PBall Gallery, a pinball museum in Budapest, Hungary, contains more than 130 once-banned (and dreaded!) electromechanical gaming machines. It’s an incredible collection, and a reminder that while most of us were glued to the game, these games are also little works of art.
Pball is Europe’s largest interactive pinball exhibition, and anyone who’s into arcade gaming culture should visit at least once. The museum has machines from almost every decade, representing the full history of pinball. There are machines inspired by sports, music, movies, science fiction, fantasy, space, comics, history, technology. Many of them are also beautiful, with hand-painted or designed “back glass” or “head glass” decorating the headboard of the machine—you know, the part you might miss if you’re focused on your game.
The following set of images shows you fifty pretty pieces of back glass—the main design element of any pinball machine. Enjoy the time travel!
This is the first piece of our mini series showcasing awesome pinball machines.