Modding a vintage Japanese pachinko arcade game


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/07/modding-a-vintage-japanese-pac.html


#2

Saw this on his channel earlier and it’s a really neat project. Would’ve been equally as interesting if Ben had done one from scratch


#3

Does the mod make it unboring to play cuz pachinko is just deadly dull on its own.


#4

My dad had an almost identical machine back in the early 80’s that I remember playing with for hours. Sadly it stopped working and we couldn’t find anybody who knew how to repair it so eventually it succumbed to a discount table at a garage sale.

Actually a pretty complex machine for it’s time.


#5

OMG! That is the exact model of Pachinko machine my brother brought back from Japan.

Now, given the amount of …alternate facts…he told in his time, I have to think this was the tourist model and not whatever fanciful story he had for how it came into his possession

But, still, OMG. I spent YEARS playing with that model machine and figuring out how it all worked.


#6

Ha that’s funny, I was thinking its the same one that I used to have. Maybe that model was really common? Mine had a mix of english and japanese writing on the back. so I’m guessing it was made for the american market. I gather there were a jillion of them imported to America in the 70s. Mine was in far worse shape than the one here and I could never get all the little levers to cooperate to do anything complicated like register a jackpot, so it went back to the Craigslist from whence it came.


#7

The one at mom’s house was reduced to slag in the fire. Sigh.


#8

Oof bummer. Well, if you ever want another one, have a look on Craigslist. There’s fully 20 of them for sale in the SF Bay Area at the moment, many cheap and I have a feeling the prices are negotiable…


#9

I feel the memories of a Pachinko machine are worth more than owning a Pachinko machine at this stage of life.

But I’ll keep CL in mind if ever I feel nostalgia over taking me as it is wont to do.


#10

How is Pachinko a game? Is there some skill involved? I thought it was effectively just a slot machine.


#11

I’m guessing you’re not an 8 year-old boy in the era before video games and cable tv.

Or drunk.


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