|New Pinball Machine!!
||[Jun. 11th, 2007|12:28 pm]
|||||Tom Jones - I'm Coming Home||]|
Sorry, I am terribly backed up on things. PirateCon stuff is growing in intensity, but things are starting to shape up nicely. :-)
That aside ... last Friday, I picked up a BRAND NEW pinball machine. I have never owned a brand new game before ... I even got to unbox this one.
(Click to enlarge)
The story behind the game's theme is as follows:
"On the night of July 2nd, 1947 a loud crash was heard near Roswell, New Mexico. Remains of an alien spacecraft were recovered, although this was officially denied by the United States Government. Was this craft the advance scout of an impending alien invasion of the Earth? Or was it simply an accident by a group of joyriders after having one too many at the... BIG BANG BAR ?"
The story behind the game itself is a little weirder. Basically, this pinball machine was created by Capcom back in 1996. A few units were built for test, and some of these were brought to various pinball shows. The game was a quick hit in the pinball community, and we eagerly awaited its release.
Shortly thereafter, Capcom closed its doors. Big Bang Bar was never put into production, and only about 12 games were ever assembled ... the last few being cobbled together based on parts they found laying around at the factory.
The rights to Capcom's pinball division were purchased by Williams/Bally ... who unfortunately also closed their doors in late 1999. The Capcom rights were later sold to a man named Gene Cunnigham.
Gene came up with the idea of re-running Big Bang Bar. He had some of the parts, and presumably most of the plans. This was an unprecedented project, with an awful lot of naysayers going on and on about how it would never get done, and we'd lose all our money with nothing to show for it. I still loved "Big Bang Bar", and the idea that I might actually get to own one was a gamble I was willing to take.
Well, it's just over two years later, and Gene came through. I don't remember what the actual target timeframe was, but it seems two years isn't all that out of the ordinary. All in all, Gene produced 183 new units, limited by the amount of original CPU boards he had available. Pretty much everything else was re-run (playfields, cabinets, plastics, ramps, aliens, etc.)
My game arrived on Friday, and I brought it home with Travis' help. The game is simply gorgeous!! Gene and company did an awesome job putting this together!! I did have to tweak a few items to get it to play properly, but I imagine that's to be expected with a project of this nature. The games (as I understand it) were assembled by pinball hobbyists, not full time pinball factory career workers.
Here are some more pics (click to enlarge):
Now all I have to do is set a decent high score. Thus far, I've only managed to get up to spot #4.