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Let's get to know each other

Postby basigram » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:26 am

Hi

I guess somebody has to start populating this empty entry, so I decided to introduce myself.

I am Basil Grammaticos. I am a pinball fan (that should have been obvious). In the same time I am a Mac fan (many say that I am an Apple fanboy) and I combine my two passions in a blog

http://macpinballhistory.blogspot.com

I was previously maintaining the page on Mac pinball history in the Tower of Pin site but since the latter went down I decided to go for an independent blog.
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby cottonm4 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:47 pm

Hi Basil,

I am Craig Day. I like Pro Pinball, Visual Pinball, and I like my Macs (although I am not happy with the way Apple has marginalized my 2006 Mac Pro).

I used to spend time on Tower of Pin. Perhaps we met there. I went looking through the archives and see Tower of Pin messages only go back to 2000. I don't see any of my posts so maybe I was there in 1999.

There used to be a website called Games4mac.com. The webmaster was evangelizing for game makers to makes more games for the Mac. We communicated and I wrote him a review for The Web. He liked my review and had me review some long forgotten puzzle game. If my memory is correct, I think I reviewed Timeshock for him, as well. The site is long gone and so is my review. I printed out a copy of that review but, unfortunately, I have not been able to find the printed copy. Nor have I been able to locate my Mac box for Fantastic Journey. All my other Pro Pinball items I still have.

Here is one website I used to frequent. Amazingly, it is still up after 14 years ! This guy, Martin Mathis, wrote what I considered to be the best reviews of Pro Pinball.

http://www.lastbandit.com/pinrevue.html
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby basigram » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:34 pm

Hi Craig,

Yes, we probably met in the Tower of Pin. Alas, it's one more nice site that disappeared.
I did also like a lot the Games4mac site. Also gone now.
Fortunately some sites do live on. Martin Mathis' pinball site is one such example of longevity. And I adore his reviews. They are great. One sees immediately that the guy is a pinball specialist.

A pity you do not have Fantastic Journey anymore. It's a great pinball (although my favourite is BRUSA). Let's cross our fingers for the ProPinball revival to be successful so that you can get the ultra edition.
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby LoB » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:19 pm

cottonm4 wrote:There used to be a website called Games4mac.com. The webmaster was evangelizing for game makers to makes more games for the Mac. We communicated and I wrote him a review for The Web. He liked my review and had me review some long forgotten puzzle game. If my memory is correct, I think I reviewed Timeshock for him, as well. The site is long gone and so is my review. I printed out a copy of that review but, unfortunately, I have not been able to find the printed copy.l


How about these?:
http://web.archive.org/web/200006180130 ... nball.html
http://web.archive.org/web/199910120001 ... shock.html
http://web.archive.org/web/199911141950 ... brusa.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200008162347 ... yflip.html

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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby Phlum » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:18 pm

It's like a housewarming party!

I am a human who likes playing computer games a lot. So much so that I built my own machine a couple of years ago - what a beauty it is :) Only recently got into pinball, and I've only ever played one physical table... :?

Might as well stick a link here to my YouTube channel -
http://youtube.com/captainslow202
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby Vince » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:34 pm

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd get an early intro' in. I'm not so good at pinball, but I like it a lot. In the future you will doubtless marvel at how my scores are so low when it appears that I like the game so much, I ponder this myself. Perhaps it's because I'm not that much of a veteran player: it was only in the last couple of years that the Zen game piqued my interest.

I just had a read of cottonm4's reviews, and the herculean power of a gaming rig in those days made me chuckle.

Oh, and I've never even used a Mac, not even in a shop.
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby basigram » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:26 pm

Hi VInce,

Go try a Mac in the Apple Store closest to your place. You'll never look back :D
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby nonfamousd » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:30 pm

I'm David Smith. I first got introduced to Pro Pinball when I played The Web, which for me was the first "real" pinball game available on the PC. I wrote what I think is the first in-depth rulesheet for a virtual pinball game:

http://www.dos486.com/pinball/webrules.txt

I was also a beta tester on the original Timeshock. I bugged Ade and the team so much about tweaks to the rules that they brought me on as a design consultant for Big Race USA and Fantastic Journey. It was a lot of fun visiting the Empire Interactive studio in Oxford and meeting with Ade and Champie and the team and going through many revisions of the designs. I think my name appears on the playfield for those games somewhere -- I'd love some screenshots if anyone still has them. (I haven't had a PC in years since I switched to Mac.)

Anyway I'm super excited that Pro Pinball is coming back, and it's great to see a community building up here.
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby Lucuis » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:58 am

Nice to see some folks already in here, and good to meet all you fellow backers. My name is Lucas Maruk, long time pinball fan since Timeshock was released. Unfortunately I have only had the pleasure of playing on one live table. Difficult as they aren't so common as they once were, and being only 24 i wasn't around when they were. Luckily Timeshock is as real as it is :) Looking forward to the Ultra version!

I'm also looking forward to the remake of the other Pro Pinball games, i have not had a chance to play any of the others as of yet. Very exciting.
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Re: Let's get to know each other

Postby cottonm4 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:15 am

LoB wrote:
cottonm4 wrote:There used to be a website called Games4mac.com. The webmaster was evangelizing for game makers to makes more games for the Mac. We communicated and I wrote him a review for The Web. He liked my review and had me review some long forgotten puzzle game. If my memory is correct, I think I reviewed Timeshock for him, as well. The site is long gone and so is my review. I printed out a copy of that review but, unfortunately, I have not been able to find the printed copy.l


How about these?:
http://web.archive.org/web/200006180130 ... nball.html
http://web.archive.org/web/199910120001 ... shock.html
http://web.archive.org/web/199911141950 ... brusa.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200008162347 ... yflip.html

;)


Daang !! LoB. How did you find those? I lost track of them years ago. One of the live links still has my old dial up email address. No one ever emailed me and I don't know if I sold any games, but I sure had fun writing the reviews :)

Thanks for locating them.
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