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The bad news is that the heyday of pinball has passed. The 1990s saw the market go from record-breaking sales (like 'The Addams Family,' which sold over 20,000 machines), to the present day, where only one original pinball machine manufacturer still exists. That company is Stern, and they keep the game alive through popular modern licenses like 'Iron Man' and their 'Batman' game, modeled after the hit film 'The Dark Knight.' Pinball may not be dead, but, much like drive-in theaters, it's on life support.

The good news is that there are still plenty of existing machines out there right now, ready to be played. It may take a little effort to track them down, but places like Pinballz Arcade in Austin, Texas are doing their part to gather as many titles under one roof as possible. What's startling about Pinballz's collection is how many »


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