I have a persistent person who keeps sending me ads for his business in Australia that he wants me to post on my site. For free.
This is not the first time I’ve gotten someone who wants me to feature his business on my site. But it is the most persistent. And also for the most interesting business: pinball. Which, as it happens, I love. I cannot begin to count the quarters I’ve spent on these machines over the years. I know that for a few months, my friends at work and I would play this machine every day at lunch.
“Welcome to Xenon”, she would say in a sultry-yet-recorded voice, after your quarter dropped into the coin box.
Then I grew up and acquired a house. With a game room of my own. I bought my own machine; Star Trek the Next Generation. Super high-tech, this one had all kinds of ramps and targets and sophisticated play where you advanced the game into higher-level modes. Winning a free game on a machine that you own is not the same thrill, they are all “free” once you’ve bought the thing. Fortunately this machine was hard, and tracked high scores. Making the high score became the goal. Until I had one particularly zen-like game where everything just flowed; the game slowed down and I could feel every flip and bumper. I set the all-time high on that game, so high that it was more than double the previous best, so high that I was never again able to even come close. An impossible goal.
Apparently, pinball is having a moment, having somehow survived long enough that it has become cool again. Cool enough that someone in Australia is conducting a low-voltage advertising campaign that is so under-the-radar that it might even include here, a place of no renown and even less reputation. The guy who wants me to advertise his pinball store – his name is Micah, at least according to his entreaties – sends me infographics about pinball. “You will find this interesting and worthwhile” he says, “the infographic also includes some riveting facts that you and your readers will surely enjoy”.
And you know what? I do enjoy them. So much so that I am going to share them with you all.
Now remember, these are ads, and are clearly labeled as such. Also, there is no money involved, I am not being paid to show the ads, and I get nothing should you choose to click on them. This is entirely free and aboveboard, meaning it meets what tiny standards I have about these things. Because I do – much to my own surprise – have standards.
Anyway. The infographics follow. They are both from Pinball Sales Australia, which you can find here.
One Man’s Opinion Of The Top 25 Pinball Machines of All Time
Interestingly, my own Star Trek machine is one of the top 25 featured machines! But they strangely included the wrong picture.
And here’s another infographic:
One Man’s Opinion of the Nine Weirdest Pinball Machines
I am not sure what criteria apply here. What makes one machine “Top” while another is “Weird”? Maybe it is not about rational criteria, maybe it is about using clickbait terms to support your advertising, since these are in fact ads.
Charming ads though, even with the wrong picture and odd grammar. Charming, and about a pretty cool subject. I like them both.
I hope you enjoyed them too.
🙂 😀 🙂