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Pinball Arcades alive and well!!!


By QuickSilverShelb

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    I know there has been allot of talk about location pinball and its relative health. Two nights ago I was taking my kids to New York, New York in Las Vegas to ride the roller coast and get the standard (painfull) fill of redemption games when I came around the corner to NIRVANA!
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    Right in front of my eyes where 10 pinball machines all nicely lined up. At first I was excited to see this many pins outside the confines of The Pinball Hall of Fame but then my enthusiasm turned to skepticism. Due to my previous outings to the PHOF I figured these too were probably at various level of disrepair and in need of some serious cleaning and attention.

    No matter, I was happy to see that I didn't have to spend the next hour listening to my inner voice scream out in anguish "why do these kids like this redemption sh!t".

    I hurriedly ran over and got $5 bucks loaded on to a card and quickly headed for my first machine, a Mustang Pro. I have been looking forward to playing this game and to my surprise the game was in perfect working order, clean, sanppy flippers, great sound and all the lighting and mechanics in top shape. After playing my three balls I headed for Star Trek. Again, perfect working order and clean as can be. I wondered "what the heck".

    I quickly checked out all the other games and they were all the same. Perfect working order and clean, clean, clean. In fact I quickly realized that these games all looked brand new. I believe these games may have only been on this location for a very short time, maybe only a week or two. In previous visits to New York, New York I'm the one trying to get the kids outta there but this time the tables were turned. I kept telling my wife and kids "hang on, I've only got a few more games to play". After $15 or $20 bucks I finally gave in and begrudgingly left.

    The games included:

    WWE pro
    ACDC Pro
    Avatar LE
    Iron Man Pro
    Walking Dead Pro - Refinery Edition 01
    Mustang Pro
    Star Trek Premium
    Transformers Pro
    Xmen Pro
    Metalica Pro

    I gotta tell you, whoever put these on location sure went for it and I salute you. Damn, this made my Friday night in Las Vegas.

    QSS

    #2 3 years ago

    Nice to see clean working games on location. I'll be visiting there soon, so thanks for posting.

    #3 3 years ago

    Yeah those are definitely new games put there within the past couple of months. I was in NYNY back in January and all they had were two heavily routed games, one of which was broken at the time. How much does it cost to play those machines? Is it $1 with the 3 for $2 option? I will be going back to Vegas in December and look forward to visiting there.

    #4 3 years ago

    This is great news! I'm in Vegas right now... Visiting the NYNY Tomorrow

    #5 3 years ago
    Quoted from kst8cat:

    Is it $1 with the 3 for $2 option? I will be going back to Vegas in December and look forward to visiting there.

    I didn't notice. I was so happy to have a row of 10 new games in front of me, I didn't even look at my payment options.

    QSS

    #6 3 years ago

    That's real cool!

    I'd like to use the rest of this comment space to thank Tim and all the volunteers at the PHOF. Without you and a few other like minded individuals pinball probably wouldn't be in the resurgence we all wish/hope/think it's in now. I feel the slight that the OP pays you guys here is somewhat unjust. I appreciate you guys/gals for all the time and effort you put in, I don't expect my idea of perfection to be met when I walk thru your door. Keep up the great work! Sincerely thanks

    #7 3 years ago

    I may have been a little harsh on the PHOF, we all appreciate their effort but I really respect the commitment of someone who drops $55 to $65 thousand on location games in one shot.

    QSS

    #8 3 years ago

    A 55-65k outlay @ NYNY shows commitment? Chump change to them. Don't get me wrong though I'm thrilled to see these new games out and happy to hear that they made your night. Let's hope they can keep them spotless and working perfectly up to your standards long term

    #9 3 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up! Looks like a place worth of a visit. Those blue things are for custom cards that you need to load money onto?

    Quoted from fumbleflippers:

    Let's hope they can keep them spotless and working perfectly up to your standards long term

    I think we *should* have the expectation of machines playing well on location. No need to guilt trip the OP about it.

    #10 3 years ago

    Location play is definitely on the up-swing in the last few years. In the bay area there are still tons of "bad" places, but also a lot of "playable" and "excellent" venues.

    I was at Gestalt in SF last night and there were eight games in great shape getting lots of play, including a Space Shuttle that played like new. Initially I balked at 75 cents per game but it was on 5-ball and playing beautifully.

    #11 3 years ago

    There's the drawback at that location: card readers. I hate those things with a passion!

    #12 3 years ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    There's the drawback at that location: card readers. I hate those things with a passion!

    Even worse on a pin because they're between you and the game! I avoid any place that uses these contraptions.

    #13 3 years ago

    I thought those were medical scanners used for testing for ball cancer?

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    There's the drawback at that location: card readers. I hate those things with a passion!

    I'm not a huge fan of Cards, myself, but they are the "it" thing and what a lot of Arcades are doing today. I saw it as early as the 90's. They mix the classic arcade play with redemption play. In Casinos, it's all cards, for example, now. Like it or not, it's here to stay. If they've work pinball into the mix, I'm alright with that.

    #15 3 years ago
    Quoted from QuickSilverShelb:

    I may have been a little harsh on the PHOF

    No, you certainly were not.

    #16 3 years ago

    With the card readers you completely lose the concept of money so it makes the games profitable again.

    #17 3 years ago
    Quoted from mikedetroit:

    With the card readers you completely lose the concept of money so it makes the games profitable again.

    agreed. just walk into a D&B's and throw $20-40 on a card and give it to your kids. then watch how quickly they come back because the card is "empty"

    #18 3 years ago

    Was in Vegas the beginning of July and spent a good bit of time in NYNY. Don't know if they were there then. If they were I sure missed them. I've played most of them, but still would have been cool to see. Will definitely check them out next time.

    #19 3 years ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    Was in Vegas the beginning of July and spent a good bit of time in NYNY. Don't know if they were there then. If they were I sure missed them. I've played most of them, but still would have been cool to see. Will definitely check them out next time.

    If you were in NYNY in July and you didn't see them then they weren't there. You just don't miss a row of 10 minty new machines.

    QSS

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