Pinball wizard shares why the game isn't as random as it looks

In this Vox video, pinball legend Roger Sharpe explains that playing the game isn't random and shares how players can manipulate the balls to their advantage.

Going into the video, I felt a little bit like, "What are things old people already knew, Alec?" but ended up learning some things. Never too old, I guess. Funny enough, I was just playing pinball last weekend (at the soon-to-be-closed Playland-Not-at-the-Beach... sniff) and totally could have used these pointers. Read the rest

How pinball machines are made

The A. V. Club visited Stern Pinball, one of the the soldiers standing in a very old battle.

In the video above, we follow the pinball machine manufacturing process from start to finish, seeing just how much work goes into creating the “world’s friendliest game.”

A machine with 3500 parts—many of them still made in Chicago! Hand-assembled! Read the rest

Fantastic gallery of old pinball arcade in Kansas City

Alex Q. Arbuckle of Retronaut published this gallery of 1968 photos of the Wonderland Arcade in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Women take a place at the pinball table

What happens when female players slam tilt their way into the bright, loud world of pinball?

Oakland to decriminalize pinball

Yes, pinball is illegal in Oakland, California. But this week, the 80-year-old law, tied to anti-gambling ordinances, will be reversed. Read the rest

Kickstarter: pinball machines customized by infamous underground artists

Fantastic idea! Top shelf underground artists COOP, Frank Kozik, Alex Pardee, Sam Flores, and Jeremy Fish teamed up with pinball hackers Tilt Warning Customs to build a classic pinball arcade. They've launched a Kickstarter and if funding comes through, they'll open at the FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco next year and either tour, expand to a larger venue, or both! "Bring Back the Arcade! Custom Pinball Art Show" Read the rest