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Em Guys and Girls - How Old Are We? **Poll**


By Chrisbee

5 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by Chrisbee
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“How Old Are YOU”

  • < 21 7 votes
    1%
  • 21 to 30 years 43 votes
    9%
  • 31 to 40 years 116 votes
    24%
  • 41 to 50 years 160 votes
    33%
  • 51 to 60 years young 125 votes
    26%
  • 61 to 70 years young 23 votes
    5%
  • >70 years 5 votes
    1%

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#201 3 years ago

I'm 57, I have an Aztec em and 2 ss pins. I started playing pinball by riding my bicycle to Zippee-dee pizza and feeding the machine nickels. Then somebody ratted me out to Mom. Pinball was the spawn of the Devil in Mom's mind. That was Mom's biggest come apart to date only to be topped by coming home with an Alice Cooper album, then the motorcycle. I still love the sound of the score motor and relays working.

#202 3 years ago

Has the average age of an em'er reversed course?

#203 3 years ago

Thinking about it...those pics of pinball parlors in the 30's and 40's show a lot of men dressed up, suits and hats on etc. so maybe the ave dropped going into the 50's, 60's and 70's...then of course started to rise after that.

#204 3 years ago

My first game was my 71 Stardust my dad bought when I was a kid ( in the 90s) I'll always love em games because of this. Still playing it today

#205 3 years ago

I'm voting on behalf of my son. He just recently discovered how much he likes EMs (and how much he can kick my butt at them), so he's been asking me to get some when we get our new house. He's only 14 right now, and he's usually into gaming, so it's cool to see him really enjoying the older machines over the newer ones.

#206 3 years ago

48 years young, the 70s was a great time for me at the arcades then when the solid state games came out when I was around 12 I thought the art, gameplay and sounds were awesome. The Bally's and Gottlieb's from 1977-82 were eye opening to me. Back in 77 everyone wanted a digital watch, it was a big deal back then. But EMs have a special place in my heart. Bally's Wizard is the first pinball I played at my grandmothers café.

#207 3 years ago

Ill be 45 on February 6. Im pretty much a 70's Gottlieb guy. My collection so far is: Atlantis, Hit the Deck, Abra Ca Dabra, Jacks Open, Sky Jump, Buccaneer, Jungle and a Bally's Dr. Dude. Can't wait to find me an El Dorado and/ Centigrade 37. I will say, that most of the people on here in the EM community are some of the nicest. helpful people ever. Its been great getting to know a few of you.

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#208 3 years ago

I'm 17. My oldest game is 30 years older than me (and a few months older than my father), which now typing that out seems REALLY weird because 30 years seems very little for what it's age is now, 48, because right now 30 years ago was 1986. That's still distant but being that close to 1968 is a little mind boggling to me. Must be getting old. My newest arcade machine (or machine in general) is 8 years older than me and that's quite new compared to the rest.

#209 3 years ago

57 next Thursday

#210 3 years ago

I'm 46 and a half. I have a five-year-old. The "half" is very important.

#211 3 years ago

42, and after reading this thread, I need a EM from the year I was born.
My 19 year old has laid claim to my Who Dunnit because it has a manufacturer sticker from his year of birth, it must be a trend.

#212 3 years ago
Quoted from Wyopinball:

42, and after reading this thread, I need a EM from the year I was born.

Bally "Bow and Arrow" EM version.
Great game.
So good, they made it in to one of the earliest SS machines.
Bally "Wizard!" is another fine choice, but most of the production was pushed to 75.

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#213 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

I'm 17. My oldest game is 30 years older than me (and a few months older than my father), which now typing that out seems REALLY weird because 30 years seems very little for what it's age is now, 48, because right now 30 years ago was 1986. That's still distant but being that close to 1968 is a little mind boggling to me. Must be getting old. My newest arcade machine (or machine in general) is 8 years older than me and that's quite new compared to the rest.

Must be getting old, lol.

#214 3 years ago

Holy Crap, I remember games being a nickel, then quickly went to a dime or 3 for .25

#215 3 years ago

I'm 46 and, until a year ago, always dreamed of owning a real pinball machine. Today, one year later, I'm an EM addict and have taught myself (with the help of alot of Pinsiders, specifically Dirtflipper) how to pretty much fix and restore one of these beautiful machines from the ground up. I've bought eight EMs over the past year (have sold four of them) and am on the hunt for more (Jacks Open/Lucky Hand, 2001, Sky Jump, Abracadabra, plus I love the 60s Gottliebs as well). My kids love the games, as do their friends, and their friends parents come over and play them, as it takes them back to a simpler time in their lives. Pinball machines are gorgeous to look at and a blast to play. I love this hobby.

#216 3 years ago
Quoted from poppapin:

Holy Crap, I remember games being a nickel, then quickly went to a dime or 3 for .25

Pins set on Dimes I do remember playing, in department stores and drug stores. Didn't really know what to shoot at but some how knew, "This is Fun!"

#217 3 years ago

I'm 56 - so mostly 70s EMs in my lineup... mostly Gottliebs, but I like some of the Williams and Bally games from the mid to late 70s just the same. I have a few SS games - KISS, Whirlwind, FATHOM but my heart is with EMs...

Starting to get into some really old EMs from the 40s and 50s too... there are some wonderful players in that era, just give them a chance. Like all games though, they have to be playing top notch to get a true feel for how great these games can be.

Don O

#218 3 years ago
Quoted from poppapin:

Holy Crap, I remember games being a nickel, then quickly went to a dime or 3 for .25

I remember a price increase too. I played EM’s most evening at my local sevo, would spend as much as a $1 a night. 10¢a game, that was when I was 15. By 16, the price of a game doubled to 20¢,WHAT!!

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