Hey there, my name is Mike. And I’m a pinball-aholic. My 12-Step program calls for me to try to assemble up to 40+ pinball machines in order to open a modest retro-arcade/museum in the Gulf Coast area.
What started out as me simply picking up an old pinball machine I used to play as a kid, has exploded into a very time-consuming (and fun) hobby. I enjoy sharing my interests with others as well as my knowledge, and I’ve gained so much from others in the community that I thought I might give back. My idea is to video and document my “first person” experiences acquiring and restoring old machines as well as other aspects of the hobby.
PinballHelp.com endeavors to be 100% original content – I’m not looking to cross-post stuff from other sites. I’m looking to create all the content you see here, so this should be fresh and original. There may be some exceptions in cases where, for example, I post funny classified ads for games, or reference a video or two from YouTube as reference for a story, but for the most part, I plan to take all my own pictures, and shoot all my own video, and make it available here first.
Speaking of video, as you might notice, as of now, my videos are not really edited. They’re kind of “low-fi” and I am specifically aiming to make them “non-slick” and “real”. Also that’s the excuse I’m using because a) I don’t really have a video editing system in place right now, and b) It takes a lot more time to produce slick, edited videos and I want to “keep it real.” I hope you enjoy my work and that it’s not too tedious or boring. In any case, I welcome comments and feedback!
NOTE: This site is not meant as any kind of serious “how-to” guide as much as it is a diary of my experience working with and enjoying classic pinball games. I do my best to try and be informative and educational, if not downright “preachy” sometimes about how to do things properly, but I will be the first to admit I don’t always do everything right the first time, especially the first time when a camera is running. If I had a fancy-schmancy video editing setup, I could make it look like I was a super-pinball-repair expert, but alas, I’m not. I’m just a guy who has had to learn things the hard way, and I thought, why not document my learning process on the Internet? So you get to see me make some goofy mistakes that if I were smarter, I’d never admit to doing and delete the video. But that’s how we all learn right? So please bear with me if I do some kind of repair that garners a glaring look of disapproval – leave some feedback and we’ll both figure out a better way!
If you would like to contact me, send an email to mike at pinballhelp followed by a period then “com.”
– Mike, PinballHelp