Whilst not the first time someone has created a pinball game that is larger than the average room, the aptly named "Galactic Dimension" project by Niklas Roy is certainly a larger than life pinball game to be admired, if only the rest of us pinball addicts could have a crack at playing it without having to travel to Germany. Perhaps some talented VP or FP designer will replicate it for digital play.
Niklas has this to say "Galactic Dimension is a supersized pinball machine which I’ve built for Phæno – an amazing science center in the German city of Wolfsburg. The pinball was built on a steep ramp in the exhibition hall and has a gigantic playfield, which measures 3×6 meters in total.
Styled with UFO’s and other cosmic references, the pinball fits perfectly into the futuristic building designed by the star architect Zaha Hadid."
Worms Pinball is part of "Humble Bundle's" weekly package this week. Pay $1 or more and get this title plus a bunch of other Team17 games from days gone by. The whole package includes Worms Armageddon, Worms Blast, Worms Ultimate Mayhem, Worms Pinball, Worms Crazy Golf and Superfrog HD. If you pay more than US$6 you will also receive Alien Breed: Impact, Alien Breed 2: Assault, Alien Breed 3: Descent and Worms Revolution Gold + DLC.
Part of your purchase price will go to charity so its a great way to pick up some cheap games and feel doubly good about your buy. Expires in just under 2 days so be quick.
Farsight Studios have released a Windows version of their popular "Pinball Arcade" title on Steam. The game has been available on several other platforms for some time including Xbox 360, PS3, Android and iOS so its great news to hear it has finally made its Windows debut.
The game offers accurate recreations of classic real world tables including Twilight Zone™, Star Trek: The Next Generation™, Theatre of Magic™, Scared Stiff™, Elvira and the Party Monsters™, Monster Bash™, Gorgar™, Circus Voltaire™, Funhouse™, Medieval Madness™, Pin•Bot™, The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot™, Creature from the Black Lagoon™, No Good Gofers™, Big Shot™, Taxi™, Harley-Davidson® 3rd Edition, Black Knight™, Cactus Canyon™, White Water™, Space Shuttle®, Centaur™, Flight 2000™, Goin’ Nuts™, Terminator 2: Judgment Day®.
Pinball Arcade is free to download and Farsight have provided one free table within the game, Tales of the Arabian Nights. Additional tables will set you back a few dollars each however you may play a short preview of each table before purchasing.
Im saddened to hear that JPSalas, prolific Visual Pinball table creator and blue skinned man, has decided its time to retire from the Visual Pinball creation scene (yes I know Im behind the times). JP cranked out a huge number of high quality digital pinball recreations and originals over the years and will leave a big empty space now he has decided to call it quits. In his own words:
"And here comes the end of an era. After 8 years almost non-stop making tables, I take a rest or better said, I retire from making vpm tables mostly due to my health, to my work, reducing the free time to almost none, and my interest in making something new and different with VP."
A huge thankyou to one of the greats of the scene, it wouldn't have been the same without you JP.
Zen Studios, producers of the Pinball FX and Zen Pinball series of pinball simulations are set to try their hand at the Star Wars franchise. Several themed tables will be available as downloadable content across multiple platforms including PC (Win8), Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, iOS and Mac.
"The first pack of tables includes Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. We will be unveiling detailed looks at each table in the coming weeks, so be sure to check the Zen Blog or www.starwarspinball.com for the latest Star Wars Pinball updates."
Will we ever see an online pinball gambling revival?
Written by Graham Jupp
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
Are you a pinball history buff? Those readers that really know their pinball may be aware that the game was once considered a form of gambling and outlawed in several regions of the USA (and other countries). This included Los Angeles (banned from 1939-1974) and New York City (early 1940's - 1976). Early pinball games allowed players to cash out "free games" earnt within the game for real money and featured grids on the backglass to emulate bingo style gambling. Later games did away with the free games feature instead opting to offer the player extra balls at an attempt to avoid legal problems in banned areas, this feature was known as "Add-A-Ball".
New York's mayor Fiorello La Guardia spearheaded the ban and suggested that pinball was robbing school children of their pocket money and time. In events that would make any pinball fan shudder, La Guardia co-ordinated raids throughout the city resulting in thousands of pinball machines being destroyed by sledgehammer and dumped into the rivers.
New York's ban came to an end in 1976 when Roger Sharpe demonstrated to a committee hearing that pinball was indeed a game of skill (not chance, ie gambling) by identifying targets he was going to hit within the game, then proceeding to hit them with regularity. After the display, committee members ruled to overturn the ban and other cities followed after.
Even to this day some towns in the USA still have bans in place, perhaps by simple oversight of laws long since forgotten. Pinball's gambling history is why you often see machines marked as "For Amusement Only".
Will we see online casinos revive this long forgotten form of gambling device and offer digital pinball gambling to us in the near future? Casinos already offer many different styles of gambling games so perhaps it might attract the attention of you pinball addicts out there... remember though, everything in moderation.
Last Updated ( Friday, 05 June 2015 )
Bumper Auction Fest - South Melbourne, Australia.
Written by Graham Jupp
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Bumper Action Amusements just sent me this press release, certainly worth a look if you are in the Melbourne area:
Roll Up! Roll Up! It’s Bumper Action Amusements’ “Bumper Auction Fest”!
Back by popular demand, Bumper Action Amusements, Melbourne’s leading amusements company, will be auctioning off a HUGE selection of the best in new and classic amusements including Pinballs, Video Arcade Games, Sports Tables, Jukeboxes, Vintage Signage and Collectibles.
Now is your chance to own a piece of nostalgia for your home, office, man cave or bar!
One of kind pieces are on offer including vintage pinballs such as The Adams Family, Simpsons, Tales From the Crypt, Sopranos, and Fishtails. Plus classics 70’s games like The Rolling Stones and a one of a kind 1978 “Pimped” version of the iconic Playboy pinball featuring a bar, poker table, cigar dispenser and LCD screen of classic Playboy covers.
Also up for bids is a Van Halen Autographed Kramer Guitar, Patrick Stewart Autographed “Star Trek” Pinball, Petrol Bowsers, Pool Tables, a variety of Wurlitzer Jukeboxes, Driving and Shooting Video Games and much more!
Plus Sausage Sizzle, Popcorn and Cotton Candy available for purchase. A great day out for the family. Get in the Game for this Un-Missable Event! For more information phone (03) 9696 9690 or visit www.bumper.com.au Delivery available.
Sunday 28 October 12pm
Viewings Friday 9.30am-6pm Saturday 10am-3pm Sunday 10am-12pm Bumper Action Amusements 562 City Rd., South Melbourne, VIC 3205