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WIZARD MODE
PREMIERE

The new Wizard Mode film

The new full-length film about PAPA World Champion Robert Gagno premieres at the HotDocs Film Festival in Toronto and, as Chris Frolic reports, Robert is there to take questions, sign posters, and, of course, play some pinball.

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PAPA & IFPA
WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIPS

The PAPA and IFPA World Championships

Not one but two World Championships are held at the PAPA headquarters near Pittsburgh, and
as Bob Matthews reports, those were far from the only championships up for grabs in a frenzied eight days of world-class tournament pinball.

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MGC 2016

The Midwest Gaming Classic 2016

Brookfield near Milwaukee is our destination for the annual mix of pinball, video games, console gaming, and tabletop games.
Gary Flower reports for us on all things pinball, both at the show and at the pre-show party.

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FULL THROTTLE:
IN-DEPTH REVIEW

Our In-Depth Review of Full Throttle

For our latest In-Depth Review we travel to the Heighway Pinball factory so we can pull their Limited Edition Full Throttle game apart to show you every part of it, inside and out.

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MEDIEVAL MADNESS
3D TRANSLITE

The Medieval Madness 3D translite

Pinball Dreams produce the first of a series of three-dimensional translites for popular games. We review their Medieval Madness 3D translite and look at the technology behind it.

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TON TON XL 2016

A star-shaped pinball at Ton Ton XL in Amsterdam

Was this the star of the show?
This five-player pinball make out of guitars, effects pedals, and a drum machine was just one of the attractions as Ton Ton XL returned to Amsterdam, as Jim Jansen reports.

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MAKING PINBALL
IS HARD...

Why is making pinball hard?

...and these guys will tell you why,
as we talk to the six big pinball companies
to find out what it takes to get a single game
rolling off the production line.

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TEXAS PINBALL
FESTIVAL

The Texas Pinball Festival 2016

It's the middle of March, so that means we're back in Frisco for the Texas Pinball Festival.
We'll be reporting live across the weekend, with multiple updates so you don't miss a thing.

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AMUSEMENT EXPO
INTERNATIONAL

The Amusement Expo International show

We're in Las Vegas for the annual spring coin-op trade show Amusement Expo International. Stern and Heighway Pinball are both here with their latest games, along with new products from companies around the world.

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GHOSTBUSTERS

Stern Pinball's new Ghostbusters pinball

Stern's long-awaited new Ghostbusters game is finally announced, with the three models all featuring packed playfields and distinctive hand-drawn art.

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ECS 2015 FINAL
AND MIHIDERKA
PINBALL & FOOD
FESTIVAL

The top three in the IFPA ECS 2015 Final

The finale of 2015's IFPA European Championship Series takes place at Printimus Pinball in Poland, alongside the Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival in a packed three days of tournaments and vegan cuisine.

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META-GAMES
UNLIMITED

Meta-Games Unlimited in Missouri

It may not be the one made famous by The Simpsons, but Springfield in Missouri has Meta-Games Unlimited instead, home to role-playing games, a retail store, and a great collection of quality pinballs, as Albee Tellone reports.

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI
FACTORY TOUR

Inside the The Big Lebowski manufacturing plant

We're in the village of Aalten in the east of the Netherlands to tour the manufacturing facility where The Big Lebowski pinball is being built.
We've also got details of the latest changes and five minutes of new display animations.

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MEDIEVAL MADNESS
REMAKE

The In-Depth Review of Medieval Madness Remake Limited Edition

Yes, it's another In-Depth Review, and this time we dive deep into Chicago Gaming's remake of the classic Medieval Madness game.
See how true it is to the original and the changes which have taken place under the skin.

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GAME OF THRONES
IN-DEPTH REVIEW

The In-Depth Review of Stern's Game of Thrones Limited Edition

We go in-depth with the Limited Edition of Stern's Game of Thrones to show you everything - inside and out - from the cabinet artwork to the playfield shots and how the mechanisms work.
Nobody goes deep like Pinball News.

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BRAUER HOUSE

Brauer House in Lombard, Illinois

As you might guess from the name, Brauer House in Lombard, Illinois is famed for its beer selection, but it also has a great range of six pinballs, from a solid-state Bally to the newest Sterns titles, as Dan Marquardt reports.

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ROUND 1

Round 1 in Moreno Valley, California

A chance stop at a shopping mall east of Los Angeles leads to the discovery of a huge family entertainment complex - one of a chain rapidly expanding all across the US.

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ARCADE EXPO 2016

The pinball collection at the Museum of Pinball

The second Arcade Expo has just taken place at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, California, and we were there to bring you live updates across the weekend, including our 40-minute video tour, a list of all the machines, the tournament results, the side events, and much more.

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EAG INTERNATIONAL
2016

Our preview of the EAG trade show in London

We're live at the EAG show in London's East End to bring you exclusive news of the new Alien playfield artwork, and a look at Stern's new Spider-Man Vault Edition.

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TILT BIRMINGHAM

Tilt in Birmingham

A new barcade in Birmingham in the English Midlands opens with craft beers, coffees, and teas, while showcasing the latest pinball machines. We pay them a visit.

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NEW ULTIMATE
SPIDER-MAN GAME

Stern's new Spider-Man Vault Edition

Stern brings out a Vault Edition of their classic Spider-Man game, but totally re-brand it to follow the Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man universe.
We've got all the changes along with high-res pictures and pricing details.

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REVIEW
OF THE YEAR

Our Review of the Year 2015

We look back on the events from the past twelve months in the world of pinball, updating some of our earlier reports, and giving you the chance to share your memories and vote for your favourite 2015 game.

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LONE STAR
PINBALL MUSEUM

The Lone Star Pinball Museum

Down in southern Texas, Dan Ferguson has amassed a fascinating collection of pinballs, memorabilia, table-top games, promotional items and much, much more, which he has turned into the Lone Star Pinball Museum.

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ROMANIAN
PINBALL OPEN 2015

The Romanian Pinball Open 2015

It's fun and games at The Pub in Bucharest as the Romanian Pinball Open welcomes thirty-eight visitors from seven different countries to compete in the main and classics tournaments as Rich Mallett reports.

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ROB ZOMBIE'S
SPOOKSHOW
INTERNATIONAL

Spooky Pinball's second release

The playfield and art package for Spooky Pinball's second title is revealed, with a mini-playfield, colour display, custom speech, original songs and even a video mode.

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SAME PLAYER
SHOOTS AGAIN

The new Same Player Shoots Again DVD

A new pinball documentary is released looking at the history of the game, how machines work, the state of the game today, and what lies ahead.

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BEER & BUNS

Beer and Buns in London

What began as a temporary pop-up Japanese craft beer bar is now a permanent addition to London's pinball scene. We check it out.

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A NIGHT AT THE
MUSEUM

The Dutch Pinball Museum is officially opened

The Dutch Pinball Museum is officially opened with a launch party at its Rotterdam home.
We take a trip there to bring you all the action, show you around the collection, and talk to the Museum's owner Gerard Van der Sanden.

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HUNGARIAN PINBALL OPEN 2015

The Hungarian Pinball Open 2015

Our tour of European events leads us to Budapest for the biggest ever Hungarian Pinball Open. Three days, four tournaments, and one hundred and forty-four players means a packed weekend at the Hungarian Pinball Museum.

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DPO EXPO 2015

It's the DPO Expo 2015

It's far more than just a competition, as the DPO Expo includes two special guests, the latest games in development, more than 160 machines, parts vendors, a new pinball documentary, and yes, lots of tournaments.

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JACK GUARNIERI
INTERVIEW

Interview with Jack Guarnieri

Łukasz Dziatkiewicz travels to Lakewood, New Jersey, to visit the Jersey Jack Pinball factory and interview Jersey Jack himself.

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SNEAKERS
SPORTS GRILLE

Sneakers in Jacksonville Beach

Sneakers is a huge sports bar in the Floridian city of Jacksonville Beach. They also have pinballs, so we pay them a visit to play the machines and compete in a tournament.

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THE PINBALL
LOUNGE

The Pinball Lounge in Orlando, Florida

We visit Orlando in Florida to spend time relaxing in the bespoke surroundings of
The Pinball Lounge and enjoying their collection of fourteen top-quality pinball machines.

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PINBALL EXPO
2015

Welcome to Pinball Expo 2015

This may be it's 31st outing, but Pinball Expo still brings in fans and industry people from around the world like no other show. We have our usual comprehensive coverage with audio from all 25 seminars, the banquet speech, all the machines and vendors, and our 25-minute video tour.

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EUROPEAN
PINBALL
CHAMPIONSHIP

It's the EPC 2015

The Belgian town of Sint-Niklaas is the host of this year's European Pinball Championship.
The nearly 300 players are joined by special guests from Stern Pinball, plus the chance to play the very latest games.

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CHICAGO SITES
UPDATE

Places to play pinball in Chicago

Coming to Pinball Expo this week? Don't forget there are lots of great places to play pinball downtown and in the greater Chicago area, as Dan Marquardt reports.

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PLAY EXPO 2015

The pinballs at Play Expo 2015

We head to Manchester for the set-up and first day of the Play Expo show. We'll have all the action across the weekend, starting with a sneak preview of what's in store.

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RUSSIAN PINBALLS

Russian pinball machines

Chicago may be the spiritual home of pinball, but Russia couldn't resist the lure of the silver ball either, building their own machines for their home market, as Michał Klimaszewski reports.

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JAPAN SUPER
SITES UPDATE

A raft of new and updated site reports from John

Reports from three new venues and another four review updates means our roving reporter John has been touring Japan and sending us his findings.

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CHICAGO STREET
PINBALL ARCADE

The Chicago Street Pinball Arcade

Forty miles southwest of Chicago in the city of Joliet sits the Chicago Street Pinball Arcade. With thirty-seven pinballs from the 1960s to the present day, it's a must-visit location,
as Dan Marquardt reports.

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PAST & PRESENT

The original SS Billiards sign

One year ago the arrival of a forty-foot storage container marked the start of a crowd-funded refresh of SS Billiards. Todd Andersen recounts the story and shows us the results.

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