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What if during the 90s they themed pinball machines like they do now?


By o-din

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    It would have probably been a whole different arcade vibe back then.

    Sure TZ and CFTBL would have probably existed, but the entire line of licensed themes made to coincide with the release of movies like like TAF and T-2 certainly wouldn't have.

    And all the unlicensed themes like MM, AFM, Fish Tales, Getaway..etc? Sorry, you are lucky to get one or two of those.

    And what about GNR, a band less than ten years old? No way!

    Yes it would have been a whole different vibe. What do you think pinball would have been like in the 90s if most of the themes were licensed and tuned to aging baby boomers born shortly after WWII trying to relive their youth?

    #2 2 years ago

    This certainly would have been a popular music pin at the time.
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    #3 2 years ago

    And how The Bridge on the River Kwai would have killed it on location in the early 90s.

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    #4 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    And how The Bridge on the River Kwai would have killed it on location in the early 90s.

    Just watched it on TCM the other night. Great movie.

    #5 2 years ago

    We would have a Planet of the Apes too.
    Ah, so much you could do with this theme!

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    #6 2 years ago

    Using your suggestion, there would be a Casablanca pin, Gone with The Wind, Abbot and Costello, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller Orchestra. Just to name a few.

    #7 2 years ago

    My dad was born in '45 & desperately trying to recapture his youth during the '90s. I can't think of a single theme that would have pulled him in.

    However he may have let *me* play a MASH, Happy Days, Home Improvement, or Buddy Holly themed machine without telling me to quit wasting time.

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Just watched it on TCM the other night. Great movie.

    3 hours to build a bridge just to blow it up- epic!

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    And how The Bridge on the River Kwai would have killed it on location in the early 90s.

    I think The Great Escape would have worked better as a pin, a lot more going on and you have a great international cast, so great variety of voice calls, Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn, Richard Attenbourough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasance, David McCallum, James Donald (also in Kwai -- 'madness, madness').

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from rosh:

    I think The Great Escape would have worked better as a pin

    They certainly should have done that one instead of TOTAN.

    #11 2 years ago

    Just think- instead of Bram Stokers Dracula, we would have had Christpher Lee as Dracula, or perhaps even Abel Salazar.
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    #12 2 years ago

    It just occurred to me Addams Family would have been themed after the original TV series and not the movie and they probably would have sold 40,000 of them instead of just 20,000.

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    #13 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    It just occurred to me Addams Family would have been themed after the original TV series and not the movie and they probably would have sold 40,000 of them instead of just 20,000.

    We're apparently going to see how many Munsters sell these days.

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    We're apparently going to see how many Munsters sell these days.

    If pinball was like it should have been in the 90s, both Munsters and Batman would have been done then instead of AFM or MM.

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    If pinball was like it should have been in the 90s,..

    No home market then.

    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    No home market then.

    Who cares! They still had a certain demographic to please!

    Baby boomers had more cash than anyone in the 90s.

    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Who cares! They still had a certain demographic to please!

    That makes no sense but of course you knewm that.

    #18 2 years ago

    Instead of GNR, we would have also got those Elvis and Rolling Stones pins well ahead of schedule.

    #19 2 years ago

    Stupid question, so what was the first movie themed or licensed pin?

    #20 2 years ago
    Quoted from Pinstein:

    Stupid question, so what was the first movie themed or licensed pin?

    Wizard! by Bally to coincide with the release of the movie Tommy in 1975.

    However there were many unlicensed ventures going way back- Bonanza, Wagon Train, etc..

    #21 2 years ago

    The people buying games now were the ones putting quarters in then, so the themes of the 90s actually fit the same demographic.

    #22 2 years ago
    Quoted from jwilson:

    The people buying games now were the ones putting quarters in then, so the themes of the 90s actually fit the same demographic.

    Problem with that statement is there are no 90s themes to be bought now except the ones made back then. You can get just about every other decade going back to the 60s though, but no 90s.

    #23 2 years ago

    A bridge too far pin...you play it for three hrs straight finishing modes, then it just shuts off right before multiball.

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    #24 2 years ago

    Collect all the angry men for a twelve-ball multiball!

    #25 2 years ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    A bridge too far pin...you play it for three hrs straight finishing modes, then it just shuts off right before multiball.

    What's cool about that is in the 90s I was in my 30s and unemployed most of the time (by choice), so I did have time for this.

    #26 2 years ago
    Quoted from trunchbull:

    Collect all the angry men for a twelve-ball multiball!

    That would have been cool next to the Doris Day pin sometime around 1995.

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    #27 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    It just occurred to me Addams Family would have been themed after the original TV series and not the movie and they probably would have sold 40,000 of them instead of just 20,000.

    That is the exact same picture I found on a plastic of Bally - Vector.
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    #28 2 years ago
    Quoted from Inkochnito:

    That is the exact same picture I found on a plastic of Bally - Vector.
    https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2723&picno=50392&zoom=1

    Wow! So in the early 80s they were actually thinking ahead. Way cool!

    #29 2 years ago

    Instead of Back to The Future, 1990 would have given us George Pals' adaptation of HG Wells The Time Machine which would have been alright by me.
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    #30 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Instead of Back to The Future, 1990 would have given us George Pals' adaptation of HG Wells The Time Machine which would have been alright by me.

    I think you could still get away with this theme. But it would have to have the Time Machine with a spinning disc on the playfield. And Morlocks in the lower playfield of course.

    #31 2 years ago

    Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure? Pfffttttt...

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    #32 2 years ago

    There would have been no Baywatch game in 1995, instead it would have surely been Flipper or Sea Hunt.
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    #33 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Flipper or Sea Hunt

    Even "Lassie", woof woof.

    #34 2 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    No home market then.

    And a huge difference today

    Stern, JJP, Spooky etc all say they have to sell licensed games that people will buy

    The goal is not to sell less games. You re theme DI to a popular license and it sells twice as many at least

    Maybe Deeproot will make a special $50k pin just for you Odiner

    #35 2 years ago
    Quoted from iceman44:

    Maybe Deeproot will make a special $50k pin just for you Odiner

    This is a fun thread seeing what it would have been like if old farts longing for the past had fueled the pinball industry in the 90s like they do today.

    But thanks for already putting the down payment on that one for me.

    #36 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    This is a fun thread seeing what it would have been like if old farts longing for the past had fueled the pinball industry in the 90s like they do today.
    But thanks for already putting the down payment on that one for me.

    You got it.

    What is a "fun pin" in your mind?

    I'd say TAF, BM66, Mustang, Alice Cooper, Ac/dc, Willy Wonka, Woz, Beatles etc.

    #37 2 years ago
    Quoted from iceman44:

    What is a "fun pin" in your mind?

    Best one I got from the last few years is TNA.

    I not only enjoy playing it, but it doesn't remind me I'm an old fart every time I look at it.

    #38 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Best one I got from the last few years is TNA.
    I not only enjoy playing it, but it doesn't remind me I'm an old fart every time I look at it.

    Well you are an old fart, just accept it

    How about DI, def not an old fart game.

    #39 2 years ago
    Quoted from iceman44:

    You got it.
    What is a "fun pin" in your mind?
    I'd say TAF, BM66, Mustang, Alice Cooper, Ac/dc, Willy Wonka, Woz, Beatles etc.

    What would have been less "old fartish" in the 90's but still old.

    #40 2 years ago
    Quoted from iceman44:

    Well you are an old fart, just accept it

    How about DI, def not an old fart game.

    I might be an old fart but definitely young at heart.

    DI was a good shooting game, but not the kind of cutting edge theme I'm looking for.

    Quoted from iceman44:

    What would have been less "old fartish" in the 90's but still old.

    Iron Maiden

    #41 2 years ago

    I'm loving Munsters coming out as an old fart but would also like to see a James Bond, Cool Hand Luke and Dirty Dozen pin too!

    #42 2 years ago

    90's missed this one

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    #43 2 years ago

    this also.

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    #44 2 years ago
    Quoted from iceman44:

    would also like to see a James Bond, Cool Hand Luke and Dirty Dozen pin too!

    You're gonna have to go back to the 90s for those and they can replace Shadow, Johnny Pneumatic, and Barb Wire.

    #45 2 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I might be an old fart but definitely young at heart.

    You and me both.

    That's why we still like to play with toys!

    #46 2 years ago
    Quoted from iceman44:

    That's why we still like to play with toys!

    And younger women!

    #47 2 years ago

    Quest for Fire

    #48 2 years ago
    Quoted from RWH:

    Quest for Fire

    Since there would be almost no original themes in the 90s, that could have easily replaced Cirqus Voltaire and we never would have missed it.

    #49 2 years ago

    Odin, you did this exact same thread a couple years ago, and my answer was the same then:

    The 90s approach to licensing was actually pretty similar. Plenty of OLD ass nostalgia stuff (creature, TZ, Addams family, Star Wars, doctor who, Dirty Harry, bugs bunny, popeye) as well as “current” movies and other pop culture stuff.

    It’s really not that much different from the current model employed by Stern and JJP. The only
    Difference was the sprinkling of cool, unlicensed themes.

    I’d like to see more of that too, maybe the success of TNA will help spur more of that.

    #50 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Odin, you did this exact same thread a couple years ago, and my answer was the same then:

    The 90s approach to licensing was actually pretty similar. Plenty of OLD ass nostalgia stuff (creature, TZ, Addams family, doctor who, Dirty Harry, bugs bunny, popeye) as well as “current” movies and other pop culture stuff.

    Well, I did get my Dirty Harry sample game back, so maybe I'm starting to accept this.

    But isn't it crazy that GNR is still the "newest" band to have their own game?

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