As a kid, your wondrous arcade adventures were only limited by your mother's fear that more than $5 of Bad Dudes mayhem would hinder your development. She was right, but this weekend, you can play all you want while helping other kids' development, at the Celebrity Pinball Tournament and Arcade Show
At Hollywood Park, the Show puts Aladin's Castle to shame with 100+ games, plus raffles, auctions, and prizes, with all proceeds benefitting Talk About Curing Autism. All games are set to "free play" mode, including decades of pinball ('50s-era Bank-A-Ball to 2007's Family Guy), 80s action (Centipede, Star Wars, Galactic Orbiting Robot Forces -- a.k.a. GORF), and modern classics (War: Final Assault, San Francisco Rush 2049, -- a game that was 50 years ahead of its time). Besides general screwing around, there'll also be a weekend-long pinball tournament on 10 top-secret machines w/ a $1000 grand prize, all judged by a rep from the International Flipper Pinball Association -- if you suck, you can probably bribe him with any video game system more exciting than a whizzing metal ball
Also on tap: a closed-bid auction for 'copter rides around LA, SF, NY, Chicago, and Boston; a raffle for everything from wetsuits to MTV swag; plus celeb appearances confirmed from the Laker Girls and Access Hollywood's Tony Potts, and pending from Ronnie James Dio -- who at 5'1", clearly didn't listen to his mom.