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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
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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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DUTCH PINBALL MASTERS 2017 - Thu, May 11th 2017
We're back at the Dutch Pinball Association's clubhouse in Veenendaal. With main, classic and team events taking place alongside a free-play area, there's lots going on and we bring you all the action and results

PINBALLZ LAKE CREEK - Wed, April 26th 2017
Not content with two locations in Austin, Texas, Pinballz opened a third just north of the Capitol and we have been there to see if the new branch lives up to its name.

MEGA PLAY - Tue, April 25th 2017
Take a trip back to a time when family entertainment centres were in nearly every shopping mall, offering crazy golf alongside rows of pinballs and video games. Mega Play still offers all this as M.G. Brown reports.

8BITFLIP 2017 - Fri, April 21st 2017
We're at Arcade Club in Bury for the annual 8BitFlip combination pinball and video game show, featuring modern and classic games, two tournaments and a warm friendly atmosphere.

MIHIDERKA PINBALL AND FOOD FESTIVAL 2 - Fri, April 21st 2017
The world's only combined pinball and vegan food festival returns to Printimus Pinball in the Polish town of Bytom. We are there to eat, play, report and visit a unique pinball-themed hotel.

REPLAY BEER AND BOURBON - Wed, April 5th 2017
M.G. Brown ventures into Chicago's Lake View district and discovers an upmarket games bar with an extensive drinks selection, classic video games and, of course, pinballs.

TEXAS PINBALL FESTIVAL 2017 - Sat, March 25th 2017
Pinball News rocks up to Frisco in Texas for the annual Texas Pinball Festival show. Our ongoing coverage continues over the next few days to ensure you don't miss a thing.

ARCADE EXPO 3.0 - Sat, March 18th 2017
Our pinball travels take us to Banning in California and the Museum of Pinball for the third Arcade Expo show. A massive selection of games and numerous diversions ensure everyone is kept busy across all three days.

MAGIC GIRL - FIRST LOOK REVIEW - Wed, March 8th 2017
Seemingly against all odds, Magic Girl machines have been manufactured and delivered to a number of customers. We get our hands on one and, ahead of our full In-Depth Review, bring you this first look.

DIALED IN! EUROPEAN LAUNCH - Wed, March 8th 2017
The European launch of Jersey Jack Pinball's Dialed In! game takes place at Freddy's Pinball Paradise in Germany. Bruce Ng was there to bring us details of this special night and reveal where the Dialed In! roadshow is heading next.

PINBALL POPULARITY - Wed, March 8th 2017
Some machines are solid gold and retain their popularity despite the plethora of new pinballs being produced. Gene Goodman of M and P Amusement looks at the enduring appeal of the all-time classics.

CAPTAIN NEMO DIVES AGAIN: IN-DEPTH REVIEW - Sun, March 5th 2017
It's time for another In-Depth Review and this time we dive deep into Quetzal Pinball's Captain Nemo Dives Again. There will only be thirty of these made, so here's your chance to find out all about this exclusive game.

KINGS AND QUEENS: PINBALL AND ART EXHIBITION - Wed, March 1st 2017
Pinball, the Imagists artists collective, and their respective roots in Chicago form the subject of a new exhibition at the city's Elmhurst Art Museum. M.G. Brown is at the opening night launch party to bring us a first look at the exhibits.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FINAL - Fri, February 17th 2017
The finals of the IFPA European Championship Series for 2016 are held at Pinball Universe in Bunde, Germany. We show you around their amazing facility and bring you all the action from the three tournaments.

SPECIAL BREW - Mon, February 6th 2017
Pinball and beer go together like two brothers, and now the Two Brothers brewery has recognised this with a special pinball-themed beer, as Dan Marquardt reports.

THE JETSONS PINBALL ANNOUNCED - Thu, February 2nd 2017
The first pinball from The Pinball Company is announced. Built by Spooky Pinball, the game features a simplified easy-to-understand playfield designed to appeal to the home gameroom buyer.

KAUA'I ISLAND BREWING COMPANY - Thu, February 2nd 2017
An exciting mix of craft beers and a diverse food menu is supplemented by six quality pinballs in Mick Brown's first report from the US state of Hawaii

JAPAN GAME MUSEUM UPDATE - Thu, February 2nd 2017
There have been big changes at the Japan Game Museum and our Roving Reporter John has been there to find out the latest news.

EAG INTERNATIONAL 2017 - Thu, January 19th 2017
It's the first amusement trade show of the year and we are there to report on all the latest products, including Aerosmith, Batman 66 and Alien pinballs, along with high-res pictures and three videos of the games.

PIN-'DUINO - Sat, January 14th 2017
Using a micro-controller to spruce-up your pinball mods isn't as difficult as it might first appear. Todd Andersen uses an Arduino to enhance his pinball add-on switch, opening the door to a world of modding possibilities.

AEROSMITH PINBALL REVEALED - Wed, January 4th 2017
Stern officially announce that their next pinball will be based on the rock band Aerosmith. We have high-resolution pictures and details of the three models along with prices and much more.

KALAMAZOO ROUND-UP - Mon, January 2nd 2017
Chicago, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver... pinball has a number of hotspots featuring high concentrations of public locations. M.G. Brown asks if Kalamazoo should be added to that list.

SHOOT THE MOON: PACIFIC PINBALL EXPO 2016 - Mon, January 2nd 2017
It's been four years since the last Pacific Pinball Exposition and a lot has changed in the interim, but the PPE returns at the Pacific Pinball Museum's new annex building, as pinball historian and author Gordon Hasse reports.

ROMANIAN PINBALL OPEN 2016 - Mon, January 2nd 2017
We're paying our first visit to the home of Dracula and the Beraria H concert venue for the annual Romanian Pinball Open. Three tournaments over three days, live music, strong beer and great friends make it a fun weekend in Bucharest.

ARCADIA: HUNGARIAN PINBALL OPEN 2016 - Mon, January 2nd 2017
We return to Budapest for an expanded Hungarian Pinball Open which adds video games and retro computing to the country's national pinball tournaments to create the all-new Arcadia show.

TIVOLI BOWL - Mon, January 2nd 2017
The Tivoli Bowl in Downers Grove, Illinois is not only a great place to knock down pins, it's also not a bad place to play them, as M.G. Brown reports.

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


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