As technology advances, it's easy to forget the venerable shoulders the current stuff stands on, be it phonographs, tube televisions, or the Atari Lynx. God that was good. Honoring the majesty of yesteryear's arcade gaming: Pinballz
Curated by a computer networking honcho who just bought his first stand-up (an original Star Trek) earlier this year, Ballz is a massive, multi-level love letter to the lost art of pinball, with 70 machines including the all-time top 20, as rated annually by a bunch of people you wouldn't want to get into an argument about pinball with. Powered by tokens or Washingtons, the wizardry starts with 1970s action like Close Encounters, KISS, and Evil Knievel, then moves through '80s staples like Black Knight, Buck Rogers, and Hollywood Heat, before hitting the apparently ball-mad '90s with the likes of Jurassic Park, NBA Fastbreak, Last Action Hero, and of course Frank Thomas: The Big Hurt -- who certainly embodied his nickname by the time he retired in...2008? Because new is still good, the Y2K generation also gets play, with dot-matrix takes on The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and Sopranos (imagine your joy when you hit the "Extra Stugotz" bumper).
There's also bumperless fun, with legacy games (Ms. Pacman, Metal Slug, Donkey Kong), stand-up shooters (Maximum Force, T2, Zombie Revenge), and sit-down racers like Cruisin' USA, Rush 2049, and Hydro Thunder -- just take it easy on the Hydro, or you'll burn through all your links to the past.