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The Pinball Arcade

5 years ago

Feature: Jackpots in Jackpot

The Flare Path: Truck Stop Temptations

I've talked about companion texts in Flare Path before , but I'm not sure I've ever used this column to air my companion games theory. In short I believe certain games have soul mates – titles that compliment them so perfectly that the idea of playing one without the other is almost unthinkable. The two games that make up a companion pair are usually very…

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Have You Played… The Pinball Arcade?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.My love of pinball began with the real tables that I encountered in my youth but I soon found digital tables to occupy my evenings. Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Epic Pinball were all among my favourites, and the Pro Pinball series filled a…

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7 years ago

Feature: Pinball was my rock n' roll

Gaming Made Me: Pinball

A pinball table is more than balls, flippers and lights, although the uninitiated may see it as an almost literal collection of bells and whistles. I see tables in the corner of bars quite often, usually neglected and often unplugged, and was delighted to see an Addams Family machine – one of the great designs of its kind – in Larian’s studios a couple of…

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9 years ago

Flipper-To-Ball: The Pinball Arcade

I sank countless hours into Pinball Dreams and Epic Pinball when I was a nipper, and then countless 50 pence coins into the table in the college bar at my university. I've always maintained that a good way to measure the true wealth of a man is to count the number of pinball tables he owns and I won't consider myself a proper adult until…

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