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One planet under pinball article about Pinball championships in Vegas

April 1, 2008

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(Picture by Steve Marcus of main competitors Bowen Kerins and Neil Shatz after Kerins won the IFPA Championship)

One thing I missed while at ASI was the IFPA Pinball Championships that were held in conjunction with the ASI show in Las Vegas this past weekend although I did see at least two people there for the championship as they had Rio Pinball Clube shirts on from Brazil (I’ve mentioned their website before) and were talking in Portuguese.

So how did it all go? The Las Vegas Sun comments not only the Championship but on the state of pinball and how players feel about it in current times. It’s a pretty good article that shows how some of us still have a good outlook on pinball despite the fact that it is not the fad that it once was. I believe that it will take more kids getting hooked on the game to increase the base of players as well as interest but that can be difficult in these times as some just don’t get it.

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Golden Tee 2009 Design-A-Hole Contest

March 26, 2008

When it comes to sports arcade games, no other game has as much recognition or asgtcontest.jpg many releases as Golden Tee as they have released a GT title every year since 1989. Incredible Technologies has already begun work on the next GT game of course, GT2009 and this year to celebrate the games’ 20th anniversary they are holding a contest where you have the chance to design one of the holes that will be used in the game. Anyone can submit their ideas for a GT hole anytime between now (it actually started on March 14th) and April 15th. Entries will be judged by Golden Tee creators Jim Zielinski and Larry Hodgson who will pick three of the most creative holes that also blend challenge along with the creator’s own signature into them and present the three finalists for an online vote that will take place on Goldentee.com on May 1st-15th. To increase the chances of winning the site offers these suggestions:

  • Your idea will be judged overall on its creativity. A good design should be challenging, not frustrating; clever, not crazy; and most importantly entertaining. Show us what you’ve got!
  • Any Par 3, 4 or 5 hole is eligible.
  • There is no limit to the amount of ideas you can submit. Just make ’em good.
  • The creativity of your submission counts too! From the back of a bar napkin to a polished video on YouTube, you’re encouraged to “think big” to get your idea across. The easier you can impart your vision to Jim and Larry, the better your odds on becoming a finalist.
  • A creative name for your design is also a necessary ingredient for success. Without a name, DaVinci’s Mona Lisa would just be “some chick” from the Italian Renaissance!

I really like this idea, although I’m not one that knows much about golf. Good luck to those who give it a shot!

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IFPA's March Pinball Madness

March 13, 2008

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One of the competitions to be featured in conjunction with this year’s ASI event is the International Flipper Pinball Association’s World Pinball Championship. The tournament will be taking place at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas on March 28th-30th and willifpa5.jpg be offering a prize package of over $14,000 along with a brand new pinball machine from Stern. Competitors will be coming from 12 different countries to compete and spectator’s are welcome.

While a lot of kids these days probably wouldn’t understand the appeal of watching people compete in pinball tournaments, I think it would be great to watch some of the best players in the world duke it out. There is always something cool about watching someone play a pinball or arcade game when they are really good at it.

For more information visit the IFPA site or pinballhall.org

[Via Play Meter Magazine News]

IFPA’s March Pinball Madness

March 13, 2008

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One of the competitions to be featured in conjunction with this year’s ASI event is the International Flipper Pinball Association’s World Pinball Championship. The tournament will be taking place at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas on March 28th-30th and willifpa5.jpg be offering a prize package of over $14,000 along with a brand new pinball machine from Stern. Competitors will be coming from 12 different countries to compete and spectator’s are welcome.

While a lot of kids these days probably wouldn’t understand the appeal of watching people compete in pinball tournaments, I think it would be great to watch some of the best players in the world duke it out. There is always something cool about watching someone play a pinball or arcade game when they are really good at it.

For more information visit the IFPA site or pinballhall.org

[Via Play Meter Magazine News]

2008 Texas Pinball festival

March 11, 2008

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Do you live in Texas and love pinball? Then you’ll be happy to know that the 2008 Texas Pinball Festival is taking place this weekend on the 14th-16th in Grapevine, TX. Over 135 pins will be at the show, from new to vintage games all set to free play. On top of that they will be for sale so if you find something that you would like to add to your collection then this may be the place to find it. In addition to showcasing these pins, there will be plenty of tournaments (sponsored by the International Flipper Pinball Association) taking places where players can demonstrate their skills against each other and win prizes. For more information hit the post break for the full press release:

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First details on Rochester Game Room Show Emerge

January 18, 2008

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The Rochester Game Room show is a local buy and sell event of all game room equipment including arcade games and pinball machines. You can also come just to play the games, they have entertainment for everyone. It is located in Rochester, NY. In addition to these items they have pretty much everything else you would want to buy for a home game room, a huge variety of items. They also have a pinball tournament hosted by P3.

I attended last years show and it was very good, it was everything it promised to be and I was not disappointed at all. Last year they had over 325 pinball and arcade games available for play so its quite a sizable show and it is totally worth attending. I will be attending the event this year and I will have full coverage for my readers when the show actually happens. I will also keep you updated with any further details. This year the show will happen in a new location with natural lights so bright overhead lights do not get in the way. This was a complaint of many guests and it has been addressed for this years show. Here are the details known about the show so far:

Date: April 11-13 2008

Location: Rochester Armory

900 East Main Street

Rochester NY 14605

Sign up on their email mailing list via their website to get updates on the show.

Rochester Game Room Show Website

P3 Pinball Tournament at Rochester

Eurogamer & Gremlin Voyager Giveaway

November 7, 2007

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For those of you out there who want a bit of arcade action in your home but don’t have dosh to live the dream. Then head over to Eurogamer as they are running a competition, in conjunction with Gremlin, where you can win this super fabulous Voyager Cabinet. All of this is to celebrate Eurogamer’s new dedicated coverage on the retro gaming scene, of which two articles have already been posted about retro arcade gaming. One piece covers the classic retro arcade games and the other is a look back at Coin-Op in it’s heyday.

[via Eurogamer]

We bet if you tried to think of two things your parents wouldn’t let you have when you were younger you’d come up with an arcade machine and a gremlin. They were too big and expensive or weren’t real – red herrings you couldn’t argue against with an incomplete brain. But now we’ve picked the wool out of our eyes we can see it was all a charade and our anger is palpable.

But slow down there, the wonderfully named Gremlin Solutions has got a, er, solution. It’s going to team up with our freshly launched retro channel on Eurogamer to give away none other than a fully-grown Voyager Arcade Machine worth over a thousand pounds! Not only does it look the business, it plays some of the world’s most famous videogames too.

It has all sorts of titles you will remember from yesteryear, and you can even request oldies to be converted if they aren’t already there. Make sure you fill your retro-mug with the entire list and other information on Gremlin’s website, as well as fill-up on all sorts of other facts like tips on how to keep your machine clean and presentable without electrocuting yourself.

Finally your childhood yearnings can be sated. All you have to do win is pop your shell-suit on and answer our easy question below. Good luck.

Q: How heavy is the Voyager cab?

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