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Is pinball less popular in the South


By FlippinJimmy

73 days ago



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    #1 73 days ago

    Seems like most of you guys are from the North East, out West and Florida. I don't see many sellers in the South (LA,MS, AL). Seems like pinball is less popular here or maybe Southern Pinheads just aren't on Pinside?

    #2 73 days ago

    Louisiana has been growing in recent years. There is a club in Flowood Miss and Miss just started hosting tourneys late last year.

    You are welcome to post in our club thread. There are Mississippi in it: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gulf-coast-pinball-club-se-texas-sw-louisiana

    #3 73 days ago
    Quoted from TigerLaw:

    Louisiana has been growing in recent years. There is a club in Flowood Miss and Miss just started hosting tourneys late last year.
    You are welcome to post in our club thread. There are Mississippi in it: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gulf-coast-pinball-club-se-texas-sw-louisiana

    What is the average age of the people that play in the tournaments. Curious if it is younger crowd getting into pinball or the older set. Thanks for link

    #4 73 days ago

    Anywhere that video poker is big is gonna be bad for pinball.

    #5 73 days ago

    I’m active in several regional Facebook groups for pinball and vids in the Southeast. We don’t really need to advertise on Pinside.

    #6 73 days ago
    Quoted from FlippinJimmy:

    Seems like most of you guys are from the North East, out West and Florida. I don't see many sellers in the South (LA,MS, AL). Seems like pinball is less popular here or maybe Southern Pinheads just aren't on Pinside?

    There are a few of us....but nowhere near the numbers the NE and midwest has!

    #7 73 days ago

    I think the machines were initially distributed based on population and market so the northeast would get more machines than the south in general. There is a robust community here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the other large cities in Texas but you can still find some barn finds out in the sticks!

    #8 73 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Anywhere that video poker is big is gonna be bad for pinball.

    I agree with that. Lots of those close by, and no pinball machines. The few places that have pinball machines anywhere near me traffic is a killer...like 45 minutes or longer for what used to be a 20 minute drive.

    #9 73 days ago

    As a local arcade tech in the late 70s early 80s video games brought more in for the operators. The newest pins got play but soon dropped on cash intake. Gorgar, Black Knight, Centaur, and Haunted House were big. Still people did not stand in line to play.
    To the present, I know of 5 pin owners locally. I'm the only pinsider. Pins are scarce on the market here with above average pricing. I bought 6 of my pins close to home and took road trips for the others. I have sold 1 pin it was a local deal.

    #10 73 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Anywhere that video poker is big is gonna be bad for pinball.Why is that?

    #11 73 days ago
    Quoted from bluespin:

    I’m active in several regional Facebook groups for pinball and vids in the Southeast. We don’t really need to advertise on Pinside.

    Any recommendations on Facebook sites. Have tried to purchase a couple pins from Pinside but many sellers don't want to ship or don't want to ship to someone they don't know. Can't say I blame them but I have missed a couple pins that I would have purchased.

    #12 73 days ago

    Because video poker makes money and pinball doesn’t so why lose any video poker space in favor of a useless pinball game?

    #13 73 days ago

    Perhaps you could share your location with us?

    I find most often collectors in the region to be quite friendly and generous.

    #14 73 days ago
    Quoted from bluespin:

    I’m active in several regional Facebook groups for pinball and vids in the Southeast. We don’t really need to advertise on Pinside.

    Some people don't do facebook...

    #15 73 days ago
    Quoted from Nevus:

    Perhaps you could share your location with us?
    I find most often collectors in the region to be quite friendly and generous.

    Checking in from Madison, AL.

    Where are you located?

    #16 73 days ago

    It’s the weather. Pinball is an indoor sport/entertainment. Indoor sports/entertainment are usually more popular in places the weather is not as nice year round. Bowling is another indoor sport more popular in the NE than down south. When the weather is nice, people usually spend it outdoors.

    #17 73 days ago

    Shreveport LA

    #18 73 days ago

    The south will rise again!

    #19 73 days ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    The south will rise again!

    You may want to stock up on Super Glue.

    #20 73 days ago

    are those video poker machines legal in LA, GA etc.. Remember seeing casinos as soon as I crossed the state line into LA. They are legal to own here, it's just how you use them that can get you into trouble. Think the rule is, the item you win can't be anymore then 10 times the value of one credit, with a limit of 5 bucks.

    #21 73 days ago
    Quoted from hocuslocus:

    are those video poker machines legal in LA, GA etc.

    The store where I buy beer has several, and they stay busy. I have never played, no interest in it. They have signs that they can only pay out in merchandise or gift cards I think. From what I understand it is only illegal to pay out cash. I have seen on local news in the past where stores had all their machines confiscated.

    #22 73 days ago

    Can we stay on topic and not talk about video poker

    #23 73 days ago

    I’d bet that pinball isn’t quite as popular down south because the weather is so much warmer allowing for other hobbies to be outside nearly year round. Boating and fishing is huge in my area with numerous local lakes.

    #24 73 days ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    I’d bet that pinball isn’t quite as popular down south because the weather is some much warmer allowing for other hobbies to be outside nearly year round.

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    #25 73 days ago
    Quoted from kevmad:

    Can we stay on topic and not talk about video poker

    Quoted from Coz:

    I’d bet that pinball isn’t quite as popular down south because the weather is some much warmer allowing for other hobbies to be outside nearly year round. Boating and fishing is huge in my area with numerous local lakes.

    So now it went from poker to lakes. LOL

    Seriously I do not know how well those places 45 minutes from me does with pinball, but I know first hand people that live 10 minutes away and are happy to have pinball close. I wish some barcades would open close to me.

    #26 73 days ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    I’d bet that pinball isn’t quite as popular down south because the weather is some much warmer allowing for other hobbies to be outside nearly year round. Boating and fishing is huge in my area with numerous local lakes.

    It just never was a big culture hit here. Never will be. People will play one if they pass by somewhere, but I don’t know anyone here who actively seeks out an arcade expierience on a regular basis. It’s a very small niche.

    Plus a lot of population is coastal, and with hurricanes and the nasty rust, corrosion, and mold problems here, it’s not a natural fit. The building my pins are in is kept at 70F and I also run a supplemental dehumidifier.

    Games that are not kept in those conditions here turn to shit fast, so a lot of the games that were here were junked long ago.

    #28 73 days ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    I’d bet that pinball isn’t quite as popular down south because the weather is some much warmer allowing for other hobbies to be outside nearly year round. Boating and fishing is huge in my area with numerous local lakes.

    I'm not sure if I'd call triple digits with a nice amount of sticky, nice. I was in san diego for three months in the summer, that's nice summer weather.

    #29 73 days ago

    Pinball is certainly not popular in South L A

    #30 73 days ago
    Quoted from o-din:

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    Dammit Odin! Why’d you have to post that picture?

    Now I gotta buy a plane ticket...

    #31 73 days ago

    Based off of sales the hot spots are CA, TX, FL and IL.

    #32 73 days ago

    Well, to my knowledge TPF (the Texas Pinball Festival) is the largest pinball event in the country. If that is any kind of measure, my answer would be "no" to your question.

    #33 68 days ago
    Quoted from o-din:

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    LOL -You come up with the craziest pictures. You must spend half your time searching for pinball machines and the other half finding internet pics.

    #34 68 days ago
    Quoted from Nevus:

    Perhaps you could share your location with us?
    I find most often collectors in the region to be quite friendly and generous.

    South Mississippi.

    #35 68 days ago
    Quoted from FlippinJimmy:

    South Mississippi.

    Small world...kinda ironic that what got me back into pins back in 2016 after a 10 year absence was a weekend visit to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi with my wife. We stumbled across the arcade in the Beau Rivage and there was a nice Stern Star Trek Pro. After about 10 minutes of playing it my wife looked at me and said "Oh no..." Yep, in the pinball desert of South Mississippi my love for the hobby was reborn....

    #36 68 days ago
    Quoted from AUKraut:

    Small world...kinda ironic that what got me back into pins back in 2016 after a 10 year absence was a weekend visit to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi with my wife. We stumbled across the arcade in the Beau Rivage and there was a nice Stern Star Trek Pro. After about 10 minutes of playing it my wife looked at me and said "Oh no..." Yep, in the pinball desert of South Mississippi my love for the hobby was reborn....

    That's funny as I had the same experience but at the IP Casino arcade. They have a AS pro there and it doesn't seem to get used much. I always play there after dinner and one night after a couple beers I told my wife I was getting one of those. Must of thought I was kidding based on the look on her face when the truck pulled up.

    #37 68 days ago

    There are very active and thriving pinball scenes in Atlanta and Birmingham. Tournaments, leagues, games posted for sale all the time. I don’t ever take it for granted - every pinball milestone here happened because people took chances.

    #38 68 days ago
    Quoted from swampfire:

    There are very active and thriving pinball scenes in Atlanta and Birmingham. Tournaments, leagues, games posted for sale all the time. I don’t ever take it for granted - every pinball milestone here happened because people took chances.

    And even places to play that are not in homes

    https://portalpinball.com/
    http://www.myparentsbasementcbcb.com/pinball
    https://www.replayarcade1.com

    Plus the SFGE show

    http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com

    Atlanta area is a fantastic place for pinball

    #39 68 days ago
    Quoted from altan:

    Atlanta area is a fantastic place for pinball

    Only great if you live near enough to one of those places. Traffic is just so bad anymore it takes over a hour a lot of the time for what should be a 25 min drive.

    Yeah, I am just sour nowhere very close to where I live.

    #40 68 days ago

    In the 90s pinball was popular with the SC shore resorts. l dropped so many quarters in myrtle beach. For better or worse most of
    those games ended up in private collections, or ruined in flood waters. Cest la vie

    #41 68 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Anywhere that video poker is big is gonna be bad for pinball.

    I dunno... Lotto machines are huge in Oregon and you still see tons of pins around, often in the same bars. The sad ass addicts clocking in to the video gambling machines are an entirely different demographic than the people playing pins but both buy a lot of drinks and food. Given space for only one or the other though, yeah most locations are going to go for the option that is designed to exploit addictive personalities and rob them blind.

    That said, I've seen more than a few bars that explicitly don't have the keno machines, but do have pins or other games available. Usually places that are courting a younger/hipper demographic... Those keno machines bring a depressing crowd that is often poison to other types of patronage.

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