I am not one for APPLE products BUT I loves me some PINBALL!

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Pinball machine housing for iPhone/iPod Touch.

http://www.newpotatotech.com/PINBALL_MAGIC/pinball_magic.html

Are you ready to take the plunge?
Work your slap save, backhands, drop stop, bounce pass, and death save on this working pinball machine [app]cessory!
Just like the classic cabinets only smaller, Pinball Magic is a time machine that recreates classic arcade pinball action on your iPhone or iPod touch. Side mounted flipper buttons, realistic ball-launching plunger and even a credit/select button immerse you in the game play while the oscillating LED beacon and animated backbox set the stage to show your pinball wizard skills! Works with the FREE Pinball Magic app to create realistic, challenging and engaging game play bringing a portable arcade experience.

This looks cool if not expensive but hey that is what Apple fans are use to.

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Bill Loguidice
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Game Gavel did a review as

Game Gavel did a review as well several months back: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/3425 . I'd pick it up if the price were more reasonable as I too am a pinball fan. Otherwise, it's just too gimmicky. I do love those mini-arcade cabs for the iPad though! (not sure if those are out yet or not)

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Mark Vergeer
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Too pricy

I have quite a few pinball games on the iPhone but the price of the accessory and the fact that it only works with that specific games results in me not going for this device.
It looks rather cheap for the price but is a cool innovation.

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Rob Daviau
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BILL and MARK

Bill/Mark what is your thought about these Apple devices (iTouch / iPhone / iPad) and "Touch" gaming? I have no experience with these devices, I typically avoid Apple products in general but I see more and more coverage for gaming titles for these devices and have to wonder how well these actually perform for gaming? I trust you guys more than anyone when it comes to the Apple gaming experience.

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Bill Loguidice
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Just ordered an iPhone 4 for me and Christina!

I've had an iPhone 3G since April of 2009 after being at GDC 2009 with Matt for the documentary and seemingly seeing everyone and their mother with an iPhone. I was immediately taken with the device and did several blog posts on Armchair Arcade professing so. I've also done several game reviews for the platform since then on here.

In any case, it works well and the key is that it's the primary cell phone development platform, so you're pretty much guaranteed that any and every new app will either be made for it first or will be ported to it. I think for a lot of us, this standardization is important. There are a LOT of Android phone fans out there - and I too like what I see on that platform - but Angry Birds is a great example. It works perfectly on all iOS devices, but there are some Android devices that it runs slow or improperly on. That's the difference between a closed platform like iOS with just a few devices and an open platform like Android with over a dozen devices. I embrace it on the PC side, but it's not something I want to embrace at this point with my phone. Like a console, I just want it to work.

The biggest advantage to me with the phone as a game device is that it's with me at all times. I don't need to carry another device. As was mentioned, the games are great, just don't try to play games that require a real d-pad on it. If it's optimized for touch or even tilt, it works great, but trying to shoehorn something that requires a d-pad is just an exercise in frustration. As an alternative gaming option though, it's perfect, and there are endless games for it. They're also much, much cheaper than just about any other platform I can think of. Recently EA had a massive sale where ALL their games were .99 and I stocked up. Every day it seems another game has a limited window where it's available for free. In short, it's a very, very cost effective platform.

With that said, your mileage may vary if it's not your phone. The iPod is the same thing, just without the phone part, but that means that the iPod becomes another device you'd have to carry. It's usefulness then in my opinion goes down a bit. With that said it doesn't change all the other positives.

By the way, I got the money I was waiting for, so just this morning I upgraded to two new iPhone 4 32GB, me from my iPhone 3G 16GB and Christina from a junk feature-less phone. I'm hoping they arrive tommorow. This is a good thing because between all the music, audio books, books, apps and podcasts on my iPhone 3G, I was out of room! The bonus is I finally get mobile video capture again and i get to use cool apps like the one that Mark used to take the 360 views.

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Mark Vergeer
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quite excellent!

I am quite amazed by the quality of some of the games available on the iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad. There's quite a few arcade games, point and click adventure games and a ton of Popcap-like puzzle games out there for the more casual gamer demography yet there are also hardcore 'CORE' shmups available for it too.

Of course any game implementation relying on thumbpad/joystick and fire buttons is always flawed as there is no tactile feedback concerning those types of game keys and results in a somewhat flawed responsiveness. Some have implemented control schemes like that fairly well. If you like the Nintendo stylus only games such as Zelda Phantom Hourglass etc the iPod/Pad/Phone will be a great little device. Novel control schemes like tilting the screen for racing games work quite well too - still the games often are of a more casual nature then those found on any other real hand-held gaming device. But there's a ton of crap games out there as well as well as true classics!

Elise has my old iPod Touch 3G since I got my iPhone 4G and we've been playing a lot of the same games - some even against each other and in co-op. There's even a couple of online-gaming features similar to that found on XboxLive and PSN on the apple machines.

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Mark Vergeer
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iPhone 4 32Gb

That's exactly what I have right now. I am over the moon with the device.

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clok1966
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Well Im firmly in the Android

Well Im firmly in the Android boat (after owning both,) but thats here nor there.. I'm anti MS and Apple so it probebly explains it right there :) This add on seems.. how do i put this.. silly? Portable is the first thing to describe a cell phone, making it non portable with added parts is strange to me. Of course at home it could be used, but then... I may be wrong, there are much better options. the price I guess would be the key point, if it was cheap enough to almost be throw away it might be worth it. I must admit it looks kinda cool, and even functional and fun. The LED lights in the top seem wasted, but , eh... why not.

I have been so close to building a LCD Pinball machine, i have done so much with VPB, and Future Pinball. And seeing those 42" lcd tables .. wow.. And now(or it was, havent made sure it actually happened) there is a company making a $200 pinball "end" its the Plunger, and flipper buttons and can sence "English" os you can mimic that all with a ready made USB unit. So a 42" lcd and 24" or 26" lcd makes a complet Pinball machine. that can play pretty much any pinball game ever. the singel thing holdig me back, room to put it ( shouldnt spend that kind of money either.. but money and fun go hand in hand).

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Do you have a link for that

Do you have a link for that conversion kit pinball, Clok?

And yes, the iPhone/iPod pinball thing is relatively cheap, I think like $30. It's just a plastic shell you pop the phone into. It's a fun thing, but still a bit too much for my tastes and apparently the pinball game itself is not that great.

I have no problem with the basic concept of that or putting the iPad into a mini arcade cabinet. You just slip them in and play and slip them out when you're done. It maintains portability of the device otherwise.

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it was a least a year when I

it was a least a year when I last looked (more like 2), at that time it had a expected price of $199.. Well with your interest, and me thinking about it again I did some searching. I was, to be honest expecting it to have died due to lack of buyer interest. Im happy to say they are doing it. The Model it appears they sell is not as Nice as the mock up I saw.. the Mock up looked almost like a pinball end (silver top you remved to slide glas out and all). the new one is not as "clean" looking to me, but it does look very functional. Also the price seems to have went up.. as all thngs seem to do from design to actual production $299. but it appears they have some Do it yourself kits.. which for my plans would work out better really. Even a video. The complete unit is called Pinball Wizard (would think that name would have been trandmakred someplace!)

http://www.nanotechent.com/index.php

I figure a cheap 42" is about $500, a cheap 32" is $200 the nanotech stuff $300, wood and such $100 (done lots of woodworking so thats the easy part). A pc.. i got tons laying around. So $1000-$1200 ish.. as a avid pinball watcher ( and ex owner... dang space limitations of apartments!) Most OK newer pinballs machines that dont need a crapload of service are at best $6-700 and more like $1200-1500. So I think as pinball machines go its a failry cost effective option. It will never be a "REAL" pinball machine. but I will also never be stuck with a single $1500 machine, I can play 100's. The trade off is good enouhg I can skip the "real" experiance for a good one with more options. So I'm back to.. where the heck would I put one?

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