Pinball Map Open Thread


We added a Tri-Cities Tennessee map!

It’s still getting populated. But it will cover the east Tennessee, around the cities of Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol.



I have to wonder if part of the higher numbers for Pinball Map with time is because more people are putting in locations onto the site. I am certain there are still many, many locations with pinball machines that haven’t been added to Pinball Map but have had the machines there for years because there hadn’t yet been anyone who visited who knew about Pinball Map. (And there’s nothing wrong with that, because putting the location onto Pinball Map, no matter how long the machine has been there, is good for the players, good for the locations, and good for the operators.)

One example I can think of is El Caporal #2 on the Los Angeles map. It is a very low-profile taquería (taco restaurant) intended to really only serve the locals. Its menu is entirely in Spanish, and its World Cup Soccer is placed behind a couple of arcade video game cabinets. The reason I fund out about it is because 1) I am a local to the area, and 2) I was eating at the Jack in the Box across the street and noticed someone in a very pinball-like posture inside the restaurant. It’s also the only known location on Pinball Map within several miles, though I can’t really tell if it’s because no one else in the area is reporting machines except me or if it really is a pinball dead zone.

But it’s because of discoveries like these is why I continue to search high and low within southern California. I haven’t had much success lately–each time I find out, I’m beaten to the punch by someone else. But that’s absolutely fine with me, because it means other people are helping out.

Now, an entirely not-serious question here: I have found a clothing store that uses a pinball table literally as a table. It’s not in an operational condition and is essentially used as stylish furniture. Is that worth adding to Pinball Map?


I think the steady growth can be attributed to any of these:

  • We add a new region to the site, and then the existing locations in that region are added.
  • A new or existing location gets a pinball machine.
  • An existing location is discovered to have pinball.
  • A pinball enthusiast or operator discovers Pinball Map and then submits the locations they know about. (Yesterday, an operator in Wisconsin discovered the site and then promptly submitted 14 locations.)

We can often tell which of these a submission will fall under. But we don’t track that info in any way. But yeah, the growth that we show is not directly (or strictly) showing how pinball is expanding.

No, we don’t want to list an unplayable machine/art piece! We can add that to once we launch.


We added a Brisbane / Gold Coast map! UP THE PINBALL MAPPERS!!


We updated the home page so that the regions are now sorted by state. Hope this makes it easier for you to find the map you want.