Texas Pinball Festival

Andrew Anderson plays Space Invaders at the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco.

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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 (including Lou Ferrigno) and events.

There will be a presentation by well known pinball artists and designers on Friday/Saturday followed by autographs and Q&A sessions. Brian F. Colin (Rampage, Xenophobe and General Chaos), a vastly experienced game designer, artist, animator and development group leader, will be visiting with fans and guests all weekend just ahead of the Rampagemovie premiere on April 20.

The DFW Pinball and Arcade Club hosts an outdoor flea market and swap meet on the parking lot on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Single day or weekend passes are available at the door but you can save by preregistering online.

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