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How you chose your first pins?


By Jimredsox

8 months ago



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#1 8 months ago

Buying first two pins. Need some help. First post first pins. I got hooked playing at a game room. Now want to add two to our home. I can only get two... my top choices based on our room theme and games I enjoy are Batman 66, Ghostbusters, and the Simpsons. Now I might have to add the new Monster Bash Remake. Is it me or does the Chicago Gaming Machine a more solid built machine? Any thoughts on the quality of the games listed? Thanks to any advice!

#2 8 months ago

Get MB and BM66 imo, good mix of shallow + deep, guests will like MB and its always more fun to play with people.

Are they NIB? You're going to have to do some work at some point regardless of what you purchase.

#3 8 months ago

Play them all as much as possible and buy what YOU enjoy the most.
All the games you listed are loved by some members here and hated by others.

#4 8 months ago

I will try and buy NIB. There are a couple vendors in my area that can find them. Is it me or does MB seem like a better built quality machine? The arcade I go to almost everyday seems like have repair issues all the time. Stranger Things arrived then had issues two days later.
What did you mean “eventually I’ll have to do some work”. Maintenance? Any machines on my list worse than others?
Thanks for the insights!

#5 8 months ago

Thanks ultimategameroom. Problem is I love them all lol

#6 8 months ago
Quoted from Jimredsox:

What did you mean “eventually I’ll have to do some work”.

You have a ball traveling around in there. Sooner or later you'll have to clean it. Sooner or later you'll have to fix it.

LTG : )

#7 8 months ago
Quoted from LTG:

You have a ball traveling around in there. Sooner or later you'll have to clean it. Sooner or later you'll have to fix it.

LTG : )

Its usually sooner.

#8 8 months ago
Quoted from Jimredsox:

Buying first two pins. Need some help. First post first pins. I got hooked playing at a game room. Now want to add two to our home. I can only get two... my top choices based on our room theme and games I enjoy are Batman 66, Ghostbusters, and the Simpsons. Now I might have to add the new Monster Bash Remake. Is it me or does the Chicago Gaming Machine a more solid built machine? Any thoughts on the quality of the games listed? Thanks to any advice!

Ghostbusters is the worst game ever made. Avoid. Batman is OK. Theme goes a long way, but gameplay is cheap and clunky. Simpsons Pinball Party is fantastic, but highly unlikely you’ll find it new.

Consider buying classic Bally Williams 90s games. New doesn’t = better. Gameplay, rules, and build quality in classic games are far superior to what’s being made brand new.

#9 8 months ago

Thanks rarehero. Can you give me your top five 90s so I can do some research and try and play? Interesting the repair guy at the arcade said the same thing.

#10 8 months ago
Quoted from Jimredsox:

Thanks rarehero. Can you give me your top five 90s so I can do some research and try and play? Interesting the repair guy at the arcade said the same thing.

Just remember everyone has their own opinion. We all like and dislike games for different reasons. You may like, or even love, a game someone else thinks is the worst ever. Be sure you get the games YOU want and want to play. You also may decide to sell one or both off down the road to try something different. Best thing to do is play as many different games as you can. Watching YouTube videos to get ideas on how games play won't hurt, either.

And, be prepared to maintain them.

#11 8 months ago

Buy a new stern, dont listen to all the haters. Do the research, buy what you like. I've bought 5 new sterns and 2 used in last 2 years, with no prob whatsoever. Ok, 1 bulb on Metallica. I will say I've heard of problems with stranger things, but havent seen or played it

#12 8 months ago

You buy a 90s game, you're buying 20 to 30 yr old stuff. Lots of maintenance, but to be expected. Good games then, have a few myself. Just more issues generally than new

#13 8 months ago

if it were me, (of the choices you mentioned), I'd get Batman and MB. MAYBE Simpsons, although that game is very complex, and you won't get as much enjoyment out of it until you're a more experienced player.

I'd mix it up with something else that you like because of how it plays, as was mentioned. Games that have a cool theme but are boring end up not lasting too long, and you'll be wondering why you just blew $9k on this thing that takes up a huge amount of space and just looks nice when you turn it on but don't play it.

for example: Pirates of the Carribbean. I could not possibly care less about the theme. The movies are fine, but why blow that kind of money on it. Well, it's PACKED with stuff, and it's fun, and it's complicated. Probably not going anywhere for quite a while.

#14 8 months ago
Quoted from Hayfarmer:

You buy a 90s game, you're buying 20 to 30 yr old stuff. Lots of maintenance, but to be expected. Good games then, have a few myself. Just more issues generally than new

Any 90s game, once repaired & shopped out, will have minimal issues in a home environment. I’ve had tons of old games and tons of new games. I’ve had way more problems with some new games than I’ve ever had with my old games. New doesn’t = maintenance free.

All games will require some work & maintenance.

#15 8 months ago
Quoted from Jimredsox:

Thanks rarehero. Can you give me your top five 90s so I can do some research and try and play? Interesting the repair guy at the arcade said the same thing.

Take a look at my collection. Hard to pick a Top 5! Bally-Williams made lots of excellent games with different themes & design styles. Something for everyone.

For the record, I’m not a “Stern hater”, but I’m not part of the current cult of NIB-only new hobbyists. I have 7 Sterns & have had many more. Stern games pre-2014 are generally designed & built better than the current ones. Their new JP is very cool, though. That’s the only SPIKE system game I’d personally want to pick up one day.

#16 8 months ago
Quoted from Rarehero:

Any 90s game, once repaired & shopped out, will have minimal issues in a home environment. I’ve had tons of old games and tons of new games. I’ve had way more problems with some new games than I’ve ever had with my

Still 20 + yrs old

#17 8 months ago

My first pins chose me.

#18 8 months ago
Quoted from Hayfarmer:

You buy a 90s game, you're buying 20 to 30 yr old stuff. Lots of maintenance, but to be expected. Good games then, have a few myself. Just more issues generally than new

For what it's worth, I have only found this to be the case when I am knowingly buying a "player's" game, specifically for the purposes of working on it. I like working on the games, so I will occasionally buy one to restore. If you exclude those, I have overwhelmingly had more issues with NIB games. I've bought JJP games new (Dialed In, Hobbit, POTC) new, also owned 2 WOZ; Sterns (Iron Maiden) new , AP's Houdini new, and lots of Bally/Williams games. I had issues with almost every game - most minor, some major.

Every game needs to be set up, some of them come with things that have fallen off in shipping. All of the B/W games have been rock solid because they've been properly maintained. 20 years old doesn't mean "falling apart"

#19 8 months ago
Quoted from wisefwumyogwave:

My first pins chose me.

haha.. kind of same here. I bought a TAF from a guy down the road who had an amazing collection. That was exciting! And to think what I paid for it... I owe that guy a huge amount of thanks. My wallet, however, hates him.

#20 8 months ago

Just remember, you don’t have to spend over 5K to have a good time and learn about pinball. I tell people just starting out to seriously think about taking your lumps on a Space Shuttle or Pinbot before you spend used car money on a pin. These things aren’t a permanent commitment, you can always sell.

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