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Pinball machines breeding ground for germs?


By phil-lee

8 months ago



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    #1 8 months ago

    Sweaty palms with a dozen different fingers pushing the buttons every hour. People leaning over them sweating, slopping drinks everywhere. Ever thought about it? Especially at Tournaments, Arcades and Museums.
    Reminds me of the typhoid Mary story, where they removed the handle to the well everyone was using to stop an outbreak.

    #2 8 months ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    Sweaty palms with a dozen different fingers pushing the buttons every hour. People leaning over them sweating, slopping drinks everywhere. Ever thought about it? Especially at Tournaments, Arcades and Museums.
    Reminds me of the typhoid Mary story, where they removed the handle to the well everyone was using to stop an outbreak.

    have you ever been to a show? I regularly see folks wearing rubber gloves and stuff. It is germy for sure

    #3 8 months ago

    Door handles aren't much different.

    #4 8 months ago

    My nephew is only 4 but he's always sick, leaves a film all over the glass and the buttons but - Hey it's only Pinball.

    #5 8 months ago

    I work at an elementary school.. enough said.

    #6 8 months ago

    Well yes but as throughout all adventures in life, keep your hands out of your face and wash them before putting them in your face for any reason. That is sufficient for pinball, airplanes, or what have you. Gloves can give a false sense of safety for if you stick the gloves in your face you’ve accomplished nothing.

    #7 8 months ago

    Don't touch your face wash your hands pretty good you'll be fine.

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    #8 8 months ago

    Lick the buttons to build immunities.

    #9 8 months ago

    Ya think? How about a bar? Those buttons are full of boogers, ass, bodily fluids, and puke.

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    #10 8 months ago

    Cell phones, beards, movie theater seats and elevator buttons have more bacteria probably.

    #11 8 months ago

    Every game room should have a bottle.

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    #12 8 months ago
    Quoted from lpeters82:

    Every game room should have a bottle.
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    #13 8 months ago

    Omg. Stay home, lock the doors, put on your mask. Get out and live a little buddy. Theres a great big beautiful world to see, if you're not afraid of the next big media over the top next world problem!!!!!

    #14 8 months ago

    came home from expo sick as a dog, it happens.

    #15 8 months ago

    Imagine how many germy hands every dollar bill has been thru. I always believe the more germs I am exposed to, the better my immunity to all of them are.

    If you are worried about germs, might want to find a bubble to live in.

    #16 8 months ago

    The germophobe people I know are the ones who are sick all the time. I can't imagine living my life like that. Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom and before you use them to put something in your mouth. Problem solved.

    #17 8 months ago

    Do not sign up for Pinburgh this year! absolutely a risky vector for pathogens. not worth the risk to your health.

    #18 8 months ago

    Basically where ever there is life, there will be germs....

    #19 8 months ago

    I place a bowl of community nuts on every pinball machine I own.

    #20 8 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Door handles aren't much different.

    And make sure your toliet lid is down when flushing. Imagine all the particulants fliating out to your toothbrush.

    #21 8 months ago

    Top public germ surfaces from one study ...

    Restaurant menus
    TV remote controls in hotel rooms and other public places
    All door knobs and handles, especially those in restrooms
    Escalator railings
    Shopping cart handles
    Anything on an airplane, such as seat pockets, tray tables and arm rests
    Money
    Magazines in offices
    Gas pump handles
    Elevator buttons
    Drinking fountains

    #22 8 months ago

    I always pick my nose before playing pinball.
    Helps thin out the competition.
    Also how do you think that pinball wizard Tommy was so good, being deaf dumb and blind,
    the only senses he could rely on were touch and smell, so need to clear those nasal passages.

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    #24 8 months ago

    To assert dominance early in a crowded location, I typically pull my shirt up and allow my large overhanging panis to rest on the lockdown bar.

    #26 8 months ago
    Quoted from lpeters82:

    Every game room should have a bottle.
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    I agree, but you should go with ethanol instead of methanol
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    #27 8 months ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    Sweaty palms with a dozen different fingers pushing the buttons every hour. People leaning over them sweating, slopping drinks everywhere. Ever thought about it? Especially at Tournaments, Arcades and Museums.
    Reminds me of the typhoid Mary story, where they removed the handle to the well everyone was using to stop an outbreak.

    Just keep your tinfoil hat on and you'll be fine.

    #28 8 months ago

    So are hospitals, they are full of sick people, I avoid them like the plague!

    #29 8 months ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    So are hospitals, they are full of sick people, I avoid them like the plague!

    Doctor's offices too.

    #30 8 months ago

    I play more in pinball locations than at bars, in the bars the button are often sticky, the lock bar is dirty and sticky, I hate it.

    #31 8 months ago

    Let's all meet at a buffet to discuss this.

    #32 8 months ago
    Quoted from chad:

    And make sure your toliet lid is down when flushing. Imagine all the particulants fliating out to your toothbrush.

    I just keep my toothbrush in a different room since it needs to be on a charger anyway.

    #33 8 months ago

    If I was afraid of germs, I wouldn't be getting in and out of other people's cars all day.

    But the first thing I do is turn their AC or heater off so it does not blow their crap in my face. Hate those newer cars with electronic controls that you can't do that until it is already running and blowing.

    #34 8 months ago

    Worst part of a pinball machine is the pheromones leaching out of the game. Causing you to buy more pinball machines.

    If that ever gets out in the wild. We are doomed.

    LTG : )

    #35 8 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I wouldn't be getting in and out of other people's cars all day.

    There has got to be a hooker joke in there somewhere. But because of the germs. I won't touch it.

    LTG : )

    #36 8 months ago

    at 51, i've been visiting arcades for 40+ years
    helped be build up my immune system

    #37 8 months ago
    Quoted from chad:

    And make sure your toliet lid is down when flushing. Imagine all the particulants fliating out to your toothbrush.

    I worked at Radio Shack 20 years ago and my co-workers thought it was a good idea to put the coffee maker on top of the back of the toilet - no joke! I guess it was because that's where the running water was. I wasn't a coffee drinker at the time so it took me at least a month to say "you better hope no one misses when they go to the bathroom." The "oh shit" reaction was priceless.

    #38 8 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Worst part of a pinball machine is the pheromones leaching out of the game. Causing you to buy more pinball machines.
    If that ever gets out in the wild. We are doomed.
    LTG : )

    I would say that it might help sales, which in turn would cause new games to be made and increase the amount of buyers and flippers! Sounds like a win-win to me. Well, at least until I run out of money from being infected!!

    #39 8 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    There has got to be a hooker joke in there somewhere. But because of the germs. I won't touch it.

    LTG : )

    No joke. At least at my current location, very few drive around in rolling dumpsters like other locations I have worked before. But thanks to yelp, a larger percentage of people that do come in look and sound to be fresh from wherever that corona virus originated. A large percentage.

    #40 8 months ago
    Quoted from Palmer:

    Just keep your tinfoil hat on and you'll be fine.

    I am not concerned, I just wondered if you (or anyone else) were.
    Great discussion, appreciate the feedback. Perhaps a Marketing opportunity to mold flipper buttons from the virus-resistant plastics available.
    Regular wipedowns (including door handles) in Pinball and video game venues. Sanitary Pinball could be a draw for concerned customers.
    Don't take it too serious, just fun to see what Folks think.

    #41 8 months ago

    What worries me is they are going to run out of painter's masks, and those that actually use them to paint, won't be able to get them.

    #42 8 months ago

    Anyone painting should be using a quality respirator or supplied fresh air if they are spraying.
    For brush painters those cheap masks wouldn't help.
    All they are is cheap dust masks

    #43 8 months ago

    Ha! Reminds me of a friend of mine one time who was always a jokester said “make sure you always use a piece of tissue on the door knob to open after your done using a public bathroom if not then you just shook hands with every dick in the city”...haha!!

    #44 8 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    If I was afraid of germs, I wouldn't be getting in and out of other people's cars all day.
    But the first thing I do is turn their AC or heater off so it does not blow their crap in my face. Hate those newer cars with electronic controls that you can't do that until it is already running and blowing.

    Back when I was younger everything had a button or knob !
    Touchscreens and electronic controls in vehicles suck!
    Darnfangled contraptions !!!
    I dread the day I have to replace my 1999 Toyota truck

    #45 8 months ago

    Ok, my dirty little secret. Every time I host league or a tournament, after the last person leaves, I wipe down every machine with Clorox wipes. I clean the glass with Windex, and then use he disinfectant wipes on every button, Palm bar, start button, everywhere people touch. Every time I do it I think “this can’t be good for the paint”. But I still do it, and I always will.

    As for the big tournaments like Pinburgh, I use hand sanitizer after every round... but I know that only helps so much. If a pandemic is brought in, I’m a goner.

    #46 8 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Imagine how many germy hands every dollar bill has been thru.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/14/cocaine.traces.money/

    #47 8 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Worst part of a pinball machine is the pheromones leaching out of the game. Causing you to buy more pinball machines.
    If that ever gets out in the wild. We are doomed.
    LTG : )

    Welp, that explains the ratio of ladies to men in our hobby.

    We’re attractive...has to be a chemical thing.

    #48 8 months ago
    Quoted from herbertbsharp:

    I worked at Radio Shack 20 years ago and my co-workers thought it was a good idea to put the coffee maker on top of the back of the toilet - no joke! I guess it was because that's where the running water was. I wasn't a coffee drinker at the time so it took me at least a month to say "you better hope no one misses when they go to the bathroom." The "oh shit" reaction was priceless.

    That tops them all.

    #49 8 months ago

    Every year on the way to the Allentown Show I say to the passengers of the vehicle....” I brought a big bag of potato chips for us to snack on while we play.”

    #50 8 months ago

    TV remote in a hotel room....

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