“I wanted to love it. But was very disappointed.”
Games were not leveled left to right. That's a big no no, as it can seriously affect play, and bespeaks of an "I don't give a care" attitude. (Like they are constantly moving games around, and so don't have the time or inclination to play and adjust the games as needed?) A few games were pitched outrageously steep.
I don't recall seeing ONE Williams EM, and just a few Bally. Otherwise it was all Gottleib. THAT'S a "Hall of Fame"?
Do we really want Mr. Arnold's "leftovers" that he bought himself, 40 years ago? These should be best condition games for a hall of fame in tip top shape. Not worn and cruddy games.
I dont CARE how much he is donating to the Salvation Army. He needes to have full time techs working there. The upkeep of the games, for a "Hall of Fame," was poor.
10-15%, roughly, of the games were shut off, because they needed some kind of work or repair.
Using LED lights in old games destroys the "bringing you back effect," and is sacrilege. Mixing LED and traditional lights in older games is even worse, and shows the "not giving a damn" attitude that permeates the establishment.
Who exactly is this building for? Arnold needs help inconceptualizing this thing. Goodness knows he means well, but the overall effect of the establishment is, at best, degraded, hodge-podgey, and disappointing.
I LOVE the way Arnold appreciates the history of the games, and provides write ups with things indicating rarity, uniqueness, special features, etc. (That's what helps qualify this thing as a "museum" of sorts.) But sloppily handwriting things on index cards is unprofessional and cheesy.
A number of games were in fair-poor condition overall. Bumpers not all working, or poorly responsive.
FWIW: My favorites in the whole establishment were the Gottlieb Bucaneer and Aquarius.
Putting UPC style codes on backglasses cheapens and destroys the artistry of the games, and only heightens the typical degraded feel that seems to be the Arnold hallmark.
You get the feeling that that is basically some guy's collection of old pinball machines. Leftovers and "castaways," even.
I enjoy going to the shows more...because more people brings their "pride and joys" there, versus "yesterday's leftovers" that constituted much of the "Hall of Fame." (I think calling it a "Hall of Fame" is oxymoronic.)
The website indicates 25 cents a play, but that is clearly not the case. Many many games cost more than that.
Having that beautiful vintage dancing clown device from the early 20th century play the George jetson theme is highly insulting, offensive, and degraded. It should be a vintage song that matches the era of the piece.
While most ems are by themselves..others are mixed in with newer machines. The building should, ideally, have games sorted chronologically...or at least by era. (I thought the museum was going to be primarily em, but was surprised to find that roughly half of the games were from the "modern era.")
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