Luckily, on the last day of our San Francisco trip devoted to filming amazing interviews for the feature film, "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution", Matt and I had a chance to visit the The Museum of the City of San Francisco, The Musee Mecanique. Among the great stuff there were two vintage pinball machines in really great shape. It's amazing how different they are from modern pinball machines that began to appear in the 1970s! Check out the casual videos below:
Playing these old pinball machines is a lot harder than you think eh?
Nice to see you two hang out and play pinball machines. Would have loved to have been there as well just to experience it all with you guys.
The old pinball games were VERY hard. It was a feat just to keep the ball going for more than a minute. Still, it was amazing getting to play these--the look and especially the feel are much different than anything else. It's easy to see how these old electro-mechanicals were superb machines and quite fun, and also why video games must have look pretty damn simple comparatively. I'm guessing the latter won out simply because they were cheaper to produce with fewer moving parts, but I'd like to learn more about that.
I was very intrigued by the peep shows and other odd coin-op devices they had, especially the little mechanical "shows" you could watch. Many of these involved little puppets and "grisly" executions, but one was a country western dance. I hadn't seen anything like them before, so it was definitely fun.
I do hope we can eventually all get together. I was discussing the possibility with Bill earlier about some type of AA vacation or tour. We'd probably have the most fun going to Bill's house since he has all the gaming gear in the U.S. :)