Here is a short video of the first public demo of the Hot Wheels pinball machine – from a convention in New Orleans right before Covid exploded and everything was shut down. This is an early prototype of the game, that likely has unfinished code and playfield. This video has been in the archives and I thought it might be interesting to show what the game looked like the very first time it appeared in public, which was at an amusement machine expo in New Orleans.
This is a very interesting game I had a chance to pick up and couldn’t resist. A 1980s System 80 game – one of two very rare, low production hybrid pinball/video game machines Gottlieb made. Let’s take a “first look” at what I have… more videos to come of the restoration!
Many games, especially older games would have their playfield mechs screwed directly into the wood with wood screws. On areas like bumper posts, these can take quite a beating, get loose and become stripped. Here’s a simple technique to repair stripped holes to make the screws bite back into the playfield.
After having this game on location for awhile, I thought I might report on what types of wear and tear and damage I’m running into, and what was wrong with the game. I think we’ve found a few “weak links” relating to parts that probably should last a little longer. Check it out:
This is a very cool game that is surprisingly rare. A 2008 Stern “NBA”. Rumor has it the game had a very low production and was mainly made for the Chinese market.
I had a chance to get one of these games that had been stuffed in the back of an operators office for many years. It needed quite a bit of work. Here is the whole video series from first look, to the repairs, to the showcase of gameplay:
This is a short video where I go over some alpha code for the Bally Silverball Mania classic pinball machine. I demonstrate the original ruleset of the game, then show how a re-programmed BSOS system changes the rules and fixes some problems with the original gameplay design. The result is a much more balanced game that can be used in competition and is more fun and challenging to play.