (I took care of this problem with Lloyds of London, solved)

    5) "Does this thing run completely on batteries"?
    (Even though they were looking at the power cord)

    6) "How do you start this damn thing, this is TOO complex for me"!

    7) "What is happening, did I win, do I get to keep one of the balls as a prize"?
    (Balls were draining for reset at the end of the game, and the player was mashing the flipper buttons that were not responding)

    "What the #$@% was that, did I break something"?
    (Player jumps 3 feet in the air after the knocker cracks after a free game match)

    9) "You really need to get a girlfriend".
    (I explained I was already married, my wife was out of town at the time)

    Maybe more later...

    4 months later
    #306 2 years ago

    I know this is an old thread, but...

    I was reading the comments on the Hobbit unboxing video on IGN, and someone commented:

    "So it does the same thing as a $50 mini pinball machine at Walmart? I'll pass."

    Yep, this full size game with an LCD and actual shots and rules does the exact same thing as the five bumper, four flipper action Pin Ball games at Wal*Mart.

    I understand most people only know pinball as "that game where you use the flippers to keep the ball from draing and hit stuff", but come on now, I think there's an obvious difference here.

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