October has been a busy month for Pinball Heaven, kicking off with our display at the north’s biggest video gaming event: PLAY Expo at Manchester’s EventCity. The award-nominated show, which is now in its fifth year running, played host to hundreds of major exhibitors showcasing everything from virtual reality and next-gen gaming to indie developers and arcade games. EventCity was transformed not only into a fantastic meeting place for gamers, but also into a serious battleground complete with competitions, tournaments and even the chance to beat the developers at their own games!
Have you ever dreamt of having your own home games room? Well, this is what it could look like! Check out this amazing private pinball collection belonging to one of our customers, complete with a total of 18 pinball machines.
On one side of the room you’ll spot the ‘90s classics: Attack From Mars, Champion Pub, Cirqus Voltaire, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Bride of Pinbot, Fish Tales and White Water. On the other side, the latest Limited Edition family favourites: Star Trek Limited Edition by Stern, The Hobbit Smaug Edition, Ghostbusters Limited Edition, Walking Dead Limited Edition, Transformers Limited Edition and the Medieval Madness Remake—almost all of which are now available for sale on our pinball machines for sale page.
Our customer built his games room in 2013, opting for oak flooring, feature brick walls and even including a cinema! Initially the space was used to house a pool table, poker machine and a few arcade games, but after buying a couple of pinball machines from Pinball Heaven, he was surprised at just how much his family enjoyed them. Out went the pool table and in came more machines! But as our customer assures us, the collection hasn’t stopped growing yet, and we can’t wait to see what it looks like in another three years.
Feeling inspired yet? If you’re thinking of building your own home games room, here are three important things to consider.
To get the most enjoyment out of your home games room, you’ll probably want to share it with your friends and family; offering a variety of different games for different people will keep everyone coming back for more. Appeal to the old-timers with vintage classics like Funhouse and Monster Bash, while keeping the millennial TV lovers on their toes with Stern’s Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead or retro fans will love Ghostbusters and Wizard of Oz!
2. Player appeal
If you feel like branching out to build your collection, you may find that a lot of old arcade games lose their appeal rather quickly, especially if you’re playing on your own. One of the best things about pinball machines is that they are inherently random—a surefire way to keep things exciting and keep boredom at bay and can be enjoyed on your own or as part of a group of friends battling for the high score of the night! Pinball machines are never the same game twice unlike video games, pinball is easy to understand yet difficult to master.
The best home games rooms will really show attention to detail, providing an almost other-worldly space that you just won’t want to leave. This can be achieved in many different ways, including blacklight carpet, collectibles/memorabilia and lighting effects. You can use neon signs, track lighting or even pimp out your pinball machines’ playfields with lamps and LEDS
As your games room grows bigger, reliability also becomes increasingly important, which is why we offer assistance with the maintenance and upkeep of your collection. Our free technical support and onsite pinball repair service will help you to diagnose and solve any problems, saving you from technical headaches down the road.
If you think you’re ready to take on the fun and exciting challenge of building the ultimate home games room, look no further than Pinball Heaven. With the largest stock of brand new games of any UK dealer and a 2 year onsite warranty with every purchase, we are undoubtedly one of the best sources in the UK for pinball collectors. Whether it’s your first pinball machine or your fifth, we’ll ensure you find the right machine for you.
Get started right now by checking out our current pinball machines for sale, or if you’ve already got an awesome home pinball collection, make sure to send in photos for a chance to be featured on the blog. To keep up-to-date with the latest pinball news, be sure to follow Pinball Heaven on Twitter.