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Pinball Wizardry circa the 1980s November 3, 2013

Filed under: advertising,art,gaming,humor,life,toys — peachyteachy @ 7:46 am
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In this, the season of gratitude (which, yes, should be every season), I am moved to remember and give thanks for an awesome gift from a bygone era: the Firepower pinball machine.

Imagine the grandeur of unlocking the MULTIBALL function—five balls released at once! The adrenaline! No amount of Swedish fish swimming across the screen could ever compare.

I was a freshman in college, and this was the last hurrah of the pinball years.  It was already competing with arcade video games.  Pacman was arrogant as hell. Firepower was pure.  It even talked to me! Its deep, computerized voice said things like, “Firepower,” and “Firepower.”  I believe that it even said, “Fire.” Heady stuff.

The beloved machine lived in the lobby of my dorm, and I think that I may have been in the minority of girls who liked that machine.   My guy friends and I frequently combined Firepower play with mind-altering substance play.

This is the point at which I should wax nostalgic about a “simpler time.”  This was the time of Reagan and the Talking Heads.  Nothing about that seemed simple to me, even though I know that many think of that time as historically halcyon.  A little hazy Firepower play took the edge off the fact that there were things called “Young Republicans” running around, poised to start their careers and define the ME Generation by their ME salaries.

I may have to write a grant to have one of these installed in my classroom.  I will update you on the Kickstarter campaign.

Oh, and don’t forget–

I remain, proudly,

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10 Responses to “Pinball Wizardry circa the 1980s”

  1. WSW Says:

    I’m thinking of replacing the stove with one of these. Genius, no?

  2. Katie Says:

    My husband collects old arcade games. I have mixed feelings about this. We do not have pinball, or a Pacman. I think it brings back his youth, or something. Midlife crisis in action. Says Katie who sits here listening to Men at Work….

  3. I have even more respect for you than I did before I read this. Play on.

    • peachyteachy Says:

      Wow, thanks—that was a super nice thing to say. If I could play Firepower on a daily basis, I would probably be way less stressed. And probably have carpal tunnel syndrome.

  4. 218 Says:

    Bring it on Peachy!! Left right left .. Left again, right!
    Nothing like catching that silver ball with your flipper and aiming it right where it has to go! Great times in life.
    I challenge you to a duo. I.ll first have to locate my old college roommate for some of that mind alter sub play of his – aka skunk w__d –
    Somehow or another it always brought out the Tommy in me.
    That deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball!!!!!!


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