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Bogdan Radovic
post May 25 2011, 11:28 PM
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I was wondering if any of you like playing pinball machines? I mean real ones found in arcades?
There are nowadays very hard to find on locations a it's really sad how video games killed them...
When I remember back in the days - I loved playing pinball and they were on height of their popularity.
I can only imagine how it was in America at that time smile.gif

Anyway - as I always wanted one and they are getting hard to find here, I recently bought my first machine biggrin.gif

It's a Williams Earthshaker from 1989. designed by Pat Lawor (one of best designers in pinball - he designed the Addams Family machine too).
Machine was not in best shape but step by step I got it in full working condition. It has a first shaker motor in the history of pinball which rattles the whole machine like crazy. It's actually really addictive to fiddle around the electronics and to learn how to fix switches etc etc...

This is how it looks (picture from internet) :


I'll make some gamplay videos soon.

What pinball games did you play back in the days ?
Which ones are your favorite?
How hard is to find pinball machines on locations in your country these days?

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post May 25 2011, 11:49 PM
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I'm not a big fan of it, but sometimes I play pinball. Here, in Riga it is not so hard to find pinball machines. There are few machines in the game room near my home, also you can find it in shopping centers sometimes. I played one a month ago in a cafe smile.gif I'm not really good at this but my friend plays like a professional biggrin.gif I played this one


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post May 25 2011, 11:58 PM
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QUOTE (K1R @ May 26 2011, 12:49 AM) *
I'm not a big fan of it, but sometimes I play pinball. Here, in Riga it is not so hard to find pinball machines. There are few machines in the game room near my home, also you can find it in shopping centers sometimes. I played one a month ago in a cafe smile.gif I'm not really good at this but my friend plays like a professional biggrin.gif I played this one


Hey man that is a cool pinball. It's made by Sega I think and it's a "rip-off" from Williams Whirlwind which is a sister machine of my Earthshaker! Both designed by Pat in disaster theme smile.gif

I actually found one Whirlwind here in decent condition but unfortunately I don't have room for another machine (which makes me sad it would be so cool to have both legendary pins heheh) smile.gif

here is the pic of Whirlwind :



Here in Belgrade there are only about 3-5 machines on locations... sad.gif

Ok - it's a bit disturbing how much I know about this hobby laugh.gif


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post May 26 2011, 09:14 AM
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What an amazing topic!! I love pinballs! It would be a dream for me to have one or two of these at home! biggrin.gif My favourites:

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post May 26 2011, 10:44 AM
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I always wanted a pinball machine as a kid !! I've only ever played 1 in real life, which was in a pub years ago smile.gif


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post May 26 2011, 03:37 PM
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My dad has one - The Twighlight Zone, which is a Bally machine. We played it to death and got some ridiculous scores on it when I was a kid. He's still got it, but he's in the process of moving so he's thinking of getting rid of it sad.gif
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post May 26 2011, 03:43 PM
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QUOTE (AdamB @ May 26 2011, 04:37 PM) *
My dad has one - The Twighlight Zone, which is a Bally machine. We played it to death and got some ridiculous scores on it when I was a kid. He's still got it, but he's in the process of moving so he's thinking of getting rid of it sad.gif


Wow man that is the no. 1 rated pinball machine of all times! smile.gif
I never had a chance to play it sad.gif


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I love pinball machines, they're a lot of fun. Here in the US you find them mostly at older bars or at the arcades. I think there is a shop near where I live that still sells them. They're mostly in peoples homes nowadays.


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QUOTE (AdamB @ May 26 2011, 11:37 AM) *
My dad has one - The Twighlight Zone, which is a Bally machine. We played it to death and got some ridiculous scores on it when I was a kid. He's still got it, but he's in the process of moving so he's thinking of getting rid of it sad.gif



Epic! I forgot about this one. Keep it if you can!! smile.gif


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post May 26 2011, 10:54 PM
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Hey cool topic, I always enjoyed pinball machines, although I like arcade games too, they are awesome! smile.gif

One of my favorite arcade games biggrin.gif




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