June 30

FLIPPING FOR PINBALL ARCADE GAME LOVERS HIT THE JACKPOT WITH WEEKLY BURLINGTON COUNTY PINBALL LEAGUE : BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES

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The BCT wrote a story about my friends who play in the South Jersey Burlington County Pinball League.


Before entering, you hear the clamor of bells ringing, the clang of silver balls colliding, and the roar of superheroes’ voices. Then you see them: 16 men stooped over pinball machines that line the room, banging on buttons, as bulbs flash wildly.

This wasn’t some dark, shaftlike arcade in a mall. It was the lower level of Robert Mooney’s home in Medford on a Tuesday meet-up night for the Burlington County Pinball League.

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The guys — married, single, fathers, brothers— range in age from 30 to 58 and come together for their love of the rectangular boxes that stand on metal legs and house motherboards, and jarring caricatures.

Two years ago, Mooney and others formed the league that meets and rotates to a different house weekly, happily giving these die-hard “pinheads,” as they call themselves, a place to compete in an activity that they say had been fizzling out for decades, but is, to their amusement, making a comeback in private settings.

“You used to be able to go to a bar, and you could play pinball. But bars don’t have them as much because the maintenance is too costly anymore,” said Mooney, the owner of a computer company. “The same with arcades. They’ve either shut down or they’ve removed the pinball machines.” Though, as the sport grows again, professional pinball machine repairmen are emerging.

And it’s not just in South Jersey. Homegrown pinball leagues are popping up across the country.


Read the entire article below :

http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/life-style/local-feature/arcade-game-lovers-hit-the-jackpot-with-weekly-burlington-county/article_93dcf276-5a7e-11e7-80bc-1b789dc0fd00.html


Thanks to the Burlington County Times and Catherine Laughlin for the story and pictures.

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