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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Nike LCD Pinball Machine

Nike LCD Pinball Machine

Nike has created an LCD Pinball Machine to advertise their wares as part of their ‘Write the Future’ campaign for the World Cup. It look very impressive in the video but I’m not sure it will capture the same gameplay as an old style mechanical pinball machine. Watch...

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Turn an Old Pinball Machine Into a Badass Coffee Table

Turn an Old Pinball Machine Into a Badass Coffee Table

Turn an Old Pinball Machine Into a Badass Coffee Table Love pinball? Looking for a new coffee table? Well, why not combine your love of pinball with your need for new living room furniture? If you've got a non-functioning pinball machine available to you,...

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Jersey’s pinball wizard

Jersey’s pinball wizard

Amanda Brown/The Star-LedgerThere are pinball machines from the 1930 to 2000s at the Silverball Museum Pinball Hall of Fame in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It’s four days until the Fourth of July, and Rob Ilvento is scrambling, twirling cotton candy for customers one...

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Ben Heck chose to make his Bill Paxton pinball machine 

Ben Heck chose to make his Bill Paxton pinball machine 

Ben Heck chose to make his Bill Paxton pinball machine the old fashioned way, using actual flippers and tunnels and whatnot. But there’s also another, less complicated way to make a pinball machine – by running an emulator on a computer. But “less complicated” doesn’t...

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goodbye to Old Coney Island

goodbye to Old Coney Island

By KEVIN WALSH and DAVID S. ALLEE One by one, the venerable institutions of old Coney Island are vanishing. Ruby’s, the last of the boardwalk-facing bars, has served its final drink; Shoot the Freak, one of the most popular game booths, won’t reopen in the spring. And...

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iPad Magic Pinball accessory makes your tablet a table

iPad Magic Pinball accessory makes your tablet a table

iPad Magic Pinball accessory makes your tablet a table The iPad’s sizeable display does make it rather apt for games like pinball, but New Potato Tech are taking things one step further with a custom iPad “Magic Pinball” accessory. Slot in your iPad, run the game...

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stages of grief such as shock and depression may be un

stages of grief such as shock and depression may be un

The process of grieving can be compared to the workings of a pinball machine, where mourners' movement between different stages of grief such as shock and depression may be unpredictable, according to authors writing in September's issue of Mental Health...

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Vintage Rock N’ Roll Pinball Machines

Vintage Rock N’ Roll Pinball Machines

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s many pretty cool looking Rock N’ Roll pinball machines made it to the local arcades.  Check out some of these flyers for the pinball machines I found at The Arcade Flyer Archive. Elton John – Captain Fantastic – 1975 Ted Nugent –...

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Inside the World’s Last Pinball Design Shop

Inside the World’s Last Pinball Design Shop

Quartermasters: Inside the World's Last Pinball Design Shop THE X-MEN FRANCHISE IS THE LATEST POP-CULTURE PROPERTY TO GET THE STERN PINBALL TREATMENT. WHILE THE WHO'S "Pinball Wizard" still stands up after four decades of radio play, the designers of the pinball...

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Chicago Has Become the Nerve Center of Competitive Pinball

Chicago Has Become the Nerve Center of Competitive Pinball

BY Lindsey Quinn Chicago Has Become the Nerve Center of Competitive Pinball. If a baseball game is like a pot brownie—a bright, lackadaisical buzz—tournament pinball is an acid trip: sweaty, 12 hours long, and seemingly devoid of narrative structure. It’s not for...

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Duo Pinball Turns iPad Into A Mini Pinball Cabinet

Duo Pinball Turns iPad Into A Mini Pinball Cabinet

Playing pinball on an iPad is fun, but it’s nowhere near as fun as actually mashing real buttons with both hands wrapped around your Transformers Pinball Machine.  While the Duo Pinball iPad Controller doesn’t quite turn your tablet into a full-sized arcade box, it’s...

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iPad Magic Pinball accessory turns your tablet into a table

iPad Magic Pinball accessory turns your tablet into a table

Chris Davies - Nov 18, 2010, 9:30 am CDT iPad Magic Pinball accessory turns your tablet into a table The iPad’s sizeable display does make it rather apt for games like pinball. New Potato Tech are taking things one step further with a custom iPad “Magic Pinball”...

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