Silver Ball Museum (pinball and arcade) - Asbury Park, NJ

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Bill Loguidice
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Great place: http://silverballmuseum.com/

I went there today with the family. All machines are set to free play and you just pay a low admission price to get in. The video is a bit smeary, but it gives you the idea of their collection:

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Matt Barton
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I'm going to Las Vegas next

I'm going to Las Vegas next March. I'll see if I can find this place!

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davyK
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I used to work in a pub when

I used to work in a pub when I lived in England ('89-90) that had a pinball - but the manager kept swapping them out and he had pretty good taste - had a Twilight Zone pinball - pretty much the pinnacle really. At other times there was a Fun House and an Addams Family.

Paul H
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Pinball Hall of Fame

I recently went to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. It was great to see so many "pins" in one location and I had a lot of fun playing some unique games I'd never seen before. Unfortunately they didn't have my favorite, Last Action Hero, and lots of the games were off (probably needing repair), but the arcade is apparently the labor of love from one guy so it's entirely understandable. There are even little notecards under the glass on most machines that list the year it was made, when it was restored, and what features make the game special.

I highly recommend it to anybody visiting Vegas in the future. Entry is free and games are 25 cents to 75 cents for the newest machines. There are also about a dozen older arcade games like Mario Brothers, Battlezone and Tetris.

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Bill Loguidice
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clok1966 wrote:

Looks like a bunch of machines. I could spend a day in there, i love just looking at the ideas they had on the older machines. More machines then I would have expected, and I didnt see alot OFF.. so many times there are these types of places and they dont keep things working. One of the last true arcades in my town had about 20 machines, and 7 where broke down. As far as I could tell some older machines (Mr Do) had been broke for about a year and not fixed. I wonder how that place does.. it wasnt busy.. but it had enough people I would guess depending on cost to do ok?

They seem to specialize in fixing these things as they go (in fact, they spot fixed a machine while I was there), so that's a plus to having nearly their whole collection working, even the really old stuff. There were easily 60+ machines. I don't know how their business does, but it's the offseason now for the Jersey Shore, so I think that has a lot to do with the traffic (nothing in the area was particularly hopping), plus we went around noon on a Saturday, so that probably had something to do with it as well. I'd be curious how it does on a summer day, say around 5PM or so... With that said, they were setting up for a kid's birthday party, so that's certainly a part of their business that I'm sure helps too, in addition to the small food area. The place is definitely packed with machines. They make the most of their relatively small space.

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clok1966
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Looks like a bunch of machines. I could spend a day in there, i love just looking at the ideas they had on the older machines. More machines then I would have expected, and I didnt see alot OFF.. so many times there are these types of places and they dont keep things working. One of the last true arcades in my town had about 20 machines, and 7 where broke down. As far as I could tell some older machines (Mr Do) had been broke for about a year and not fixed. I wonder how that place does.. it wasnt busy.. but it had enough people I would guess depending on cost to do ok?

Like the old Bump n Tilt days ( i assume they where nationwide not just my neck of the woods) pay $5 to get in and play all day. Arcade machines, bumper cars, pizza, burgers and hotdogs (food was extra). We used to drive 100 miles (skip school) hit the mall (computer store) see a movie and then go to bump and Tilt untill we had to drive home... was a blast. Ours had a ton of OLD machines.. several that where quite rare (quite rare nomrally means nobody wanted to play um) centronics Space hawk, stuff like that.. man was I a video game addict back then.. I would seek out new games like a bloodhound. I can remeber going to towns and asking about what games they ahd in the local shops..
make me want to fix my MAME machine .. pc has a BIOS issue so i ahvent messed with it in.. 3 years? sad.. Once i got a 8400OC so i could play Guanltet ledgeneds on my 65" tv.. with a Xbox gamepad I kinda forgot about it. now i want to use a real joystick again.. good thing winter is here (soon) will ahve to fix it.

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