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How can so many people NOT give a crap about pinball?!!!


By Tuna_Delight

4 months ago



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    #47 4 months ago

    The simple answer is that people just don't know about it.

    They were popular gambling devices early on, then later outlawed. Pins were found in bars, laundromats, and theatres and then they started disappearing from those areas. There was a resurgence of them in the 70s with "Tommy " and marketing via Elton John. The 80s saw an arcade boom and the early 90s saw a renewed interest as well. Pinball crashed in the late 90s, and it has only been in the last few years that it has seen a regeneration of interest due to nostalgia, arcades, and new pinball companies producing machines. Unfortunately, many of those that remembered playing have passed away or are too old to care. Those that grew up with them in the 70s and 80s make up most of the collectors/players today, and unless we pass it on...it will be forgotten.

    It is very common for me to encounter someone that has no clue what a pinball is, or that gives me the "I thought they stopped making those in the 70s" line. Those that do know what they are often have no clue there are rules/goals to pinballs...they simply think you are batting a ball around randomly.

    If we want this hobby to become more relevant and grow, it is up to all pinheads to share the hobby via talking about it, inviting people to play our games, explaining actual rules and play styles, opening arcades, bringing people to shows, and buying games.

    #96 4 months ago
    Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

    Imagine if those women knew what they cost. They'd be asking "how big is your pinball collection?".

    Quoted from LTG:

    Got that right. Even if you have a little johnson. They'll be on you like flies on crap.
    LTG : )

    "Hey baby. You wanna come back to my place and check out the size of my.......pinball collection?"

    #107 4 months ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    Had a cookout today and my oldest daughter brought her new boyfriend over for first time. He's 27. They walked through my room with 5 classic Williams sat up, Then through my DMD/system 11 room (12 pins sat up) and then through my classic Bally room with 9 pins sat up. I was walking out with them and right behind them. Kid didn't even look up at a single game. Who the f*k walks through a basement with 26 pins sat up and doesn't even notice them????

    A loser. I would discuss it with your daughter immediately.

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