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Bounce back to old-school gaming

Just when you thought analog gaming had finally given over to World of Warcraft or the Nintendo Wii, you find something like this: A pinball tournament.

You remember pinball machines, right? Big, flashy boxes with bumpers, flippers, and every other nonsensical object a metal ball could bounce off of? Obviously, some people haven't forgotten, as thee New England Pinball Championship tournament starts today in Gorham. It runs through Sunday, providing what must be enough flipper-fun to last a lifetime.

Before you start wondering whose basement this takes place in, bear in mind that it is a legitimately sanctioned tournament. Sponsored by the Boston Pinball Association (who knew?), entering the tournament costs $50. Most of that money goes into a pool, which is awarded to the tournament winner.

It might not be as hip or relevant as a Halo 3 tournament, but hey, where else are you going see more than 100 pinball machines in one room?

For more directions and more information, check out www.nepinball.com

_Andrew Steinbeiser

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