It’s getting harder and harder for pinball machines to compete with the cutting-edge graphics on home gaming consoles, and even VR now. But by adding an interactive element allowing players to design their own tables, artists Jérémie Cortial and Roman Miletitch have found a way to make pinball relevant again.
Don’t act so surprised that pinball is still a thing, sometimes knocking around a steel ball can be just as satisfying as gunning down a room full of virtual zombies. And even moreso when the table features swords, dragons, and even the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.
There’s a certain appeal to playing a pinball machine that even video game versions can’t perfectly replicate. And with these cheap miniature cardboard versions, pinball fans can finally customize their own machines using a glue gun, hobby knife, and other crafting supplies at their disposal.
Game of skills or evil gambling? It is hard to believe that there was a long period in the history of arcade games when pinball machines, these amazing mixtures of art, design, engineering, technology, gaming, sport, culture, and so on, were banned. It was illegal to own even just one.
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.
Forget couches, forget dining tables, forget beds, forget even a working toilet, all your home really needs for you to be happy and content is this amazing R2-D2-themed coffee table featuring a working Star Wars pinball machine inside.
Pinball may seem today like one of the most innocent of pastimes, but in 1942, the game was banned in New York City. Why? And what happened to all those machines? This short comic by Julia Wertz has the answer.
Everyone has tried it at some point. The authorities started turning a blind eye years ago, but it wasn't officially legalized until the summer of 2014. Finally, after more than 80 years of illegitimacy, the City of Oakland has legalized…pinball machines.
Long-suffering pinball fans can finally play free in Oakland. Swords are being returned to their rightful owners in New York City. And America is breathing better air than we have in a decade. Sometimes we like to look at the brighter side of urban life. It's our peek at What's Not Ruining Our Cities Anymore.
You can play a pinball machine forever and not have a pinball hit at a more perfect angle than this. Look at it bounce back and forth and back and forth and back and forth forever between a bumper and kicker. If only every pinball game was so easy. According to YouTube user lilmul123, this went on for a few minutes…
In May of 1976 in New York City, Roger Sharpe watched nervously as city council members piled into a Manhattan courtroom. Reporters and camera operators had already begun setting up, eagerly anticipating the proceedings ahead. Roger, a young magazine writer for GQ and the New York Times among others, did not expect…
If you thought it was intense when Hot Wheels cars zoomed around loops, narrowly missing each other at high speed intersections that would make a civil engineer fall to his knees and cry, Hot Wheel's new Carcade might give you a heart attack. And if your favorite speed is "10 mph under the limit," the same applies.
Real arcades are slowly becoming a thing of the past. When was the last time you saw a pinball machine in the wild, flashing and dinging its siren call for quarters? Fortunately there are reservations for the endangered
little big guys, and Pins and Needles is one you'll wish was in a warehouse in your neighborhood.
Have you ever wondered just how far and how frequently your ball travels during a game of pinball? Have you ever wanted a record of a particularly high-scoring game? Graphic designer Sam Van Doorn modified a pinball machine that does more than just record the highest scores: it records every path the ball travels over…
Everybody wants a pinball machine of their own, but the problem is that those suckers tend to be pretty expensive. There's a way around that though, if you're determined enough; build your own out of K'Nex. The results can be pretty awesome.
One of the few action-oriented games that shines on a touchscreen device is pinball, thanks to its dead simple control scheme. That being said, playing pinball's always best with a set of physical buttons to tap and a spring-loaded ball launcher, which this iPad accessory delivers.
The father of modern pinball, Steve Kordek, passed away Sunday with a high score of 100 years. In his honor, we present this special double-play Soundtrack of Pinball Wizard, presented by Sir Elton "Supple Wrists" John and The Who.
It's safe to say the novelty of those giant animated building projections has worn off. But just before I was ready to declare the fad dead, this giant playable pinball machine comes along and makes the idea awesome again.