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Pinball: Getting a competitive makeover

Pinball is about to get another competitive makeover when IFPA implements WPPR version 5 in January, and the rankings shuffle once again. Still, it’s nice to see old media is noticing some of the changes that have already happened.

Throwback Thursday: SUPERFLIP!

I don’t know what’s going on here on this game show, but I like it.

PAPAtv LIVEplay: Three Seashells

It’s PAPAtv with another session of gameplay recordings.

The Addams Family Kickstarter

Well, well! Here we go! The one we’ve been waiting for. The “big get.” The home run. At least that’s what the hype train says. It’s going to take nearly $100,000 in Kickstarter funding to release The Addams Family Pinball for the Pinball Arcade.

The dead tell tales.

I didn’t realize how many zombie blogs there were out there. Then I remembered that this is the Internet, which means anything is out there.

Flippers Tournament, NC

Come join the best players in NC and VA for a great day of pinball. Flippers Arcade Big Fall Tournaments. Saturday, Nov. 8th 2014 starting at Noon

Roger Sharpe: Pinball Historian …

… talks about the Medieval Madness remake that’s about to be released by Planetary Pinball. Then, at the 4:25 mark a car commercial suddenly appears. That is, if that “car” is in fact the Medieval Madness remake.

Destination: Pinball [Music]

What is happening?! Do I have to buy this album, now? I think I do. Yes.

Throwback Thursday: Supersonic

I must have something wrong with my embed of this video. Not one tap pass occurs during this whole thing.

New Pinball Dictionary: Ock Block

Occurs when you shoot the Doc Ock saucer cleanly, but instead of stopping in the saucer, the ball gets rejected and it comes right back at you.

Pinball: Getting a competitive makeover

Pinball is about to get another competitive makeover when IFPA implements WPPR version 5 in January, and the rankings shuffle once again. Still, it’s nice to see old media is noticing some of the changes that have already happened.

The dead tell tales.

I didn’t realize how many zombie blogs there were out there. Then I remembered that this is the Internet, which means anything is out there.

Pinball Article Round-up

Find out how the San Francisco Pinball Department League mobile application might help with your pinball league… Can Lyman’s Tavern Resurrect Pinball Culture In D.C.? … Silver Balls: A spotlight on the Buffalo, NY based pinball tournament series.

Penni Epstein feature article

Check out this article on Penni Epstein … She talks about her pinball fandom as well as the activities she is doing recently as a competitor.

CBS Pittsburgh covers the World Pinball Championship

KDKA Pittsburgh has a feature article and video on this weekend’s PAPA World Pinball Championship. They interviewed tournament director, Mark Steinman and World Pinball Champion, Bowen Kerins.

Who, What, Where, When …

There’s been a decent amount of new pinball activity lately. Pinball Magazine lays it all out in a summary post. When it’s detailed like this, it looks impressive.

Game Informer Double Feature

Game Informer interviews Jody Dankberg, Director of Marketing at Stern Pinball

Bally and Williams back together … sort of.

Pinball News has the details of how the slot machines companies are buying each other.

Project Pinball scores big for children’s hospitals

It’s the Gannett News-Press with a feature on Daniel Spolar from Project Pinball. He talks about the inspiration for the charity and what it means for the community.

More Pinball Promotion

Colorado Hometown Weekly Business promotes Tilt Pinball in Louisville. Northwest Public Radio covers the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show in Tacoma, Washington. The Courier Mail details how a pinball enthusiast and business owner recovered from a damaging theft.

New Pinball Dictionary: Ock Block

Occurs when you shoot the Doc Ock saucer cleanly, but instead of stopping in the saucer, the ball gets rejected and it comes right back at you.

New Pinball Dictionary: Shotgun / Shotgun Seat

The player with the second best seed in a pinball playoff.

New Pinball Dictionary: Chopping Wood

Describes a player who is … grinding for points …

New Pinball Dictionary: Snowman

During Multiball play when a ball is cradled on a flipper, and another ball happens to rest vertically on top of it.

New Pinball Dictionary: Brick

Occurs when a player has a ball cradled on a flipper, takes a controlled shot and misses it. Especially if the player really needs it to claim an important feature or award.

New Pinball Dictionary: House

Don’t get housed!

New Pinball Dictionary: Pinjury

An injury sustained specifically because of pinball. This can include maladies suffered due to playing pinball or through the effort of supporting the hobby or the sport of pinball.

New Pinball Dictionary: Straight Down the Middle / SDTM

To lose a ball via the center drain because the ball was travelling so fast and/or in such a perfect line, that there is no way the player could have saved it …

New Pinball Dictionary: Drop Catch

A timing move where the player drops the flipper just as the ball touches it …

New Pinball Dictionary: Inlane Pass / Return Lane Transfer

As the ball is headed down the inlane, it may be moving fast enough such that the player can simply hold the flipper up to allow the ball to carry over to the opposite flipper.

Pinball: Getting a competitive makeover

Pinball is about to get another competitive makeover when IFPA implements WPPR version 5 in January, and the rankings shuffle once again. Still, it’s nice to see old media is noticing some of the changes that have already happened.

Slapsave and WPPRnerdery

Get your very own WPPR card at Slapsave … also get a player history that graphs your ranking performance … get iCal calendar feeds to track tournament events in your area.

Throwback Thursday: Meet Cayle George

ABC News featured an interview with the now PAPA 17 World Pinball Champion Cayle George back before the IFPA 8 World Pinball Championships.

Oakland, CA Reverses Pinball Ban – Month Long Tournament

Radio Shack in Oakland, CA is having a celebration (of the reversal of their 80 year pinball ban) in the form of a FREE pinball tournament on a Stern Iron Man Vault Edition. The winner receives gets to keep the game!

The hardest Multiball in the hobby. [VIDEO]

I just cannot comprehend how some pinballers can score 4 billion points or more on Fish Tales. It is my contention that Fish Tales is the most difficult multiball in pinball.

Fraser Valley FlipOut 2014

Flipper Freaks Pinball Club proudly present – The 3rd Annual FRASER VALLEY FLIPOUT! www.FVFlipOut.com OPEN Pinball Tournament (PAPA Circuit Event w/IFPA Ranking Points) NOW OVER $25,000 in Cool Prizes, Cash & Bragging Rights!

ReplayFX – “The Greatest Arcade in the Universe!”

Pinball fans and gamers alike have just learned the secret twist that’s better than any M. Night ShamalamaDingDong film.

Project Pinball Power Points

July is Project Pinball Month, which means there are pinball tournament events available to attend in a host of locations, all to benefit the efforts of an excellent charity, Project Pinball.

Another kind of pinball map [IFPA]

Check out what happened over at the IFPA website. It’s a new calendar/map hybrid that better organizes all of the tournaments and league competitions.

PAPAtv LIVEplay: Three Seashells

It’s PAPAtv with another session of gameplay recordings.

A day that will live in infamy.

Sunday … December 7th … 2014 … a day that will live … in infamy.

PAPAtv LIVEplay! #2

PAPAtv LIVEplay continues with an in-depth expose of Disney’s TRON: Legacy by Stern Pinball. Starring Al Thomka at the flippers as he does something that is rarely seen at all, nevermind on camera.

PAPA TV LIVEplay!

It’s a new style of PAPA TV gameplay videos. It’s gameplay with commentary and accompanied by participants from the PAPA TV Twitch chat room.

PAPA 17 – The Finals

And now… six hours of the PAPA 17 World Pinball Championship final rounds.

PAPA 17 Last Chance Qualifying

Join us in the crucible as PAPA separates the wheat from the chaff. It’s the last hour of the Late Night Beat Down, and the top 24 move on.

Coast 2 Coast Pinball at PAPA 17

Nate Shivers recorded three podcasts about the PAPA 17 World Pinball Championships. He breaks down his performance at the tournament and analyzes the events that happened.

CBS Pittsburgh covers the World Pinball Championship

KDKA Pittsburgh has a feature article and video on this weekend’s PAPA World Pinball Championship. They interviewed tournament director, Mark Steinman and World Pinball Champion, Bowen Kerins.

Wheel of Fortune Tutorial [PAPA]

The tutorial even includes a double trip multiball and regular multiball stacked together with a BONUS mode. When you can build that up, anything you fling the ball at will score “fabulous points.” So, when in doubt, on Wheel of Fortune it’s Mode before Multiball.

2014 PAPA Championship Week extended!

If you thought PAPA Championship Week was from August 10th to August 17th, you’d better check yourself. I certainly did when I noticed that two more events were added to the festivities.

Throwback Thursday: Supersonic

I must have something wrong with my embed of this video. Not one tap pass occurs during this whole thing.

Arcade Hunters Plays Star Trek v1.5

Nick from Arcade Hunters plays a game of Star Trek with the new code at Modern Pinball NYC.

Star Trek LE Software version 1.5 – the first session

I decided to TweetyInstaFaceyTumblegram my way through learning the new software for Star Trek pinball by Stern. This newest update is fantastic! It makes the game many times better than it was before. Congratulations to Stern Pinball for this new version of an already great game.

Iron Man Vault Edition: Session One

My local arcade, Eight on the Break, has added a brand spanking new Iron Man Vault Edition to it’s lineup. Let’s do it!

Review: Big Bang Bar

Arcade Hunters reviews Big Bang Bar by Capcom. Count yourself among the privileged if you get to play this rare game.

Review: Rotation VIII

Nick from Arcade Hunters reviews Rotation VIII by Midway at Flippers Variety in North Carolina.

Diner beta review by DutchTommy

Roy Wils reviews Farsight Studios beta release of Diner. It’s so beta that there’s no backglass art for the Diner title screen. Now that’s beta!

The hardest Multiball in the hobby. [VIDEO]

I just cannot comprehend how some pinballers can score 4 billion points or more on Fish Tales. It is my contention that Fish Tales is the most difficult multiball in pinball.

My Pinball Arcade Review: Rollergames

You may be tempted to say that Rollergames sucks. You would be wrong though.

New Pinball Let’s Play Channel

Austin Mackert has announced that he is splitting off his YouTube channel. His new channel will be focused on “real” pinball games.