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Desc:the first talking pinball machine (1979)
Category:Advertisements, Religious
Tags:pinball, marketing, Gorgar
Submitted:Lurchi
Date:05/22/15
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Jet Bin Fever
That is cool as hell. I don't like that he talks like Tarzan, but that art is amazing.
betamaxed
"Gorgar speaks of a whole new dimension of play"

"A tantalizing excitement and irresistible appeal"

this promotion is kinda sleazy
jangbones
pinball was illegal into the seventies

I know, right?

The Mothership
PULSATING BEATING HEART THAT BUILDS AND POUNDS WITH PLAYER EXCITEMENT.

A MONSTER THAT COMES ALIVE WITH EACH FLICK OF THE WRIST.
fedex
Stop talking about my cock

nonplusplus
"with the advent of Gorgar"
infinite zest
I had a Gorgar for a few years but the audio was all fucked up. Constance and Jeanne Mitchell also did Flash, which is some of my favorite pin art besides Python Angelo's stuff, and maybe Black Knight 2000. But sadly both Mitchell and the Black Knight 2000 guy went on to do artwork for kind of generic movie or video game tie-ins.
yogarfield
lewd audio

Old_Zircon
So did it use a tape loop or what? My guess would be a 1/4" loop cartridge like radio stations used, with the different voice loops on separate tracks and a movable head to select which one is played, like an 8 track player.

StanleyPain
I've played Gorgar and I think it was digital, done with very early sampling technology. It doesn't sound like a tape loop..the game moves way too fast for something like that.

Oscar Wildcat
HA! I actually played this thing as well, in the basement of an infamous nightclub in lower manhattan. It had been tricked out with a better sound system ( it looked to be a car stereo embedded in the side of the machine ) and improved lighting ( the incandescent bulbs replaced with high brightness colored leds ). I didn't get a chance to pop the cover, so I can't say how the sound was done.

infinite zest
It's funny, I never thought to check but I think it was digital. I liked to take apart EM machines and mess around but I find solid states more difficult, kind of like how you can fix an old car by yourself, but now that they've got computers and such you should probably call the pros.. right now I only live with a High Speed which I think has the same voice technology and it's not mine so I can't fuck around if I want to.. grumble..

Old_Zircon
In 79 that must have been pretty expensive. Although actually I have a Milton and I think he was '80 or '81.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgIwzPrG5Dk

infinite zest
I used to live with a guy who had one of those but he circuit bent it. I always thought it sounded like Cleveland from Family Guy. He's still doing a lot of stuff, I might as well just leave this here because I think you might like his stuff. There's a lot more on the interwebs.

https://youtu.be/UgemvzRyQ-A

infinite zest
Actually this is more like what he's doing, but a lot of it is circuit bent speak and spells, furbys and stuff. Dude's awesome.

https://youtu.be/untL6N_7cvc

Old_Zircon
I've considered bending it but the payoff rarely seems worth the effort with bending, for me. I love some of the stuff other people have done, though.


What I would really like is phoneme-level control of the voice synthesizer in it, via MIDI.

Old_Zircon
I've never heard of another voice synthesizer, new or old, that was designed to sound like uncanny valley Fat Albert.

Old_Zircon
A pulping pile of frothing flaws
This horrid mass shall give us pause
apiaryist
There's a Gorgar at Pinballz here in Austin. It's actually pretty great.
infinite zest
I was all set to move to Austin about 5 years ago and was reading up on Pinballz. The closest thing we have in Portland to a dedicated Pinball place is a barcade called Ground Control, which isn't bad, because it's all ages during the day and after 5 it's a bar. I think there's 24 pins there, but the dedication goes more into the arcade machines and usually I'll find problems, probably because everyone plays so aggressively and deathsaves these poor old machines (the only machines built for that are Data East/Sega) and plus there's a ton of pins I've never heard about or played down there, which is worth the trip alone. But here's the question: their website makes it sound like super kid friendly, which is fine, but what I do like about Pinball is getting drunk and playing it until bartime at 2:30AM. I guess what I'm asking is are they cool with drunkies or is it more like going to an exhibit at the museum where you immediately regret eating those mushrooms?

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