Scene Report: Vancouver's Pub 340
Aug 27, 2013
This post is part of an ongoing series that highlights some cool things about the regions covered on the site. It was written by our British Columbia regional admin, Dave.
By David Ballance
Deep in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, you will find a rustic little spot to drink a cheap beer, watch live bands and play some pinball at the Pub 340. As its name implies, this Pub is located at 340 Cambie Street.
New region - Washington DC
Aug 22, 2013
We added a new map region to the website: Washington DC. It currently has 12 locations and 34 machines listed on it.
Our local admin, Marc, recently moved to the area after having lived (and been an active part of the pinball scene) in Champaign, IL. If you live in DC, or visit there often, please update the map! If you know of any spots that aren’t listed on the map yet, please submit them to Marc via the submission page.
Scene Report: The Bay Area
Aug 19, 2013
This post is part of an ongoing series that highlights some cool things about the regions covered on the site
One of the first additional regions (after Portland) that we added to the site was the Bay Area. The Bay Area included a lot of cities—such as San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and a crapload more in the South and East Bay—and also a lot of machines and locations. At current count: 232 locations, and 532 machines.
New region - Reno
Jul 25, 2013
We just added a new regional map to the website: RENO!
Reno Pinball Map
Our regional administrator, Paul, knows of about 20 machines in town. But there’s gotta be a few more (there are lots of casinos and bars in Reno). So, if you live there, or are visiting, please use the map and update it!
As far as we know, the city doesn’t have an active league. But there are some enthusiastic players and collectors.
Machine name standards
Jul 24, 2013
Names. What are they. I mean… really? Some say that nobody knows. But others say that practically everyone does.
One of the fields in our database is for machine names. It doesn’t contain every single pinball machine ever made – rather, it contains all the machines that are on, or have been on, any region of the site.
When Stern comes out with a new machine, it can be surprisingly difficult to figure out what the real name of it is.
Reviews of various Twitter feed services
Jul 17, 2013
Do you want a Twitter feed that’s automagically updated whenever certain things on your site are updated? We do! This post is a casual review of some of the Twitter feed services we’ve tried, mostly focusing on the problems we encountered with them. Scroll to the bottom to see the service we recommend: ifttt.com.
Most of these services also work for feeding items to other sites, such as Facebook.
Our usage: each region on the site has an RSS feed that displays location updates.
Fluid Site Update
Jul 11, 2013
You may have noticed that website has a new look! Here’s an exciting list of some of the changes.
Previously, the map and search results were contained within a box that had a fixed size. But, a couple months ago we read on the internet that sometimes people use large monitors. So, why contain the results like that? Why not allow the site to fluidly expand to your full browser window?
New News Blog
Jul 1, 2013
We thought we’d add a little news blog to the site. We’ll try to keep it regularly updated with both site news (regions, features, new deep thoughts, etc.) and whatever pinball news suits our fancies.
We’ve been running this site for four or five years. It started with just one region – Portland, Oregon – and has since steadily expanded to 34. We love seeing it grow. And it’s especially cool to hear how it’s been useful for a lot of people—whether they be seasoned players or new enthusiasts—find pinball machines in their area.