Texas Pinball Festival

Ellie Seale, 10, plays pinball at a machine set on free play while her father, Eddie Seale, both of Gainesville, during the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas.

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Video games are great, but there's something about the physicality of pinball that will never grow old. The Texas Pinball Festival features more than 400 machines -- some classic, some new -- that you can play to your heart's content. It can be a great place to meet collectors or even pick up a table if you're into pinball as a major hobby, but it's also a blast for casual fans and newcomers.

The show features more than 400 vintage and new pinball machines and classic arcade games - set on free play all weekend. Enjoy a variety of adult and children's pinball tournaments throughout the weekend, vendor demos and memorabilia, special guests and events.

Pinball aficionados Jonathan Joosten of Pinball Magazine and Martin Ayub of Pinball News return for another round of their fun game show, "So You Think You Know Pinball?" Get ready for pinball trivia, prizes and lots of laughs.

The DFW Pinball and Arcade Club hosts an outdoor flea market and swap meet on the parking lot on Saturday, March 25, starting at 8 a.m., featuring coin operated collectibles, project machines and more.

Actress and writer Cassandra Peterson, popularly known for playing “Elvira,” will be attending the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival. Cassandra will join pinball designer Dennis Nordman and artist Greg Freres in a special forum on Saturday, March 25, to discuss their work together on “Elvira and the Party Monsters” and “Scared Stiff.” This marks the first time ever that Dennis, Greg and Cassandra will sit on a panel together. Also attending this year's festival: Sam J. Jones, who is best known throughout the world as Flash Gordon. Other popular roles include The Highwayman, The Spirit and as Aris Boch in Stargate’s SG-1. Sam is also known for his cameo in the 2013 hit Ted and its 2015 sequel Ted 2 and is also featured on the 1980 Bally “Flash Gordon” pinball machine. Sam will be available for autographs and photo-ops. Additional fees may apply.

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