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America’s War on Pinball,
In the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s pinball became one of the most popular games in America. However the popularity of pinball came with a downside; suspicion from older generations who did not understand the game. Conservative elements of the country saw pinball as a scourge which corrupted the youth and weakened the moral fiber of the country. Many saw pinball as nothing more than an easy form of gambling marketed towards young people. Religious elements saw pinball as a game of the devil, with satanic influence designed to lead the faithful astray. One of the most ridiculous arguments leveled against pinball was that the machines were controlled by, and a source of income for the mafia.
In response to the moral outcry against pinball, Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia led a campaign to end pinball once and for all. In his city, New York, he sponsored laws and ordinances to ban pinball. On January 21st, 1942 pinball was banned in New York City. Reminiscent of Prohibition, police raided gaming centers, arcades, and amusement parks, smashing the games with axes and tossing the remnants in a local river. Mayor LaGuardia himself did several photo ops of him participating in raids and personally destroying pinball machines. Also reminiscent of Prohibition, pinball went underground, and became controlled by the seedier elements of society such as organized crime and the mob.
Inspired by LaGuardia, other cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago likewise banned pinball. By 1950 pinball was banned in most major cities. The ban would last until the 1960’s and 70’s. The pinball ban in NYC lasted until 1976 when the law was challenged by pinball aficionado Roger Sharpe challenged the law. Today pinball is legal most everywhere. There are still exceptions. For example in 2010 Beacon, NY shut down a pinball museum due to its ban dating to the 40’s. In San Francisco owners need a special permit from the city. In Alameda and Oakland California, pinball is still illegal, though there is talk of legalization in Oakland.
“Ayla’s Charm,” my piece for the Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode art show during PAX Prime!
The theme of the show is ♥, I chose to depict Ayla’s “Charm” tech in Chrono Trigger. She blows a kiss and the enemy gives her a present — a unique twist to the “steal” command commonly seen in RPGs. You can see it in this video (0:28 mark). And then she beats them up, because she’s Ayla and Ayla is awesome.
Prints will be sold at the show, and so will a ton of other great pieces by great artists. Get your tickets to the show at Fangamer!
Happy 25th Anniversary, Sega Genesis!
Here’s my fighter-scaled (Capcom SF & Marvel games) Sega Genesis, v.1, with Altered Beast, the original pack-in game. Shown 10x normal size.
"Spirit of Giygas" NES cartridge
I took this picture of myself at the end of a day I spent in bed, scared and crying, feeling alone and hopeless and completely desperate.
This is the face of my mental illness. This is the face of my sadness when it is at its most inexplicable and its most pronounced.
I am not ashamed of it.
3D printed Space Invaders toilet paper holder ⊟
This, this is why we’ve invented 3D printing technology. In the past, it would have been difficult and costly to produce a toilet paper holder shaped like a Space Invader – too difficult to make even this entirely necessary item practical.
But because we can now produce items quickly and easily from a machine, given only a 3D model, you can buy your very own Space Invader in a variety of materials and colors, for only twenty bucks, from Etsy user TheTajMahalo. This is what the future looks like: a blocky alien from 1978 kindly handing you your TP, forever. Via Miki800.SUPPORT TINY CARTRIDGE Join Club Tiny!