Just after Christmas, my wife & I went there and spent most of the day there playing pinball, playing around the broken features on all of the pins. You could not qualify TNT on their AC/DC Prem because the switch would not register that the "N" was knocked down. A flipper wasn't working on Family Guy. Wires were hanging that the ball would hit in the outlane on Mustang. Most of the GI was out on Addams Family. Pops did not work at all on Jurassic Park. There were a few others that I currently do not remember. At the end of the night, we pointed out all of the problems to the young man that was managing that night and he wrote down most of these things and said he would get them fixed and did not know about most of those issues. We came back the following Tuesday to use up a expiring Groupon, and only the inoperable flipper was fixed.
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Does anyone know what the story is? It seems like it has fallen quite far from what it was originally, including when it was part of the Shark Club.
Jumping to my own conclusions from my experiences over the last couple of years going there ... He had many fully working pinball machines there a couple of years ago and was real popular in the local area. Then, when the market price of pins took off, he started flipping and selling off what he could (to make a big profit). I even bought one of his pins and was too slow to buy one or two other ones. At one point he was down to only about 8-10 pins. Those wrapped up arcade games are "typically" games he just bought or are ready to go out the door on a sale. Again, just my opinion, but I think he is primarily just focused on flipping machines. The arcade business part of it has REALLY gone downhill. We're likely not going back there for a long, long while until we hear things have gotten better there. That's why we bought our last 2 pins and maybe 1 more future pin this year - for our own pinball arcade with our top favorite pins. We currently think this is better as we do not have a "good" pinball arcade in our area anymore. Sad. We kind of hear that here on pinside too. Arcades are dying, likely because the profits just are not there. It seems that placing them at established businesses (with the primarly focus on something else ... like a barcade) is what still remains out there. We have not found much of anything in our area.