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Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:59 pm

I grew up frequently hanging out at the malls in the 1980s and spending a lot of quarters at the arcades playing pinball. I continued to play into the early 1990s at college. After I graduated and started a normal adult life, I rarely played as pinball machines rapidly disappeared from grocery stores, arcades, and the little mom and pop places.

Fast forward to last year, I rediscovered pinball and am totally hooked again! I joined a league earlier this year and recently I'm starting to make trips out of state to play at "legendary" places and festivals. Soon I will be purchasing my first pinball machine for home when a basement remodel is completed (including an electrical upgrade which will be able to support multiple machines).

I'm fortunate to live in a city that has a lot of great places to play with a lot of variety. My current favorites are:

    Cyclone
    Jurassic Park
    Taxi
    Medieval Madness (Williams)
    Pirates of the Caribbean (Jersey Jack Pinball)
    Game of Thrones

Does anyone on here enjoying playing pinball? If so, where do you play and what are your favorite machines?
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:15 pm

Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball (sorry, as a Who fan I couldn't resist).

When I was in college, used to play all the time, game rooms and bowling alleys were our usual spots. Mis-spent many an afternoon when I should have ben studying. Haven't done so in years but now you've got me thinking about it, I may have to seek out a place.
 
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:32 pm

ER757 wrote:
Haven't done so in years but now you've got me thinking about it, I may have to seek out a place.


Check out these two sites to see what may be available in your area:

http://pinballmap.com/regionless
https://pinside.com/pinball/map
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:33 pm

I did the mall thing in the 80s too. Loved pinball, Donkey Kong. Asteroids. Beserk etc. Nowadays not so much.
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:39 pm

Much to the chagrin of my wife I attempt to get my kids to try the arcade stuff wherever we go that has one. (bowling alley, hockey rink etc)

good times! We used to go to the arcade at the local casino when we were in high school. Parents gave us a weird look the first time we told them we were going to the casino haha.
 
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:44 pm

I can never play it properly. The balls always go right through the middle where I can't hit it, or through the corner pits.

Now, Windows XP Pinball...that's a different game altogether!

ER757 wrote:
Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball (sorry, as a Who fan I couldn't resist).

When I was in college, used to play all the time, game rooms and bowling alleys were our usual spots. Mis-spent many an afternoon when I should have ben studying. Haven't done so in years but now you've got me thinking about it, I may have to seek out a place.

There's a small pinball bar in Renton. Has a lot of old school machines.
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:40 pm

einsteinboricua wrote:
I can never play it properly. The balls always go right through the middle where I can't hit it, or through the corner pits.

Now, Windows XP Pinball...that's a different game altogether!

ER757 wrote:
Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball (sorry, as a Who fan I couldn't resist).

When I was in college, used to play all the time, game rooms and bowling alleys were our usual spots. Mis-spent many an afternoon when I should have ben studying. Haven't done so in years but now you've got me thinking about it, I may have to seek out a place.

There's a small pinball bar in Renton. Has a lot of old school machines.

Really? We should met up there after work one afternoon
 
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:53 pm

Not seen a pinball machine in decades.
 
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:54 am

Across the street form the high school you can often see in pictures of BFI was two burger joints. I spent the better part of my high school years playing their machines, usually Louie's.
 
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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:06 pm

We have a pinball bar called the 403 club.

http://www.403club.com/

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Re: Do You Play Pinball?

Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:37 pm

Mata Hari.....best table ever...Slapshot was cool as well....
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