(Topic ID: 259588)

Genuinely Curious - A theme alone bring any of you in to the hobby?


By epthegeek

45 days ago



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    #1 45 days ago

    You somewhat regularly see people say something along the lines of "[FRIEND/RELATIVE] would love to see a [THEME] game" in threads about themes. Were any of you actually brought into the hobby by a particular game specifically because of its theme; having not been into pinball prior to that?

    From what origin stories I have heard (in conversation, on podcasts) that's never been a factor. I've never run into someone that says something like "I'm the biggest 24 fan in the WORLD and when I found out about the 24 pinball machine, I had to seek it out and play it; now I love pinball!" (substitute any theme you like, obviously).

    Do those people exist?

    #2 45 days ago

    That would be me.

    I played periodically when I was younger mainly waiting for a movie to start as our local Theature had several pins. My wife stumbled across a Corvette pin that was for sale at a distributor and being that my wife and I loved going to car shows and we have a Corvette we thought it would be cool to have for shows. Ironically enough, it sold before I could get it but that distributor had a couple other games that I played when I was a kid. Figured, what the heck, and bought a BOP and Batman DE. I was hooked at that point and ironically enough have never found the right Corvette Pin so still haven't owned one.

    That was the start of the addiction for me.

    #3 45 days ago

    Tron Legacy. Finding out they were doing a pin based on the movie is what got me to go to a local tournament, which then fueled looking into wanting to own games of my own. I had not played, or even SEEN pinball anything since the late 90's.

    I guess it doesn't TECHNICALLY meet your criteria, as I was way into pinball as a kid, but theme alone certainly brought it back into my field of view, and fully into owning games.

    #4 45 days ago

    Tons of people have had exposure to pins at least casually as kids that don't turn into pinheads, so I guess that's not really a disqualification; but having played before and had fun does kind of grease the wheels a bit if you hear about a theme you're interested in becoming a pinball machine.

    #5 45 days ago

    I would not own my first pin if it wasn't for theme. I'm a huge Dinosaur fan so when our buddy told me he had a lost world Jurassic park pinball he would sell. We ended up buying it because I loved the theme so much even though I had never really played pinball before that.

    #6 45 days ago

    Kinda sorta. The first game I really recall playing was Whirlwind. It was at a lake campground game room "shed" and I spent a ton of time playing it because I was always a hugely interested in tornados and hurricanes and such. Whirlwind seemed like such a cool game back then to me and it continues to be. It was more or less my gateway into pinball.

    #8 45 days ago

    evel Knievel!

    #9 45 days ago
    Quoted from Coolpinballdino:

    I would not own my first pin if it wasn't for theme. I'm a huge Dinosaur fan, so when our buddy told me he had a lost world Jurassic park pinball he would sell we bought it because I loved the theme so much even though I had never really played pinball before that.

    At least you didn't go crazy after that first one and end up with a huge collection of pins.

    #10 45 days ago
    Quoted from Coolpinballdino:

    I would not own my first pin if it wasn't for theme. I'm a huge Dinosaur fan so when our buddy told me he had a lost world Jurassic park pinball he would sell. We ended up buying it because I loved the theme so much even though I had never really played pinball before that.

    And now you're a top 15 player! Look at that!

    Quoted from littlecammi:

    At least you didn't go crazy after that first one and end up with a huge collection of pins..

    Oh wait...

    #11 45 days ago

    Just happen to walk into a home rec showroom looking at pool tables or something and came across a WMS IJ.
    Purchased first pin based on theme alone. I think that was year 1998. Still have it.

    #12 45 days ago

    A friend bought a sttng as his first machine at an auction and became a serious pinhead..
    Sttng was purely bought for the theme, he wasn't into pinball before..

    #13 45 days ago
    Quoted from FalconDriver:

    Just happen to walk into a home rec showroom looking at pool tables or something and came across a WMS IJ.
    Purchased first pin based on theme alone. I think that was year 1998. Still have it.

    Same. I bought one in 2005 when pins were cheap. It’s a great game but eventually everything gets played to death around here and I moved it along many years ago. Don’t really miss it either.
    It was not the first pin I bought. I think it was the fourth. Still, it’s the reason I started to buy and sell games back then.

    #14 45 days ago

    I grew up watching my brother play EK.
    I eventually bought one and still own one but it wasn’t my first machine. It was probably the 110th machine I ever owned.

    #15 45 days ago

    Not a theme in particular as I remember enjoying pinball from a young age. The one that hooked me though was the first time I played Funhouse. I found it kind of magical as a kid. I never imagined owning one until years later. I was a cable guy and went into this guys place that had a gameroom in his garage with 4 pinball machines. After that I knew I wanted one and went looking for one. While I specifically knew I wanted a Funhouse, I didn't think I'd actually get one back then. It ended up being the 2nd machine I bought. Since I was buying them at arcade auctions, I chose based on a limited time of playing them if they were fun or not...and price.

    I don't think I'd have gotten as far into the hobby if they all cost 5k+ though. When I got in $2k was expensive.

    #16 45 days ago

    I’ve been in the hobby/playing pinball for nearly 40 years - so not new to the scene.

    That being said, and not to pump your ego, R&M was a theme that I had been waiting on and purchased on theme alone. Haven’t done that before....

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/something-i-ve-been-working-on#post-5230889

    #17 45 days ago

    Nope - my first game was an em. I’m still not sure what it’s theme is.

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