“Behold the Renaissance of Pinball”

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Medieval Madness… where have  you been all my life?  For a game that was released in 1997, I have only recently played this wonder of a game just a few nights ago while visiting 82 in downtown Los Angeles.

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The game is loaded with action packed features including an animated castle complete with a lowering drawbridge as well as a “collapsing” feature.   What else? Trolls pop up from under the board, light shows, a catapult, a fierce dragon, great audio, and artwork. The ramps in the game introduced a patented feature which prevents a failed ramp shot by not allowing the ball to drain straight down the middle between the flippers.

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As I mentioned before, the game was released in June of 1997.  It was designed by Brian Eddy and programmed by Lyman Sheats. The dialogue was written by Scott Adsit and Kevin Dorff – who at the time were members of the Second City Maistage in Chicago. Tina Fey and Andrea Farrell provided the voices of the various princesses while Greg Freres voiced the jousting announcer and one of the trolls. Vince Pontarelli provided the voices of Francois Du Grimm and the other Troll.

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With a production run of over 4,000 units, it was an immediate success. Demands for the machine, among collectors, out stripped the supply significantly as of 2005. Today, Medieval Madness machines often sell for $8,000 (in 1997 the game cost just around $3,000). Good news though… in October of 2013, Planetary Pinball Supply announced that they would be reproducing the game with a release date in mid 2014 with an MSRP of $7,995. Hopefully they will flood the market so we can buy one for dirt cheap… well, someday.

I highly recommend giving this game a try. It’s sure to make a pinball lover out of anyone. Download the Pinball Locator App on your smartphone and check your area. Who knows… one could be closer to you than you think.

Keeping the Arcade Alive in Downtown LA

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It’s not as often as I’d like that I find myself in Downtown Los Angeles offering an abundance of art, unique restaurants and bars, and endless sites to see.  I always leave telling myself that I’m going to do it more often.  Now, with the new addition of the bar-cade,  82,  I just might find myself fighting traffic to spend the evening there more often.  82 is located in the Arts District of downtown LA.

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82 has an impressive collection of arcade classics  including Tron, Burger Time, Tapper, the Simpsons, Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and Star Wars… to name a few. It also has a great pinball selection with  17 machines including Star Trek, Dr. Dude, the Addams Family, White Water, and my personal favorite: Medieval Madness.

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If you live in or around LA (or will find yourself here in the future), I highly recommend giving this place a visit!

Check out our pix of the Arcade side-

A Classic from the Golden Age of Pinball

Watching Tilt, the 1979  Pinball film starring Brooke Shields, Ken Marshall, and Charles Durning, is the perfect way to spend your Friday night. The Film has some great retro pinball segments and memorable quotes throughout the film.  One of my favorites include: “Life Is like a seagull. The more you feed it, the more it dumps on you.”

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The movie is the story of a young girl named Tilt who is a pinball wizard. She runs away from home and ends up meeting  Neil Gallagher, a down on his luck country western singer.  Neil needs to raise money to make a demo tape of his songs.  He has an idea to take Tilt on the road with him in order to make money by placing bets on her impressive pinball skills. Unaware to her, however, is that she will end up playing Harold “The Whale” Remmens, a pinball master and enemy of Neil’s.

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Check out the Trailer!!

Check out the Film!!

Super Mario Bros. by Gottlieb @Inglewood Wash N’ Dry

Your main man Justin, host numero uno, pooped just a little bit in his drawers. A shart if you will. Had to hit up the old Inglewood Wash n’ Dry.  And with Justin’s current misfortune,  he was pleased to walk in and find a 1992 Gottlieb Super Mario Brothers Pinball Machine shining brightly in his face.
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The game played great given its age.  It said twenty-five cents but played at fifty cents. It was totally worth the extra quarter. Hey, if I have to shell out fifty cents to make me feel better about shitting my pants, then I’m cool with it.

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