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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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    #51 9 months ago

    I didn’t have the patience or the money BITD

    #52 9 months ago

    My Body is old and failing me.

    My one good ear listens to 80s Pandora.
    My Gut wishes it could eat like a Teenager.
    My heart still has me chasing my wife for 43 years.

    But when I turn on a game, in get in the zone, I can fly back to any time and any place in my memory
    since Pinball was always there.

    A truly Religious Experience!

    #53 9 months ago

    I just caught the video clip of one of my childhood friends that is the same age as I am from a week ago.

    Now I'm not sure if this is re-living his youth, never leaving his youth, or normal adult behavior.

    #54 9 months ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    My Body is old and failing me.
    My one good ear listens to 80s Pandora.
    My Gut wishes it could eat like a Teenager.
    My heart still has me chasing my wife for 43 years.
    But when I turn on a game, in get in the zone, I can fly back to any time and any place in my memory
    since Pinball was always there.
    A truly Religious Experience!

    I suppose if you are already feeling like a broken down old antique and no other means seems to help, and living in the past helps ease your pain, then by all means, keep on doing it!

    #55 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I just caught the video clip of one of my childhood friends that is the same age as I am from a week ago.
    Now I'm not sure if this is re-living his youth, never leaving his youth, or normal adult behavior.

    Now THAT’s more like it!!

    Ok well maybe not exactly that..

    #56 9 months ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    Now THAT’s more like it!!
    Ok well maybe not exactly that..

    I couldn't find the unedited version, but I have a lot more respect for Mike these days. He used to be such a shy, introverted kid.

    If that was an 80s punk show, the fan would have got his ass kicked and liked it! Now all they can do is whine and sue.

    #57 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I couldn't find the unedited version, but I have a lot more respect for Mike these days. He used to be such a shy, introverted kid.
    If that was an 80s punk show, the fan would have got his ass kicked and liked it! Now all they can do is whine and sue.

    I grew up going to a place called the “Batcave”’for all the hardcore shows. The bands the crowd hated got their asses kicked. The crowd got their asses kicked back The bands the crowd loved got their asses kicked. ...It was a little confusing at first. But I saw SO many awesome shows there.

    #58 9 months ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    I grew up going to a place called the “Batcave”’for all the hardcore shows.

    Where is this Batcave? We had a bunch of different spots, some more infamous than others like The Cookoos Nest in Costa Mesa.

    #59 9 months ago

    Gonna rewatch Another State of Mind for the 500th time now. Hey O-man, is there a particular time stamp one can find you skanking around in this?

    #60 9 months ago

    Th pins I played in my teenage years were a way for me to escape reality. I started working at Hardee’s when I was 14, lied on my application because we needed money. Walked to work after school almost every day and then one day a co worker gave me lift to the Kwik shop where we played EATPM for a couple of hours. After that I would get a roll of quarters each week and would try and make that roll last. I still use pinball as way to escape to this day. The pins of my youth are bitter sweet, they are memories of me trying to escape.

    #61 9 months ago

    I decided upon ‘my inner child controls everything ‘ My family-including my dog, work and bills will always be a priority, but a mans gotta have a lil fun..for a few years now, it’s pinball that I enjoy playing and occasionally working /learning about.

    #62 9 months ago

    Was going to vote, but no applicable choice. Oh well.

    #63 9 months ago
    Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

    Was going to vote, but no applicable choice. Oh well.

    None of the poll choices were a good match for me, so I went with: Yes, the 80's never really ended
    Note: I am aware that the 80's are long gone, ...except when 80's rock bands (or tribute bands) perform at the local clubs/casinos.

    #64 9 months ago
    Quoted from GorillaBiscuits:

    is there a particular time stamp one can find you skanking around in this?

    Not exactly sure what you mean, but I'm mainly living in the now looking forward to the future with good enough memories of the past to not need or want any items I'll have to look at daily from it to remind me. I do have a small box of trinkets for novelties sake.

    As far as the poll choices, they could have all applied at one time or another except the 80s one because I was really glad when that wound up, superficial decade was over, but I voted I'm still in my youth, so no need to dwell in the past as that most suits the way I feel now.

    #65 9 months ago

    There are a few pins that make me think of childhood (the ones I played back then). By the time I got into pinball seriously though, many of the new pins I played didn't even exist when I was younger, so no, it doesn't currently remind me of my younger days much.

    #66 9 months ago

    No, it’s helping me prepare for my death.

    #67 9 months ago

    Reminds me of playing with my Dad.
    Getting a quarter was a challenge, but in the end he would spend the money so we could play together.

    #68 9 months ago

    Pinball is helping me realize how worthless my money really is...

    #69 9 months ago

    If you really want a wakeup call in regards to reliving your youth, look up one of your old girlfriends you haven't seen since high school and have been thinking about on and off ever since.

    The present may not look so bad after all.

    #70 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

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

    If someone can come up with a better depiction of Superman than Christopher Reeve, I'd be happy to see it and the potential new material a good depiction could bring. So for the time being, 70s supes it is, unless someone else steps up.

    #71 9 months ago

    I don't think it's reliving but just last night I put Led Zeppelin on the headphones after smoking a little and played more pinball than I had in the last month or better. It was a total escape from life and stuff. It was amazing and made me remember as a kid when you could get transported away from everything while playing. It's much better as an adult to have your own cool space to enjoy without someone messing it up. It's not reliving but tapping back into that magic of not feeling the world on your shoulders that being an adult brings. Now when I'm able to retire that's when I plan on reliving my youth.

    #72 9 months ago
    Quoted from Buzz:

    I don't think it's reliving but just last night I put Led Zeppelin on the headphones after smoking a little ...

    Wait a minute ... wait a minute! Am I seeing a connection here "Buzz"?!

    #73 9 months ago

    My first memories of pinball were playing Space Shuttle (always wanted to be an astronaut) and then Pinbot. I thought that visor was the coolest thing ever invented, at the time. Pinball is filled with nostalgia and that's a big reason for its regained popularity.

    #74 9 months ago

    Being an adult means that you can build a bigger, better, and funner fort than you used too.

    #75 9 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    If someone can come up with a better depiction of Superman than Christopher Reeve, I'd be happy to see it and the potential new material a good depiction could bring. So for the time being, 70s supes it is, unless someone else steps up.

    Already been done when George Reeves played Superman on TV and in cinema. He is the original man of flab and steel and played it to a tee. Just as Boris Karloff was the original Frankenstein, all those that came after are just wannabes.

    I imagine when they were casting that movie it went something like this-

    " We need to find another George Reeves to play Superman"

    " No dice, but we found a guy named Reeve instead"

    " I guess that'll have to do then"
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    #76 9 months ago

    Me and my wife never had children so we never had to grow up.

    #77 9 months ago

    I think that's why I own the pins/games that I do. I don't need the games I played while I was young to feel or remember earlier days. Just playing, hit that jackpot, get the extra ball, put your initials on the board, beat your best score all bring me back to some level. Keep playing and have fun

    #78 9 months ago
    Quoted from Quadrat:

    I don't need the games I played while I was young to feel or remember earlier days.

    Same here. Just as I don't need newer games with themes from my youth.

    In fact I'm totally against them now. That is not pinball moving forward, that is pinball becoming a novelty at best IMO. And owning them it is the epitome of trying to live in the past.

    #79 9 months ago

    One of my earliest memories (like from age 3 or 4) is watching a guy play pinball, and seeing other people impressed by how good he was. This was the 70s, when pinball was really badass. It struck me then that the highest goal a human being could aspire to was to be really good at pinball. I guess I never completely got past that.

    #80 9 months ago
    Quoted from MrFancy:

    One of my earliest memories (like from age 3 or 4) is watching a guy play pinball, and seeing other people impressed by how good he was. This was the 70s, when pinball was really badass. It struck me then that the highest goal a human being could aspire to was to be really good at pinball. I guess I never completely got past that.

    Indeed.

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    #81 9 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    " We need to find another George Reeve to play Superman"

    " No dice, but we found a guy named Reeves instead"

    Other way around--George Reeves and Christopher Reeve

    #82 9 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Other way around--George Reeves and Christopher Reeve

    Ooops! I'll fix it! Coffee hadn't kicked in yet.

    Better than when I came up with Steve Reeves though. It can be confusing...

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