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It's Bill Paxton: The Pinball Game!

03.19.2010

I'm not sure what kind of obsession is weirder: being obsessed with pinball or being obsessed with Bill Paxton. I do know that being obsessed with pinball AND Bill Paxton is definitely a little weird. Not weird in a serial killer way but in a slightly awesome way. It's that kind of obsession that compelled Ben Heckendorn to spend the past five years building his own custom Bill Paxton pinball machine. Repeat: his own custom Bill Paxton pinball machine.

Aside from stock parts like flippers and bumbers, the machine was created from scratch, which in and of itself is pretty impressive. Movies referenced in the machine include ALIENS, TRUE LIES, TITANIC, NEAR DARK, FRAILTY, A SIMPLE PLAN, CLUB DREAD (?!) and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. Strangely I couldn't find any reference to WEIRD SCIENCE but maybe Chet is in there somewhere.

Luckily Ben has posted a complete making-of his personal Paxton pinball on his blog. It's probably a little more technical for most non-pinball enthusiasts but that also gives you a greater appreciation for all the work that went into building a personalized Bill Paxton pinball machine. Oh and before you ask, YES, it says "Game over man!" when you lose. Of course...

Extra Tidbit: Did they ever make a DIE HARD pinball game?
Source: Ben Heckendorn

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3:29PM on 03/22/2010
So can someone explain to me why the central art isn't of Bill though? I don't get it. Seems fitting.

Also, he better have the sound clips from "Boxing Helena" in there somewhere! Better yet, Bill in the mesh shirt as the center graphic! And when the ball loads into the chute you hear "F#$k you - I'm going out to the clubs!"

Epic.
So can someone explain to me why the central art isn't of Bill though? I don't get it. Seems fitting.

Also, he better have the sound clips from "Boxing Helena" in there somewhere! Better yet, Bill in the mesh shirt as the center graphic! And when the ball loads into the chute you hear "F#$k you - I'm going out to the clubs!"

Epic.
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9:20PM on 03/19/2010

Absolutely Freaking AWESOME

I first saw this machine under construction on Ben's website (I think) about six months ago and thought it was the greatest thing I had ever seen. Paxton has been my all time fave actor ever since he uttered lines like, "We're on the express elevator to Hell. Goin' down!" and "Maybe you ain't been keepin' up on current events but we just got our ASSES KICKED, PAL!" My greatest wish is that Ben would consider selling it to me, or let me have one play on it before I die. Just set a coaster on
I first saw this machine under construction on Ben's website (I think) about six months ago and thought it was the greatest thing I had ever seen. Paxton has been my all time fave actor ever since he uttered lines like, "We're on the express elevator to Hell. Goin' down!" and "Maybe you ain't been keepin' up on current events but we just got our ASSES KICKED, PAL!" My greatest wish is that Ben would consider selling it to me, or let me have one play on it before I die. Just set a coaster on the glass for me to rest my Hamm's on. Sweet Jesus, this just made my day and made me forget all about my disastrous NCAA brackets.
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6:19PM on 03/19/2010
Bill Paxton is awesome. I think his best lines are from True Lies.

I got a little dick, it's pathetic - Paxton (True Lies)
Bill Paxton is awesome. I think his best lines are from True Lies.

I got a little dick, it's pathetic - Paxton (True Lies)
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6:05PM on 03/19/2010
GAME OVER MAN
GAME OVER MAN
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5:20PM on 03/19/2010
I almost confused this with the Bill Pullman Arcade Game.
I almost confused this with the Bill Pullman Arcade Game.
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4:45PM on 03/19/2010

Paxton is legend

He's def one guy I want to meet in my lifetime.
He's def one guy I want to meet in my lifetime.
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2:49PM on 03/19/2010

don't think this dude is a weirdo!

as a gadget/gamer nerd, i'm already familiar with other Ben Heck works (xbox laptop, controllers for paraplegics, etc) . he's like the king of modding video game systems. i bet he was willing to make any kind of pinball machine. its just... making a bill paxton inball machine will get you some coverage on sites like this. pretty smart move.

he's not obsessed with pinball machines, but game machines in general
as a gadget/gamer nerd, i'm already familiar with other Ben Heck works (xbox laptop, controllers for paraplegics, etc) . he's like the king of modding video game systems. i bet he was willing to make any kind of pinball machine. its just... making a bill paxton inball machine will get you some coverage on sites like this. pretty smart move.

he's not obsessed with pinball machines, but game machines in general
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1:31PM on 03/19/2010
#1 I hope it at some point says "would a spy piss his pants???"

#2 Paxton was the best part of Club Dread (which i think is definitely better than Beerfest), and the "Coconut Pete" songs are hilarious and perfect for pinball machine use.
#1 I hope it at some point says "would a spy piss his pants???"

#2 Paxton was the best part of Club Dread (which i think is definitely better than Beerfest), and the "Coconut Pete" songs are hilarious and perfect for pinball machine use.
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1:06PM on 03/19/2010
thts just weirdd
thts just weirdd
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12:15PM on 03/19/2010
Plenty of Chet clips in there. Watch some of the other videos.
Plenty of Chet clips in there. Watch some of the other videos.
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11:57AM on 03/19/2010

Wow!!!

That is all that can be said about something like this...Wow.

However, there is a Weird Science reference. But it's in the audio. One of the first things the machines quotes is Paxton saying "That looks pretty good." This is from Weird Science, right after he steals GAry (or Wyatt's) breakfast, then throws an egg up into the ceiling, catches the egg and the broken bits of shell and says, "Now make yourself one."

The only reason I remember this is cause I tried to duplicate the scene
That is all that can be said about something like this...Wow.

However, there is a Weird Science reference. But it's in the audio. One of the first things the machines quotes is Paxton saying "That looks pretty good." This is from Weird Science, right after he steals GAry (or Wyatt's) breakfast, then throws an egg up into the ceiling, catches the egg and the broken bits of shell and says, "Now make yourself one."

The only reason I remember this is cause I tried to duplicate the scene when I was a child and got in trouble cause of the dozen yolk stains on the ceiling and egg shells everywhere.
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11:31AM on 03/19/2010
My Dad considers Bill Paxton the worst of the worst . . . . and I desperately want to get him this for his Birthday.
My Dad considers Bill Paxton the worst of the worst . . . . and I desperately want to get him this for his Birthday.
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10:24AM on 03/19/2010
I wonder if when you win and get a free game does the machine say "Game over man! Game over!"
I wonder if when you win and get a free game does the machine say "Game over man! Game over!"
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10:17AM on 03/19/2010

Awesome!

I want one!
I want one!
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10:13AM on 03/19/2010
Ben is frickin' genius and not just for this pinball game. His XBOX 360 laptop is amazing! [link]
Ben is frickin' genius and not just for this pinball game. His XBOX 360 laptop is amazing! [link]
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