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2018-07-13 17:06 by Karl Denninger
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Krzelune
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Nice Feature!
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I wondered what the story was on those from the HomeDaemon vids. I'd love to own one but don't have near the technical know-how to fix one if it breaks.

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When it breaks because they do ..

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A girl friend's dad back in the day had a Gorgar game....I could play that damn thing for hours...sometimes to the extent that the date would get delayed or cancelled....

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Nice vid Karl, from a fellow pin collector that was at Silverball NJ last Friday ;)
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Ah, memories of when I used to run a video arcade back in the early 80s

I was the manager, and full-time technician from about mid 1981 - late 1983, when the arcade "fad" began to wane and I jumped ship to work at Sony as a Consumer Electronics tech. We only had 3 pinball games in the arcade, and about 25 video games. The pinball I remember best was "Black Hole". I spent an inordinate amount of time working on it, because it had two separate levels where the ball would go down the "black hole" and you'd play it down there until it drained. Too many switches, flippers, bumpers, lamps, gates, etc. that required near constant attention.

I agree with what you said about not knowing exactly where the ball will go - but if you play one game long enough you get to know the exact timing and angles and can play nearly forever. I pretty much mastered "Black Hole" to the point I got bored with it. I could play for hours and not lose the ball down the drain. Once it was no longer a challenge, I stopped playing it.

I would love to pick up a game or two and restore them, since I still have a lot of leftover solenoids, lamps, bumpers and other normal wear parts. However, space is an issue ( I see they take up a fair amount of space in your house ) and the wife might have an issue with that - well. maybe I can manage to get a hold of one or two to play with. My all time favorite pin is actually "Fun House", but I've never seen one come up for sale. Rest assured if I do, I'll be buying it regardless of what the wife thinks. It had the most action/interaction of any pin I've seen.

Interesting video, it seemed to cut off before the interview was done?
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Black Hole is a cool table -- it was one of the first Electronic Gottlieb's, and is a five-alarm PAIN IN THE ASS to keep running correctly.

There are two I know of still in good condition and playable -- both in Michigan.

Fun House is one that has seen INSANE price inflation. I'd love one, but not at 3x or more what it sold for NEW, in used condition! **** those people with a pinball machine up their ******* sideways.

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When I worked as a tech at my local engineering college, we had one of the Gottleib family as a EE student. I heard that he got a job at Raytheon out in California. He was a brilliant engineer. The Gottleib company even endowed a hospital!

Keeping relay logic circuits working is very difficult, and then the machines get banged around like pinball machines, do, the maintenance must be difficult and very expensive to do.
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Firepower was the best!!!!
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Karl, I'm glad to know another person that remembers Black Hole, and especially Fun House. I can still hear the "Ha ha ha ha - Fun House!" clown voice ("Rudy") when locking the ball for multi-ball play. I got hooked on it when the Round Table Pizza by our arcade got one, I kept begging the arcade owners (who were friends of mine) to buy one, they never did. They had no problem wasting money on an expensive "Dragon's Lair" video game, though. Man, I hated that game - constant problems with the LD player in it (I believe it was the first game with high quality graphics, since it was actual video and not computer-generated graphics.

I kept the pinballs we had like new while I was there, mostly because I enjoyed playing them more than almost any video game - well, except maybe "Pole Position", which I had the all-time high score on. I don't remember the name of the cleaner/wax I used on the playing surface, but man, it made the ball faster'n **** when it was just cleaned. Sometimes the ball would actually slam against the glass so hard it sounded like it would shatter it!

Another fond memory, trying to stay ahead of kids cheating the games for free play. I specifically recall "Tempest", if you let the game end on purpose with the last two digits of your score as 17 or 46, you'd get 40 credits instantly. I got suspicious when I saw some kids playing for hours but not putting any quarters in! It took a couple of weeks for us to discover it was an intentional flaw put into ROM by someone at Atari (whom I presume was in trouble when this leaked out). They had to issue a new chip to be installed that fixed this 'error'. Tons of other cheats with straws inserted to hit coin switches, quarters on strings, rubbing your feet and "zapping" the coin door for credits, lifting the front plexiglass out of Donkey Kong ... it goes on and on. Always something new to watch out for!

As for Black Hole, I never found out what happened to the one our arcade owned, as very soon after I left working there in August of 1983, the owners sold the place to the father of a kid who used to spend tons of money there. They lost their entire investment in the place ($125k) within a year after buying it. I warned them the arcade fad was dying quickly before they bought it, but they had more money than sense. I was long gone by then (they begged me to stay on as manager/tech but I'd had enough arcade for a lifetime). I have to say, I did have some fun converting tired, unprofitable games to something new with bootleg boards, though. It was quite an shady business at times.

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The vector graphics Star Wars game always interested me.

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"Quit playing with the clock!" - Rudy

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Youre a pinball collector? Thats awesome. I spent many, many quarters playing pinball machines the 80s.

Funny pinball anectode. I had a high school classmate who claimed that he could play pretty much any pinball machine ad infinitum. For those of you not acquainted, there are certain spcial maneuvers that give an extra game, so if you are good enough, you could play for a long time on a quarter, plus if you are very good, you can shake the machine in certain ways, at the exact time and without tilting it and minimize the chance of losing the ball. Also you could get a free game if after you lost, the last two digits of your score matched a random number. Anyway, one day we took our classmate to an arcade to verify his claim. We picked a pinball and told him to play. Sure enough, the guy started kicking the machines butt, and after a long time he had several free games in the credits, to the point that the arcade keeper kicked the guy out! The rest of us spent all the credits in a few minutes.

Anyway, pinball machines are awesome.
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You MIGHT get away with a "nudge", depending on who owns the machine and where they have the tilt bob set. Mine are set to "middling", so you can shake the machine but if you actually try one of the "slow-roll" slide maneuvers (yes, I know how to do them) you WILL tilt.

Of course you can "beat" my machines, but since there's no cost to push START......

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