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In this old post:

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13570728

I linked to a Microsoft pinball game that features some historic games. I found that I like the older ones the most and even the one example of a flipperless game is entertaining.

Selena
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Yeah, the Microsoft Pinball Arcade is really great. The only problem is that there is not quite enough randomness. I encountered several places where the ball esentially gets stuck, bouncing back an forth without variation, scoring points the whole time. While this can sometimes happen on a real machine (I've done it once), it got to where I could make it happen at will on the computer.
Still, getting to see these old machines is great, and it took a lot of play before finding the flaws, so it was worthwhile. Of everything I have seen, this is the closest thing to the real thing. I hope they will bring out others, with different machines, especially if they can do some of the Bally machines (Please oh Please! Bring out one with Eight Ball Deluxe!).

David
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8-ball deluxe was released for Macintosh. It's still available on ebay. I don't know if it ever made it to the PC.
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The pre-flipper games that inspired the pinball games we know today are excellent. As a kid I used to blow a ton of pocket change at Disney's Penny Arcade. There's nothing like the old-style baseball games where all you had was a button to swing a bat that would guide the ball to the backfences where your hitter's fate would be decided. They also had the early soccer arcade games -- which I imagine predate the foosball tables. And, yes, they really used to cost a penny in some cases. Never more than a dime.

Then Disney realized it can scrap the arcade and magic store in favor of a pricey athletic gear shop. The horror.

Nostalgia isn't cheap anymore. There used to be a drive-in theater 2-3 miles from my home -- now the nearest one is a 50 mile trek. There is a Gameworks by my house that houses a few pinball machines, but, other than that, finding pinball action in Miami is not an easy feat.

Rick
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No need to wait, just go to arcadeathome.com and click on pinball at the top of the screen. Close the 50 pop-up ads. Then download the visual pinball emulator at the top, and download all the tables you want.

Eight Ball Deluxe

1980
Oct 27, 01
1.9Mb

They have Eight Ball Deluxe.
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Thanks! Excellent site!

Best regards, MM
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