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Meme Ball

December 19, 2014




“The pinball experts at British game room retailer Liberty Games have made a strong start in that direction by converting a 1975 Segasa “Baby Doll” pinball table into “Meme Ball,” a repository for all of human culture’s hopes and dreams and grumpy faced cats. Using 3D printers, a Raspberry Pi computer, and a lot of hard work, Liberty Games has created the only pinball machine in the world that features a “Winter is coming” reference and Rickrolls you when you lose a ball. The overall impression given by the fully functional table is a chaotic grab bag of random jokes and visual elements, all hurled at the viewer’s eyes in a desperate bid for recognition and attentionin other words, a perfect embodiment of “meme culture.” It’s a first step into converting the relics of the past into something relatable to modern eyes, creating a glorious future where we can all haz cheeseburger.”

Full article here.

Grab Bag

December 11, 2014

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Pinball-themed Piano with Guile Theme

December 11, 2014

Pull out your inner meta-nerd for this one: a Street Fighter and pinball-themed piano, and the Guile theme played by a gorgeous pianist.  My cup runneth over…

Gridiron Classic Results!

December 10, 2014

I had an awesome time at The Gridiron Classic and got to see and compete with a lot of longtime friends.  It was a great time!

The format was a full Round Robin, which, if you’re not familiar, means every player plays against every other player.  A coin flip decided who got choice of game or player order.  The top six at the end with the best win/loss record went on to the finals.

There were 22 entrants so that meant 21 matches for each player.  Entry was steep at $40 + coin drop, with $30 going to charity, but everyone who entered at least got a good amount of matches for their entry fee.

Matches went quickly because Phoenix Games in Concord  has 13 games.  As soon as a match was done, there was always another player who needed an opponent.  And the rule was you could only pick a game that was either open or on ball 3.

As for me, I started pretty cold.  I got a couple warm-up games, caught up with old friends, but my first ten matches were a wash, basically winning one and losing one.  Trading wins and losses, I knew, wasn’t going to cut it.  I took a break, got something to eat and re-assessed.

It’s a tournament, it’s a grind, I’m here to try and win.  I started choosing the games I knew I could consistently win on, even if they were boring to me.  I went to my ‘bidness’ games and I shoved a couple players out to get a spot in the finals, but just barely.

And in the Finals?  Eh, played okay, but not good enough, ended 6th.  Still, against such a tough field, I’m not complaining.

All around a good time and some bucks went to charity.

Full Results:

1. Aaron Nelson
2. Walter Hurwitz
3. Chris Heilig
4. TJ Beyer
5. Alex Samonte
6. Jon Olkowski
7. Tom Collins
7. Robin Lassonde
9. David Rockholt
9. Stephen Kleckner
9. Usama Farage
9. Rich Machado
13. David Joud
13. Aaron Wong
13. Josh Warren
13. Ellen Frankel
13. Mitch Tunick
18. Kevin Riekki
18. Bob Matthews
18. Chris Kochan
18. Jay Sandy
22. Mike Glick

1. Aaron Nelson
2. Alex Samonte
3. Robin Lassonde
4. TJ Beyer
5. Chris Kochan
6. Bob Matthews
7. Walter Hurwitz
8. Chris Heilig
9. Josh Warren
10. Ellen Frankel
11. Usama Farage
12. Tom Collins

Seattle Pinball League Finals with Commentary

December 9, 2014

If you’re itching for some competition footage, check out this SPL vid with commentary by PAPA Champion Cayle George.

GAP Pinball Ad

December 4, 2014

“You don’t have to ‘get her’ to give her GAP”


Gap Pinball Ad

Astronaut and Eyes: Pinball

December 4, 2014

Sorta catchy.


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