Pinball is the greatest sport known to man. I wasn't always a disciple of the silver ball, but Midwest Gaming Classic got the ball rolling. Around March of every year, a big retro game convention rolls through Southeastern Wisconsin and some huge vendor hall is filled with retro arcade games and pinball machines set to free play. Unfortunately the vendor hall is packed and you have to wait to play most of the machines. Regardless, I live in Minneapolis now, and this is a pinball heaven. All sorts of classics and new machines around me to play. Medieval Madness! Funhouse. Taxi. Twilight Zone and the Addams Family. In my area, I have some 70+ machines to be played. spread out over 4 locations. Where can you play pinball? Well, here are two sites to locate machines near you: http://pinside.com/pinball/map/where-to-play http://pinballmap.com/ Why pinball? Well, arcades are neat and all, but honestly, it's pretty easy to play retro arcade games and the like on your PC/whatever system using emulation. Pinball, not so much. Yeah, the premise is hit a ball into some target blah blah blah points, but there are all sorts of minigames and objectives with-in the game that adds a level of complexity. And while there are videogame approximations of pinball, they don't really replicate the mechanical aspect or the lightshow from a true machine, and the ball doesn't ever really behave the same. Any other pinball lovers around here? It's a bit of a dying art. As of right now, in the US, only Stern in the Chicago area is regularly producing new tables, and some New Jersey company just released a Wizard of Oz table that looks flashy but is kind of boring to play.