“I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Welcome to the Winter edition of PinSpotting. I will submit a column to Pinball News occasionally to share with the readers the games that I have found in places that people might not normally expect to find them.
Bars and arcades are usually where we find video games and pinball, but as I found, this is not strictly the case.
Arpino Orthodontics
West Maple Ave., Libertyville, IL, USA
When I was but a wee lad and needed dental braces, it certainly would have taken some of the anxiety out of going to an appointment if my Orthodontist had a Revenge from Mars (Bally, 1999) in their waiting area.
The Revenge from Mars at Arpino Orthodontics
On the day that I visited, Dr. Arpino was very generous with his time, showing me the well-equipped patient game room which also has some other arcade and driving games. It is clear to me that he is passionate about games – he is even having some 3-D arcade art commissioned for the game room. We were invited back to photograph this art when it has been installed.
Revenge from Mars is set to free play and is in very good condition. I felt as if the ‘free game’ thresholds were set a bit low; somewhat puzzling when the game is set to free play. A plus feature is that they even have a step stool so that height challenged humans can get in on the fun.
Siren Records
Main Street, McHenry, IL, USA
In our age of digital music and downloadable albums, the concept of a ‘Record Store’ is as much of a throwback as…. pinball. So looking at it that way, having pin games in a record store is more natural than you might feel that it would be at first.
Siren Records in McHenry, Illinois
Siren Records is one of the few independent record stores remaining in the greater Chicagoland area. They have an off-the-hook selection of vinyl records spanning genres such as Rock, Jazz, Punk, Classical, Psychedelia and Metal. Their selection includes bootlegs and ‘fan club editions’, as well as other hard-to-find pressings of