Everybody and his dog have seen Ken Russell's hallucinogenic film interpretation of The Who's Tommy, right? Good, now I don't have to explain what a "Gypsy Acid Queen" is. Now that we're past that, we can all cut the attitude and admit that pinball is a totally bad-ass game. It is, except for maybe skee-ball, the most physical, interactive and thrilling thing you can do in an arcade (with your pants on, that is). Initially pinball was considered a game of chance. Translation: gambling. It became such a problem, apparently, that both New York City and Los Angeles "banned" the game from 1939 until 1979. That's 40 years, people! Imagine how a modern teen would react if it became illegal to play Guitar Hero. There would be riots in the streets! (And, by the way, some folks still gamble over pinball...go figure.) Well, we're glad it all worked out, allowing the 2010 Texas Pinball Festival to happen. This event features more than 130 pinball machines in a brand-new 10,000-square-foot game room. I don't think even Brooke Shields could tilt that many. The 2010 Texas Pinball Festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, 1800 Highway 26 East, next to Grapevine Mills Mall. Call 817-410-3195 or visit texaspinball.com for more info.
Fri., March 19, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., March 20, 10-2 a.m.; Sun., March 21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 2010
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