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World Pinball Championships in Pittsburgh

October 10, 2007 – 11:27 pm

The Coveted Trophies, click to see more pictures (including the development of pinball machines over the years)

I bet most of you don’t know that Pittsburgh now regularly hosts the World Pinball Championships. Even though the organizers have been running it locally for almost a decade now (after relocating it from New York and Las Vegas), it doesn’t receive much attention or press, which is a shame. I first heard about it a few years ago after their tournament facility suffered a devastating flood just days after the 2004 Championships, which destroyed hundreds of valuable (in both the historical and monetary sense) machines.

But you know how Pittsburghers are, we don’t let a little thing like freak natural disasters stop us from having our fun. So immediately afterwards, the organizers vowed to rebuild and the community rallied behind them, resulting in the 2005 tournament (which I attended) being bigger and better than even the ones before the flood.

Starting tomorrow and lasting until this Sunday, this year’s World Pinball Championships should be terrific fun and I encourage everyone to attend. It’s completely free for spectators and the tournament entry fees are very affordable if you plan on competing. Even if you haven’t played much pinball before (or at all), I’d recommend entering a $5 mini-tournament for fun or at least dropping in some quarters to try out some of the classic pinball machines. They have a historic row of machines, with a pinball machine of the year stretching from the 1950s to present day.

Since the pinball facility is basically closed the rest of the year, this might be your only chance to see professional pinball being played and try out some vintage machines until next year. According to Jesse Schell (thanks to him for reminding me about this event), this place is basically like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It’s a magical and amazing place that’s fun for both children and adults, but it’s only open for a limited period of time. The only difference is that you don’t need a Golden Ticket to enter and you don’t have to worry about creepy Oompa-Loompas bothering you.

If you plan on attending, let me know (by comment, email, etc). I’ll probably be there Thursday afternoon and maybe some other time during the weekend.

  1. 3 Responses to “World Pinball Championships in Pittsburgh”

  2. Your kidding this looks like the singularly greatest event in PGH since the Lorwyn release of Magic: The Gathering. How many people typically make it to this thing?

    Do I smell sequel to Balls of Fury?

    We should put this on our annual events and podcast the crap out of this.

    By norm on Oct 11, 2007

  3. Yeah, it’s a pretty awesome event that hardly anyone knows about. I’d estimate a few hundred people attend over the course of the weekend.

    Anyway, I’m currently organizing a group outing there with PIGDA on Saturday, but anyone is welcome to join us. Podcasting from there (interviews with pinball wizards?) is a pretty cool idea. I’m already planning on taking pictures and maybe a few videos.

    By Jia on Oct 11, 2007

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