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Oakland to Drop 80-Year-Old Pinball Ban

Machines were once considered moral menace

(Newser) - The California city of Oakland is about to finally scrap an anti-pinball law nobody has paid much attention to since World War II. The game was outlawed in Oakland and many other cities in the 1930s, when the machines didn't have flippers and were considered gambling devices, the San ... More »

Retro Gamers Face Drought of Pinball Repairmen

Interest in hobby outlasts machines

(Newser) - Pinball is largely a distant curiosity at this point; a mechanical stepping stone on the way to the fully-digital video game. Still, the machines bring joy to those who spent hours pumping coins into them during their youth—if they work. That's the problem for the vintage pinball enthusiast: the... More »

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