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Why is pinball quality inversely proportional to related movie quality?

By usandthem

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

It seems like the crummier the movie, the better the pinball. Some examples of this are Congo, Stargate, The Shadow, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Addams Family (I actually enjoyed the movie, but I don't think that it's remembered as one of the greats.) I happen to think that the Back to the Future trilogy is the best trilogy ever put on film, but the pin stinks. (I'd love to see WOZ-type treatment on Back to the future.) T2 was great as a movie, pinball is so-so. None of the Star Wars pins really hold up compared to the movies.

Obviously, the tide has turned in recent years with some of the Sterns and their related movies (ie Spiderman) and pins like IJ are an obvious exception to the rule, but it sure seems like my original statement on the subject holds true way more often than not.

So, I ask, what is the best movie/pinball tandem of all time??

#8 6 years ago
Quoted from RobT:

Is this like a mathematical question? Inverse square root pi crap?
If so, I'm out!

C'mon Rob!!--haha. Crappy movie typically means great pin. What's your best example of this? Or what's your best example of great movie/pin combo?

#11 6 years ago
Quoted from goatdan:

You don't like the IJ movies? (Just kidding, sorta...)
I totally hear you. I can think of only a few examples where I like the movie and the pin, but most I'm indifferent about one or the other. The movies I love the most seem to be guaranteed to be crappy machines.
Iron Man and Jurassic Park are the two examples of machines I really like both the movies and the machines.

No, no. I'm saying that IJ is an exception because both the pin and the movies are good. Great actually!

#15 6 years ago

Here's an illustration of the concept within the same franchise: Original Tim Burton Batman- Good, pin- ugh! Batman Forever movie- blah!, Batman Forever pin- not too bad.

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