NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Gamers were spiking the ball and striking different targets at the 11th annual Ohio Pinball Show on Friday at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles.
It was the first time the show has come to the Mahoning Valley.
The object of pinball is to earn as many points as possible without losing the ball. The game has been around for decades.
“I have been playing pinball since I was about 17 or 18 years old,” Joseph Pierson, 30, of Flint, Mich., said.
Although the game might sound easy, gamers say it takes a lot of focus. Pierson has to put his headphones in his ears.
“When I focus on the game, the music helps a lot. That is why I get all the high scores every time,” he said.
The pinball games take a lot of focus and concentration and even though they have been around for decades, they are now attracting a new generation of players.
“It just seemed like there was a lot of people interested in these areas, around Ohio and Michigan, and there was nothing around here, no events, so we started it in Akron 11 years ago and it has just grown immensely every year,” Ohio Pinball Show organizer Marvin Ortscheid said.
There were not just adults playing on the machines. Teens and children were just as serious about the game.
“They usually go with a movie theme. Something that people can relate to, like a movie or TV show. Like they have the WWE that just come out, the Walking Dead, the Hobbit game is just getting ready to come out from the last three movies. It is something everyone can relate to,” Ortscheid said.
The Ohio Pinball Show will continue from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.Admission is $20, but that gives players access to unlimited games on more than 150 pinball machines.