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To kick off MAKE 08 (Toys and games) we’ll have a few fun posts from the world of Pinball… Awhile back I visited the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas (here are my photos) MAKE pal Mr. Kimberly just sent along his set to check out too… – Link.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world’s largest pinball collection, open to the public. A not-for-profit corporation was established to further this cause. The games belong to one club member (Tim Arnold), and range from 1950s up to 1990s pinball machines. Since it is a non-profit museum, older games from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are the prevelant, as this was the “heyday” of pinball. There are no “ticket spitters” here (aka kiddie casinos or redemption). It’s all pure pinball (and a few arcade novelty games) from the past. And since it’s a non-profit, excess revenues go to non-denominational charities.

Related:
Tim Arnold’s Pinball Hall of Fame – Link.

From the pages of MAKE:

  • Pinball – Restoring a crusty, beat up Cyclone and going inside the electromechanical underground. Page 66.

Listen:

  • The Maker File: Interview with Michael Schiess, Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Arcadium – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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