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Pinball in movies or TV shows? Name a game you have seen in the background?

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#2601 9 months ago

This episode of "Star Trek" was named " A Piece of the Action". Kirk, McCoy & Spock are being held captive by the gangsters in this picture.
Hard to tell what the names of the pins are and the machine off to the right...??

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#2602 9 months ago

Don't think this one has been mentioned. "On the Right Track" 1981 comedy with Gary Coleman, Bill Russell, Maureen Stapleton, Norman Fell and super hot Lisa Eilbacher working on a Bally Freedom (probably better known as Jenny Summers, Axel Foley's friend in Beverly Hills Cop)

Looks like a Freedom, a Space Invaders and another scene from outside the arcade looks like a Flash

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#2603 9 months ago
Quoted from boscokid:

Don't think this one has been mentioned. "On the Right Track" 1981 comedy with Gary Coleman, Bill Russell, Maureen Stapleton, Norman Fell and super hot Lisa Eilbacher working on a Bally Freedom (probably better known as Jenny Summers, Axel Foley's friend in Beverly Hills Cop)
Looks like a Freedom, a Space Invaders and another scene from outside the arcade looks like a Flash
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Also a Stellar Wars in the second picture behind Gary Coleman.

#2604 9 months ago
Quoted from boscokid:

Don't think this one has been mentioned. "On the Right Track" 1981 comedy with Gary Coleman, Bill Russell, Maureen Stapleton, Norman Fell and super hot Lisa Eilbacher working on a Bally Freedom (probably better known as Jenny Summers, Axel Foley's friend in Beverly Hills Cop)
Looks like a Freedom, a Space Invaders and another scene from outside the arcade looks like a Flash
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Wa'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?!

#2605 9 months ago
Quoted from gjm:

This episode of "Star Trek" was named " A Piece of the Action". Kirk, McCoy & Spock are being held captive by the gangsters in this picture.
Hard to tell what the names of the pins are and the machine off to the right...??
[quoted image]

Already in the index.

#2606 9 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Already in the index.

Yeah, but with no game names listed.

Quoted from Gemini:

There's a particular second-season episode of Star Trek TOS called "A Piece of the Action" where Kirk and co. are being held captive in the storeroom on a planet run by gangsters and they have a variety of pinball machines in there in various states of disrepair... but I have no idea which pins they are. Most of them seem to be identical save for one. Here's a couple screencaps:
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Anyone have any idea which pins these are?

Quoted from HighVoltage:

Caught some of the Star Trek marathon this weekend. On episode "A Piece of the Action" there's a bunch of woodrails in Okmyx's place, can't make them out though...

Quoted from bob_e:

STAR TREK S2 E17 A Piece of the Action. Kirk Spock and McCoy are being held in a store room. There are several wood rail pins and a slot machine in the back ground. I could not read the titles. But the story had them on a planet that used a book about the Chicago Mobsters as a basis for their society. The cars were from the late 20s and early 30s Pins were not period correct.

Quoted from LeChuck:

Old post, but I just noticed these and saw that they weren’t ID’d yet:
Majors - 1941 (Chicago Coin 1941) - there are three of these in the room
Twenty Grand (Williams 1952)
I wonder if that SUPER JACKPOT game by the door is real or not.
PS - We actually have two Star Trek keyposts for this same episode/scene. Can we get the extra one removed?
PPS - It’s more work but it would be neat to have some way to tag games as needing an ID. With all this time at home it’s fun to hunt these down.

Quoted from gjm:

This episode of "Star Trek" was named " A Piece of the Action". Kirk, McCoy & Spock are being held captive by the gangsters in this picture.
Hard to tell what the names of the pins are and the machine off to the right...??
[quoted image]

Wow. Just spent an hour searching ipdb, freaking nailed the IDs, then searched the thread for "twenty" just in case and there they were, buried in post 2062. (Next to last quoted post.)

There's got to be a better way.

Ah well, got in some IDing practice, anyway! It was fun finding them, even if someone else did first.

#2607 9 months ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

Wife is watching Better Call Saul and kept saying there's a pin. Finally got up to snap pic of hs2[quoted image]

It looks like a High Speed II: The Getaway.

#2608 9 months ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

There's got to be a better way.

I think we're pretty much at the limits of what this board can do without significant changes. A year ago there was no way to see what shows had pinball machines on them - the index wasn't ordered by show. Robin made that change and it really is great, but I don't see the whole board functionality getting changed even more to satisfy the wants of one thread on it.

#2609 9 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

I think we're pretty much at the limits of what this board can do without significant changes. A year ago there was no way to see what shows had pinball machines on them - the index wasn't ordered by show. Robin made that change and it really is great, but I don't see the whole board functionality getting changed even more to satisfy the wants of one thread on it.

One little ol' flag (e.g. *, though a check mark might be better), to indicate whether the noted game(s) have been identified, could simply be added to the already free-form text field with absolutely zero board functionality modification required, much less "the whole board functionality getting changed even more to satisfy the wants of one thread on it."

#2610 9 months ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

One little ol' flag (e.g. *, though a check mark might be better), to indicate whether the noted game(s) have been identified, could simply be added to the already free-form text field with absolutely zero board functionality modification required, much less "the whole board functionality getting changed even more to satisfy the wants of one thread on it."

Find the volunteer that's going to find that information for 600 games already indexed. I indexed them all, but I'm not doing this because it's still not very useful beyond what's here now. Even if there's a check mark, you would still have to go through the thread to find what the games actually were, same as now.

#2611 9 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Find the volunteer that's going to find that information for 600 games already indexed. I indexed them all, but I'm not doing this because it's still not very useful beyond what's here now. Even if there's a check mark, you would still have to go through the thread to find what the games actually were, same as now.

So everyone with time to kill who wants to go hunting should have to dig through each entry that way, searching whether the games are identified? Like I thought I did earlier, only to find them too late in a post that didn't even name the episode (due to quotes not counting as hits)?

Are we trying to identify the games, or not?

#2612 9 months ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Are we trying to identify the games, or not?

That's a question for the other people in this thread. I think it's more of just a running list of where pinball is seen in media, with the identification of the games being a secondary mini-game that happens around the time of the original posted pictures.

#2613 9 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:Find the volunteer that's going to find that information for 600 games already indexed. I indexed them all, but I'm not doing this because it's still not very useful beyond what's here now. Even if there's a check mark, you would still have to go through the thread to find what the games actually were, same as now.

Thanks for your work on making things better.

#2614 9 months ago

Do birdwatchers only care where they saw a bird, not what bird?

Quoted from PinMonk:

That's a question for the other people in this thread. I think it's more of just a running list of where pinball is seen in media, with the identification of the games being a secondary mini-game that happens around the time of the original posted pictures.

"Pinball in movies or TV shows? Name a game you have seen in the background?"

Does that look familiar? (It's the thread title.) To me, that does not say "Name a show or movie you have seen a game in, we don't care what the game is." It says name the game.

Quoted from gjm:

Hard to tell what the names of the pins are and the machine off to the right...??

See? That's half the fun of it. gjm specifically lamented the non-identification when posting about Star Trek earlier, and you helpfully posted "already in the index." So, in good faith, I looked at the Key Post. No game names. So I diligently searched for "piece action" and none of the posts about the episode have the game names, either! Oh, cool! I can contribute! (And I love TOS! I couldn't believe the sighting was incomplete!) So I proceed to spend an hour discovering the game names for myself, which was in itself satisfying, and only my double-checking search for "twenty" in the thread revealed that I had wasted my time, someone beat me to it soon after the LAST time someone reposted the episode.

So having wasted my time thus, I sort of lost the satisfaction from finding them. Kinda sucked. Then I come up with a brilliant idea to do something to save people (who just want to help by the way) time digging for sightings to ID, no site functionality modifications required. You blew it off.

It only makes sense to save people time searching for themselves whether a show's games have been identified.

I do realize that this set of circumstances might be rare; maybe the vast majority have complete IDs. I think it's worth going through the thread one more time to find out, and give others the courtesy of knowing, too. I volunteered to do just that, we'll see what Robin says.

#2615 9 months ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

But was it in the newly started soul/fun sucking key posts?
Jesus this thread has gotten more anal than my Corvis(sic) porn.

#2616 9 months ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

So having wasted my time thus, I sort of lost the satisfaction from finding them. Kinda sucked. Then I come up with a brilliant idea to do something to save people (who just want to help by the way) time digging for sightings to ID, no site functionality modifications required. You blew it off.
It only makes sense to save people time searching for themselves whether a show's games have been identified.
I do realize that this set of circumstances might be rare; maybe the vast majority have complete IDs. I think it's worth going through the thread one more time to find out, and give others the courtesy of knowing, too. I volunteered to do just that, we'll see what Robin says.

I asked the OP before I volunteered to index the whole thread, because it was his thread, after all. He was cool with it, so I did. But that's the line for me. I've kept the index current, but that's as much as I'm doing here.

No one's stopping you from spending the time to do what you said you think will be beneficial here. So, as long as it's cool with the OP of this thread, pin on your badge and go to work.
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#2617 9 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

I asked the OP before ...

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#2618 9 months ago

Ok so Xfinity/Comcast is running a commercial tonight during the NFL games with what I think is a fireball classic in the background. I’ll leave that up for debate.

But I can’t figure out the game because I’m so infuriated as how they haphazardly set up the drum set. Like the Tom arms are obviously upside down so they’re hanging out in no mans land, the hi-hats are so far over the left Tom that you may have to just have a bag of sticks and keep throwing them at those, and the floor Tom is facing AWAY from the drummer. Wow what a terrible assembly of a kit. I don’t even care anymore. Was there even a pinball in the pics??? DFF0A6E2-2929-4762-81BE-549FF9BB9F78 (resized).jpeg0709A0A8-CB7C-4DA6-A507-0D4BDAD789DB (resized).jpeg

#2619 9 months ago
Quoted from Yoko2una:

Ok so Xfinity/Comcast is running a commercial tonight during the NFL games with what I think is a fireball classic in the background. I’ll leave that up for debate.
But I can’t figure out the game because I’m so infuriated as how they haphazardly set up the drum set. Like the Tom arms are obviously upside down so they’re hanging out in no mans land, the hi-hats are so far over the left Tom that you may have to just have a bag of sticks and keep throwing them at those, and the floor Tom is facing AWAY from the drummer. Wow what a terrible assembly of a kit. I don’t even care anymore. Was there even a pinball in the pics??? [quoted image][quoted image]

It is a Fireball Classic, but they added paper cutouts to cover up the text on the backglass.

In the second image, it appears they decided to dance around the room like idiots instead of playing pinball.

#2621 9 months ago
Quoted from Yoko2una:

Ok so Xfinity/Comcast is running a commercial tonight during the NFL games with what I think is a fireball classic in the background. I’ll leave that up for debate.
But I can’t figure out the game because I’m so infuriated as how they haphazardly set up the drum set. Like the Tom arms are obviously upside down so they’re hanging out in no mans land, the hi-hats are so far over the left Tom that you may have to just have a bag of sticks and keep throwing them at those, and the floor Tom is facing AWAY from the drummer. Wow what a terrible assembly of a kit. I don’t even care anymore. Was there even a pinball in the pics??? [quoted image][quoted image]

What was the commercial for?

#2622 9 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

What was the commercial for?

Comcast/Xfinity

#2623 9 months ago

Stargate Atlantis:. S1 Ep9 "Home"

Hollywood Heat around 26:30 in Major Shepherd's apartment.

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#2624 9 months ago
Quoted from Yoko2una:

Comcast/Xfinity

Ha, I misunderstood and thought you SAW it on Comcast/Xfinity. Got it.

#2625 9 months ago

GMFB on NFL Network

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#2626 8 months ago

On the Impractical Joker TV show... a monster truck crushed a pinball machine!! Isn't that against the law?

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#2627 8 months ago
Quoted from scampcamp:

On the Impractical Joker TV show... a monster truck crushed a pinball machine!! Isn't that against the law?

Should be if it's not.

#2628 8 months ago
Quoted from scampcamp:

On the Impractical Joker TV show... a monster truck crushed a pinball machine!! Isn't that against the law?[quoted image]

Quoted from SonicZone:

Should be if it's not.

Hope the top end of a leg went through one of those tires!

#2629 8 months ago
Quoted from scampcamp:

On the Impractical Joker TV show... a monster truck crushed a pinball machine!! Isn't that against the law?[quoted image]

Do you know what season/episode this was?

#2630 8 months ago

death to 2020 funny show first minute in has a machine i cant make it out.

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#2631 8 months ago
Quoted from thc666:

death to 2020 funny show first minute in has a machine i cant make it out.
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Spacelab or Skylab EM.

#2632 8 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Do you know what season/episode this was?

That was Season 8, Episode 1: "Crash Test Dummies"

It was a dual loss with Sal and Murr. Murr got his Segway run over, and Sal the virtual pinball that was made based on the shows theme. It was a "one-off" made for Comic-con by VP Cabs, and Sal seemed quite upset to have it smashed... Sounds like it was replaced...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwqabCdFRNp/

#2633 8 months ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

Not a movie or or tv show but a Kia commercial.
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I saw this the other day and it caught my eye. But wondered if it was just a made-up pinball or a real one.

OK I looked and could not find this here and am surprised it hasn't been spotted. Piolet show Starsky & Hutch two pinballs in the background before they go in and bust the bookie. Just caught a minute of the show but did spot a few pins!

#2634 8 months ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

I saw this the other day and it caught my eye. But wondered if it was just a made-up pinball or a real one.
OK I looked and could not find this here and am surprised it hasn't been spotted. Piolet show Starsky & Hutch two pinballs in the background before they go in and bust the bookie. Just caught a minute of the show but did spot a few pins!

Quoted from TopMoose:

Bally Expressway (1971) with added backbox lighting.

#2635 8 months ago
Quoted from setzkor:

That was Season 8, Episode 1: "Crash Test Dummies"
It was a dual loss with Sal and Murr. Murr got his Segway run over, and Sal the virtual pinball that was made based on the shows theme. It was a "one-off" made for Comic-con by VP Cabs, and Sal seemed quite upset to have it smashed... Sounds like it was replaced...
https://www.instagram.com/p/BwqabCdFRNp/

Thanks, updated the index with the show/episode.

#2636 8 months ago

"Good Fella's" is in the index already but with only one photo of "Nitro Ground Shaker and Astro" together. The index states that "Captain Fantastic" was also in the movie but the person who posted did not include a photo, so I will. I will also post a picture of the front of "Nitro Ground Shaker" because the other photo in the index shows the front of "Astro".

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#2637 8 months ago

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Kind of hard to see but it's there.

#2638 8 months ago

Bar scene in the film Secondhand Lions (2003): An Odds & Evens (Bally, 1973) tucked away in the corner.

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#2639 8 months ago

Food network season 9 episode 6 at State Park bar in Cambridge, MA.

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#2640 8 months ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

Food network season 9 episode 6 at State Park bar in Cambridge, MA.
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What show on the food network was this?

#2641 8 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

What show on the food network was this?

I’m sorry food paradise.

#2642 8 months ago
Quoted from bssbllr:

I’m sorry food paradise.

Got it added to the index now, thanks.

#2643 8 months ago

Why do shows cover or alter the game names on the machines? It's not like they cover the name plates on the cars they use - even when they are not being paid by those car companies.

Sure, sometimes they are paid for "product placement", but it's not like Williams is going to somehow sue them for having an Attack From Mars in the background.

The whole idea of "who has the film rights to a particular object" has always been fuzzy to me. For example, if I own a Corvette and rent it to a movie company for use in their film, can GM come back to them and say "Hey, you owe us money for using our car...".

Likewise, if they film the outside of my house for a scene, can the architect and/or builder say "Hey, that's my design you're using..."

Who exactly owns the film rights to MY car/house/etc. ?

#2644 8 months ago
Quoted from mbeardsley:

Why do shows cover or alter the game names on the machines? It's not like they cover the name plates on the cars they use - even when they are not being paid by those car companies.
Sure, sometimes they are paid for "product placement", but it's not like Williams is going to somehow sue them for having an Attack From Mars in the background.
The whole idea of "who has the film rights to a particular object" has always been fuzzy to me. For example, if I own a Corvette and rent it to a movie company for use in their film, can GM come back to them and say "Hey, you owe us money for using our car...".
Likewise, if they film the outside of my house for a scene, can the architect and/or builder say "Hey, that's my design you're using..."
Who exactly owns the film rights to MY car/house/etc. ?

Williams may still have the rights Attack From Mars and they may use it in slots use.\
Also for stuff like sopranos hbo still has rights

#2645 8 months ago
Quoted from mbeardsley:

Why do shows cover or alter the game names on the machines? It's not like they cover the name plates on the cars they use - even when they are not being paid by those car companies.
Sure, sometimes they are paid for "product placement", but it's not like Williams is going to somehow sue them for having an Attack From Mars in the background.
The whole idea of "who has the film rights to a particular object" has always been fuzzy to me. For example, if I own a Corvette and rent it to a movie company for use in their film, can GM come back to them and say "Hey, you owe us money for using our car...".
Likewise, if they film the outside of my house for a scene, can the architect and/or builder say "Hey, that's my design you're using..."
Who exactly owns the film rights to MY car/house/etc. ?

I always wondered about this also. I did some searching, it’s hard to find out a lot about it. I found this web page, I think the answer is in there somewhere if you are willing to slog through it all. The Conclusion at the very end is interesting.

https://rodriqueslaw.com/blog/how-use-brands-and-products-film/

#2646 8 months ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

I always wondered about this also. I did some searching, it’s hard to find out a lot about it. I found this web page, I think the answer is in there somewhere if you are willing to slog through it all. The Conclusion at the very end is interesting.
https://rodriqueslaw.com/blog/how-use-brands-and-products-film/

Or, if people want to save the extreme amount of scrolling on that page to even get to the bottom, here's the summary:

"In general, it is not necessary to blur the logos and products of brands in films. There are several limitations on a trademark holder’s ability to successfully assert its trademark rights to prevent the unauthorized use of its trademark in a works of art. How the product is portrayed makes a huge difference for trademark owners, but it does not require filmmakers to seek consent for every use of a mark in his film. The motion picture industry would be severely crippled if trademark owners can use their marks to stop real products being shown in films, or even just in films which are not to their liking.

When you do see producers blurring out logos or brand names, it may be because they are trying to avoid an uncertain, lengthy, and expensive trademark litigation between competing parties that have unequal resources. But this can have disastrous chilling effects on artistic freedom. So sometimes it is worth the risk to leave the brands and products in, especially if a particular trademark is central to your character and plot, and if the mark is essential to the message you want to convey in your film."

#2647 8 months ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Or, if people want to save the extreme amount of scrolling on that page to even get to the bottom, here's the summary:
"In general, it is not necessary to blur the logos and products of brands in films. There are several limitations on a trademark holder’s ability to successfully assert its trademark rights to prevent the unauthorized use of its trademark in a works of art. How the product is portrayed makes a huge difference for trademark owners, but it does not require filmmakers to seek consent for every use of a mark in his film. The motion picture industry would be severely crippled if trademark owners can use their marks to stop real products being shown in films, or even just in films which are not to their liking.
When you do see producers blurring out logos or brand names, it may be because they are trying to avoid an uncertain, lengthy, and expensive trademark litigation between competing parties that have unequal resources. But this can have disastrous chilling effects on artistic freedom. So sometimes it is worth the risk to leave the brands and products in, especially if a particular trademark is central to your character and plot, and if the mark is essential to the message you want to convey in your film."

Good idea, I should have done that. Now that I have read all this, when I watch a movie I'm going to look around more carefully at different "stuff" that is in the background of scenes (not just pinballs) to see what I might see. Off course, sometimes there are glaringly obvious things like Sony or Apple on the back of computers or drinks being consumed with the labels obviously positioned for everyone to see. Those would be the product placements.

#2648 8 months ago

I always assumed the film maker went to the manufacturer and said, if you will help fund my movie your product will be in my film. When the manufacturer says no way Jose, the film maker does something to obscure the product so it just becomes a generic pinball instead of a B/W pinball.

#2649 8 months ago
Quoted from gjm:

"Good Fella's" is in the index already but with only one photo of "Nitro Ground Shaker and Astro" together. The index states that "Captain Fantastic" was also in the movie but the person who posted did not include a photo, so I will. I will also post a picture of the front of "Nitro Ground Shaker" because the other photo in the index shows the front of "Astro".
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In that scene in the background, Jimmy's guys were putting those machines into storage because they could no longer be serviced/lack of maintenace etc. Reason being is because earlier in the film, Tommy killed Spider. Tommy was going on and on giving Spider a ton of shit, even shot him in the foot. Later on, Tommy is still bustin' his balls until Spider finally says "Go fuck yourself, Tommy." Then they all laugh at Tommy, until he shoots and kills Spider. Why is this relevant?
Spider was the only one who serviced those machines.

#2650 8 months ago

An Quantum Leap episode, called 'Mirror Image'. Has a Gottlieb Baseball in the bar scenes.

Another time travelling pinball machine, there is a reference that it is 1953 in this episode.

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