A Nostalgic Pastime of Mine

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As mentioned in a recent post of mine, many years ago, in my younger days, like many teenagers, I often went to arcades to play either pinball or video games.

When I was in my 20’s, I was over at a friend’s apartment, and much to my surprise he had bought a full-sized video game, known as Space Invaders. Since this was the first video game I ever played, I was feeling a touch of nostalgia, so he directed me to the company, where I too bought one.  After being bit by the bug, a couple of years later I added to my big boy toys, when I purchased my favourite pinball machine. Bobby Orr Powerplay.

At the time when I made the initial purchase, I was introduced to a woman by the name of Dallas, who was the owner of a company known as Toronto Coin Machine Exchange, also known as The Original Pinball Exchange Club.  Dallas and her husband run the company that sells, services, and repairs various pinball and video machines.  The company is based in Hamilton, but they work all over both the GTA as well as Ontario.

Over the years, I’ve kept in touch with Dallas, and every so often, I think about buying another machine (presently I have my eyes on adding a Dome Hockey game to my collection.  In the meantime, I enjoy my two machines, and they are near and dear to my heart.

In more recent times, one of the machines was damaged during a move, but Dallas and Toronto Coin came to the rescue.  Not only did they help repair the machine, but they performed maintenance that was long overdue.  The machine is now back up and running, and I’m having as much fun with it now as I did when I first bought it 20 years ago.

When I mention to others that I own these machines, I’ve been surprised to find out that many others also have games in their basements, and enjoy playing them for hours on end.  Some parents feel that they not only keep the kids occupied, but they enjoy both knowing that their kids and their friends are having fun, but also that they know where they are and close by.  In addition, given that a lot of people are cooped up, inside, and looking for some different activities. you just may want to consider adding these toys to your household.  They aren’t overly expensive and you’ll be surprised at all the fun you and the family can have.

 If you’re ever looking for a video game, pinball machine, jukebox or in need of repairs to one that you already own. don’t hesitate to reach out to Toronto Coin.

Toronto Coin Machine Exchange
http://www.pinballexchange.com/
416-789-1806

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