3 Pinball Machines Based on Classic Cartoons

3 Pinball Machines Based on Classic Cartoons

Pinball Machines Based on Classic Cartoons Most of us grew up watching cartoons early in the morning or when we get back from school. Who doesn't love a classic cartoon? Some cartoons I watched growing up were Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby Doo,...

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How Pinball Relates To Real Life

How Pinball Relates To Real Life

Does Pinball Relate To Real Life? When people think of pinball and its gameplay, they usually just think its a random game of hitting the balls and not trying to fall under but pinball is much more than that if you want it to be. So can pinball relate to our real...

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Pinball Was Illegal

Pinball Was Illegal

Pinball Was Illegal Pinball was illegal, it was banned from the 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 where virtually all of its manufacturers have historically been located....

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Pinball Skill Shots

Pinball Skill Shots

What Is A Pinball Skill Shot? In Pinball games, a skill shot is a bonus that the player could earn by performing some particular task when launching or plunging the ball. How To Be Better At Skill Shots First off, every pinball game is different. The speed, slope,...

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How Do Pinball Machines Work?

How Do Pinball Machines Work?

So How Do Pinball Machines Really Work? To understand how pinball machines work we got to go back to the beginning, since the first true pinball game, Humpty Dumpty, was released by Gottlieb in 1947, people the world over have had an obsession with making a little...

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Origin of Pinball

Origin of Pinball

The Beginning Here is the origin of pinball, The "ancestor" of all pinball machines is known to be "Bagatelle-Table, This is a sort of hybrid between a "pin table" and pool table. To understand the history of pinball we need to go back to France, the 1700s. It is the...

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The Punny Factory Update

The Punny Factory Update

October 10th 2020 Hey Adventurers! Here's a quick update on The Punny Factory & what we've been up to! The Pinball Adventure Team is currently doing some tests on our first game EVER out of many,  We're currently deciding on what colors we want on our playfield,...

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When did multi-player games appear for pinball?

When did multi-player games appear for pinball?

Originally, machines were all single-player games. It was one player at a time. But starting in 1954, Gottlieb came up with the idea to have two or even four people playing at a time. Player one would play ball one, then player two would play ball one. Then player one...

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What were some of the other most popular pinball themes?

What were some of the other most popular pinball themes?

Gottlieb was really good at card themes. They were known for that. Card games like poker, you’re trying to get different hands, a royal flush, they used that name a bunch of times—Card Whiz, Royal Flush, Pop-a-Card. . In the 1950s, Gottlieb would run a machine for...

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When did movie promotion begin for pinball?

When did movie promotion begin for pinball?

Bally was the first company to do that. They were the first company to get an official licensed theme. During the 1950s, Gottlieb had done some unlicensed themes. They had a game called Guy’s Dolls, and it just happened to come out at the same time as the Broadway...

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Did Williams and Gottlieb have their own artists?

Did Williams and Gottlieb have their own artists?

Yes, they had preferred artists. During the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, artwork wasn’t always created in house. Williams or another company would design a game, and then they would hand the game over to another company that just did art. This second company had their own...

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Who were the major manufacturers for pinball?

Who were the major manufacturers for pinball?

During the 1930s, there were literally hundreds of companies making pinball machines. After World War II, though, there was only a handful. The key players were Gottlieb—the biggest, and pretty much the Cadillac of pinball—and Williams, which was substantially smaller...

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How did pinball evolve in the United States?

How did pinball evolve in the United States?

It was a game that morphed from the French game of bagatelle. In the 1930s, it really exploded as a gambling thing, and that’s where pinball got this gambling association. Coming out of World War II, the gambling laws were changing in the United States. In particular,...

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Are there a lot of pinball machine collectors?

Are there a lot of pinball machine collectors?

Are there a lot of pinball machine collectors? It is a fairly small hobby. I’m the co-editor of one of the pinball magazines, and the subscription number is 1,200 people worldwide. Now, I know not every collector subscribes, but that gives you an indication that the...

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Why People Flip Pinball Machines

I didn’t really get into to pinball machine collecting until maybe 15 years ago, but when I was a freshman in college, video games were really big. I went to Purdue University. They had a huge arcade there. I always said that Space Invaders and Pac-Man took so much of...

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The Glory of the Pinball Machine

The Glory of the Pinball Machine

What is it about the pinball machine that draws us in? Even today in our time of gorgeously illustrated video games, pinball machines continue to have an enchanting quality. In part this is the result ofthe game's visuals: the lights, colors, and artwork. But it's...

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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

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

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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