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In your arcade, what do you turn on?

By thechakapakuni

2 years ago


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    “In your personal arcade”

    • Turn on all the pins. It needs to feel like like I’m in an arcade every time! 69 votes
      43%
    • Turn on ONLY the pin I’m playing. Why would I waste electricity fools? 83 votes
      52%
    • I only have 1 pin, so this choice is easy 4 votes
      3%
    • I never turn on my pins. I’ve given up on having fun 4 votes
      3%

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    #1 2 years ago

    With everything going on in the pinball world, this has to be the most important Pinside poll ever created! I’ve noticed that some people, even with 30+ pins, have them all on when playing 1 or a couple pins. And other times I see everything off in the back ground, strictly business on the pin being currently played. What do YOU do when you play a game?

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    #2 2 years ago

    Me every evening going into the home arcade:

    It's the wood that makes it goodIt's the wood that makes it good

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    #3 2 years ago

    Everything. Lights, games, signs, computer, etc etc

    LTG : )

    #4 2 years ago

    You need another poll option.
    I have 20 pins & arcades on 5 different switches. If I’m just playing a couple of games I’ll turn on only the switch for the group that includes the machine I’m gonna start on. If I’m spending an evening, I’ll turn on at least all the pins.

    #5 2 years ago

    I only turn on the game I want to play initially, but will leave it on if I go and play others. By the end of the night, at least half the machines are powered up.

    #6 2 years ago

    One at a time. 99% of the time it's just me playing anyway, and pretty much the only time I trip breakers or get boot errors is when turning a bank of them on at a time.

    #7 2 years ago

    If my wife gets there ahead of me it will be her. (I hope)

    #8 2 years ago

    Sometimes I just leave them on so I can get a quick game in between work stuff. Other times I'll turn everything on (usually if someone iscoming over).

    We have a huge tv mounted above everything that you can watch from the landing where the couch is, or from down the pin row. That goes on last, if at all.

    Several windows are cut into the set which have monitors playing content. One is a rotating set of videos of a spaceship window orbiting a planet, the other is a 1940s TV which plays Twilight Zone episodes on a loop. Those both stay on all the time.

    #9 2 years ago

    I will say, with 100% certainty, that any engineer in this thread only turns on 1 pin while they play. ENGR are the most frugal, slow speaking, long rule explaining, frustrating, quirky people to be around.

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from Boblabla:

    I will say, with 100% certainty, that any engineer in this thread only turns on 1 pin while they play. ENGR are the most frugal, slow speaking, long rule explaining, frustrating, quirky people to be around.

    Ouch! I turn on more than one at a time, and mostly I don’t even know the rules!

    I can’t really argue much of the rest.

    - Professional Engineer

    #11 2 years ago

    I turn on just the game I’m playing, but I’ll leave it on as I move to another machine.

    After a good game session, it’s fun to sit back and look at all the pinball machines doing their attract stuff, and all the EMs lazily blinking their #455s in the marque.

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    #12 2 years ago

    Games, lights , signs- everything. It gives it that “ambiance”.

    It then tempts me to play them all. (My excuse is the EM’s need played daily to keep running smooth, then the others “feel” left out. So gotta play them too!)

    I do notice a slight hum from the electric meter once I turn everything on. (Faster than a well hit spinner!)

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    #13 2 years ago

    Wow! Now that’s some lights

    #14 2 years ago

    I never turn mine off

    #15 2 years ago

    On weekends every pin and arcade in the basement is turned on. They run a anywhere from 10 to 14 hour's each day durring that time. Durring the week I pick one machine a day after work and play that one. Truth be told some days I don't even play. I just like to have one on took at.

    #16 2 years ago

    I turn them all on every time I play (except for the ones that aren't playable). All neon and beer signs too. I try and get a few games on each one but sometimes I'll get bogged down on one (just one more game and I can beat it, I just know it) and don't get around to all.

    There's also times that I'll wind up sitting around soaking up the light shows, enjoying the backglass art, not playing anything, but thinking lofty thoughts or thinking about all the stuff I should be doing rather than what I am actually doing... Not all the time, but sometimes.

    #17 2 years ago

    I have everything connected to my custom home automation, so I just walk into the room and say "Alexa, turn on the pinball machines"

    #18 2 years ago

    Usually I only turn on what I am going to play at first. But then I ended up turning them all on eventually. Once in a while I will turn them all on from the start.

    #19 2 years ago
    Quoted from bbulkley:

    I have everything connected to my custom home automation, so I just walk into the room and say "Alexa, turn on the pinball machines"

    After 10 pins I’m guess this would be the way. I saw Cary Hardy do that and saves a lot of time (unless a pin goes haywire on post)

    #20 2 years ago

    It really depends on my mood. If I'm getting in a few quick games, it is only one pin. However, some nights I like to just setup in my basement. And if I'm going to be in there for a couple / few hours, I'm turning it all on. The games, the crown molding lights, the background lights, the slot machine, the arcade consoles, the TV (tuned to some sports). Everything.

    I suppose it is a waste of electricity. But I'm always happy at the end of those nights. On nights like that I'm not concentrating on high scores, I'm just relaxing, playing pins, watching some sports, having a glass of wine, and just enjoying my little arcade.

    #21 2 years ago

    Yeah you can’t beat the ambiance. It’s like an instant mind vacation

    #22 2 years ago

    Girls

    #23 2 years ago

    Some of my games are set up as a series like Gtb series 1 and 80.
    At night I'll turn on all of these. Same for EM's and (e-gad) bingos!
    But more often than not just fire up the one I'm playing, especially
    during the day.

    #24 2 years ago

    If it’s just me playing I flip on a game and play and leave it on for the day. Sometimes 3-4 end up on because i played a few different games. Basically, if I am going to play it then it comes on and I leave on for the day. Unless I leave the house at any point, then off they go cause its a fire hazard to leave em on and leave the house.

    If I am having people over. ALL on

    #25 2 years ago
    Quoted from Nikrox2:

    Games, lights , signs- everything. It gives it that “ambiance”.
    It then tempts me to play them all. (My excuse is the EM’s need played daily to keep running smooth, then the others “feel” left out. So gotta play them too!)
    I do notice a slight hum from the electric meter once I turn everything on. (Faster than a well hit spinner!)
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    I have that exact same Coors light neon sign. It gets turned on to add just a little bit of lighting, along with Centipede and the two newer sterns every time. The older machines only get turned on when I actually play them. 36 year old and 54 year old pins don’t need the stress.

    #26 2 years ago

    90% of the time, I turn on just the game on that I'm playing.

    All of them are on zigbee smartplugs controlled by voice via Alexa
    I just say "Alexa, turn on Avengers" and I'm good to go

    IF I want ALL of them on, I have a group and a routine set up
    I just say "Alexa, let's play pinball" and all 40 come to life

    IF I want the club sound system on
    I just say "Alexa, let's party" and the 2 SVS subs and the receiver come on

    Alexa and zigbee are a dream for flexibility

    My blog post on the subject
    https://thepinballloft.com/2020/01/26/dumb-smart-plugs/

    #27 2 years ago

    How many games do I turn on?




    ALL THE GAMES!!!!

    #28 2 years ago

    I only turn them all on when there's a party.

    #29 2 years ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    90% of the time, I turn on just the game on that I'm playing.
    All of them are on zigbee smartplugs controlled by voice via Alexa
    I just say "Alexa, turn on Avengers" and I'm good to go
    IF I want ALL of them on, I have a group and a routine set up
    I just say "Alexa, let's play pinball" and all 40 come to life
    IF I want the club sound system on
    I just say "Alexa, let's party" and the 2 SVS subs and the receiver come on
    Alexa and zigbee are a dream for flexibility
    My blog post on the subject
    https://thepinballloft.com/2020/01/26/dumb-smart-plugs/

    Wholly smokes

    TWO SVS SUBS?!??

    YOU SIR, ARE LIVING THE DREAM!!
    (and ur 40 pins....)

    #30 2 years ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    90% of the time, I turn on just the game on that I'm playing.
    All of them are on zigbee smartplugs controlled by voice via Alexa
    I just say "Alexa, turn on Avengers" and I'm good to go
    IF I want ALL of them on, I have a group and a routine set up
    I just say "Alexa, let's play pinball" and all 40 come to life
    IF I want the club sound system on
    I just say "Alexa, let's party" and the 2 SVS subs and the receiver come on
    Alexa and zigbee are a dream for flexibility
    My blog post on the subject
    https://thepinballloft.com/2020/01/26/dumb-smart-plugs/

    Game Over man, Game over!

    #31 2 years ago
    Quoted from Boblabla:

    I will say, with 100% certainty, that any engineer in this thread only turns on 1 pin while they play. ENGR are the most frugal, slow speaking, long rule explaining, frustrating, quirky people to be around.

    Nope, I’ve got 4 operational pins, and if I’m the shop to play, they are all on.

    #32 2 years ago
    Quoted from trueno92:

    Wholly smokes
    TWO SVS SUBS?!??
    YOU SIR, ARE LIVING THE DREAM!!
    (and ur 40 pins....)

    I still have my SVS ultra12/2 from 2006. They make one hell of a sub.

    #33 2 years ago
    Quoted from Boblabla:

    I will say, with 100% certainty, that any engineer in this thread only turns on 1 pin while they play. ENGR are the most frugal, slow speaking, long rule explaining, frustrating, quirky people to be around.

    Crap. What a (true) stereotype.

    EE here. The only games that are on in my garage are the ones that are actively being played.

    My three year old daughter is already on the right path. “Dad, your game just ended and you haven’t turned it off yet. You’re wasting power”

    #34 2 years ago
    Quoted from titanpenguin:

    I still have my SVS ultra12/2 from 2006. They make one hell of a sub.

    Sorry pb12 plus 2. Had it so long I forgot the old naming system.

    #35 2 years ago

    A real game night starts with my early 50's Manley Aristocrat first! Just need a fresh batch of popcorn kick it off...

    Then on to my modest collection of Arachnid Super 6, the pins, and vids... But it always seems to be popcorn and darts first!

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    #36 2 years ago

    All or nothing!!

    Disclaimer: not an engineer

    #37 2 years ago
    Quoted from tomservo:

    A real game night starts with my early 50's Manley Aristocrat first! Just need a fresh batch of popcorn kick it off...
    Then on to my modest collection of Arachnid Super 6, the pins, and vids... But it always seems to be popcorn and darts first! [quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Me when I come over

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    #38 2 years ago
    Quoted from thechakapakuni:

    Game Over man, Game over!

    Yup. Exactly what I use to shut them down.
    Doesn’t matter if I have 1 or 21 running

    “Alexa, game over” and they all power down

    And here they are coming alive

    #39 2 years ago

    Like others, it depends on my intent. Sometimes I'll pre turn on a few games I know I want to play at that time...other times, I will just turn everything on just because it's cool and relaxing to look at for awhile....sets a mood.

    #40 2 years ago
    Quoted from Aquapin:

    I only turn on the game I want to play initially, but will leave it on if I go and play others. By the end of the night, at least half the machines are powered up.

    This, for the most part. Don't always get through half the games.

    #41 2 years ago

    One at a time these days. If other games are powered on, its a guarantee a four player game will be running on each as my 2 year old loves to press a flashing start button.

    #42 2 years ago

    Have a GOTG and Iron Maiden and a Golden tee 2017 in between both. Most times I turn them all on even when its just me around. Just like having that "vibe" around me I guess.

    #43 2 years ago

    You need 1 more Category ;-})
    We have most of our Pins on dedicated 20 Amp Circuits with 20 Amp wall switches, going from 3 Pins per Circuit (1 group) to 6 Pins per Circuit (3 groups) so If it's just the Wife & I playing I'll turn on (& off) each group as we're playing them.
    If we're having company ALL the Games are ON.

    #44 2 years ago
    Quoted from bbulkley:

    I have everything connected to my custom home automation, so I just walk into the room and say "Alexa, turn on the pinball machines"

    I had this set up, but I must have ended up buying flaky wifi outlets, because they all eventually disconnected from the network, and they are not connected in a very accessible place

    #45 2 years ago

    whoa !

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    #46 2 years ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Yup. Exactly what I use to shut them down.
    Doesn’t matter if I have 1 or 21 running
    “Alexa, game over” and they all power down

    And here they are coming alive

    Very cool. I have the Hue Switches and I’m thinking about doing this now with all my 3 pins & 1 cocktail cab. Not as cool as the full city shutdown like yours but it’s a start

    #47 2 years ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    I had this set up, but I must have ended up buying flaky wifi outlets, because they all eventually disconnected from the network, and they are not connected in a very accessible place

    That looks like the beauty of the zigbee outlets. They create their own network essentially and don't rely on the home wifi network. Definitely seems like the way to go for an automated arcade! I'm 100% percent in on this system and ordered the goodies myself today

    #48 2 years ago
    Quoted from stuckey_t:

    That looks like the beauty of the zigbee outlets. They create their own network essentially and don't rely on the home wifi network. Definitely seems like the way to go for an automated arcade! I'm 100% percent in on this system and ordered the goodies myself today

    You nailed it. I tried the wifi route first but most home routers have max number of connections.
    I can't remember exactly how many of the wifi plugs I installed before "the next one" would not connect
    Had to box em all up and ship them back to Amazon

    #49 2 years ago

    I only turn on the one I'm playing.

    #50 2 years ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Yup. Exactly what I use to shut them down.
    Doesn’t matter if I have 1 or 21 running
    “Alexa, game over” and they all power down

    And here they are coming alive

    I was inspired by your automation and connected my 3 upstairs pins to a hue switch. I already have the hue bridge for lights so this was an easy add

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