austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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Well I sure hope I do better

Some more VFW pinball pictures below which I hope you enjoy. Meanwhile my humor blog, on your Friends page or RSS reader, has served up this the past week:

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Space Pilot, a non-pinball coin-op game about making contact between the rotating spaceship probe and the appropriate contact post.


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Time Warp, a 1979 game with the rare banana flippers that I like but which most players hate. It makes gameplay more jai alai-like, in the way you cradle and aim the balls, and I like that style of things.


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In the early 80s pinball started to really experiment with licensed themes, although nothing like what it would be today, when every game is based on a comic book or an 80s band. However, as you see to the right of Buck Rogers, the industry didn't lose its classic themes of ``pool'' (Pinball Pool) and ``cards'' (Joker Poker) and its standby secondary things of ``future-y stuff I guess wait why are you playing pool with robots'' and ``fantasy''.


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Meanwhile in Europe, Zaccaria was busy at work on games that, yes, were about classic themes such as Robots, Castles, and Pool, but were still a little strange and exotic and European-y. There's a Zaccaria pinball simulator app that carries all their tables and I strongly recommend it; the play is great.


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Ball caught in a freak position on the Zaccaria table Robot and also there's a game element that's a translucent pink Robot Bridge. You know, the way early-80s robots will just build translucent pink bridges.


Trivia: On the 1st of July, 1908, organizers for the London Olympic Games appealed to the public for additional funds, as they had gathered only about £ 15,000 of the £ 65,000 budget before the games were to start the 13th of July. Several activities would be cancelled. Source: Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, Editors John E Findling, Kimberly D Pelle.

Currently Reading: Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made The Game, Erica Westly.

PS: Finally, What I Learned Doing Theorem Thursdays besides that any themed project will give me two extra free essays as I gather together all the theme and then write about my writing about stuff a while.

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