My Wife Married A Pinball Freak
I am not proud to say this, but my wife married a pinball freak. It's true. You think you know a person, but that's the truth. I should probably tell you that the freak is indeed me.
My kids refer to it as "video games for old people". Thanks for that. I will admit that to the younger generation that has their eyes locked on the latest and greatest on their Playstation 4's and XBox One's, pinball probably seems pretty lame. How wrong they are.
It all started innocently enough. Back in the 1970's and 80's, it was common to have a pinball machine sitting in the corner of your favorite pizza place. For a mere quarter, you could watch a metal ball make all kinds of lights flash to the point where it became a nuisance to the other customers. I think that's the part I enjoyed most.
Over the years, the pinball tables incorporated more animated objects and computer back screens. Eventually, video games took over and my pinball passions were shown the back door.
But, what goes around comes around. And, now pinball is making a bit of a comeback thanks in no small part to the video games that killed it in the first place. There is a game called Pinball Arcade which recreates many of the best tables from my glory days. Don't laugh. I did, believe it or not, have glory days. Or day.