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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    Hobbit is a must Franck visits Hobbiton thanks to Yee Fong Franck spent three days in Auckland before returning to Sydney for a visit to the famous Bondai Beach This was then followed by a trip of 160km north along the coast to Newcastle The destination was Pizza N Pinball which as the name suggests is a pizza parlour with more than a passing preocupation for pinball Pizza N Pinball in Newcastle Owners and brothers Chris and Dom Slevin have combined their passions for the two p s with the pizzas named after famous pinball titles even Howzat which was an Australian cricket themed pin by Hankin Pinball in pizza form Franck with Chris and Dom Of course pinball is not just on the pizza menu This evening there were twelve machines available to play Addams Metallica Last Action Hero Fathom and AC DC were joined by Judge Dredd and a candy cab video game Seawitch Mata Hari Joker Poker Ripley s and Memory Lane And finally a Rocky Bullwinkle To mark his visit Chris and Dom had organised The Franck Challenge pinball tournament The event was limited to 16 players who paid AU 10 each to play in the Swiss style competition Trophies for the top three The prefect evening pinball Rogers beer and quality pizza After ten rounds of head to head play the final came down to a battle between Franck and top Australian player Richard Rhodes Richard s 600M score on Rocky Bullwinkle proved to be unbeatable giving him the win Franck was second while Dan Robar won the tie break to take third place Richard 1st Franck 2nd and Dan 3rd After the trip to Newcastle it was back to Sydney on the 19th for the next pinball gathering This one took place at the Courthouse Hotel in Newtown where alongside the old world charm outdoor area slot machines and crab races were ten pinballs including AC DC Metallica Cactus Canyon The Addams Family Creature from the Black Lagoon and Theatre of Magic Pinballs at the Courthouse Hotel Two new Stern LE games at the Courthouse Hotel The last Williams WPC game Cactus Canyon Two days later and it was time another pinball get together David Ranage has a fine collection of mostly EM and solid state machines in his gameroom and he hosted an evening of pinball pizza and beer which included a mini tournament The players in David s game room Some of David s games A bank of solid state machines David s selection of EM machines More pizza n pinball Not forgetting the drinks Voodoo Doughnut bacon and maple beer Franck said Some kind of torture They tried to kill me but my stomach is strong The tournament winners David Ranage 1st Terry Hunt 2nd and Andrew Fergusson 3rd Franck s penultimate destination of his trip was the Hard Rock Cafe in Sydney for the finals of the Australia New Zealand Pinball Open ANZPO and also the Australian Circuit finals Sydney

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/learn/franck/index.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    bar you can see the first row or pinballs The longest row starts at the entrance and runs the full length of the building The longest row of games The end of the row Should you be in need of transport home just flag down a Taxi Facing those newer games was a bank of classic 80s solid state machines The second row of solid state games Moving behind these solid state machines we take a temporary break from pinball and discover two electromechanical games a ten pin ball bowler and a puck skeeball Chicago Coin s Continental Bowler and United s Kick A Poo As you can see it s not all pinball at Blairally In addition to the bowler and skeeball there are plenty of classic video games on the right side of the room Tron Zaxxon Pac Man and Space Invaders are amongst the classic video games Donkey Kong and World Series are also in the line up Meanwhile MK2 and SF2 are joined by perhaps the most important machine in the room the ATM since Blairally only takes cash The final selection of machines are on the far right of the room and we return to the pinballs This time it s a selection of electromechanicals Eight electromechanical pinballs We said earlier that nearly all the space beyond the bar is taken up by games The exceptions to this are a small seating area for those taking a rest or enjoying some of the bar snacks and the obligatory rest rooms Classic diner seats and tables For once you are encouraged to scribble your thoughts on the rest room walls and the ceiling chalk is provided Back in the bar and in no way related to the rest room we find the How High Can You

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/sites/blairally/index.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    the Black Lagoon Bally 1993 Indiana Jones Stern 2008 Medieval Madness Williams 1997 Pirates of the Caribbean Stern 2006 Star Wars Episode 1 Williams 1999 Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines Stern 2003 Transformers Pro Stern 2011 Star Wars Episode 1 Pirates of the Caribbean Terminator 3 Medieval Madness Indiana Jones Transformers Creature from the Black Lagoon The Addams Family Surprisingly I found the pinball Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines Tthis was the first time I had ever seen this machine However it was only in acceptable condition Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines The decoration of this arcade was quite old But of course that is not important for a pinball lover The cost of each game was only CAD 0 50 which was below the average cost of CAD1 00 per game in other arcades and pubs in the city of Vancouver Overall the pinballs were in acceptable conditions Other than pinballs there were also a number of vintage video games Video games More videos I also found my favourite one Police 911 However there were some problems with its gun tracking facility Therefore I was out of track a couple of times during the game Police

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/sites/movielandarcade/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    Suspension Bridge Park It is amazing that there is such a park which can be reached by car from the city of Vancouver in only 60 minutes Capilano Suspension Bridge Park The suspension bridge and cliffwalk In the late afternoon we enjoyed an early dinner in Chinatown It was very delicious especially since we had not had any Chinese meals for two weeks The Main Street Science World SkyTrain station for Chinatown Dinner time After the meal we walked along the Main Street and found our first pinball location in Vancouver London Pub London Pub on Main Street London Pub on Main Street They had two games Medieval Madness Williams 1997 Monster Bash Williams 1998 As usual it was not necessary to order a drink to play them Medieval Madness and Monster Bash The pub is very spacious and relaxing Its decoration gave me the feeling of staying in London I remained there for around an hour before proceeding to next pinball location Movieland Arcade Inside the London Pub Inside the London Pub Additional information about London Pub is as follows Opening hours Mon Sun 11am 1am Fri Sat 11am 2am Public transport 10 minute walk from the Main Street

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/sites/londonpub/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    The games will be built using Chicago Gaming s electronics system and using WMS specification parts The games will then be send to Chicago Gaming in Cicero Illinois where they will receive their finishing touches and be packed ready for shipping It s not known how far reaching this agreement is and whether Stern Pinball will also manufacture future PPS Chicago Gaming remakes which are expected to continue with Attack from Mars Here s what Stern Pinball had to say about the new agreement Planetary Pinball Chicago Gaming and Stern Pinball announce Specialty Manufacturing Arrangement CHICAGO IL MAY 14 2014 Planetary Pinball Supply PPS Chicago Gaming Company CGC and Stern Pinball Inc SPI today announced a specialty manufacturing arrangement pursuant to which SPI will make its manufacturing facility available to PPS and CGC to assemble their remake of the Medieval Madness MMR pinball game CGC which has a long standing business relationship with SPI will assemble the game for PPS in SPI s factory using SPI s factory labor and production line assets The game will be assembled with parts supplied by CGC which consist of original WMS specification parts combined with the new electronics and lighting systems designed by

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    to pinball related sponsorship It is also printed on thinner paper than the regular Pinball Magazine and stapled rather than bound It does however provide a good introduction to the book s content And so on to the book itself This is a coffee table book and so is solidly bound in a glossy hardback cover It is also reassuringly weighty tipping the scales at 1 32kg 2 9lbs The pages are printed on agreeably heavy glossy paper stock The spine is slightly thicker than the rest of the book at 2 2cm vs 1 8cm while the overall dimensions are 28 5cm 11 22 inches high x 22cm 8 66 inches wide The book s construction The content begins with a six page description of the state of pinball both globally and with special reference to Argentina The history and state of pinball This very much sets the theme for the main photographic section of the book which concentrates on the artwork and construction details of the pre DMD machines punctuating these with scenes typical of the Argentinian pinball collecting restoring and playing cultures Pinball in Argentina But before we get to that though the introductory section is repeated in German and French Alternative languages are catered for with a special supplement which can be ordered for 2 and provides translations of this section in Danish Spanish Italian Hungarian Dutch Norwegian Polish Portuguese Finnish and Swedish To help differentiate the introduction from the main body of the book all the photographs in these first 27 pages are in monochrome So it s not until page 28 that the text comes to an end and we get to the first of the 176 pages of full colour photographs Goodbye monochrome hello colour There s no obvious thematic or chronological organisation to the photographs However the eclectic mix provides an enjoyable mystery of what the next turn of the page will reveal You re unlikely to be disappointed as page after page tells a story Sometimes it s the artwork from a classic Gottlieb such as Hi Diver or Dragon other times it s a typical scene from an Argentinian barn full of pinballs Pinball artwork detail and a pinball store In many instances it is the pinball artist who is the real star of the page The amazing detail in their original artwork provides endless enjoyment even after all these years Some of these images are allowed to stretch across both pages Gay Time bingo from Bally There are other curiosities too such as the side by side comparison of two versions of the same game produced on different continents Gottlieb s two player Out of Sight on the right and Spanish company Maresa s single player version called Far Out on the left None of the pictures in the book are captioned but most are fairly obvious while for those which aren t there is an index at the back of the book listing the game name year of

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/learn/newpinballbook/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    Iron Man Stern 2010 Pirates of the Caribbean Stern 2006 Spider Man Stern 2007 The Rolling Stones Stern 2011 Tron Legacy LE Stern 2011 Transformers LE Stern 2011 X Men Pro Stern 2012 2 x UltraPin GlobalVR 2006 The first five games The six remaining games It was my first time seeing the UltraPin game It is amazing that the player could select one of out of total 12 different games However I still prefer playing a mechanical pinball rather than a virtual pin since I enjoy seeing and feeling the physical motions of the metal balls on the playfield One of the two UltraPins Some of the pinball machines available on the UltraPin More UltraPin games Apart from pinballs there were a number of video games and cyber sensations simulator games Classic video games More video and skill games Driving air hockey and more skill games The giant Pinball Slam and Invasion games The Invasion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides The CyberSpace Mountain and Virtual Jungle Cruise rides One can reach Disney Quest easily with the Disney Magic Express bus if you are staying with one of the Disney resorts As an international visitor to the theme parks

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/sites/quest/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    Metropolitan Express hotel The back door of the hotel s Oasis bar The decoration of the bar is good and it is very relaxing to have a beer at the pool side The main entrance and pool side Inside the Oasis tiki bar Games to play inside the bar It had two pinballs Ripley s Believe It or Not Stern 2004 and Avatar Stern 2010 The bar s two pinballs It was the first time I had seen a real Believe it or Not machine It was not difficult for me to earn replays on this game Ripley s Believe it or Not In addition it was also my first time seeing a DMD glare guard It is effective in shielding light reflections from the dot matrix display www planetarypinball com The Glare Guard The bar itself is good and elegant However the hotel itself had deteriorated So I recommend you to visit the Oasis Tiki Bar but don t stay at this hotel One can reach the hotel easily by taking I Ride along International Drive The I Ride stop near the hotel I stayed at the bar for around two hours and then came back to my hotel

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/sites/oasis/index.html (2016-04-27)
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