Pinball Map Open Thread


Huh, never heard about before. Thanks for the pointer!


It’s a good site! He just launched this newest version a few months ago.


We added a Japan Pinball Map! Currently listing 37 locations and 213 machines.

The data is administered by CYC and CDS.


Heh, I’ve always been curious to see what machines operators in Japan would be drawn towards, as the country’s always been a low-priority market for pinball manufacturers. I’m not surprised at all that it leans toward the Gottlieb Super Mario ones and any company’s Star Wars. Those are definitely IPs that are big in Japan. (Not as much Street Fighter II as I had expected, but I guess that makes sense considering fighting games in Japan tend to be right on the cutting edge, with whatever’s popular being whatever is newest.)


Hi friends! I’m using the Pinball Map in a web browser and was intrigued by the “Link to this search result” button. Unfortunately, it appears that when linking to the search result, the location filter is cleared. I was on the Portland Pinball Map looking for all instances of Pin-Bot, and when I clicked “Link to this search result” it zoomed out and showed me all the Pin-Bots in the US (apparently there are no Pin-Bots on location in Japan :wink: ). Doesn’t seem to be an issue when linking to a specific location (like, I selected “Baby Doll Pizza” from the Location drop-down and was able to link to that just fine), just when machine IDs are involved. It’d be awesome to be able to share a quick URL when someone asks, “Where are all the Pin-Bots in this dang town?” or something.


That looks like a fresh bug. Must have been created when we added the regionless stuff. If it worked as intended, it should indeed be showing only Portland.

Thanks for finding that and telling us!


Whoa. Awesome bug! Global game search.

While Japan has no Pinbots, they do have several TAF, including in Toyko, Osaka and Sundai.


It’s actually possible to do a bug-free global game search. If you’re on the new regionless map you can leave the Near field empty.


We fixed that bug, and some others.


We started a Pinball Map podcast! Mappin’ Around with Scott & Ryan. We’ve been talking about doing this for years, and now we’ve gone done it. We’ll put out one episode a month.


Episode 1 - The Plunge

Pinball Map is a mappin’ site for finding public pinball machines. It’s pretty popular, and we’ve been working on it for 10 years. In this inaugural episode of Mappin’ Around with Scott & Ryan, we introduce ourselves and the map, lay out the technical specs of the site, and discuss recent and forthcoming updates. Then we dip in with esteemed location player, Danny B, to see what he has to say. We also choose the Username of the Month, and quiz Scott about last month’s map usage statistics. We round out the episode by telling you what’s coming up.

We aim to have future episodes be a little shorter. And we’ll interview someone in each episode. And we’ll have regular segments, though we’ll rotate some of them. It’ll probably take us a couple episodes to really find our groove (I have no radio/podcast experience, but Scott does!). So, let us know if you have feedback or anything. We hope you enjoy it! It’s been fun making it.

It might still be propagating to some of the podcast directories/apps, in case you don’t see it.


We started a Pinball Map Patreon!

A more detailed explanation can be found on the patreon page, but here’s the gist:

The app is free and the site is completely ad-free and tracking-free. We have always striven to keep our costs minimal. We currently deploy to Heroku, and we’ve held on to their cheapest tiers by by the seat of our pants. But we are getting too popular, and we can’t do that any longer! We are planning to migrate to AWS, so we can get a beefier server. Plus, with Google Maps API’s new pricing, we are coasting on some monthly credits that are about to run out soon.

In the past year we added a paypal donate link, and the donations from those helped squeeze us by.

We think that Patreon will be a nice service to help us defray our increasing site costs! If you use pinball map and want to directly support the site, then you are the bomb and we love you.

(we just launched this a moment ago - and the “benefits” section doesn’t show up until people start pledging… kinda strange how they do it like that)


We just dropped a new episode of our Pinball Map podcast, Mappin’ Around w/ Scott & Ryan. This one is called Swap Stories. Give it a listen! Let us know what you think.

In this episode we got:

  • Two new Pinball Map t-shirts!

  • We started a Patreon!

  • We dip in with Danny B.

  • We talk map tech, telling you how we keep the site in the black (in terms of memory).

  • Map stats.

  • We interview Beth about the full Pinball Map app rewrite she’s working on.

  • We discuss about an intriguing topic: what is a public location, I mean really?

  • And finally, we give a quick Pinball Map tip.


We made TWO new Pinball Map shirts!

One is two-sided, with a simple logo on the front, and ye ol’ shirt graphic on the back. It’s on black (sorry, @genex I got vetoed on making non-dark colors).

The second is a 9-color Portland Pinball Map throwback graphic. Drew Marshall made us this graphic back when we first started the site. It’s a really great graphic, and we thought it would look cool on a shirt! You don’t have to be from Portland to wear it! It’s on navy blue (the roads use the negative space of the shirt - pretty cool).

Both shirts are HQ screenprints, on All Style brand shirts, and come in S - XXL unisex. $20, free shipping.

Pinball Map Store.