New England Pinball Maps
Oct 21, 2015
The Boston Pinball Map was a big map. How big was it, you ask? It covered a good portion of New England.
But if you live in Connecticut, would you know to look under the Boston map in order to locate pinball machines in your area? Probably not. So, in order to make the regional maps in that area more intuitive for people, we split them up in state regions. So now instead of a Boston map we have:
Update Location Metadata - Show Closest Locations
Oct 19, 2015
New website features:
1) Users can now edit some location metadata fields:
- Location Type
- Phone Number
To edit them, lookup a location then click “click to update location metadata”.
Both Operator and Location Type are from dropdowns. So if you want to assign an operator that isn’t currently listed, then you should use the contact form and request to have that op added.
Oct 16, 2015
A lil’ ditty ’bout location timestamps.
Ever wondered when a location was last updated? Like, is the machine list possibly old and stale? Or is it new and fresh? Well wonder no more! Now each location has a timestamp that shows when it was last updated. The timestamp is automatically updated when machines are added/removed from the location, and when machine comments are made.
There’s also a button so that you can click with either your mouse or your finger (if you’re on a touchscreen) to confirm that the machine list is up to date.
Feedback About Regional Map Model
Oct 9, 2015
When we first launched this site back in 2008, it was the Portland Pinball Map. Then people in other cities wanted to use our interface+app, so we created separate maps for them. We figured that distinct maps would encourage locals to “own” their map and keep it up to date. And distinct maps would help contain the data, so that admins would have a better chance of verifying the validity of data.
Oct 5, 2015
Mike Miller, a pinball enthusiast in the Bay Area, created a fun short pinball movie. “Flipped” shows us the sad days of yore when pinball lovers had to blindly venture around looking for a lone machine trapped in the rear of a convenience store. But those days are behind us! The movie then transitions into the glorious present, where there are plentiful quantities of leagues and places to play lots of pinball.
Sep 28, 2015
Feature update: We added a button to the top of the home page that says, “Find Your Closest Map.” When clicked, you’ll be prompted to share your location (basically using this logic). If you share it, the browser will automatically take you to your closest regional map.
This takes some of the guesswork out of finding the map that covers your area.
Let us know how it’s working for you!
Pinball Map Android App v2.2
Sep 2, 2015
Gather around children, for I have a story to tell. Great! Nice job. So, this is the story of an app. This app’s name was Pinball Map, and it lived in the realm of Android, within the land of Pinballia. When this story begins it was 2.1.2 versions old, and was well-liked in the realm. Whenever folks were visiting a new town, or looking for some fun in their own town, Pinball Map of Android was there to help out.
Sep 1, 2015
A few days ago we got a note from Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen, a Bay Area-based pinball player and software developer (creator of the tournament software, Match Play), about a new site he made: PinTips! PinTips is a crowd-sourced site with short and sweet playing tips on hundreds of pinball machines. Users can upvote/downvote tips, so the best rise to the top. It has a clean, simple interface, and is really fun to explore.
Jul 24, 2015
It’s pretty simple. The two main components are that we use Google Analytics to collect data, and we collect IP and device info for certain actions. All of these are “non-identifying” – we don’t have user accounts, so we don’t know who you are. We just know that there are people who do certain things on the site (like remove machines from locations) and they do so using x browser/app on y device.
Pinball Map Apple Watch App
Jul 3, 2015
Greetings, friends! This post is for all the iOS users out there (you know who you are). Some months ago we subtly alluded to the fact that we’re working on adding Apple Watch support to the Pinball Map iOS app. Well, the day has now arrived when we can proudly say the day of Apple Watch support has arrived. That’s right – the Apple Watch support arrival train scooted into the station, t-minus like two weeks ago.