October 08

NEWS : Pinball Arcade Opens In Tallahassee : WFSU

A new arcade has opened its doors located in Tallahassee.  The name of the arcade is Flippin Great, it was created by Rob McDole. Its located at the Railroad Square Art Park.

Rob McDole is putting the finishing touches on Flippin Great, the new pinball parlor he’s opening in the Railroad Square Art Park.

“This is Joker Poker,” he says, showing off one the arcades older machines.  “This is a Gottlieb game that was done in the late seventies, right at the turn of when they used to make electromechanical games to solid state games.”

Newer solid state games use printed circuit boards like the ones in a computer, whereas earlier machines rely on magnets, electrical switches and springs.   McDole explains Gottlieb made two versions of the poker-themed game—he’s got the solid state version.

Next McDole turns to a car-themed game he’s repairing called High Speed.  He points out the circuit boards controlling lights, sounds and scores inside the back-box, before lifting up the playing surface as one full piece.

“Once you look underneath the playfield,” he says, as balls roll to the back of the machine, “This is where really all the magic happens.”

Underneath is an orderly tangle of color-coded wires zip-tied together and strung along the underside of the playfield.

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Thanks to WFSU for the article and Nick Evans for the pictures.