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How many pinball machines at SLOG Happy?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 5, 2008 11:49 AM

The combined noise of 100 machines will never match the audio horror spit out by the lone Dr. Who table that used to be at Shorty's.

It still gives me nightmares.

Posted by Paulus | June 5, 2008 11:59 AM

King of kong was one of the most boring documentaries I have ever watched. Pinball, however, is filled with awesome. They're going to have the twighlight zone machine there too, which is the best pinball machine ever made, ever.

Posted by Kyleen | June 5, 2008 12:05 PM

I used to be a two-flipper man, but I didn't get good until I learned to flip just the one.

I didn't get good after that, either, but I got a tiny bit better. I have moved up to eleventh-worst pinball player of all time, from 2nd-worst; in footballing terms you could say the Bhutan of pinball, up from the Timor-Leste of pinball.

Posted by Fnarf | June 5, 2008 12:06 PM

Dagh, I was gonna post about this later today, I swear. Doesn't matter--I am totally there.

Posted by Sam M. | June 5, 2008 12:06 PM

@6 Wow, scooped by the guest blogger that is a new level of sad...

My favorite pinball machine ever of all time was the Indiana Jones pinball machine, at one point a solemn voice intoned "you must choose wisely." We searched in vain to buy one but could never find it.

I'm a one flipper gal until I get overly excited and then its both as I wriggle around nervously and bite my lower lip in concentration.

Posted by PopTart | June 5, 2008 12:14 PM

I will be there, and properly- uh, Mota-vated.

Poptart- you can find that game at the Eastlake Zoo, although the game is dimly lit and the poppers are somewhat flaccid. My personal favorite is the Star Wars trilogy game.

Posted by Fortuna Mandolin | June 5, 2008 12:30 PM

I loved King of Kong. Which guy are we talking about?

Posted by Gloria | June 5, 2008 12:32 PM

I am willing to bet that Sam's post would have been more engaging and amusing than this one.

Posted by giantladysquirrels | June 5, 2008 12:41 PM

King of Kong rocked. I want to know which guy, too.

Posted by Ryan | June 5, 2008 12:42 PM

King of Kong was AWESOME. And yes, which dude?

Posted by arduous | June 5, 2008 12:45 PM

The website for the convention says Steve Wiebe

Posted by harold | June 5, 2008 12:46 PM

World Cup Soccer FTW

Posted by ru shur | June 5, 2008 12:54 PM

" the Theatre of Magic!"

ToM gave Twilight Zone a run for its money in the best pinball dept.

Posted by Lou | June 5, 2008 1:00 PM

Things are looking up for Our Guest Slogger! And informative and helpful post with no fake cursing, whee!

Seriously, though - thanks. I didn't know about this and I totally want to go. And Twilight Zone RULES!

Posted by genevieve | June 5, 2008 1:12 PM

The best pinball game? Obviously Funhouse. It had the freaky Rudy dummy that insulted you.

Or KISS pinball, cause it's KISS.

Posted by PdxRitchie | June 5, 2008 1:13 PM

Best pinball game? Junkyard!!

Posted by Shannon | June 5, 2008 1:19 PM

Regrets to all, but the best pinball machine ever is Black Hole. Everything is all normal and regular-like until you successfully sink the ball in the Black Hole, which causes the entire playing surface as you knew it to go black and disappear. Then a SECOND, UNEXPECTED, SECRET playing surface appears UNDERNEATH the regular one. The slope direction is reversed, so the ball rolls away from you instead of toward you, and the flippers are located at the bottom of the slope which is now at the far other end of the machine. You are suddenly playing in a parallel universe, through the looking glass, in Bizarro-land. It is crazypants! I came this close to purchasing one in the early 90s in Fremont, but it needed lots of repair and I was broke. Also, regarding the one flipper/two flipper controversy, I think the secret is timing and coordination between the two together, sometimes nanoseconds apart.

Posted by Blue Barberpole | June 5, 2008 1:27 PM

Reasonably coherent post, but I did wince at the use of "intense," given the Valley Girl voice of her previous posts... something still makes me feel these posts are being sent from the 80s.

I own the vintage Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy machine -- my mom bought it for me when I was about 14 or so. It works flawlessly and made me gay because it has Elton John on the backstop.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 5, 2008 1:38 PM

Good post today Chelsea. Your writing style and subject matter gets along well with what I normally see on slog. (FWIW, I take no offense at your use of the word intense.) I might even check out the Pinball Show.

Posted by squidoo | June 5, 2008 2:15 PM

Possible Donkey Kong kill screen coming up! Thank god it isn't Billy Mitchel and his damn hot sauce and mullet. Steve Wiebe is my hero and that movie was probably the best documentary last year. I can't wait to see the guy in person.

Posted by 80sArcadeFan | June 5, 2008 3:03 PM

There is a new pinball place opening up in town called full tilt. Its in White Center.

Posted by Tobyt7 | June 5, 2008 3:07 PM

That is not "in town."

Posted by Blue Barberpole | June 5, 2008 4:18 PM

Hey you, with the face!

Posted by Paulus | June 5, 2008 6:26 PM

Unless this was some sort of fetish-pinball thing, I think your friend pooh-poohed you. Not poo-pooed you.

Just so you know.

Posted by Fe Man | June 5, 2008 9:14 PM

I just found out about this event last night at Shorty's. It's a Stranger sponsored event, why are we just hearing about it now from the guest slogger?

Speaking of Indiana Jones pinball @6, you MUST play the new version which can be also be found at Shorty's. Best multiball ever, by far. (and they have the original version at Stella in Georgetown)

Posted by Explorer | June 5, 2008 10:14 PM

I just got back from helping set up the show, it's completely insane how many pinball games there are there. I think 3 of both the new Indiana Jones and Twilight Zone. Come down this weekend and beat the hi scores on my games!

Posted by dan10things | June 6, 2008 1:25 PM

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