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  • New Project or should I say New Toy -- Virtual Pinball Machine

    Well Harry was good enough to give us this forum,might as well use it..
    I've had several pinball machines over the years.As I do with a lot of my stuff,sold them off.
    I can work on these ,to a point.Fun stuff..
    Always enjoyed the pins but wanted something more.
    Well they have been developing a Virtual pinball machine over the last several years.
    These are operated thru roms thru a computer.
    Sounds kinda lame the first time you hear about it.
    It's not.I've got a real good buddy that is a wiz on computers.
    That is what Keith does for a living.Asked him about what he thought it would take to
    get one of these up and running.He was curious to say the least.
    He studied the system and started downloading the many items that is needed to
    make this work.It is not plug and play.Lucky for me he enjoyed doing so.
    Had a Hoss of a computer that needed a mother board.
    Got that in and he installed it.,I built the cabinet out of scraps that we had laying around.
    I installed a Keyboard encoder for the buttons,bought a couple of 32 TVs and here we are.
    Tons of fun.We have over 300 pinball tables installed.
    This plays like a real pinball,the sounds are like a real table.
    Plus you have so many choices of which table to play.
    Hard to explain ,but it is not like a video game.It feels like a pin,plays like a pin.Even has nudge buttons
    so one can bump the play field,just like a real pin..My camera makes the play field look washed out.It is not,it has a
    3-D effect...
    Fun stuff.If interested do a search on U-tube..
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    Love the idea. I spent many days during my college years playing Pinball and ordering draft beer by the tray. I remember the first video tank game as well. Static electricity and a quarter touching the control panel would get you free games.

    The whole shaking and nudging is what makes the pinball experience real.


    • #3
      This plays so much like a real pin,it is scary.You find yourself not even thinking of the screen.
      Static electricity and a quarter touching the control panel would get you free games.
      Talking about the 1st video games.I remember they put a Pac-Man in the store that I worked at.
      Didn't take long for the guys to realize that a tap from a Coke bottle,in the right place would give you free games......
      They finally put a metal plate on it to stop that...
      Then we had Galaga.........
      Didn't think it could get any better then that....
      The whole shaking and nudging is what makes the pinball experience real
      I agree with that totally.I do have some nudge buttons on this one.Right below the flipper buttons.
      They work well,but you do find your self trying to shake the table.
      There is a way to set this system up with a special board and programming,so that when you move the cab,it registers on the play field..
      We just haven't gotten that deep into it..
      The nudge button work well enough.
      Last edited by ourwayband; November 17, 2020, 02:31 PM.


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        • #5
          That is pretty darn slick! Great job you and you buddy did there! You should check and see if there is a market for such a thing.
          Why doesn't my car run like that?



          • #6
            Very cool!

            Old pinball machines are great and the experience doesn't fall far from the set of feelings associated with vintage slot car racing. I have this machine tucked in the basement and it works well. This is a four-player and has a good subject tie-in for Pinball IMO.

            I like the rotating drum type numbers, and the point-to-point wire under hood (pretty complex looking when you lift the lid). *It is electro-mechanical* - and evokes the era and feel so well.

            Kind of like a 1960s slot car . . .

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            I like what you did by using a traditional base, but I still get a TV screen feeling. Kind of like the 1960s slot cars versus car video game debate - both are really pretty great, but different.

            That said I think to have over a hundred games available at the flip of a switch has to be good fun!



            • #7
              That is a very nice machine.I enjoy the EM games.They are complicated,but we have found they can be fun to work on.
              Like you said,they got that 60's feel to them.


              • #8
                That's really cool!
                Top of the street I grew up on was a luncheonette and penny candy store, and they had one called King, or Queen of Hearts I'm more sure it was.
                We had that thing down, and it matched games like crazy. This was the first floor of a small house, and when they'd more than very tolerantly had enough noise, they'd tell us to get outside to play.
                We left countless games in that machine.
                Good stuff,

                Thanks Rusty for sharing this!