How to Use the Pinball Map API
Aug 24, 2016
It’s no secret that we have a public API. Or wait, maybe it kind of is, given how many people say to us, “I had no idea you had an API!” Point is, it’s not supposed to be a secret. After all, we link to it on the homepage (though not in the app, which is likely the problem here) and frequently mention it on the blog.
We get excited whenever anyone uses the API.
Pinball Map iOS App Updated to 3.2
Aug 16, 2016
Oh what a day! A new Pinball Map iOS app update has hit the streets.
It’s a modest, yet important, release. Modest because it mostly adds some functionality that was already on the website. And important because 1) those functions are cool! and 2) it marks the end of programmer extraordinaire Frank Michael’s involvement in the project. If we had it our way, FM would still be ‘gramming with us. But FM has this thing called “free will” and he’s walking a different walk these days.
Pinball Map Partners with Stern
Aug 10, 2016
If you’ve visited the Stern Pinball website in the last few days, you’ll surely have noticed a giant Pinball Map logo in the homepage slideshow. We’re excited to announce that we’ve formed a partnership with Stern Pinball!
Put simply, Stern thinks Pinball Map has the best maintained data, and when people ask, “where can I play your machines?” they point to us.
A key component to sharing the love of pinball is playing them on location.
Frequently Asked Questions
Jun 16, 2016
We added an FAQ to the site!
We don’t get a lot of questions, but we do get a fair amount of statements. For example, “There are no more machines at this location.” We’re including these statements in the FAQ, and to make them look like questions we added question marks at the ends (that’s how you make something a question, right?). At the moment the FAQ link is tucked away in the menu within a regional map.
Updated Criteria for Creating New Pinball Maps
May 10, 2016
As much as we want to consider this site to represent anarchism in motion – with anonymous, equal users contributing bits of knowledge – there is a hierarchy of roles. Scott and Ryan are gatekeepers, allowing or denying the creation of new regions. And admins are sub-gatekeepers, allowing or denying the creation of new locations. This made us think: What if we (scott and ryan) are a weak link in this process.
Roanoke, Tucson, Bend
May 10, 2016
We added three new regions recently:
EDIT: And CHICO!!!
The Bend locations haven’t been added yet, but will be soon. They have a nice growing pinball scene there.
If you live in any of these areas and know of locations that aren’t listed, please submit those locations! Roanoke’s gotta have more than three locations, right? We want them ALL listed!
A Weekend in the Life of CFF Legs
Jan 14, 2016
A couple months ago we used updates to the Portland Pinball Map to construct a simple narrative of a weekend’s pinball activities. This narrative showed not only how people use the site, but how they play pinball: people play though each machine at a place; machines break; machines get fixed; people get more drunk as the night progresses; etc. The post incited one Portland player, Crazy Flipper Fingers member Legs, to update the map more often!
Regional Map Model Poll Results
Dec 1, 2015
We had a poll to see if people want ONE GIANT MAP or to keep our current regional model. The feedback was great! And here are the results:
36 people voted. Well, 33 of them voted, and 3 of them skipped voting and just left a comment on the poll (which is different than leaving a comment on the blog post).
15 (45.45%) voted for regional maps.
18 (54.55%) voted for one giant map.
Pinball NYC Locator
Nov 1, 2015
Here’s a cool example of a third-party site using our data. Pinball NYC’s locator pulls all of the data from the New York City Pinball Map and reskins it on their site so that league members can find places to play. Kris, the founder of Pinball NYC, is also our admin for the NYC map. He just released a big to the league’s site, and added in this feature as part of it.
Operators: We Want You
Oct 22, 2015
Do you operate machines that are listed on pinballmap.com?
When something’s wrong with one of your machines, do you want to know about it so you can fix it ASAP?
If you answered YES to those questions, then read on.
For all your locations, we can “tag” you as the operator. Then, you can “search by operator” for yourself, and pull up all your locations. From there you can quickly update the locations (add/remove machines) and see if anyone has left comments about the conditions of your machines.