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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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The New Metallica Pinball Machine is Very Heavy Indeed

Thoughts on the New Machine by Stern Pinball I have been one of Stern’s harshest critics, but I am happy to eat some crow on their upcoming new pinball machine. The pictures of the upcoming Metallica pinball machine are simply stunning. This is probably the best looking pinball machine that Stern has ever produced. Featuring […]

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The Epic Pinball Magazine of the Ages

I am terribly late bringing you a review of Pinball Magazine (what’s Pinball Magazine? — checkout our interview with the publisher). But I have a valid excuse. This magazine is not your average rag. No sir. Not in any way. This magazine has more reading content than many novels I have read. It is completely […]

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Thoughts on the Upcoming Avengers Pinball Machine

Well the big day has come and arrived. The pictures of the upcoming Stern pinball machine have been released to the public. In case you are not a Stern fanboy, or comic book geek — maybe you did not realize that the next Stern release is going to be The Avengers. The games will quite […]

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The Top Ten Sexiest Classic Pinball Backglasses Ever

Do you remember being a young teenager going to arcades? Feeling awkward and filled with weird hormones? Being too immature and unsure of yourself to actually have much contact with real girls, we fantasized about strip poker games that never happened and were naturally lured to play pinball machines with gorgeous women on them. The marketers […]

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Rare Game Room Gems: Avengers In Galactic Storm

My son keeps on asking me when the Avengers Blu-Ray is out (any day now son!)…so it made me think to finally getting around to writing about this old game. With the surprising fact that there was no official video game released to coincide with the release of movie (there is one coming out eventually). […]

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