TILT: The Battle for Pinball

Having grown up when video games meant Atari Pong or Space Duel, I am exactly the age group that abandoned Pinball machines for coin operated arcade games. However, I’ve never really given up my love for Pinball. It’s a game format I hope never really goes away.

All through the 90s and into the early 2000s I played whatever Pinball I could get my hands on, usually at Disneyland which always had a small, but nice, collection of Pinball machines in their Tomorrowland Starcade. I’m just guessing, but I would lay odds that fellow Disneyland fan Greg Maletic spend more than a few loads of laundry worth of quarters on those Disneyland pinball machines.

Greg, as it turns out, has recently completed a documentary called TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball.

Not just for pinball fanatics, TILT tells an account that any follower of technology, design, or business will find fascinating. Seen from the perspective of the designers that created Pinball 2000, TILT is a story about personality and passion, of bold success dizzyingly followed by stunning failure.

Check out the official website for details on when a screening might be coming to a theater near you. Or check beneath the cut for a trailer to whet your appetite.

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2 Responses to TILT: The Battle for Pinball

  1. Greg Maletic says:

    Hi, John–Growing up I was an Eastcoaster, so I was more likely to be spending time in the Contemporary’s massive Fiesta Fun Center than hanging out in Anaheim’s Starcade.

    One comment on your post: public screenings of TILT are unfortunately few and far between. (I’d like to change that–if anyone out there would like to have a showing in your area and are in a position to do something about it, get in touch with me via the TILT web site.) Currently, the quickest, best way to see the film is on DVD.

    Anyway, thanks for noticing the film!

    Greg

  2. I’ve seen this documentary and absolutely loved it. I’m a big fan of documentaries and among my favorites are Startup.com, eDreams, King of Kong, stuff like that and this is right up there with those. Great job, Greg!

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