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Join the ranks of the pinball wizards
Long before video games, there were pinball machines. First appearing in 1931, from the 1940s through to the 1960s the machines were popular. By the 1970s and 80s, video games were taking over and pinball seemed to be dying out until manufacturers began adopting the new technology. Pinball machines now include storylines, sound and light effects, and animation. Pinball was popular again by the 1990s and today, most video arcades include a few machines. Now Perth can celebrate the game at the first-ever West Coast Pinball Festival on the weekend of 18 - 20 September.
The Pinball Festival features more than 70 machines from the 60s through to the present day and the admission price includes unlimited free play during set session times. There are also a number of tournaments including Little Wizards for those under 16 and a Family Tournament for a parent and child. Tournaments are open to all (there is a small fee) and offer a chance to compete for prizes.
One of the new machines at the festival:
As well as the machines to play, there will be exhibitors showing off restored machines and offering others for sale. This is a great opportunity to meet local distributors and private collectors to learn more and try before you buy.
Throughout the festival, Barcadia will be serving up a selection of delicious food and small bites, along with a full-service bar offering a range of drinks (alcohol will only be served at the evening sessions.).
The West Coast Pinball Festival is a fun and inclusive community event aimed at helping grow the pinball community in Western Australia. Tickets will be on sale soon. Follow the Facebook page for the all latest news.