Gottlieb Pinball

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pinball_gottliebGottlieb Pinball machines are the oldest and best known pinball machines in history. Manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Co. (which later changed its name to just Gottlieb), the machines were unique in their own right. The company is known for the classic "wood rail" pinball machines, which were the rage before manufacturers began using stainless steel. The pinball industry did not originally have the flippers that we know of today. The ball could only be sent into the machine once, and it went on its own course until it came out. The flippers were introduced in 1947, which allowed the players to attempt to push the ball back into the game, thus earning them more points. With this, the game became much more engaging, and Gottlieb was quick to put the flippers in their machines as well.

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Bally Pinball

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pinball_ballyBally Pinball is one of the most important companies of pinball machines. Since it was first started in the early 1930 by Ray Moloney, this important company gained more and more fame because of their products which were top-quality and unique. The first licensed movie theme pinball was designed by them in 1975 after the movie The Who's Tommy, followed by a breakthrough product that hit the headlines in 1979, named Star Trek Pinball, named after the famous Star Trek movie.

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Stern Pinball

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pinball_sternStern Pinball is the sole manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games. Pinball is a game that has ancestral links to Bowls and Bocce, which gave birth to games that required balls to be hit with sticks. This arcade game is not just a luck testing games, but it is a game where you can test your technique. Earlier, the gaming industry was jam-packed with companies that manufacture pinball games. But, in 1980s the relays of the game was replaced by its electronic version (chips). Stern Pinball Inc. is a North American pinball game manufacturer that designs and produces arcade quality pinball games. Located in Illinois, the company is the only manufacturer of coin-operated pinball games. Tracing its origin all the way back to 1930s, Stern still carries his pinball banner by producing machines with themes such as Batman, Avatar, Tron, Family Guy, Pirates of Caribbean and many more.

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Data East Pinball

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pinball_data_eastData East Pinball is a machine that has an interesting history. Tetsuo Fukuda founded the Data East Company on April 20, 1976. The company was originally an electrical engineering company that focused its resources on integrating interchangeable tapes on the interior of arcade games. Originally, video game operators had to replace the cabinet when they were replacing a game from a machine. Creation of the tapes made it possible for video game operators to undergo this process without replacing the cabinet. When Data East realized there was more money to be made in the actual games, they began developing their own arcade games in 1978.

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Williams Pinball

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pinball_williamsWilliams Pinball machines are manufactured by WMS industries. WMS is an American company based in Illinois and is makers of electronic gaming and amusement equipment. Their two main subsidiaries are WMS gaming and Orion gaming. Williams Manufacturing Company (WMS) was founded in the year 1943 by Harry E Williams initially as Williams Electronics, Inc. Williams initially started their manufacturing business as makers of pinball tables. The first few products from the company stable were fortune-telling machines, electro-mechanical game, a novelty machine and pinball conversions. Williams was a Stanford graduate, who later on successfully developed the tilt mechanism for the pinball machines.

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Pinball Merchandise & Memorabilia

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Looking into pinball merchandise & memorabilia? Let's face it, finding products has become a difficult task in recent years. With more and more companies and brands offering products, claiming to be better than their competitors, the client's ultimate choice of products can become a frustrating one. It is up to you to do the necessary research in order to get the best value for your money. As you will probably be making hundreds of purchases this year in a variety of categories, I am here to make your choice a whole lot easier when it comes to pinball merchandise & memorabilia.

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Addams Family Pinball

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pinball_addams_familyIf you are looking for the "best-selling pinball machine since the 1930s", you've come to the right place. The Addams Family Pinball machine is one of the best known and loved pinball machines of all time!

When it was first released, it made optimum use of the technology available at the time like under-play field electromagnets and the first CPU controlled flipper in the history of pinball machines. So it's not a surprise that this is one of the most 'in-demand' pinball machines even today.

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Star Trek Pinball

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pinball_startrekMore and more people are looking to buy a Star Trek Pinball machine, especially after they've seen the famous movie. Pinball games can trace their roots since the 17th century, when King Louis XIV ordered that a ball should be launched down through a series of pins . Since then, the game of pinball greatly evolved, hence there are hundreds of pinball games available on the market today. Back in 1979, Bally created a unique pinball machine named "Star Trek" after the movie released in the same year. One year later, this machine was updated by its creator, who added new uniforms, ships and characters.

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Iron Man Pinball

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pinball_ironmanEnjoy hours of entertainment with Iron Man Pinball. Tony Stark loves to put on a show, and this pinball machine doesn't lack in the department of visual and engaging entertainment. The way this pinball machine lights up while you play with it will make you think that Tony Stark himself was behind the design. With this pinball machine you can enjoy looking at Iron Man and his most trusted allies, along with his enemies while you play pinball for hours.

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Tron Pinball

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pinball_tronHave you ever thought about playing the Tron Pinball machine? Well, why wouldn't you? There's a lot to love about this version of the pinball machine. It was released last year, 2011 in the month of May with a special limited edition that had come out the month after. It is themed from the famous Disney film, Tron Legacy. Through this certain pinball machine, you will definitely recognize how unique it's been built with all of the main characters of the film being put together in a single 3D back glass with a distinctly magnificent story outline.

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