(Topic ID: 246452)

Pinball in the library

By MarkG

9 months ago

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  • Latest reply 4 months ago by MarkG
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    #1 9 months ago

    There was a time when libraries were quiet places for reading and any noise louder than a whisper might have been shushed. Today some libraries are looking for more ways to inform and educate their communities. One local library asked me to bring part of my interactive pinball exhibit for a weekend event. For a couple of weeks leading up to the event they've set up my demonstration game right in the library. I've stripped away as much as I can to reveal the insides but the game still works fine. Guests are welcome to play although we did disconnect the chimes in this case.
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    What other unusual places have you set up a game?


    #2 9 months ago

    What other unusual places have you set up a game?

    I brought my Eight Ball Deluxe to my local brothel - seems to be a big hit!

    #4 9 months ago

    Years ago, the small local library in my hometown was a social center, thanks to the librarian who ran it at the time. She had all sorts of activities and classes going throughout the year, and encouraged people to host activities of their own, including sharing their hobbies. It helped get people in the door.

    Showcasing interesting things beyond books and media helps breathe some life into libraries, and introduces patrons to things they wouldn't normally encounter.

    Nice job

    #5 9 months ago

    I've tried to talk SuAnn into putting a game of her choice into her own library but so far she's not going for it. She did however love this artwork of Python's enough to want it hung on the wall so I guess that's a start.....LOL.


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    #6 9 months ago
    Quoted from MarkG:

    For a couple of weeks leading up to the event they've set up my demonstration game right in the library.

    Curious - what is the game? This is awesome by the way, great way to get pinball out in the community. Did it/is it getting a lot of plays?

    #7 9 months ago

    The game is Top Card. It was going to be rethemed but ended up with me instead. I added lights inside the cabinet and back box and some labels to explain what various pieces do. It's been popular wherever I set it up. (It's free pinball, right?) Most people just want to play but enough are curious and peer inside for a closer look. Sometimes I'll open it up in public and that really gets people's attention. I also use it to teach workshops on the science and technology that makes the game work.

    4 months later
    #8 4 months ago

    On loan to another library for a few weeks leading up to a workshop hosted by the library.
    This group of libraries has a saying: "Shhh is a four letter word..."
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    Workshop details at https://www.funwithpinball.com/learn/pinball-engineering-workshop

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