Monday, October 06, 2008

Hitting the Flippers at the Pacific Pinball Expo

Pinball Paradisio

All Holes 500,000

San Francisco Pinball

Olympics Pinball

Kiss by Bally

Visible Pinball Project

Last weekend I managed to get up to the Pacific Pinball Expo that was taking place up in Marin County, California. It was fantastic -- there were hundreds of immaculate pinball machines built between the 1940s and the early 21st century on display, and all of them set on free play.

My instant historical analysis: The older games had better graphics, but the action on the playfield was ridiculously slow. The newer machines are much more fun (especially the multi-tiered games), but the 1970s might have been when pinball attained its Golden Age. The games from that era look great, the action keeps you hooked, and those long flippers keep the ball moving fast.

And the most perfect game from that most perfect time? I'd vote for Bally's 1972 Fireball, with it's insane spinning disc at the center.