(Topic ID: 218220)

I’m going to build a Virtual Pinball, am I insane?

By WackyBrakke

2 years ago

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  • Latest reply 8 months ago by WackyBrakke
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    “Am I insane to build a Virtual Pinball?”

    • Yes 32 votes
    • No 38 votes

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    #51 2 years ago
    Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

    Eventually when an attempt is offered to sell, the answer will be fully revealed.

    This is a good point.

    Keep in mind that when some posts above use the word ‘garbage’ to refer to virtual pins, they are talking about the large number of attempts out there that really are just that.

    One reason is that it takes a lot of time to make one of these not be garbage and it’s a moving target as they hardware and software keeps improving rapidly. Anything made today will seem like garbage a few years down the road. Tried one recently and I couldn’t even plunge the ball it was so bad and this is common because it takes time and know-how to build these things properly from scratch.

    I’m sure it’s a fun hobby so go for it but know when it comes time to sell, almost no one will be interested in buying it.

    #52 2 years ago

    Over the years I've played a few virtual pinball machines at shows. Most of the time, the experience is "meh". In March, however, I played a Pinball FX2 Championship Edition machine at Zapcon. I was surprised. It was one of my favorite machines at the show. Based on that experience, if I was going to build my own virtual pin, I think I would want a great sound system, solenoids (so, for example, you feel/hear solenoids when pressing flipper buttons), 3 displays, latest Pinball FX2/3 tables, etc.

    1 year later
    #53 8 months ago

    Curious what became of this idea....did you end up making it?

    #54 8 months ago

    Decided real pinball is more fun. Never built it and sold it all, not sure if it ever got built.
    I kept the PC parts and built a new computer, currently using it as my main computer at my desk, so not all was lost in this project ha ha

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