So what do you do when you have extra time on your hands? My mother likes to go to Party Bingo, some people spent time watching television, reading books, playing with their kids.
But then there are a special category of people that are driven to do special things with their free time. They are goal-driven and talented people and frankly different from most of us.
Those are the people that I would like to highlight today.
Custom Pinball Machines for the Ages
In the game room world, these kind of folks might make custom pinball machines.
A custom pinball machine is a one-of-a-kind machine. Often featuring a theme that is outrageous or unlikely to ever be featured in a mainstream pinball machine from Stern, Jersey Jack, or anyone else.
Typically these custom machines use a production machine as their base canvas. Then they go about recreating playfield art, cabinet art, playfield plastics, and in more extreme cases — new sounds, DMD animations, and more.
So let’s go through the list of The GameRoom Blog Top Custom Pinball Machines of All Time (well at least up until today).!
Note these are in no special order as they are all awesome.
It’s surprising that there never was a “real” Ghostbusters pinball machine made. This one will have to do for now…until the inevitable Ghostbusters sequel comes out eventually.
Legend has it that this was actually owned originally by Alec Lifeson, the Rush virtuoso guitarist himself. Later is ended up in the hands of pinball collector.
This may not be the greatest custom pinball machine. But I think Skittles deserves high praise for incorporating it within a great marketing campaign. And who does not appreciate the bizarre stylings of Keith Apicary.
The Evil Dead
Hollywood Heat is a neat game trapped in a fugly and dated skin. So what to do? Customize it!
The spinning backglass is inspired and the overall look of this game is very sharp.
The Three Stooges
This one now resides in the Three Stooges Museum. That is good enough for me!
Batman Pinball 2000
What an undertaking. This is not just a “re-skinning” and superficial touches. Adding holographic Pinball 2000 effects is not something most people would take on.
Black Hole 2 Cosmic Chaos
I like this angle. Forget about tweaking the art or theme, but just take a cool old game and make it cooler!
What happens when a true artist works on a creating a custom pinball machine? Something amazing…that is what.
Stern has given us a Family Guy pinball machine and a Simpsons pinball machine. Clearly they forgot about Futurama.
The Addams Family: The Widebody Edition
I could list a ton of other projects done by George from Germany, as he has made some other amazing custom games. His TAF machine is one of my favorites. The topper alone is worthy of accolades.
For more of George’s amazing games go to: http://www.specialpinball.com.