Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Georgia Man Bemoans Decreased Interest In Pinball

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Although videogames have replaced pinball in the hearts and minds of modern day youngsters, a man in Brunswick, Georgia, is still pinning his hopes on the game.

Kevin Strasser, who owns a company that sells refurbished pinball machines, admits they aren’t as common as they used to be and says it’s because “the arcade scene is dead.”

Also, he says video games are more profitable with pizzerias and bars mainly because, “pinball machines are mechanical so they need a real person replacing the lights and bumpers as opposed to just buying a new video monitor every five years.”

Despite that, Strasser says the home market for pinball machines is thriving and that fortysomething guys are buying them for family fun.

Still, there is an adjustment. Strasser says he’s had pinball parties at his house and many kids “don’t even know what the flippers are for.”

Strasser discusses the peak of pinball in a new book, The Pinbotz Guide To The Greatest Pinball Machines Of The 80s And 90s (Lulu).

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