A Brief History
On September 12, 2014, Farsight Studios continued their goal of digitizing historic pinball machines by launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the digitization of one of the most popular machines of all time: The Addams Family.
Just over a year ago, I wrote a well-received article for TopTenz that provides some background information on the history of pinball. At that time, Farsight Studios had launched an ultimately successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the digitization of the Terminator 2: Judgment Day pinball game. That success has helped inspire them to go forward with their next major effort to preserve for today’s and future generations our shared cultural history of a beloved pastime.
To own an actual Addams Family pinball machine, you would most likely have to shell out thousands of dollars. Nevertheless, if the Kickstarter succeeds, you can own a digital version of the acclaimed game for less than $10!
The original machine released in 1992 and is themed after the 1991 film version of The Addams Family starring Raul Julia as Gomez Addams and Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams rather than the 1964 television series of the same name. Part of what makes the table particularly important from a historical perspective is that some 20,000 units were manufactured, which is the most for any pinball machine in history.
If you would like to contribute to this noble campaign to preserve a major aspect of popular culture and help make it both accessible and affordable to people around the world, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1067367405/pinball-arcade-the-addams-family.
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The Pinball Arcade – PlayStation 4. Alliance Digital Media, 2013.