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I really dig pinball. It’s an itch that I don’t often get to scratch, and I figure that’s largely due to the lack of proper arcades in 2013. As a kid that grew up in the 1980s, I threw down more than my fair share of quarters in the dimly-lit confines of ALADDIN’S CASTLE. In fact, as an adult, I’ve always wanted to own a really killer pinball machine (not sure where I’d put one), but maybe I’m overdue. When I woke up this morning, I had no idea that my love of pinball would be refueled – and I certainly had no intention of blogging about it. What happened this afternoon is that while taking the girls to Kristof’s Entertainment Center in Round Lake Beach,  I accidentally came across the just-released METALLICA Pro Pinball Machine that Stern Pinball put out, and there was no way I could pass up the chance to sacrifice a few bucks to the pinball Gods. Give me Fuel… Give me Fire… Give me that which I desire

WP 20130525 036The METALLICA Pro Pinball machine is one of three variants of METALLICA Pinball (the others are the Premium Edition, and the Limited-Edition MASTER OF PUPPETS version) released by Stern (local here in Chicagoland) this past April. It’s the latest in a series of music-related machines that have previously-featured artists such as ELVIS PRESLEY, THE ROLLING STONES, and most recently, AC/DC. 

The ‘Tallica-themed board features nods to the entire 30+ year career of the band – MASTER OF PUPPETS grave markers; coffins from DEATH MAGNETIC; the mouth of a snake a la the BLACK ALBUM; and a guy just waiting to RIDE THE LIGHTNING in an electric chair – one I managed to give a couple of good zaps. 

For $2 I bought 3 plays – and ended up scoring a free game. I got the multi-ball action going once – but am still not 100% sure how exactly I pulled that off. The soundtrack is vintage METALLICA, but was muffled by the sounds of the environment around us. 

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Oddly enough, the METALLICA pinball machine was next to SEGA’s SOUTH PARK pinball – a game I played constantly while my wife and I were on our honeymoon back in ’99. I’ve actually looked into buying one of those a few times, since it reminds me of that trip… and my wife.

One day…

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