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!
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:
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.