A Short History of Pac-Man

A Short History of Pac-Man

Pac-Man is now considered the most successful and highest grossing arcade game in history. Within its first year, it blew past Space Invaders to take the top spot, making over $1 billion in coin sales. Due to these massive sales, you are likely aware of the game, but...
What’s The Rule When A Player Scratches In Pool?

What’s The Rule When A Player Scratches In Pool?

Pocket billiards, or pool, is played countless ways across the globe. Here in North Carolina, there are even regional differences in rules. There are “official” rules for different elements of the game, but there are also “house rules” that vary at different bars,...
Five Alternative Games On A Ping Pong Table

Five Alternative Games On A Ping Pong Table

Ping pong, also known as table tennis to those who play more competitively, is an international favorite. People play in garages, bars, homes and community centers worldwide. The rules, while varying slightly, are pretty uniform wherever the game is played. But, many...
The Origins of the Name “Foosball”

The Origins of the Name “Foosball”

Where did the game of foosball come from, and where did it get that peculiar name? Just like all proud North Carolinians flinch when they see the Ohio “birthplace of aviation” license plates, many Europeans share a similar rivalry over the birthplace of this classic...
What You Need To Know: Table Shuffleboard vs. Floor Shuffleboard

What You Need To Know: Table Shuffleboard vs. Floor Shuffleboard

Depending on who you are, you may think of very different games when someone asks, “So, you wanna play some shuffleboard?” Table shuffleboard is a popular game in bars and pubs, while floor shuffleboard is now often associated with retirement communities and cruise...
How to Buy a Cue Stick

How to Buy a Cue Stick

Even a world-class pool player will have some trouble if you hand them a dysfunctional cue stick. It’s considerably worse if you are an amateur just trying to learn the game. The cue stick will offer no consistency for you to build your skills on. Both amateurs and...
Soft-Tip or Hard-Tip Darts: Which is Better?

Soft-Tip or Hard-Tip Darts: Which is Better?

While the game of darts was long played with steel tips (now sometimes known as hard tips), plastic soft-tipped darts now predominate in both homes and bars. The reasons for this change and the advantages of each type of dart are described below. Triangle Home...
How to Shape a Cue Tip for Pool

How to Shape a Cue Tip for Pool

Pool is a game of precision. There are those who play casually and may not care about mastering these details, but others embrace the challenge to dive a bit deeper. Keeping all elements under your control to the extent that you can eliminates unpredictability from...
Have an Old Arcade or Pinball Machine? Don’t Trash it. Fix it!

Have an Old Arcade or Pinball Machine? Don’t Trash it. Fix it!

If you wait long enough, one year’s junk can become the next year’s treasure. The arcade and pinball machine craze peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s before then fading from the scene after the advent of home consoles. Many thought it had faded for good....