July 8, 2012
Pete Townshend and The Who nailed the feeling of the pinball's popularity when they recorded Pinball Wizard for their album Tommy in 1969. By that time, pinball machines had been around for more than 35 years, and it was how gamers scratched that early itch before the first video games hit the scene with Computer Space in 1971.Now Tim Arnold may not be that deaf, dumb and blind kid that Roger Daltry made famous, but the man sure has made a name for himself in the pinball world. Arnold, 56, is the "director of stuff and things" and owner of the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, where he has collected more than 1,100 different pinball machines and put them on display. His non-profit museum welcomes visitors to come in and play the machines as much as they want. Shackers took the museum up on its offer as part of ShackCon 2.0, spending a few hours with the wide assortment of machines.