“I got so sick and tired of games in such lousy condition.”

“If a ball gets nicked, it’s like sandpaper,” Mr. Cihak said, “It wrecks everything.” He added: “If one of my pinballs gets busted, I’m out there right away.”

Allen Cihak is a self-described pinball addict. When he came across the opportunity to start buying and repairing pinball machines around the city, he says he found his calling. Alice Truong reports.