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400 Pinball Machines and Counting at the Texas Pinball Festival (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the we're-all-pinball-wizards-on-this-bus dept.

Games 36

Yes, folks. Step right up. It's the 2013 Texas Pinball Festival, except... Whoops! You missed it. But don't despair, because Tim Lord was there with his camcorder to interview organizer Paul McKinney and to point his lens lovingly at pinball machines new and old, complete with whistles and bells, oh my! It was a riotous time, with players of all ages. Pinball machines were played, bought, and sold. There were plenty of exhibitors, including some with shiny-new machines. The most interesting of these may have been Multimorphic, which is making "the world's first modular, multi-game, pinball platform." In other words, one machine that can become many games, sort of like a video game console. There's a separate, short, "bonus video" about Multimorphic (with no transcript), for anyone who is interested in their open source, "open platform" pinball machine concept -- and that may not be just old fogies trying to recapture their youth, when they had the high score on the Evel Knievel machine at a local pool hall, because McKinney says the people coming to the Texas Pinball Festival are younger every year.

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fans of nerd face rejoice (5, Insightful)

pezpunk (205653) | about a year ago | (#43394113)

the producer here decided to show us this guy's mug for 90% of the run time. i am struggling to understand, though, why it was interrupted with occasional 3-second snippets of PINBALL MACHINES, though.

Re:fans of nerd face rejoice (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394185)

mods, please delete this comment

Re:fans of nerd face rejoice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394233)

It's impossible to delete a Slashdot comment you moron.

Re:fans of nerd face rejoice (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394275)

Scientologists disagree with you

Re:fans of nerd face rejoice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394395)

It's impossible to delete a Slashdot comment you moron.

I strongly believe that's not true (but mods can't do it).

no you fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394401)

he IS the pinball machine

because Roblimo doesn't try hard enough (1)

SethJohnson (112166) | about a year ago | (#43395921)

Roblimo is trying, but failing as a video producer. He goes onsite to Texas locales without any preparation, research, etc. and spontaneously attempts to conjure up questions to ask people about the event.

Most of what he asks the people could be found on any flyer about the event. Better questions would have been:

1. Is a pinball renaissance afoot? 2. Why wasn't the kid from Kaine's Arcade invited?


Re:because Roblimo doesn't try hard enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43397739)

Did you notice that Roblimo just edited the video? That he didn't make it?

Since you don't get the basic facts right, why should Slashdot listen to your opinion?

Re:because Roblimo doesn't try hard enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43398291)

Learn what a producer is, dumbfuck.

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1. One that produces, especially a person or organization that produces goods or services for sale.
2. One who supervises and controls the finances, creation, and public presentation of a play, film, program, or similar work.
3. A furnace that manufactures producer gas.
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Bay Area Pinball (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394193)

Pacific Pinball Museum is a great day in the Bay Area. I go up twice a year (as much as my wife can stand)
They usually organize a similar event Pacific Pinball Expo

Pinburgh 2013 is this weekend! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394317)

Don't forget about Pinburgh 2013, which is happening this weekend near Pittsburgh, PA!

Memories (4, Interesting)

folderol (1965326) | about a year ago | (#43394375)

Used to be a nice little earner for me repairing these in the late 1960s - the real ones. All electromechanical, none of your wimpy solid state rubbish.

I'M SOLD OLD ... !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43394403)

The funeral home called !! They want their body back !!

Pop !!

Re:Memories (2)

pezpunk (205653) | about a year ago | (#43394523)

old man yells at solid state pinball machine . jpg

Re:Memories (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | about a year ago | (#43401575)


Man those things were so fucking loud.

PS - Lameness filter, I'm yelling on purpose!

All time best pinball machine (1)

houbou (1097327) | about a year ago | (#43394611)

Taxi 'nuff said! :)

Re:All time best pinball machine (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about a year ago | (#43394753)

My personal favorite was Black Knight 2000 [] . I'd love to get one, but the cost of the cabinet is way too high.

Re:All time best pinball machine (1)

freeze128 (544774) | about a year ago | (#43395113)

All the Williams games from that era are fantastic. I really liked the F14 Tomcat (which, along with Taxi), is ridiculously anti-Russian when viewed today.

Re:All time best pinball machine (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#43397525)

I always liked Whirlwind [] .

You know what would be nice? (4, Interesting)

MasseKid (1294554) | about a year ago | (#43394639)

If we heard about this before the festival? I have to think a lot of the people who would be interested in actually watching this video who live in Texas would have been interested in going to this festival. I understand it's not SXSW, but do you think we could squeeze an article between the global warming and slashervertisements for neat things like this so we could go to them instead of watching a video about someone else having all the fun?

Re:You know what would be nice? (2)

timothy (36799) | about a year ago | (#43395335)

You're right.

Really, we should (and hopefully you'll see this actually happen -- it's been a long stretch of nagging so far ;)) have far more interesting events announced like this. In the case of this one, though, I have to point out I only found out about it myself a few days beforehand, and wasn't sure what to expect.

If you have any thoughts about exactly *how* you'd like to see interesting events mentioned (A calendar link? on the Slashdot twitter feed? etc) and what sort of events you'd want to be shown, I would like to use them to inform my own ongoing brainstorm on this.

I don't know from your comment whether you're in Texas, but on May 5th, there's a mini Maker Faire in Austin ;)



Re:You know what would be nice? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43395685)

Keep an eye on the TPF website (or better yet if you Facebook 'like' the TPF facebook page). There's been talk that TPF will move to June or July next year due to the Final Four being held in Dallas and all the appropriately sized hotels being booked from March until May. If you order tickets a few months out you get a discount on the weekend pass that's pretty nice as well.

I'm part of that in-between age bracket (3, Interesting)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about a year ago | (#43394743)

I'm old enough to remember pinball machines having their own prominent corner in the local video arcade (and old enough to have had local video arcades), but too young to have experienced pinball in its prime. The big hits in pinball when I grew up were Addams Family, Terminator, and Playboy. Not too long after, when arcades started closing, pinball went into a downward spiral.

Re:I'm part of that in-between age bracket (1)

dunng808 (448849) | about a year ago | (#43395487)

I'm old enough to remember the walls of every beer and pizza join around Campaign-Urbana crammed with pinball machines and guys like me going for a free game after a pitcher of Old Milwaukee. The clatter of thumpers and bumpers, the constant bells. Bump bump ... Tilt! Just after grad school Atari released the home version of Pong. I bought one, might still be in my attic.

Never heard anything about pinball games creating mass murderers. Juvenile delinquents hanging around pool halls, sure, but shooting people with guns?

pinball is back right now!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43395551)

pinball is back right now!!

Pinball musuem (3, Informative)

Garion911 (10618) | about a year ago | (#43395237)

For pinball fans that happen to make it to Vegas, there's a pinball 'museum' a few miles from the strip on the Tropicana. Might not be as many machines as this, but fun nonetheless. []

For those in AZ (2)

ArcadeNut (85398) | about a year ago | (#43395789)

Did you make it to Zapcon? (>)?

Re:For those in AZ (1)

timothy (36799) | about a year ago | (#43396123)

No! In fact, have never heard of it until your comment. See that I just missed it. We really need a reader-facing, reader-populated events calendar for just such things. Lots of cool regional events ...


I like my tz (1)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | about a year ago | (#43396425)

I finally got a twilight zone a few months ago. It needed only minor repairs. Good fun.

Half of them probably came from pinballz (1)

bored (40072) | about a year ago | (#43397053)

If you like pinball, and are in Austin, look up pinballz [] . It totally old school, they have pinball machines from the early 60's that don't even have transistors (think lots of relays) to modern ones and everything in between.. I've been going there on an off for a couple years, and lately the place gets really busy in the evenings/weekends. For a while almost all the machines were for sale, and a lot of really cool ones have apparently been sold, but they still have ~100 on the floor.

Re:Half of them probably came from pinballz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43398375)

Wow, thanks for the link. I must have driven past that place a hundred times and never even noticed it. Definitely will check it out.

The 2nd video didn't show the platform at all! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43397667)

Nuts. I was flipping forward to get to an actual video shot of the game for the 2nd video... The rest was marginally interesting...

If you're in Portland, Oregon... (1)

MindPrison (864299) | about a year ago | (#43399319) may want to stop by Ground Kontrol (  ) in Portland, it's very old-school and totally awesome. I visited there all the way from Scandinavia, and I have to say, I've never seen a more enthusiastic old-school arcade crowd somewhere since the 80s, and that place was like the 80s all over again. Tons of pinball machines, go nuts! :)

Re:If you're in Portland, Oregon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43402131)

Thanks for posting the link, Ground Kontrol looks like a really cool place to be. Wish I could visit there sometime, seeing all those games really takes me back. Also their renovation work looks great!

In other news, drastic increase of back injuries (1)

Control-Z (321144) | about a year ago | (#43414685)

No kidding, electromechanical pinball machines are the heaviest things I've ever lifted.

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