A Brief History Of Pinball

If you ever wanted a quick reference guide on the history of pinball, then you have come to the right place. Those Silver Oak Casino guys aren’t just about online gambling, they also create awesome and informative infographics, like picking the right video games and indulging you in a brief history of pinball. Check it out, you may learn something.

Pinball_Historysource: Silver Oak Casino

Pinball Antics at Timezone

Metallica_titleI am a persistent type of gamer, especially when it comes to pinball and when there is a prize at stake. I just wish I was persistent like this when playing RPG or adventure games *sigh* (Ed: not this again!).

In a previous post I mentioned that I was frequenting Timezone to set a high-score on the designated tournament pinball machine (Star Trek Pro) to book my place for The Australian Timezone Supanova Pinball Championship. Well, I returned to Timezone Forest Hill only to find that the Star Trek Pro table was out of action! I didn’t dwell on my disappointment for too long, so I just hightailed it to another Timezone to flip some balls of steel.

Nooooooo! Time to leave Timezone Forest Hill…..
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Next stop, Timezone Chadstone! Instead of Star Trek Pro, the tournament table here was Metallica. My first impressions of the machine were quite negative, but after a few plays, I was hooked – love the music! With some positive encouragement from Ms. ausretrogamer, I was able to get my name on the tournament qualification high-score table, albeit in 2nd place.

With only a few weeks to go till the qualification period ends (March 29), I will be back to feed the snake and build the voltage to give Sparky a good charge. Long live pinball!

Hello me pretties
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She is a beauty
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Damn! That’s a massive high-score!
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Metallica! Let’s get this baby started!
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Getting into some flippin rhythm 
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Fill up that fuel tank! You don’t wanna run out of gas!
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Feed the snake, he’s very hungry!
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Ms Ausretrogamer getting some flipping action, while I rest my hands
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Studying the instructions – gotta get that big score!
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Sparky is gonna get some electric action
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Finally, I am on the scoreboard. Gotta get that number 1 spot!
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Made In Australia: Mega Drive Games

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Following on from our look at Aussie made NES games, the Made In Australia series dives straight into the 16-bit era this time around, starting with Sega’s Mega Drive. The Mega Drive was an instant hit for Sega – it had a headstart on Nintendo’s 16-bit offering and it never looked back.

With a pedigree in arcade gaming, Sega’s 16-bit machine wasn’t short on awesome arcade conversions. Who could forget their first play on Golden Axe? It was like (Ed: almost) having the arcade machine in your bedroom! With sleek looks and a plethora of crtically acclaimed games, the Mega Drive went from strength to strength and smashed all kinds of sales records across the globe. Australian coders also jumped on the 16-bit development bandwagon (Ed: especially Beam Software!) and created a handful of Mega Drive games – some more well known than others. Do you remember playing any of these?

NBA All Star Challenge (1991) – Beam Software
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George Foreman’s K.O. Boxing (1992) – Beam Software
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Blades of Vengeance (1993) – Beam Software
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Tom & Jerry: Frantic Antics (1993) – Beam Software
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Radical Rex (1994) – Beam Software
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True Lies (1994) – Beam Software
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Australian Rugby League (1995) – Dreamtime Interactive (in conjunction with I-Space Interactive)
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image source: Moby Games, Games Databaseretro gaming australia

In the next Made In Australia feature, we will look at Super Nintendo games that were made down under. Till then, play hard and have fun!

 

Amiga: 30 Years

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Can you believe that the Amiga is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! To mark this momentous occasion, the Amiga30 group in the Netherlands has gathered a galaxy of Amiga superstars for a very special event – from the creators of the wonder machine (Ed: RJ Mical anyone!), to the great game developers and even ex-Commodore management, everyone will be there and you are invited!

So, when is it and where? Here are the details:

Event: Amiga: 30 Years
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (CEST)
Where: The Lighthouse, Krijn Taconiskade 432, 1087 HW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tickets: Going fast! Go here

To get more details about who will be there, what you can bring and what to expect at the event, head on over to the Amiga30 site immediately!

We wish we could attend this unprecedented feast of Amiga history! Viva Amiga!

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Amiga_goodiessource: Amiga30

Lego Sega Classic Arcade Machines

LegoSegaArcade_TITLEWhen you stumble upon an awesome idea you must let everyone know about it. My good friend Raj informed me of a Lego Ideas campaign created by SpacySmoke which proposes the creation of classic Lego Sega arcade machines.

The idea campaign is still gathering support, so if you would like Lego to take note, then please throw your support behind this great idea – who wouldn’t like a Thunder Blade or Yu Suzuki classics like Space Harrier and Out Run replica Lego machines in their home? I have cast my vote, so should you!

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LegoSegaArcade_figuressource: SpacySmoke on Lego Ideas

 

Brutal 8-Bit Fatalities

Could you imagine the media frenzy if our beloved 8-bit video games had gruesome fatalities just like in Mortal Kombat? Now that would be an awesome dream come true. You can never have enough fatalities in video games (Ed: settle down!). I would personally like to see those pesky Galaga bugs get obliterated in the most brutal way!

Hang on a second! Steven Lefcourt has made this dream come true in his great artwork depiction of 8-bit fatalities. Splat – take that Goomba! Damn the ignorant media!

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Brutal_mario_luigisource: Steven Lefcourt

Vintage Pokémon

Damn it, I totally missed it! On February 27, those pesky pocket monsters, oops, I mean Pokémon, celebrated their 19th anniversary! Wow, how time flies when you are hunting wild Pokémon.

Instead of hurling a Poké Ball around here (Ed: you have no idea, do you?), we thought we would share some awesome rustic Pokémon ads created by the talented Mexican artist, Chuz0r.

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Pokemon7source: Buzzfeed