artist modifies a pinball machine to make art prints

artist modifies a pinball machine to make art prints

Dutch graphic designer Sam van Doorn has modified a pinball machine so that it uses lithographic ink to make prints. Calling his machine STYN, the device makes messy modern art on poster board with six flippers and the ball. van Doorn doesn't call the resulting works...

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National Pinball Museum to close

National Pinball Museum to close

Just five months after opening its doors to delighted pinheads and wizards across the D.C. region, Georgetown’s National Pinball Museum is being forced to close. David Silverman, the Silver Spring man whose dream it was to share his pinball collection with the masses,...

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This is serious business for 9-year-old Caine Monroy

This is serious business for 9-year-old Caine Monroy

Nine-year-old Caine Monroy is totally nonplussed by the attention his homemade cardboard arcade received this week after the short film “Caine’s Arcade” went viral on the Internet. The documentary was directed by Nirvan Mullick, an L.A. filmmaker who happened upon...

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Disney film explores secret world within arcade games

Disney film explores secret world within arcade games

Any classic video gamers who still remember the good days of arcade tokens and joysticks may want to prepare themselves for a nostalgic moment or two.  Disney’s newest animated film Wreck-It Ralph hit theaters on Nov. 2. Boasting an all-star cast of video game...

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Simpsons Arcade Game rated

Simpsons Arcade Game rated

The Simpsons Arcade Game may finally be in line for its first console port. As reported by XBLA Fans, the Australian government's Classification Board has updated its database with a listing for The Simpsons Arcade Game on multiple platforms. The Simpsons Arcade Game...

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EyeAsteroids arcade game has no joystick, uses eye control

EyeAsteroids arcade game has no joystick, uses eye control

If you were an old school gamer, I would wager that back in the day you spent many a quarter playing Asteroids at the arcade. A company we have talked about in the past called Tobii has a new game that reminds me of the classic Asteroids game that is called Tobii...

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Where Ms. Pac-Man Still Has a Home

Where Ms. Pac-Man Still Has a Home

WALKING down the southern end of Mott Street — a stretch lined with cheap-toy traps and Chinese restaurants of varying quality — is a fairly unremarkable experience until the sidewalk is suddenly packed with grungy and very loud teenagers and young adults loitering in...

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HPD raids arcades, seize dozens of gaming machines

HPD raids arcades, seize dozens of gaming machines

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities in Honolulu are trying to stay ahead of the game when it comes to controversial video arcade games that have been popping up over the last couple of years. The Honolulu Police Department and City Prosecutor's Office are doubling...

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Do you remember? Nickel Machines?

Do you remember? Nickel Machines?

Remember when we were kids – we had to be 18 years of age or older just to play pinball machines?  And I’m not talking about just nickel machines – but any kind of pinball machines. But we’re here today to talk about nickel pinball machines – or Bingo Pinball as it’s...

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Pinball Evolution

Pinball Evolution

In the 1800s, an inventor named Montague Redgrave invented a game where a coiled spring and a plunger thrust a marble toward a series of pins.  The player tried to knock over as many pins as  possible. By the 1930s, manufacturers were producing coin-operated versions...

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The World Before Pong

The World Before Pong

The World Before Pong You can't say that video games grew out of pinball,but you can assume that video games wouldn't have happened without it. It's Like bicycles and automobiles. One industry leads to the other and then they exist side by side.But you to have...

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Why People Flip Over Vintage Pinball Machines

Why People Flip Over Vintage Pinball Machines

Why People Flip Over Vintage Pinball Machines By Maribeth Keane and Ben Marks — September 16th, 2009   Clay Harrell talks about collecting vintage pinball machines, and his personal road to pinball wizardry, from Gottlieb to Williams to Stern. He can be reached...

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History of pinball

History of pinball

The origins of pinball are intertwined with the history of many other games. Games played outdoors by rolling balls or stones on a grass course, such as Bocce or Bowls , eventually evolved into games played by hitting the balls with sticks and propelling them at...

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THE EEL MEETS PINBALL GEOFF

THE EEL MEETS PINBALL GEOFF

THE EEL MEETS PINBALL GEOFF January 3, 2010 by EEL COLLECTIVE   “I’ve always been called Pinball Geoff ever since I was a young boy and played the silver ball.”   So says Geoffrey Harvey of Stoke Newington- an avid collector of everything from armadillos to...

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For a Pinball Survivor, the Game Isn’t Over

For a Pinball Survivor, the Game Isn’t Over

For a Pinball Survivor, the Game Isn’t Over By MONICA DAVEYAPRIL 25, 2008   MELROSE PARK, Ill. — Being inside a pinball machine factory sounds exactly as you think it would. Across a 40,000-square-foot warehouse here, a cheery cacophony of flippers flip, bells...

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PUNNY FACTORY

PUNNY FACTORY

Andrew MacBain is not afraid of a challenge. Besides running the successful Pigeon Patrol bird control business for the past twelve years just across the US border near Vancouver , Canada, and a prime-time appearance on Dragon’s Den (link viewable in Canada only) for...

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First Solid-State Pinball

First Solid-State Pinball

Until the 1970s, no pinball machine had any sort of computerization. Instead, the electromechanical games ran on a precarious balance of moving parts, with their guts resembling giant Rube Goldberg machines. But beginning in 1977, manufacturers began running their...

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Top 8 Most Innovative Pinball Machines of All Time

Top 8 Most Innovative Pinball Machines of All Time

Seth Porges Aug 5, 2008 First With a Mechanical "Tilt" Brokers Tip /// 1933 /// D. Gottlieb & Co. Early pinball machines, which became immensely popular in a Depression-scourged America looking for cheap entertainment, were built without flippers. Instead of the...

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Things you didn’t know about pinball history

Things you didn’t know about pinball history

The surprising history behind a beloved American pastime.  By Seth Porges Sept 2009 Pinball Was Illegal Pinball was banned from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s in most of America's big cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where the game was born and...

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Chicago: Pinball’s capital and last best hope

Chicago: Pinball’s capital and last best hope

Roger Sharpe’s two sons, Joshua and Zachary, are ranked among the world’s top five pinball players, and, like their father, they collect vintage games, which they display in Joshua’s basement arcade. It’s a surprising link with the city’s past—the pinball machine, the...

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Law Banning Pinball Shuts Down Retro Arcade

Law Banning Pinball Shuts Down Retro Arcade

An ancient pinball ban was actually enforced in the town of Beacon, New York, shutting down a local business. Fred Bobrow's Retro Arcade Museum in Beacon, New York seems like an awesome place. He's got hundreds of pinball and arcade games that date back to as early as...

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