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2016: A Most Disappointing Year for Pinball

A post on a recent local pinball discussion forum read: “It seems like it’s a good time to be a pinhead. People are taking delivery of TBL, Stern has Batman 66 coming out soon, and I just read that both JJP and Spooky will be unveiling their third games before too long. There have also […]

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A Forgotten Monstrous Gem of a Pinball

Here is the situation I was in recently. I had the itch. You probably know about this yourself. It is that itch to get a new machine in your game room. It just hits you after awhile.

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2015 Pinball Machine of the Year

Doing a game of the year in past years seemed a bit silly as so few pinball machines were being made. But considering that there are now several companies working on producing pinball machines, it seems like the time has come. There were a number of really good pinball machines that were released in the past year.

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Pinball Review: The Getaway

Fast-paced sequel to the 1986 game High Speed. Steve Ritchie basically took High Speed and juiced it up a bit. Year of Production: 1992 Production Run: 13,259 Notable Features: Supercharger — a magnetic ball accelerator. Collector Rating: B Getaway is not very expensive compared to many other games of its era, but is a fairly desirable […]

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New Must Have Mod for your AC/DC Pinball

There are a lot of pinball machine mods out in the marketplace. Some are better than others. I think we can all agree that the best mods are those that feel as if they should have originally come with the game. This is a pretty high standard and most mods fail to meet this level. […]

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Pinball Review: Cyclone

Kind of like a theme park wrapped up inside a box Year of Production: 1988 Production Run: 9,400 Notable Features: A mini Ferris wheel that carries the ball. Spinning backglass animation. Collector Rating: B Fairly popular game and certainly the most popular of the trilogy (Comet came first, then Cyclone, and Hurricane was the last). Player Rating: B Decent ball […]

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Pinball Review: Fireball Classic

A 1970’s EM classic reborn with 80’s solid state technology Year of Production: 1985 Production Run: 2,000 Notable Features: Rotating disk in the middle of the playfield that changes the direction of the ball. Collector Rating: C Strangely unpopular game considering the original Fireball is still very highly sought after. Player Rating: B+  Obviously this is a simpler game, but do […]

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Dorothy vs Angus — A Pinball Showdown

The most talked about and touted pinball machine of 2012 was Stern’s AC/DC Premium (and Limited Edition) pinball machine. AC/DC was a giant hit for Stern and brought a classic music-themed pinball machine to fans that had been aching for something like that for years.

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New Slot Machine Book Delivers a Jackpot

Coin-op collectors are not like most people. Lugging around huge and heavy machines into our homes would not be considered grounds for excitement to most. Since we are in the minority, we do not have access products made especially for us on a constant basis. But when such items are released into the marketplace, it […]

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The Invention of Punk Rock and the Unheard Classic Album

I grew up thinking that The Ramones were the first true punk rock band. The Ramones started gigging in New York in 1974 and in 1976 released their first album. But I have just learned that there was a punk band that started in 1971 and recorded an album in 1974 that nobody ever knew […]

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