The very sad fact of the video game and arcade industry today is that pinball machines, especially new ones, are virtually non-existent. The beasts that once dominated arcades, pizza parlors and even little corner-side convenient stores, are now no where to be seen.
Our only consolation for this sad turn of events is video game pinball . . . and better yet, realistic digital representations of real-life pinball machines. While nothing can replace actually having a huge pinball machine in your grasp as you press the button furiously and bang the machine when you lose (which I don’t condone, btw :P), it’s really all that can be done. Thankfully the graphics of consoles nowadays can at least do the digital representations justice (unlike in past years).
Crave has announced that they are in development with a follow-up to their 2004 and 2005 budget compilation, Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection.
Set for release later this year, Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection collects eight of the manufacturer’s tables from decades past into a compilation for release on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Wii. Among the tables included are Black Knight, Space Shuttle, and Gorgar. FarSight Studios, the company behind the first Pinball Hall of Fame game, will also be handling development of the William’s Collection.
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection for PSP
Funny thing btw, one of the only things I’ve ever won in my life was an Xbox copy of Pinball Hall of Fame, via a video game survey I took part in. So yay for that I say and good on Crave for doing another one, the more pinball collections the better! 🙂