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Who's the best pinball manufacturer of all time? POLL!


By gmkalos

2 years ago



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    Topic poll

    “Who's the best pinball manufacturer of all time? POLL!”

    • Williams 142 votes
      47%
    • Bally 62 votes
      20%
    • Gottlieb 34 votes
      11%
    • Jersey Jack 24 votes
      8%
    • Stern 30 votes
      10%
    • Dutch Pinball 2 votes
      1%
    • Spooky 3 votes
      1%
    • Chicago Coin 0 votes
    • Write-in (comment) 8 votes
      3%

    (305 votes)

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    #1 2 years ago

    So who's the best pinball manufacturer of all time?

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    #2 2 years ago

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    #3 2 years ago

    The Gottlieb crowd must be to busy playing to vote. Gottlieb longest pinball producing company so far but i do agree that Williams and Bally both made great games also.

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    #4 2 years ago

    It kind of depends upon the time period. They all had shining moments.

    #5 2 years ago

    Inder. Never played one, or saw one, but wanted to write in an obscure company

    #6 2 years ago

    Gottlieb no question.

    #7 2 years ago

    Williams DUUUUHHHHH!!!

    #9 2 years ago

    What do you mean by best, build quality, funnest games or what?

    #10 2 years ago

    Without a doubt. Bally is the best!!!

    #11 2 years ago

    I’m my humble opinion the greatest games of all time came from the Bally/williams company. I voted Williams because I prefer their games in the later 80s pre merger but after that they are essentially the same company and probably deserve their own category

    But the above comment about it depending on which era is spot on. I think Gottlieb made the best EM games hands down. I’ve really became quite the fan of system 80 as well. I prefer the Gottlieb games of that time period to their bally or Williams counterparts.

    #12 2 years ago

    CAPCOM!

    #13 2 years ago

    Williams overall.

    Honorable mentions to Bally and Stern.

    I can't stand Gottlieb games other than some of the classic EMs, so while I appreciate everything they've done for Pinball, not the best manufacturer for me personally.

    #14 2 years ago

    Classic Stern

    #15 2 years ago

    Stern was. Because they put out some of the best games. When I go down the list of the “greatest” games ever made, it was the Stern games that I considered to be the most fun to play.

    Sadly, the years were not kind to them, and in order to survive they had to cheapen their product while increasing prices. And along the way of doing that they had a LOT of issues with accomplishing the basics like playfields and cabinets. But now they have accomplished bringing consumer level work to what used to be commercial machines. But for a while, they made some of the best games on the planet.

    #16 2 years ago

    What Bally games would be considered great ? AFM....what else ?

    #17 2 years ago

    Game Plan. Just kidding. They weren't even mentioned and probably never will be in this thread.

    Carry on...

    #18 2 years ago

    Id say they have to be in business for more than 20 years and still be in business today. Say what you will but one stayed in the game while others walked away or were forced to close.
    Build quality, art work and such can be debated all day long.
    If everyone had closed their doors in 2000 my vote would be different and IMO if that would have happened jjp dutch and the others would never had been considered viable business ventures.

    #20 2 years ago

    Write-In for CAPCOM (thumbs up to vote for Capcom)

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    #21 2 years ago

    Rock the vote!

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    #22 2 years ago

    Hint

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    #23 2 years ago

    bally Williams in the late 80's into early 90's (89-95) Stern in the early to mid 2000's (2003-2008) and jersey jack in the the later 2000's.(2013-present)

    #24 2 years ago

    Write-In for SEGA (thumbs up to vote for Sega)

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    #25 2 years ago

    For fun factor would be stern......best build quality jjp.... Gottlieb would be for creativity...Williams and bally had the whole package....my vote for stern jus because of the deeper codes and fun factor....

    #26 2 years ago

    Interesting Poll as it is missing a few 90's Capcom, Data East, and Sega
    All manufacturers that produced way more pinball than Dutch, Spooky or possibly even Chicago Coin. Also as mentioned, era's is important as well as other determining factors.

    #27 2 years ago

    Gottlieb were the kings of the 1950's, 60's and 70's.

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    #28 2 years ago

    Write-in for DATA EAST (thumbs up to vote for DE)

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    #29 2 years ago
    Quoted from modfather:

    What Bally games would be considered great ? AFM....what else ?

    How about TZ, TAF, CFTBL, SS, CV, TOM, etc... there are a few lol

    #30 2 years ago

    I took that picture around 1975.

    #31 2 years ago

    this poll is flawed because different manufacturers were the number 1 depending on the time period you are talking about. Also, which country you are talking about differs as well.

    And where is Zaccaria? in the early 80's they were the 3rd biggest manufacturer of pinballs.

    #32 2 years ago

    Tomy

    #33 2 years ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    And where is Zaccaria? in the early 80's they were the 3rd biggest manufacturer of pinballs.

    THere are only 9 spots for choices so you have to leave some out. And let's be honest, more people would claim Sega over the 1 lone vote Zac would get from you

    #34 2 years ago
    Quoted from jmountjoy111:

    How about TZ, TAF, CFTBL, SS, CV, TOM, etc... there are a few lol

    And Bally dominated the early Solid State era....no contest there. Bally for the win.

    #35 2 years ago

    Bally/Williams 90’s
    Great era for solid fun games.
    Those are the ones who got remade .... (for now )

    #36 2 years ago

    Gottlieb led the pinball explosion for over three decades bringing pinball into unprecedented popularity. Once they left the pinball market it collapsed within five years; much like a couple who have been married for decades dying of natural causes within day of each, pinball could not live without Gottlieb in its life.

    Seriously though, do people really want Sega to be in the discussion, lol.

    #37 2 years ago
    Quoted from Matesamo:

    Gottlieb led the pinball explosion for over three decades bringing pinball into unprecedented popularity. Once they left the pinball market it collapsed within five years; much like a couple who have been married for decades dying of natural causes within day of each, pinball could not live without Gottlieb in its life.
    Seriously though, do people really want Sega to be in the discussion, lol.

    uhm, i think you've got that backwards. the pinball market didn't die because Gottlieb failed. Gottlieb failed because pinball was dying.

    #38 2 years ago

    I'm pretty sure this is going to come down to Bally or Williams, all Bally pins 1989-2000 are actually WMS (Williams) so keep that in mind when voting!

    #39 2 years ago
    Quoted from gmkalos:

    I'm pretty sure this is going to come down to Bally or Williams, all Bally pins 1989-2000 are actually WMS (Williams) so keep that in mind when voting!

    You can't change the rules mid vote.

    #40 2 years ago
    Quoted from gmkalos:

    I'm pretty sure this is going to come down to Bally or Williams, all Bally pins 1989-2000 are actually WMS (Williams) so keep that in mind when voting!

    They might have been owned by WMS but they are still marketed and labeled under the Bally brand.

    #41 2 years ago
    Quoted from pezpunk:

    Gottlieb failed because pinball was dying.

    Also their electronic games were 90% crappy.

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    #42 2 years ago
    Quoted from jwilson:

    Also their electronic games were 90% crappy.

    well, i didn't want to be cruel, but that had to be a factor. by 1996, operators were massively cutting back on their pinball purchases, and those corny Premiere titles were probably the easiest to skip.

    #43 2 years ago
    Quoted from jgentry:

    They might have been owned by WMS but they are still marketed and labeled under the Bally brand.

    This is why I said there needs to be a separate category for just bally/williams.

    #44 2 years ago

    Gottlieb was the best by a mile!!!

    #45 2 years ago
    Quoted from EM_SteveE:

    Gottlieb was the best by a mile!!!

    With a user name like yours its not surprising.

    #46 2 years ago
    Quoted from EM_SteveE:

    Gottlieb was the best by a mile!!!

    A lot has changed in 40 years lol.

    #47 2 years ago
    Quoted from cooked71:

    You can't change the rules mid vote.

    I never did they were always manufactured by WMS lol

    #48 2 years ago

    Three votes for Spooky?!?

    Seriously?

    #49 2 years ago
    Quoted from pezpunk:

    well, i didn't want to be cruel, but that had to be a factor. by 1996, operators were massively cutting back on their pinball purchases, and those corny Premiere titles were probably the easiest to skip.

    Operators were avoiding the names in order, changing them didn't bring back customers. Gottlieb, Mylstar, Premiere, then back to Gottlieb.

    LTG : )

    #50 2 years ago
    Quoted from dirtbag66:

    Three votes for Spooky?!?
    Seriously?

    How many employees do they have ?

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