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    Default What happened to pinball?

    Just not a big enough draw for today's youth?

    There are only two pinballs I know of around me. A Simpsons one that is poorly maintained and one at an Old Chicago. I guess theres a couple I saw at a vintage store but they looked very old and decrepid
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    Around the Pittsburgh Pa area Pinball is thriving. There are several Pinball Cafes that sprung up. Of course it doesn't hurt that PAPA (Professional and Amateur Pinball Association) is based in Carnegie. We're only weeks away from ReplayFx, which is a big classic arcade and Pinball show as well as the "Pinburgh" Tournament (one of if not the biggest in Pinball). Check the PAPA website on help finding pins near you. You may be a victim of geography because here at the 3 rivers there's pinball all around.
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    I haven't seen a pinball machine in years, and I missed those wonderful novelties! I remembered the one pizza shop near my old neighborhood that had the Jurassic Park theme machine that rocked my socks off with the loud scoring music :3


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    Pinball is still a thing you have conventions such as what garry mention with papa.Beside stern still puts out tables but mostly license ones as of late.Also there is the pinball hall of fame in nv,las vegas.Still if being able to play pinball tables locally is a problem,there are video game alternatives.For modern consoles and pc there is the pinball arcade,pinball FX and the recent zaccaria pinball.Though i all ways wanted to buy my own table but they can cost a fortune these days.

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    I had a pinball itch to scratch a few weeks ago, so I went to a spot near my place. One of the few remaining arcades from my childhood is still open, although it is a shell of it's former self. They have a 3rd floor that's a bit more for "older kids" that has a decent lineup of pinball machines. They even get new ones in still. They had some Lord of the Rings and a Wizard of Oz ones that had on the marquee that it was only 1 of 1500 made or something. It cost my a buck to play and is probably one of the cheaper machines I've played.

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    I don't see pinball machines anymore, arcades are basically gone except at movie theaters and they just have redemption games now.

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    I see pinball machines occasionally. I can actually think of quite a few places around here that have them but most are also the type of places that sell them (such as used game stores) or at least have them for sale anyways, seeing how a pinball machine can easily cost thousands of dollars.

    My college had a small arcade with several pinball machines that I'd play quite regularly, often for free since people would rarely realize they had won a free game. But that's been over 15 years ago now.
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    I was lucky enough to have a pinball arcade near my job until a bit ago when it closed I was pretty sad going to check this place out when I have the chance: http://thegameseum.com/

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    Pinball has become just a niche. Once video games came out, pinball went by the wayside as video games became more and more complex. At the end of the day, pinball is the same thing: using two flippers at the bottom of a board and trying to hit as many things with that ball as possible before it passes between the flippers. There are different themes, but it's the same game underneath. You can't really upgrade pinball the way you can upgrade video games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WelcomeToTheNextLevel View Post
    Pinball has become just a niche. Once video games came out, pinball went by the wayside as video games became more and more complex. At the end of the day, pinball is the same thing: using two flippers at the bottom of a board and trying to hit as many things with that ball as possible before it passes between the flippers. There are different themes, but it's the same game underneath. You can't really upgrade pinball the way you can upgrade video games.
    I agree but I can think of many classic video games that havent changed in 30 plus years that are still around.

    I always figured there was more maintenance involved with pinball and thus the return on investment not great enough, especially if one is not able to increase credits/ball on the machine.
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    I live in Brisbane, Australia and it is virtually the pinball capital of the world.

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    The last pinball machine near me was an "Addams Family" one at a thrift store (not for sale, but up front near the cash registers), about a decade ago. They also had a Tekken 2 arcade at the time.

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