Pinball! Once a year at the Calgary Pinball and Arcade show, we get to play. And we do it old school, with real pinballs, the stuff to make a serious pinhead jump with delight. The classics are all there – Williams, Bally and Gottlieb – the good stuff (and some Sterns and Data East example, but I don’t like either of them). We play until we’re dead and tired and we love every minute of it!
If you are a pinhead, you always have a few favourites and I am no exception. Of the ones at the show “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” and “High Speed 2, the Getaway”, both from Williams, stand above all else (IMO). Both date from the early 1990s, during one of pinball’s golden periods. There are other good ones and a few stinkers, but these two models are pinball-nirvana for me. Both have features I enjoy, very fast game play, good rules sets, and great sounds and graphics. Who ever owns these machines had them in absolute perfect shape, and I thank them for that.
And then there’s the arcade games, Space Invaders, Pac Man. We recall the good old days when there was an arcade on every corner and our pockets bulged with quarters. I wasted a lot of time playing and it’s nice to relive that, if just for a few hours. Space Invaders, by the way is often considered to be THE game that started the arcade game revolution (around 1978).
One modern game seen, often also seen in pubs, is the shooting game Big Buck Hunter.
The pictures here were contributed by our good friend and professional photographer John Sharpe. Arcades were dark, seedy, gritty places and I think he did a great job of capturing that atmosphere.
All pictures are copyright John Sharpe of Sharpeshots.com.
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Date: September 2012
Location: Calgary Alberta.