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Pinball

MTL Pinball

MTL Pinball

Jordan Coelho and Josselin Bey assembled a team of 14 Montréal artists to contribute to this collaborative animation, in which each person was asked to imagine a pinball machine using their aesthetic. The result is visual and auditory magic. Also, we really want a PaRappa the Rapper machine now.

Elon Musk’s Flights (with Sounds)

Elon Musk’s Flights (with Sounds)

Recently, The Washington Post released a fun animation that tracked the flying that Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk did in 2018. After seeing the bouncing back and forth across the globe, Jonathan Malmqvist decided to add appropriate pinball machine sound effects.

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Pinball Isn’t Random

Pinball Isn’t Random

They may have lost the war to video games, but we still love the tactile feel and gameplay of pinball machines. In this clip from Vox, a pinball expert gives us insight into some of the tricks of the trade that make it much more of a game of skill than you might think.

Custom LEGO Pinball Machine

Custom LEGO Pinball Machine

Bre Burns of Renegade Bricks shows off Benny’s Spaceship Adventure, a pinball machine for LEGO purists. She built it from over 15,000 LEGO, Technic, and Mindstorms components, and no glue, screws, or other trickery was used. More at Brothers Brick.

Deal: DIY Pinball Machines

Deal: DIY Pinball Machines
$45  Buy Link Comment

Unleash your inner pinball wizard this fun cardboard kit, which encourages customization. Features a working launcher and flippers, and comes with two interchangeable playboards. Check out the colorful expansion packs too. Save 25% in The Awesomer Shop.

Mini Arcade & Pinball Machines

Mini Arcade & Pinball Machines
~$20-$50  Buy Comment

33 Games creates teensy (non-functional) replicas of classic arcade cabinets and pinball machines. They’re extremely detailed, down to the mini joysticks and on-screen graphics. They’re built to 1/12th scale, and measure about 6″ tall. They even make a change machine.

How Stern Pinball Machines Are Made

How Stern Pinball Machines Are Made

The A.V. Club visited the factory of legendary pinball maker Stern Pinball. The video shows a few of the more than 3,500 parts that make up a pinball machine, before walking us through the assembly process. They’ve moved to a bigger factory since we visited.

Pinball FX 3

Pinball FX 3

Zen Studios’ excellent digital pinball series gets a major upgrade, adding online multiplayer and user-generated tournaments, and kicks off with three new tables based on Universal films: Jaws, Back to the Future, and E.T. Coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One 9/26/17.

DIY 2-Player Pinball Machine

DIY 2-Player Pinball Machine

Get Hands Dirty made a beautiful two-player pinball machine mainly by carving wood and acrylic parts using the X-Carve CNC machine. It doesn’t have electronic parts, but the execution is still top-notch. Complete design files and parts list available on Inventables.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Pinball

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Pinball
$6199-$8999  Buy Comment

Stern’s new machines feature imagery and sounds from the original trilogy. They have color-changing LEDS, and models of the Millennium Falcon and a TIE Fighter. Upgraded Limited and Premium models get two LCD screens, an exploding Death Star, and more.

Makerball DIY Pinball Machine

Makerball DIY Pinball Machine
~$246-$338  Pledge Link Comment

This kit lets you build a crude pinball machine using just about anything as obstacles. It includes mechanical flippers, as well as copper contacts which can be used to register scoring when connected to an off-the-shelf microcontroller, using a free smartphone app.

Pinball Lamp Shades

Pinball Lamp Shades
$90  Buy Comment

OutsideEdge Products creates these cool handmade lamp shades which each feature four miniature versions of the backglass art from classic pinball machines. Each shade measures 10 1/2″ h x 14 3/4″ w x 14 3/4″ d, and comes with black or white speckled borders.

Pinball DMD Clock

Pinball DMD Clock

Pinball fanatic J.M. Ratkos created this kit which uses a Run-DMD board to convert the dot-matrix display (DMD) from a pinball machine into an awesome animated clock. You can reach J.M. via the Pinside forum if you’re interested in buying one for yourself.

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Vertigo Virtual Pinball/Arcade Cabinet

Vertigo Virtual Pinball/Arcade Cabinet
$2995+  Buy Comment

VPCabs‘ amazing new home arcade machine uses a 32″ vertical display to play both virtual pinball and arcade games. A 15.6″ secondary display displays game marquees and doubles as a pinball scoreboard. Includes all current Pinball FX2 tables, and 60 arcade classics.

Win a Stern Pinball Machine

Win a Stern Pinball Machine

Our friends at Stern Pinball are pinball junkies a chance to win a brand new pinball machine. Just upload a picture of yourself and why you think you’re the ultimate pinball fan to social media with the hashtag #UltimateSternPinballFan to enter. (Ends 11/1/2016)

Game of Thrones Pinball

Game of Thrones Pinball
$5995-$8795  Buy Comment

Hot on the heels of The Walking Dead, Stern Pinball is making a game set in Westeros. Choose a knight to represent your favorite house, then battle your to rule the Seven Kingdoms. The best part: They got Rory McCann (The Hound) to do the voicework.

Pinball Coasters

Pinball Coasters
$30/set of 4  Buy Comment

Milk Run Co.’s unique drink coasters are made from recycled plywood playing fields from old, defunct pinball machines. They come from a variety of machines circa 1955 to 1979. Sold in sets of four with a metal stand.

Giant Pinball Machine

Giant Pinball Machine

While much of the world has moved on to video games, we still enjoy a good game of pinball every now and then. We’d definitely love to play Galactic Dimension, a huge machine built for the Phæno science center in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Arcade Resurrection Furniture

Arcade Resurrection Furniture

Altar Furniture repurposes vintage pinball machines, turning them into the world’s most awesome coffee tables and other furniture. The most complex pieces still have playfields that light up and moving mechanical elements.

WWE WrestleMania Pinball

WWE WrestleMania Pinball
$6k-8.6k  Buy Comment

WrestleMania fans, get out your wallets. Stern Pinball’s latest machine features the sights and sounds of the WWE ring. The LE model gets a 5.7″ full color video screen, Hulk Hogan’s autograph and other goodies. Go inside the machine here.

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Making a Pinball Machine

Making a Pinball Machine

We recently went inside the Stern Pinball factory to see just what it takes to make a modern pinball machine. Fortunately, the day we were there, they were working on The Walking Dead, which made the visit doubly sweet.

Rollers of the Realm

Rollers of the Realm
$10  Buy Link Comment

One of the most unique games we’ve ever seen, Rollers of the Realms is a roleplaying game with pinball mechanics. Characters take on the form of pinball balls, each with its own abilities. Available on Windows, PS4 and PS Vita.

The Big Lebowski Pinball Machine

The Big Lebowski Pinball Machine

The dude abides in this new officially-licensed pinball machine. It has a tiny bowling alley, a white russian, and video and audio samples from the movie. Pre-order by 10/19 for a bunch of swag, including a rug to tie the room together.

Pinball Drawing Machine

Pinball Drawing Machine

Art student Sam van Doorn deconstructed a pinball machine and reconstructed it as a design tool he calls STYN. The finished design all depends on your level of interaction with the machine.

Halo: Reach Pinball

Halo: Reach Pinball

Petetheduck hasn’t stopped having fun with the Halo: Reach game engine, and built this amusing FPS pinball table. Requires more reloading than with flippers, though. Map here. Gametype here.

Ukulele Pinball Wizard

Ukulele Pinball Wizard

Who knew The Who could sound so good played on ukuleles. Thanks to the Durham Ukelele Orchestra, we now know these tiny Hawaiian guitars can rock. Yeah, we know the guy on bass is cheating.

LEGO Pinball Machine

LEGO Pinball Machine

The guys behind this LEGO machine are real pinball wizards. It’s built from ~8000 LEGOs, including 6 NXT robots, 9 touch sensors, 10 light sensors and 4 motors. Only the ball isn’t a LEGO part.

Pinball Wizard T-shirt

Pinball Wizard T-shirt
$18-$20  Buy Comment

Mostly analog and barely digital, playing pinball often tilts towards magic than science; this Pinball Wizard t-shirt is a flipping-good homage to masters of old-school coin-op pwnage.

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