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theSilverBall.com is a fan-site dedicated to Visual Pinball, a pinball simulator created by Randy Davis and currently being developed by Nanotech Technologies.

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xx What's the story?
m4paws
February 21, 2009, 01:56:45 PM by m4paws
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If you've stumbled across this site and are wondering whether or not it will ever be opened, the answer is maybe.  I've been taking my time getting it going, hoping to do it right.  I'm really picky about stuff, sometimes prohibitively so, which has certainly slowed the site's development.

There are still some major things that I really want to fix before I even considering opening it.  The number one thing is the download area, which is adequate but I just hate it.  Dow...


xx PinMame and Visual PinMame 2.1 Released
m4paws
February 01, 2009, 01:46:32 PM by m4paws
Views: 7268 | Comments: 0

Version 2.1 (February 1, 2009) - "Keep 'em coming!"
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OK, so six months have passed yet again - amazing how time flies.
Despite the fact that all major manufaturers are emulated by now, there's
still enough to do to iron out all of the bugs and inaccuracies.

From time to time a few new games show up unexpectedly, like the new batch
coming in from tecnopinball.org in January: three new...



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TORNEO DE PINBALL DE BIAR 2016 - Thu, November 24th 2016
Modern and classic pinballs in equal measure at the Biar Pinball Tournament, with some rarely-seen Spanish machines and plenty of local cuisine to enjoy too.

SILVERBALL MUSEUM HEADS SOUTH - Tue, November 8th 2016
Not content with a world-class location on the New Jersey boardwalk, the Silverball Museum opens a second branch on Florida's Atlantic coast. We head for the Sunshine State to check it out.

AUSTRIAN PINBALL OPEN 2016 - Tue, November 8th 2016
With more than one hundred players the annual Austrian Pinball Open returns to the Hall of Pinball-Fame in Badendorf near Graz. Robert Glashüttner is there to bring us all the action.

CHURCHILL CABINET COMPANY TOUR - Fri, November 4th 2016
Whether it's a playfield, the cabinet, or the backbox, every pinball machine starts with a sheet of plywood, so we take you behind-the-scenes at the Churchill Cabinet Company to see how all these are made.

IT HAS TO WARM UP FIRST - Fri, November 4th 2016
What's making Wednesday Addams so hot under the collar? Find out, as Gary 'Mooseman' Littler tells us the story of the Addams Family Challenge shocker chair.

CHICAGO AREA PINBALL LEAGUE - Fri, November 4th 2016
Pinball leagues are a vital part of keeping location pinball alive and profitable, so M.G. Brown tells us how a group of casual pinball players took their meetings to the next level.

SILVER BALL PLANET UPDATE - Fri, November 4th 2016
Our roving reporter, John, had been back to Japan, and in this first report he updates us on the amazing Silver Ball Planet Arcade with more than one hundred pinballs to play.

KORONA WORLD - Fri, November 4th 2016
John's next report is on a collaboration with the Japan Game Museum which results in Korona World - a classic gaming arcade with six pinballs mixed with cocktail and upright video games.

UUENNICHI AT APITA IWAKURA - Fri, November 4th 2016
For his third report John travels to Nagoya city and the Apita-Iwakura shopping mall where the Uuennichi game centre features four pinballs alongside numerous video games.

PINBALL EXPO 2016 - Wed, October 12th 2016
We are back in Wheeling for the 32nd annual Pinball Expo and we have our usual massive coverage of the show with more than 300 pictures, half-an-hour of video, 27 seminar recordings and much, much more to make sure you don't miss a thing.

CHICAGO SITES UPDATE 2016 - Wed, October 12th 2016
Coming to Chicago for Pinball Expo? There are loads of great places to play pinball all around the city, and Dan Marquardt presents his annual round-up of the best of them.

PLAY EXPO 2016 - Mon, October 10th 2016
We are in Manchester, UK for the set-up, opening and first day of the Play Expo gaming show featuring the Northern Lights Pinball team's collection of games.

BELGIAN OPEN PINBALL 2016 - Fri, October 7th 2016
The annual Belgian Open Pinball tournament has moved to a new home but the popular mix of quality games and top-notch competition remains, drawing more than two-hundred-and-twenty players to the city of Sint-Niklaas.

RETRO IS COOL! - Fri, October 7th 2016
It's deja vu all over again as players and collectors turn to games they fondly remember from their youth, as Gene Goodman explains.

VANCOUVER FLIPOUT 2016 - Fri, September 30th 2016
The inaugural Vancouver Flipout Pinball Expo show is held in the Canadian city, and our reporter Chris Frolic travels there to explore the games, the tournaments, the food and the fun.

HOUDINI: MASTER MYSTERY REVEALED - Tue, September 27th 2016
The first production game from new start-up American Pinball is shown at a gaming show in Las Vegas. Tim Crowley is there to get the exclusive, plus we bring you new detailed pictures of the game's playfield.

AMERICAN PINBALL BREAKS COVER - Mon, September 26th 2016
A new pinball design and manufacturing company announces both its existence and its first production pinball machine. But things are rarely that simple, and this story also involves the ill-fated Magic Girl game and its famous/infamous designer.

EUROPEAN PINBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 - Wed, September 21st 2016
The main European tournament, the EPC, takes place at a large shopping centre in the Polish city of Lodz. We report on all the competitive events as well as the more social ones. See it all for yourself with our high-res pictures and video.

HOLY COW, BATMAN! MORE BATMAN 66 DETAILS - Thu, September 15th 2016
Stern Pinball gives more information about their upcoming Batman 66 game and reveals how this is likely to be the most expensive production pinball to date.

SKILLSHOT: THE COLLABORATIVE ART OF PINBALL - Wed, September 14th 2016
A new exhibition all about the artistic and design processes involved in the creation of a pinball machine opens at the Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago. Dan Marquardt explores the exhibits and tells us all about them.

THE HOBBIT: IN-DEPTH REVIEW - Sat, September 3rd 2016
It's taken weeks to write and photograph but our huge new In-Depth Review of Jersey Jack Pinball's The Hobbit is now complete. At over 17,000 words long with more than 450 pictures, nobody goes more In-Depth.

FIVE AND DIME - Wed, August 31st 2016
A new trendy location for pinball opens in the west downtown Chicagoland area, and M.G. Brown has been there to review the games, the menu and the drinks. It's a tough job, but...

KAPOW! STERN ANNOUNCES NEW BATMAN GAME - Mon, August 29th 2016
Despite the many new Batman franchises around, Stern Pinball goes back to the original TV series to celebrate its 50th anniversary in their new Batman 66 game.

SUPER SITES SPECIAL: BREWDOG SHEPHERD'S BUSH - Wed, August 3rd 2016
The Scottish craft beer chain have embraced pinball at their locations. We find out why and explore their West London bar to enjoy the games, the beer and the food.

SUPER SITES SPECIAL: NEO COCKTAIL CLUB - Wed, August 3rd 2016
A cocktail bar in Hong Kong not only offers free snacks during happy hour, they also have free pinball, as our roving reporter John discovers.

SUPER SITES SPECIAL: MOONWALKER ARCADE - Wed, August 3rd 2016
Upstate New York gets another great place to play pinball with Moonwalker Arcade in Vestal. Thirteen machines are joined by classic videos and pool, as Paul Drewry reports.

SUPER SITES SPECIAL: FLEX - Wed, August 3rd 2016
Munich is a city with many attractions for residents and visitors alike, and for fans of the silver ball the unlikely-looking Flex bar is one of them, as Martin Wiest tells us.

THE PABST CAN CRUSHER - Wed, July 13th 2016
Stern Pinball have re-themed their Whoa Nellie game in collaboration with Pabst Brewing to create a new Can Crusher game. We've got the high-res pictures.

PIN-A-GO-GO 2016 - Wed, July 13th 2016
Huge numbers of visitors turn out to support the annual Pin-a-Go-Go show in California. Spencer Clingan reports how it keeps getting bigger and better every year.

AUDIO COMPANY TACKLES PINBALL SOUND - Wed, July 13th 2016
A german audio company gets a Kiss pinball and immediately looks for ways to improve the sound quality.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PINBALL SHOWDOWN 2016 - Sat, June 11th 2016
At the foot of the mountains in southern Denver, the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo opened on Friday and continues through until Sunday afternoon. Catch all our latest live updates.

NORTHWEST PINBALL AND ARCADE SHOW - Sat, June 4th 2016
The Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show takes place at the Tacoma Convention Center south of Seattle, and we're there to report live on all the action across the three days.

DUTCH PINBALL MASTERS - Fri, May 27th 2016
It's the annual Dutch Pinball Masters tournament hosted at the clubhouse of the Dutch Pinball Association. An expanded field of 144 players culminated in an exciting and truly international final.

THE FOUR QUARTERS - Fri, May 27th 2016
It may not look much, nor do they have the most games, but their mix of pinball, video games, craft beer and live music makes The Four Quarters London's hippest bar arcade.

WIZARD MODE PREMIERE - Wed, May 4th 2016
The new full-length film about PAPA World Champion Robert Gagno premieres at the HotDocs Film Festival in Toronto and, as Chris Frolic reports, Robert is there to take questions, sign posters, and, of course, play some pinball.

PAPA + IFPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Tue, April 26th 2016
Not one but two World Championships are held at the PAPA headquarters near Pittsburgh, and as Bob Matthews reports, those were far from the only championships up for grabs in a frenzied eight days of world-class tournament pinball.

MIDWEST GAMING CLASSIC 2016 - Sun, April 24th 2016
Brookfield near Milwaukee is our destination for the annual mix of pinball, video games, console gaming, and tabletop games. Gary Flower reports for us on all things pinball, both at the show and at the pre-show party.

FULL THROTTLE: IN-DEPTH REVIEW - Tue, April 19th 2016
For our latest In-Depth Review we travel to the Heighway Pinball factory so we can pull their Limited Edition Full Throttle game apart to show you every part of it, inside and out.

MEDIEVAL MADNESS 3D TRANSLITE - Tue, April 19th 2016
Pinball Dreams produce the first of a series of three-dimensional translites for popular games. We review their Medieval Madness 3D translite and look at the technology behind it.

TON TON XL 2016 - Tue, April 5th 2016
A five-player pinball make out of guitars, effects pedals, and a drum machine was just one of the attractions as Ton Ton XL returned to Amsterdam, as Jim Jansen reports.

TEXAS PINBALL FESTIVAL 2016 - Fri, April 1st 2016
We're back in Frisco for the Texas Pinball Festival where we were reporting live across the weekend to bring you all the games, all the vendors, all the seminars, all the tournaments, and all the award winners.

MAKING PINBALL IS HARD - Wed, March 23rd 2016
...and these guys will tell you why, as we talk to the six big pinball companies to find out what it takes to get a single game rolling off the production line.

AMUSEMENT EXPO INTERNATIONAL 2016 - Wed, March 16th 2016
We're in Las Vegas for the first public showing of Stern's new Ghostbusters, while there's lots more to see in this annual spring coin-op show

GHOSTBUSTERS - Thu, March 10th 2016
Stern's long-awaited new Ghostbusters game is finally announced, in three models, all featuring packed playfields and distinctive hand-drawn art.

ECS 2015 FINAL AND MIHIDERKA PINBALL + FOOD FESTIVAL - Mon, March 7th 2016
The finale of 2015's IFPA European Championship Series takes place at Printimus Pinball in Poland, alongside the Mihiderka Pinball and Food Festival in a packed three days of tournaments and vegan cuisine.

META-GAMES UNLIMITED - Mon, February 22nd 2016
It may not be the one made famous by The Simpsons, but Springfield in Missouri has Meta-Games Unlimited instead, home to role-playing games, a retail store, and a great collection of quality pinballs, as Albee Tellone reports.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI FACTORY TOUR - Sun, February 14th 2016
Were in the village of Aalten in the east of the Netherlands to tour the manufacturing facility where The Big Lebowski pinball is being built. We've also got details of the latest changes and five minutes of new display animations.

MEDIEVAL MADNESS REMAKE IN-DEPTH REVIEW - Wed, February 3rd 2016
Yes, it's another In-Depth Review, and this time we dive deep into Chicago Gaming's remake of the classic Medieval Madness game. See how true it is to the original and the changes which have taken place under the skin.

GAME OF THRONES IN-DEPTH REVIEW - Thu, January 28th 2016
We go in-depth with the Limited Edition of Stern's Game of Thrones to show you everything - inside and out - from the cabinet artwork to the playfield shots and how the mechanisms work. Nobody goes deep like Pinball News.

BRAUER HOUSE - Thu, January 28th 2016
As you might guess from the name, Brauer House in Lombard is famed for its beer selection, but it also has a great range of six pinballs, from a solid-state Bally to the newest Sterns titles, as Dan Marquardt reports.

ROUND 1 - Thu, January 28th 2016
A chance stop at a shopping mall east of Los Angeles leads to the discovery of a huge family entertainment complex - one of a chain rapidly expanding all across the US.

ARCADE EXPO - Mon, January 18th 2016
The second Arcade Expo has just taken place at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, California, and we were there to bring you live updates across the weekend, including our 40-minute video tour, a list of all the machines, the tournament results, the side events, and much more.

EAG INTERNATIONAL 2016 - Tue, January 12th 2016
We're live at the EAG show in London's East End to bring you exclusive news of the new Alien playfield artwork, and a look at Stern's new Spider-Man Vault Edition.

TILT BIRMINGHAM - Fri, January 8th 2016
A new barcade in Birmingham in the English Midlands opens with craft beers, coffees, and teas, while showcasing the latest pinball machines. We pay them a visit.

NEW ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN GAME - Mon, January 4th 2016
Stern brings out a Vault Edition of their classic Spider-Man game, but totally re-brand it to follow the Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man universe. We've got all the changes along with high-res pictures and pricing details.

LONE STAR PINBALL MUSEUM - Sun, January 3rd 2016
Down in southern Texas, Dan Ferguson has amassed a fascinating collection of pinballs, memorabilia, table-top games, promotional items and much, much more, which he has turned into the Lone Star Pinball Museum.

REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015 - Thu, December 31st 2015
We look back on the events from the past twelve months in the world of pinball, updating some of our earlier reports, and giving you the chance to share your memories and vote for your favourite 2015 game.


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