I’m a firm believer of being patient in the pinball hunt. I’ve always wanted a Bally Wizard EM. It’s such a great game and has such beautiful artwork. They made a bunch of them so why has it taken so long? Because they’re an A-list game and often command A-list prices and I wanted a good deal. I waited and got more than what I wanted…
One of my favorite ways to play pinball with other people is a cool competitive format called “Pin Golf.” What makes this type of competition fun is that it works with both novice and skilled players, and it allows people to compete in teams and encourages cooperation. In this video I show you how we run Pin-Golf events, both sanctioned and un-sanctioned.
I have a game in my collection that is in my “restoration queue” – it’s sitting in the corner of a back room and every time I look at it, I’m reminded I need to pull it out and take a look at it – and I am anxious to do this and share with you what I find. But there are a half dozen games in front of it so I can’t do it right now. But what I can do is tell you how I got it in this latest episode of “Pinball Stories”…
Lately I’ve been putting some of my games up for sale, and I get a lot of people who have never owned pinball machines contacting me. They have a romantic idea of setting up a game room for their kids and remember pinball machines fondly and want to have one at home. Sounds great right? I agree it can be very rewarding… but you have to know what you’re potentially getting yourself into. A pinball machine is not like a regular modern amusement device. Let’s go over the pros, cons and pitfalls of owning pinball machines, and while you think your kids will enjoy it, are you sure? Let’s dive in and talk about it!
Everybody probably has pinball machines they like, and some they don’t like, but what happens when you have a game that you alternately love in some respects, but can’t stand in others? This is one of those games for me, Sega/Stern’s Southpark!
Galaga is one of the most popular video arcade games of all time, but unfortunately the way the boardset was produced, it doesn’t seem to stand the test of time and last very long. The production used poor quality sockets and various hard-to-find chips that had a tendency of corroding and becoming brittle. It’s a real challenge to get an original boardset operating reliably without doing a ton of work, and even then, you’re never 100% sure.
As a result, this is probably one of the games that benefits the most from a “resto-mod” approach of adding a modern emulation board. I demonstrate in the video below how to do a non-destructive mod to an original Galaga game to replace the problematic logic boards with a 60-in-1 multi-card. The game can be restored to 100% original if desired because this doesn’t alter any of the core components. You can also add some extra games that use the same control scheme like other versions of Galaxian, Galaga88, space invaders, etc.