Im addicted to pinball and need help

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Im addicted to pinball and need help


By Oneangrymo

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

I started with an MMR LE. Then within one month I have bought 5 other pins. I need help. I'm spending cash like crazy and I don't know what to do. How do you guys control yourselves?

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#2 1 year ago

You're f*(#ed... : )

Welcome to the club... There is no escaping... Resistance if futile...

#3 1 year ago

There is no help.....only submission.

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

How do you guys control yourselves?

We don't.

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#5 1 year ago

It happens to everyone. People seem to fizzle out after a while. There are stages:

1. "One pin will be enough"
2. Buy everything in sight
3. The realization of maintaining a substantial collection
4. Whittling down your collection

That's how it's been for me, anyway. Some guys turn 4 into a search for more room, and more pins.

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#6 1 year ago

Might I suggest cocaine as a less addictive and cheaper alternative.

#7 1 year ago

Just remember there's no pin you can get easily today that you won't still be able to get easily in one or five or ten years. Take a deep breath, enjoy what you have for a while, and spend some time planning carefully for your next one. You could even create some metagames for yourself, i.e., "I can get a new pin when I've reached a specific score target (or a wizard mode) on each of my machines". Now that you have a nice collection, spend some of that time and energy hosting a little open house or tournament for local pinheads if you like so you can share your bounty and meet some other folks who are passionate about pins.

#8 1 year ago

You have at least 5 to 10 more to go, and then the true panic sets in about space, money, and if your significant other will kill you, divorce you or accept that you have a very serious illness. Good luck my friend,

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from Deaconblooze:

It happens to everyone. People seem to fizzle out after a while. There are stages:
1. "One pin will be enough"
2. Buy everything in sight
3. The realization of maintaining a substantial collection
4. Whittling down your collection
That's how it's been for me, anyway. Some guys turn 4 into a search for more room, and more pins.

I must have missed that memo, lol

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from Ozzy:

You have at least 5 to 10 more to go, and then the true panic sets in about space, money, and if your significant other will kill you, divorce you or accept that you have a very serious illness. Good luck my friend,

My wife doesn't even know I order these machines. She just opens the garage, and Voila a new pinball machine sitting there until I can move it into the basement. She then texts me right away and says "another pinball machine!". I just ignore it. Pretend it doesn't exist.

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#11 1 year ago

You came to your drug dealer for assistance with quitting? That's mistake number one.

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#12 1 year ago

Stage 1: 1 pin would be great
Stage 2: My pin needs a few friends to hang out with so now I have 3
Stage 3: I bought 12 games in 12 months and every time you think you are full, you rearrange and fit 1 more
Stage 4: you add another pinball room in your house (seriously, when is the last time you ate dinner at the dining room table...)
Stage 5: I am out of room so lets put them on route for others to play
Stage 6: 1 location is fun, lets get a few more (more room for pins)
Stage 7: Refine what you really like, sell off some of the crap that you can play in every local barcade or at your buddies place to make room for the good stuff.
Stage 7.5: You realize that all roads lead to Bally and buy 12 more in 12 months.
Stage 8: Hire an architect to start dreaming big for the retirement property. 100 seems like a nice round #, doesn't it...

#13 1 year ago

Control?!? More like remission.
'

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

Stage 1: 1 pin would be great
Stage 2: My pin needs a few friends to hang out with so now I have 3
Stage 3: I bought 12 games in 12 months and every time you think you are full, you rearrange and fit 1 more
Stage 4: you add another pinball room in your house (seriously, when is the last time you ate dinner at the dining room table...)
Stage 5: I am out of room so lets put them on route for others to play
Stage 6: 1 location is fun, lets get a few more (more room for pins)
Stage 7: Refine what you really like, sell off some of the crap that you can play in every local barcade or at your buddies place to make room for the good stuff.
Stage 7.5: You realize that all roads lead to Bally and buy 12 more in 12 months.
Stage 8: Hire an architect to start dreaming big for the retirement property. 100 seems like a nice round #, doesn't it...

Spot on.

#15 1 year ago

The first step is admitting you have a problem. Congrats and celebrate with a huge parts order of spares!!

#16 1 year ago

We used to give out coin tokens for for first step addicts but they usually found a new pinball machine to put them in or assumed we were suggesting them buy a Safe Cracker which is already a depleated market.

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#17 1 year ago

It'll fade. I have 30, most of the ones I want. Maybe I'll swap a few out for ones I want more over the next few years, but the drive for constant buying is over. Now, I'll just play a bit.

#18 1 year ago

Screwed.. dont bother .. just fill the space ...lol .. there like rabbits .
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#19 1 year ago

My buddy I recently turned on to collecting is so hooked he is adding on to his place concrete flooring and all just for pinns...
Haha.
If you got the bugg you got the bugg...

#20 1 year ago

Maybe create a go fund me page

#21 1 year ago

I have a wife haha. I bought 4 in a span of 2 or so years when I first got into it. Have bought 4 since then and sold 2. Hard to convince the wife now a days with current pricing. I'm hoping to add about 4 or 5 more over the next few years. Then I think space will be a legitimate issue. I would rather have less and have a cleaner looking room then have stuff stacked on top of one another.

#22 1 year ago

There is no way too control yourself once you get one you just want to get another. I first started it out With 5 games I really liked but then I started liking more games and now I have 43 games in my collection.

#23 1 year ago

It must be a michigan thing

#24 1 year ago

No doubt. After five or six years of hard drinking and two packs of cigs a day just to get enthused enough to keep going in this hobby, eventually you may decide to give it a rest.

#25 1 year ago

Lack of money and space has kept me from flooring the gas pedal over the years.
I bet I would have an awesome collection if I had more space and $$.
I'm proud of myself for actually selling/trading a few over the past 5 yrs. Gave an e-m to my daughter for a present too.
Now you can start hosting pinball parties and tournaments Oneangrymo.

#26 1 year ago

I am up to 28 machines and still buying. I am so addicted. Spent a ton on my third game room. I am lucky I have a understanding wife!

#27 1 year ago

^^^^Nobody represents the addiction more than calprog! What was the last game you sold buddy?

#28 1 year ago

I don't think you have a problem until you run out of space and others have already gave you the fix for that you get more space. I have done some of the tricks above had a game at each of my daughters house, just brought 1 of those home a week ago and going tomorrow to bring the other one home. Have room in my game room for about 10 games but some how I own 19? And never had a game room until after buying a game then another then another. Enjoy it you only go around once....

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Ich begann mit einem MMR LE. Dann habe ich innerhalb eines Monats 5 weitere Stifte gekauft. Ich brauche Hilfe. Ich gebe Bargeld wie verrückt und ich weiß nicht, was zu tun ist. Wie kontrollierst du euch selbst?

I didn't understand a single word you wrote. It's as if you are speaking a foreign language...

#30 1 year ago

Hi, my name is Jints and I'm a pinaholic......

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from jints56:

Hi, my name is Jints and I'm a pinaholic......

Hi jints welcome to the pinaholic rehabilitation center.

#32 1 year ago

Just give a pin away a day to a stranger pinsider ...And seek therapy quick... Nah. just have fun and make your partner happy. Happy Home Happy Life..

#33 1 year ago

When you find the answer, let me know. It doesn't get easier.

#34 1 year ago
Quoted from BudManPinFan:

Might I suggest cocaine as a less addictive and cheaper alternative.

Probably better for your health too.

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#35 1 year ago

...porn, cause pinball is great but porn is better lol

#36 1 year ago

"Ich begann mit einem MMR LE. Dann habe ich innerhalb eines Monats 5 weitere Stifte gekauft. Ich brauche Hilfe. Ich gebe Bargeld wie verrückt und ich weiß nicht, was zu tun ist. Wie kontrollierst du euch selbst?"

Quoted from schudel5:

I didn't understand a single word you wrote. It's as if you are speaking a foreign language...

That's kind of a funny translation - pin in german is translated as "Stift" which is actually a cylindrical rod or a writing utensil. For the sake of completeness Germans call a pinball game - a (ein) Flipper. So when I started looking for "Flippers" in ebay (where my addiction got started) I was constantly sifting through offers for either DVD collections of the well known tv show from the sixties or a German singing group called the "Flippers". My wife is not particularly fond of pinballs, but she likes this group the Flippers even less (I did buy a CD at a flea market just to find out what they sound like).

#37 1 year ago

Im the OP and Im still addicted.. you guys haven't helped worth a crap. Ordered a Dialed in CE. Star Wars LE coming anytime now. If they come out with Monster Bash I will take one of those. Maybe a new South Park. Adams family.. yes. Cactus canyon.. yes. What really gets me is your damn comparison posts. This machine vs that machine. Makes me worried, stressed out, can't sleep.. then I end up buying both! I still have my NIB Tron LE that I need to setup. All money gone! All room gone! I wont even let anyone touch my machines, not even my wife. If any of my machines have the smallest scratch.. like i mean you have to look up close.. I get worried! What am I going to do!

#38 1 year ago

Oh! Oh! And I would love a new Back to the Future. that would be awesome. JP do that instead of pirates of the carribean (yawn)

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#39 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

"............ How do you guys control yourselves?"

Having a mortgage, a car payment, an underpaying job and a daughter in college, pretty much keeps me in check.

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Im the OP and Im still addicted.. you guys haven't helped worth a crap. Ordered a Dialed in CE. Star Wars LE coming anytime now. If they come out with Monster Bash I will take one of those. Maybe a new South Park. Adams family.. yes. Cactus canyon.. yes. What really gets me is your damn comparison posts. This machine vs that machine. Makes me worried, stressed out, can't sleep.. then I end up buying both! I still have my NIB Tron LE that I need to setup. All money gone! All room gone! I wont even let anyone touch my machines, not even my wife. If any of my machines have the smallest scratch.. like i mean you have to look up close.. I get worried! What am I going to do!

Hmmmmmm..................

This all seems oddly familiar.

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#41 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

My wife doesn't even know I order these machines. She just opens the garage, and Voila a new pinball machine sitting there until I can move it into the basement. She then texts me right away and says "another pinball machine!". I just ignore it. Pretend it doesn't exist.

Yo Oneangrymo,

It's now mid August. How is life treating you lately?
Did you seek help, or just push on and handle it yourself?

Did you & wifey go on a vacation?
Does she ever play the machines, or just roll her eyes when pinball is brought up?

Nice collection you have managed to cobble together. Still enjoying them? Burned out on any of them?

#42 1 year ago

This sounds like a scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

Quoted from Oneangrymo:Im the OP and Im still addicted.. you guys haven't helped worth a crap. Ordered a Dialed in CE. Star Wars LE coming anytime now. If they come out with Monster Bash I will take one of those. Maybe a new South Park. Adams family.. yes. Cactus canyon.. yes. What really gets me is your damn comparison posts. This machine vs that machine. Makes me worried, stressed out, can't sleep.. then I end up buying both! I still have my NIB Tron LE that I need to setup. All money gone! All room gone! I wont even let anyone touch my machines, not even my wife. If any of my machines have the smallest scratch.. like i mean you have to look up close.. I get worried! What am I going to do!

#43 1 year ago

Im still addicted... I got a Dialed in CE coming, Star Wars LE coming, and I put a downpayment for an Alien LE. No room, no room at all. Don't know what Im going to do with all these machines. Still by far my favorite is still MMR. Get my Tron LE HUO next week... like the music. I really really hope they dont come out with anything good for a while. Paying 9000 + for a pinball machine certainly has burned a hole in my wallet.. but stock market overall down anyways. I sold most of my holdings and paid off my mortgage. Why not buy pinball machines. I don't even know how to maintain them.. bought this pinball millwax stuff from amazon, guess I'll try that.

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Get my Tron LE HUO next week...

So you finally decided to get a pinball machine?

#45 1 year ago

Looks like you spent 50-60k in 6 months. Yeah, my beautiful/amazing wife divorcing me is what keeps me from doing that. Haha. Good thing I love older games too. Easier to sneak those into the house.

#46 1 year ago

I have a system down so my wife doesn't find out for the most part. I leave one pinball box intact in the garage. That way she thinks I'm holding it there to sell it later . When a new machine comes I just replace it, so my wife thinks there is still one box there. The other machine I wheel it down to my walk out basement and set it up in a room she barely goes in. I did it before when my wife was sleeping. Didn't even know the delivery truck came and went and I already set it up within 15-20 mins in basement. She woke up and it looks like nothjng ever happened ! Awesome !

#47 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

I have a system down so my wife doesn't find out for the most part. I leave one pinball box intact in the garage. That way she thinks I'm holding it there to sell it later . When a new machine comes I just replace it, so my wife thinks there is still one box there. The other machine I wheel it down to my walk out basement and set it up in a room she barely goes in. I did it before when my wife was sleeping. Didn't even know the delivery truck came and went and I already set it up within 15-20 mins in basement. She woke up and it looks like nothjng ever happened ! Awesome !

You're joking right? Does she ever go into the basement? She never plays them? I assume you both don't share finances in some way? Sorry this does not compute in a marriage of CPAs. Haha

#48 1 year ago

This so much reminds me of another Pinsider.

Can't remember his name....

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#49 1 year ago

No im serial. She doesn't know. She played one game and got bored. So they are all mine ! My brother in law came and played a game but after he played the buttons felt weird so I didn't let him play anymore. Maybe he pressed too hard or something. We share same finances im the main investor .

#50 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

I didn't let him play anymore.

Neat

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