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Is Pinball Helping You Relive Your Youth? Poll Included!


By o-din

9 months ago



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    “Are you reliving your youth through pinball?”

    • Yes, my life sucks now, so memories of my childhood are all I've got. 17 votes
      13%
    • No, I had a horrible childhood, so why would I want to do that? 3 votes
      2%
    • No, living in the past is lame. 21 votes
      16%
    • My inner child controls everything I do 34 votes
      26%
    • I'm too cool for that so I try to avoid any game that reminds me of my childhood 0 votes
    • I went thru that for about a year, but now I'm over it 5 votes
      4%
    • I'm still in my youth so no need dwelling in the past 25 votes
      19%
    • Yes, the 80s never really ended 26 votes
      20%

    (131 votes)

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    #1 9 months ago

    If so, you might consider snapping out of it and waking up or before you know it, you may look in the mirror someday and realize that you are just another antique.

    Or perhaps, it's already too late.

    #2 9 months ago

    Almost an hour into this, and I must say the response, especially in the poll, is overwhelming.

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    #3 9 months ago

    You forgot “I didnt play Pinball when I was a kid, there were video games”

    #4 9 months ago

    Stated this in the past here on Pinside, going to the arcades when I was a teen was fun. Used the 3 local arcades as an escape from the shit show at home, at the time. Just seemed to like the pins better than playing pool, air hockey, or foosball.

    Pinball was/is fun! Sometimes it was challenging.

    #5 9 months ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Pinball was/is fun! Sometimes it was challenging.

    And always Hard

    #6 9 months ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Pinball was/is fun! Sometimes it was challenging.

    I get that.

    And when I first started buying games, I wanted all the ones I played back then. But they came and went, and that seems like a distant memory now. Don't want any of them now for sure.

    Even newer games now have themes from way back then, but that's certainly not gonna be cool in my place. I tried that out too, and found it totally lame.

    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    You forgot “I didnt play Pinball when I was a kid, there were video games”

    That will be next week's thread.

    #7 9 months ago

    I didn't go to many arcades as a kid, too busy on my amiga 500 p.c. smashing silkworm and the beast etc. Only got into pinball when I played it in a bar a couple of years ago.
    I have now found I enjoy working on these machines aswell.

    #8 9 months ago
    Quoted from FuryosJustin:

    I didn't go to many arcades as a kid, too busy on my amiga 500 p.c. smashing silkworm and the beast etc. Only got into pinball when I played it in a bar a couple of years ago.
    I have now found I enjoy working on these machines aswell.

    Then I'd imagine you probably fall into the "I am still in my youth" category.

    #9 9 months ago

    The only thing that makes me feel young is calling everybody here old.

    #10 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    And when I first started buying games, I wanted all the ones I played back then.

    There only a few EM pins, that I can remember playing, back when I was a teen. Abra Ca Dabra, SkyJump, Pioneer, Spirit of 76, Evil Knievel, Captian Fantastic, Monaco, and Blue Chip. But there were many other pins we put quarters into.

    I didn't buy the games I have now because of that. I bought them because I was looking for EM pins locally (which is not easy), that were decent condition and worked. First pin bought in 1982 still have it, 2nd pin I picked up in 2013(?).

    #11 9 months ago

    I started out reliving my youth, then I moved on to reliving older people's youths.

    #12 9 months ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    I started out reliving my youth, then I moved on to reliving older people's youths.

    That's funny! lol

    I think back in the 90s I did a little reliving of the youth because culture seemed to be emulating the 70s, so I figured why not go with the real deal, but that didn't last very long because I didn't want the women I wanted to go out with thinking I was some kind of antique.

    #13 9 months ago

    I didn’t see the option for “once again narrowly avoiding getting my ass kicked by the jocks and Chess King guidos at the mall while the security guard tries to take my skateboard away” so I’ve respectfully refrained from voting.

    Also, when I was a kid I thought pinball was for middle aged posers. Spoiler alert, I was right

    #14 9 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    The only thing that makes me feel young is calling everybody here old.

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    #15 9 months ago

    The arcades, the music, the girls, esp Joan Jett! Miss those days of care free living. Burning all those quarters on space station, high speed, double dragon, tron and many others. Now I have to adult everyday and only live those fun times when I have time to. Whilst playing a game, and dreaming of those care free days!
    Although I will say, Now I enjoy working on them as much as playing them. So there's that!

    #16 9 months ago

    Growing up I was a victim of the home video gaming era. I loved arcades but the pins were not my thing. Closest I get to reliving my childhood is a game of SF2 or Mortal Kombat on my standup arcade cabinet, and its usually short lived.

    #17 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    That's funny! lol
    I think back in the 90s I did a little reliving of the youth because culture seemed to be emulating the 70s, so I figured why not go with the real deal, but that didn't last very long because I didn't want the women I wanted to go out with thinking I was some kind of antique.

    You seem to spend way too much time worrying about what other people think of you. I thought old people didn't give a shit?!

    My Nana...that old broad did NOT GIVE A SHIT I'll tell you that much!

    #18 9 months ago
    Quoted from WolfManCat:

    Growing up I was a victim of the home video gaming era. I loved arcades but the pins were not my thing. Closest I get to reliving my childhood is a game of SF2 or Mortal Kombat on my standup arcade cabinet, and its usually short lived.

    This kinda..
    I remember practicing/studying Mortal Kombat moves on Sega/SNES so I could beat the town kids at the mall arcade. There might have been pins in there...
    Didn't start playing pinball till about 5 years ago.

    #19 9 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    You seem to spend way too much time worrying about what other people think of you. I thought old people didn't give a shit?!

    It was back in the 90s and I was still young and full of, well you know what.

    Now I only care what I think of myself, which is pretty much the same as above.

    #20 9 months ago
    Quoted from brenna98:

    Didn't start playing pinball till about 5 years ago.

    And now you have 47 mostly from the 70s and 80s?

    Somebody around here is going to be extremely jealous of you reliving their youth for them.

    #21 9 months ago

    Owning a pin that ate all my money as a kid is sweet revenge. Then I kick the crap out of it and send it on its way. I guess I am getting even.

    #22 9 months ago
    Quoted from Wyopinball:Owning a pin that ate all my money as a kid is sweet revenge. Then I kick the crap out of it and send it on its way. I guess I am getting even.

    Been there done that for sure. But the novelty doesn't last very long.

    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    You forgot “I didnt play Pinball when I was a kid, there were video games”

    I may not have mentioned if you grew up playing video games there are now plenty of modern pinball machines aimed at helping you relive your youth even if you didn't play pinball back in the day. That should be pretty obvious by now

    #23 9 months ago

    most of my pre 1986 collection is games i played back in the day

    #24 9 months ago

    Doesn't this thread belong in the basement?

    #25 9 months ago
    Quoted from brenna98:

    This kinda..
    I remember practicing/studying Mortal Kombat moves on Sega/SNES so I could beat the town kids at the mall arcade. There might have been pins in there...
    Didn't start playing pinball till about 5 years ago.

    Haha, same here. My cousin and I would take a magazine that had the move list and practice at the local 7-Eleven. There were always older guys with plenty of arcade change to burn, they would usually kick our asses. Every now and then though my cousin would give one of these older sales reps from Sears a run for thier money on SF2.

    Its nice discovering pinball so late in the game to be honest. All the old stuff is new to me, even the pins that I did occasionally play in my early youth like TAF & T2.

    #26 9 months ago
    Quoted from Jvspin:

    Doesn't this thread belong in the basement?

    I don't think it fits the criteria.

    Of course what I or many others or even the majority on this site think doesn't always seem to matter.

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    #27 9 months ago

    Playing pinball makes me feel young, like a young kid

    Here is Wayne Neyens, legendary designer -

    On his 100th Birthday playing pinball.

    How can you feel old playing the silver ball?

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    #28 9 months ago
    Quoted from PopBumperPete:

    most of my pre 1986 collection is games i played back in the day

    Zero of the 25 or so games I own now did I play in my youth or did I ever see and some were made before I was born. That's just the way I want it and like it now. They may be antiques, but not me. About the closest I have is Dirty Harry, but that's a series of movies I didn't see until I was an adult.

    #29 9 months ago
    Quoted from Shapeshifter:

    Playing pinball makes me feel young, like a young kid
    Here is Wayne Neyens, legendary designer -
    On his 100th Birthday playing pinball.
    How can you feel old playing the silver ball?[quoted image]

    If I ever get to be 100, I'll be lucky if I can even remember my youth.

    And again, that's not the point. There is a difference between young at heart and trying to relive your youth.

    #30 9 months ago

    I never stopped living my youth, so no need to re-live.
    Got a Peter Pan thing going on.

    #31 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Zero of the 25 or so games I own now did I play in my youth or did I ever see and some were made before I was born. That's just the way I want it and like it now. They may be antiques, but not me. About the closest I have is Dirty Harry, but that's a series of movies I didn't see until I was an adult.

    That should be a pole option.

    "I keep feeling young by only playing games that are older than me."

    #32 9 months ago

    reliving their childhood? for some, yes...

    especially the 40-somethings who clearly have yet to grow up and treat pinside as their personal playground.
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    #33 9 months ago
    Quoted from Jvspin:

    That should be a pole option.

    "I keep feeling young by only playing games that are older than me."

    Perhaps, but that wasn't really the point. I'm referring to something you see everyday that takes you back to a magical place and time that helps you forget your troubles of today, if you so happen to have any.

    Quoted from RCA1:

    I never stopped living my youth, so no need to re-live.
    Got a Peter Pan thing going on.

    I kind of have the same thing going on and spending money to rehash my past or having monuments to it isn't necessary for that, and kind of goes against it.

    #34 9 months ago
    Quoted from RCA1:

    I never stopped living my youth, so no need to re-live.
    Got a Peter Pan thing going on.

    Same here "40 going on 25" I like to say.

    #35 9 months ago
    Quoted from pinballkim:

    Same here "40 going on 25" I like to say.

    I'd like to think more along the lines of 55 dating a 25.

    #36 9 months ago

    My initial interest was sparked way back when, but I don't really relive anything. I enjoy a lot of games now that I never played back then.

    I simply enjoy the hobby as it stands in the present. Repair, research, documentation, bargain hunting, playing, going to shows, and more recently, hosting a show.

    #37 9 months ago

    That's great Flow! Hope for your sake that never changes if a 70s Superman pinball machine is ever released.

    #38 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I'd like to think more along the lines of 55 dating a 25.

    I took you for more of a "55 dating 2 5s (or 5 2s)." But maybe that was Vid ...

    #39 9 months ago
    Quoted from fosaisu:

    I took you for more of a "55 dating 2 5s (or 5 2s)." But maybe that was Vid ...

    I'd probably settle for a perfect 10.

    #40 9 months ago

    Edit-wasn't that funny.

    #41 9 months ago

    Still 15 internally. No need to RElive. I'm living it now.

    #42 9 months ago

    Not reliving my youth but it's definitely nostalgic to have a Pinbot in my basement.

    #43 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:If so, you might consider snapping out of it and waking up or before you know it, you may look in the mirror someday and realize that you are just another antique.
    Or perhaps, it's already too late.

    I don't get this mentality of this post at all. Sorry, but what is wrong with reliving your youth?
    Yes pinball helps me relive my youth. The glory days of hanging out with my best of buddies after school. Hanging out on the weekends in the mall arcades. The Time Tunnel, Space Port, bowling allies and skating rinks. That excitement of getting the triple pop when you break the high score. Yeah I'm old, The first pinball I've played were EM's and the fist video games I played were black and white. Well actually the first ones were EM's but wouldn't call them video games. Although only half my games are ones I played in my youth. The half are new games or games I never really played. Meaning anything from 1986 on up. Anytime I play one of those older games I feel like I'm 12 years old again. Nothing wrong with that.

    #44 9 months ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    I don't get this mentality of this post at all. Sorry, but what is wrong with reliving your youth?

    Nothing wrong with it that I can see as long as you get over it before it consumes you and you forget that those days are gone forever and there is no bringing them back. Then you end up an old man living with dreams of days gone by and nothing to look forward to.

    That, my friend, is a means to your end. Or should I say, that is a means to an end that is not for me. And I'm probably near the same age as you.

    #45 9 months ago

    o-din: were you a poet in a previous life?

    #46 9 months ago
    Quoted from greenhornet:

    o-din: were you a poet in a previous life?

    No, I was a long haired surfer/stoner back in the 70s.

    UH OH. WAIT A MINUTE!

    #47 9 months ago

    I'm 35, and when I was a kid I never had cash for the arcade

    So reliving a missed childhood

    #48 9 months ago
    Quoted from Outlanes:

    I'm 35, and when I was a kid I never had cash for the arcade

    So reliving a missed childhood

    That's just called making up for lost time. Nothing wrong with that!

    #49 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Nothing wrong with it that I can see as long as you get over it before it consumes you and you forget that those days are gone forever and there is no bringing them back. Then you end up an old man living with dreams of days gone by and nothing to look forward to.
    That, my friend, is a means to your end. Or should I say, that is a means to an end that is not for me. And I'm probably near the same age as you.

    Just to be clear. You are still talking about pinball and not ex-wife's?

    #50 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Been there done that for sure. But the novelty doesn't last very long.

    I may not have mentioned if you grew up playing video games there are now plenty of modern pinball machines aimed at helping you relive your youth even if you didn't play pinball back in the day. That should be pretty obvious by now

    What, like SF2? That just makes me want to kill myself. Wait is that on the poll? I voted wrong!!

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