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Was Video Pinball Successful?


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#1 VectorGamer

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 09:11 PM

I'd really like to know how many quarters this game took in. Reason being this game was released in the late 70s - why would you play this game more than once when you can play the real deal? There were plenty of pinball machines available at the time Video Pinball was released it's not like today where you have to travel an hour to find an arcade with multiple pinball machines. In that respect I think video pinball makes more sense today but not back in the 70s and 80s.

If you have a chance to play Video Pinball they have a cab at Funspot. It's neat but I'd rather play pinball.

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#2 Arenafoot

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 10:53 PM

They had one at the 2014 Houston ArcadeExpo.....and I played it a few times. Its OK, but definitely not as good as a real pinball machine........

 

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#3 Yo-Yo

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 01:08 AM

FACT: Video Pinball came out. Then Atari became the fastest growing company in American history. Coincidence?
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#4 Arenafoot

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 01:08 AM

 Coincidence?

No


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Posted 19 July 2015 - 02:16 PM

I would say Video Pinball was successful because it's remembered fondly and still interesting to talk about. It helped stage that "video carnival" feel for early Atari and is a neat example of them trying new things.

 

Thanks for posting those awesome photos Arenafoot!


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#6 StormSurge

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 12:45 PM

I enjoyed the 2600 version.  ;)



#7 Arenafoot

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 11:13 PM

I enjoyed the 2600 version.  ;)

I prefer Midnight Magic


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:20 AM

I prefer Midnight Magic

 

I guess I need to play that.  :mellow:



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 10:52 AM

Video Pinball on the 2600 is garbage. Just my opinion. Midnight Magic is a better game. Of all the video pinball games I've played recently I would say Pinball on the NES is the best on the 8-bit consoles.

 

I played the arcade game while I was at the PA Coin-Op Hall of Fame and it was a fun game. But, when you compare it to pinball machines released during that era I wonder why this machine would get more plays than the real deal.


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#10 RickR

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:10 PM

Because it was novel and different.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 01:11 PM

Because it was novel and different.

 

And because of that I can see why it would get some play initially. But replays - I don't know...


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 01:10 AM

I guess I need to play that.  :mellow:

even Bumper Bash is better than video pinball..............


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 09:20 AM

Hey, all I know is I enjoyed playing it when back when I was 7 years old.  ;) I didn't have anything to compare it with!


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Posted 06 August 2015 - 11:21 AM

I liked it a lot too, and still do. It isn't very authentic compared to real pinball, but it is a lot of fun.
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