Howdy friends! Hopefully everyone’s doing well since our last update in…June. I know some people get real bent out of shape that Pins and Needles doesn’t keep up with shoving ourselves down everyone’s throat advertising wise, in fact we do just the opposite! 👌 If you are looking for amenities, fancy drinks, retail crap and servicey service along with your pinball — there and now several pinball locations in LA looking to serve you and your friends! Everybody wins
Eight years ago, it was not this way. Eight years ago, when we began putting PNN together there wasn’t really one functional pinball machine out in public within an hour; while pinball used to have a strong presence in public, and it cost but a coin or two to enjoy, it is now more of a luxury collectors item and this means the games are under lock and key at nerd homes BUT. Location pinball does seem to have caught a second wind (though many might argue it’s a third wind, a fourth wind, etc). Now there are dozens and dozens of nice pinball machines all over town with more people buying them up, fixing them up, and operating them on location for others up enjoy…and that, my friends, was THE whole point of PNN. Get games out. Get them into the public. Get people playing. Not just monied nerds!
So what is PNN now? What’s the objective? It doesn’t have the $100k worth of showstopper games, it isn’t very dressed up or hip, it doesn’t maintain a cloying social media presence, and the new wave of pinball fanatics in town, for the most part, doesn’t know it exists. We don’t want film shoots. We don’t stand around pointing cameras at ourselves begging people to watch our streams. We do not even ask you for money — come in and play for free!
So — for anyone who cares or feels confused, or feels the need to pontificate your speculations, yada yada, that’s the scheme here. I love pinball, and I gathered up a bunch of pinball machines, and I cleaned them up and put them in a funky spot, so folks like you and me can enjoy them. It’s not real complicated. Look around at the barcade trend, and at collector trends, and at what the remaining pinball manufacturers have going on — pinball went from being such a cool thing to being some dipshitty rich man’s playground in a matter of, like, two years. If you have a lotta loot? I’m sure it doesn’t matter. But for me it matters.
Sorry so wordy! But people have been more and more aggro with their inquiries lately, more and more rude and pushy regarding “wtf our schedule is”, plenty of people have pinball shit-mouth these days and that’s just how it is. So. Folks. Pins and Needles doesn’t want your film shoots, your private parties, the “exposure” you’re offering, or even your money. Thank you but no. We want to stick around offering casual, fun pinball in a somewhat unique setting for those that might wander by and wonder what’s up. If you’re a self described pinball die-hard, if you’re really into Yelp, or if you just go out looking to bitch and moan — we WILL accept you at PNN but you are not really who I’m aiming to please.
I know! All so uncustomary and “hipster”, what a C, I have heard it all. I apologize if you are upset because PNN confuses you and it isn’t run how you like, but — there are jussssst enough cool people left in the world that a tiny hole in the wall shithole pinball place can hang on like PNN — and it works, and no I am not going to change.
Thank you! If you want to be on the list for our underground league/tourneys just ask 😉
BLAH BLAH BLAH! Friday 6p-Midnight, Saturday is Bedrocktoberfest (so if you want to come in Saturday look that up!)