Welcome to my random corner of the Internet. There is a higher probability that whatever I write about will be arcade pinball related. You may also find some random geeky stuff about video games, an equally random video game remix track or some pinball videos that I have seen. Anyway, here is a list of potentially uninteresting things about me.
My current career is in educational technology. In my former life as a public school mathematics and computer science teacher, I incorporated aspects of pinball and video games into my lessons to demonstrate to my students how these educational subjects can also be useful and relevant to them outside of school. My Instructional Technology Master’s Degree thesis was also based on ways to use educational gaming to reinforce classroom instruction.
I want to promote the sport of pinball and its players by highlighting the characteristics of the game that make it fun for all ages. I will continue to encourage pinball’s resurgence through this web site, Fun With Bonus. Here, I strive to make frequent updates about pinball videos created by myself and others, as well as the events, competitions and the players that make the game of pinball unique and special. I also have a t-shirt gallery dedicated to gaming and pinball.
In addition, I have taken part in the organization and operation of pinball tournaments including the Pinferno PAPA Circuit event, The Jersey Pinball Association PinGolf Seasonal Tournaments, and other events such as Pin-Maine-ia and The Silverball Museum Tournaments.
My favorite quote:
“Ride that beast! Ride that Perfectly Normal Beast, Sandwich Maker!” –H2G2
My second favorite quote:
“Play a real game! Play pinball!”
My Twitter: @FunWithBonus
My first pinball game:
I am not sure exactly which game was my first, but I do know it was either Space Shuttle, Space Station or Pinbot.
My first console and video game:
Intellivision Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack
This game helped me to learn math when I was very young. Although, I remember that my 2-year old self initially found it difficult to understand these two things while playing blackjack: First, why ‘J’, ‘Q’ and ‘K’ were the same as the number 10. Second, why, when I chose double down, that sometimes I would have a whole lot of money, and other times I would lose a crapload.
My pinball games (that I own):
Congo, World Cup USA Soccer ’94, The Shadow, Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, Pinball Pool
My World Pinball Player Ranking Profile (WPPR)
My PAPA Advanced Rating System Ranking (PARS)
Member of the Jersey Pinball Association
Member of the National Pinball League
My video gaming tendencies:
I can pretty much have fun with anything except simulation sports games (sorry Madden, NBA, NHL, and MLB insert number here). I’m always behind the current trends because I will not pay full price just so I can say I had the game “day one”. I’ll get most of of my games as cheaply as I can, and usually in bunches that end up unplayed for a long time. My embarrassing backlog is embarrassing. Mainly because some of the time I would devote to videogames is taken up by arcade pinball competitions and tournaments.
My favorite podcasts:
Why is this website named Fun With Bonus:
For those who may be wondering (all 2 of you) “fun with bonus” is what happens when you lose your ball and the pinball game gives you whatever bonus you have earned. However, most pinball games don’t just give you the bonus. Some games will give you some base points, then put a multiplier to it, then add some more points from bonus modes, and then count up the bonus for you with quirky sound effects like it’s some sort of telethon. The game is having fun with your bonus. This is where the pinball jargon “fun with bonus” comes from.
Fun with bonus moments happen in video games as well. For example: shmups go through a fun with bonus mode usually at the end of stages to tell how well you did. Players receive mountainous amounts of bonus points after the game calculates the number of medals, combos, and other skillful things they did during the stage. Maybe that is part of the reason why I like shmups even though I am not very good at them.
A sample of my high scores: