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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2012, 03:20:11 PM »
I remember them like yesterday. Wall to wall pinballs and no video crap. Those were the days.

Flashback in Elizabeth St had the infamous "out of order" on the SYSY80 machines - Black Hole, Spirit and Haunted House. I used to catch a train into the city in the early 80's to play these games, as Dad's Business NEVER sited any Gottliebs after the issues with SYS1 machines. Just Ballys and Sterns. So I used to travel into the city to play the "other" games.

I went to the movies over the school holidays. The arcade at Epping Plaza was a ghost town. Full of redeption rubbish and dedicated video machines. The cinema is full of kids, and the arcade was a ghost town. One pinball - big Buck Hunter. How bloody stupid to site a game like that in an arcade ?

The "good old days", you had to line up your 20 cent piece and wait your turn. Videos killed arcades. Now we have a generation of kids stuck to computer screens !

sounds alot more fun then arcades now

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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2012, 08:36:52 PM »
Yep count me in. Was there many a time, but forgot its name. Now I remember a thread about a Hercules pinball. This is where I was sure I sited and played one. Can anyone confirm this?

Just read the Hercules thread and someone played it there too
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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2012, 07:31:25 AM »
Yes Hercules was at Flashback Bourke street.  A few years ago I was working at Crown Casino and they had a Hercules in a back of house storage area? Don't know why it would have been at Crown cause this was only five years ago.
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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2012, 09:25:54 AM »
Yes Hercules was at Flashback Bourke street.  A few years ago I was working at Crown Casino and they had a Hercules in a back of house storage area? Don't know why it would have been at Crown cause this was only five years ago.

I thought Flashback was downstairs in Elizabeth Street ? I don't recall an arcade in Bourke Street ?
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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2012, 03:33:34 PM »
Yes Hercules was at Flashback Bourke street.  A few years ago I was working at Crown Casino and they had a Hercules in a back of house storage area? Don't know why it would have been at Crown cause this was only five years ago.

I thought Flashback was downstairs in Elizabeth Street ? I don't recall an arcade in Bourke Street ?
no deffenetly Bourke Street, just up from Russell. The pics in the first post of this thread are of the Bourke Street frontage
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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2012, 04:54:24 PM »
no deffenetly Bourke Street, just up from Russell. The pics in the first post of this thread are of the Bourke Street frontage
I don't remember if it was still Flashback, but i do recall the 2 (or 3?) level arcade almost across the road from the large Village cinemas on Bourke Street....maybe up or down a few shops, but certainly somewhere 'almost' opposite Village cinema complex.

I used to go there a bit in the early 90's, although the main arcades were side-by-side on Swanston Street, between the odd pawnbroker shops, and a few on Russel st? mainly video, but a 'few' pins.

Other than that, we ended up playing a lot more pins that started appearing in cinemas, somewhere around the lounge areas....we often went to the movie 1-2 hours early, just to play pins (and video) before the movie, OFTEN leaving a bunch of credits on games because "we had to go" etc.

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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2012, 05:47:51 PM »
I remember all the arcades in the Melbourne CBD 3 levels in Bourke street down stairs in Swanson and tunz of fun in Russell street I think until a dude was shoot out the front I think it closed soon after.

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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2012, 08:40:53 AM »
Yes Hercules was at Flashback Bourke street.  A few years ago I was working at Crown Casino and they had a Hercules in a back of house storage area? Don't know why it would have been at Crown cause this was only five years ago.

I thought Flashback was downstairs in Elizabeth Street ? I don't recall an arcade in Bourke Street ?
no deffenetly Bourke Street, just up from Russell. The pics in the first post of this thread are of the Bourke Street frontage

That looks like the top of Bourke Street, near where the Metro Nightclub is today ?

The arcade I went to was definitely in Swanston or Elizabeth. You walk down a set of stairs, then to your left is McDonalds, and to your right was the arcade that had the System 80s. They were there for YEARS. I remember either a Fire! or Big Guns was opposite the area the SYS80s were. The SYS80s were on a small platform. Behind the Big Guns were rows of video games against the wall. P47s and an Ambush dedicated cabinet.
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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2012, 11:54:44 AM »
Yes Hercules was at Flashback Bourke street.  A few years ago I was working at Crown Casino and they had a Hercules in a back of house storage area? Don't know why it would have been at Crown cause this was only five years ago.

I thought Flashback was downstairs in Elizabeth Street ? I don't recall an arcade in Bourke Street ?
no deffenetly Bourke Street, just up from Russell. The pics in the first post of this thread are of the Bourke Street frontage

That looks like the top of Bourke Street, near where the Metro Nightclub is today ?

The arcade I went to was definitely in Swanston or Elizabeth. You walk down a set of stairs, then to your left is McDonalds, and to your right was the arcade that had the System 80s. They were there for YEARS. I remember either a Fire! or Big Guns was opposite the area the SYS80s were. The SYS80s were on a small platform. Behind the Big Guns were rows of video games against the wall. P47s and an Ambush dedicated cabinet.

Yep that one was on Swanston, can't tell you the name of it but i went there a few times.

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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2012, 03:43:54 PM »
Yes Hercules was at Flashback Bourke street.  A few years ago I was working at Crown Casino and they had a Hercules in a back of house storage area? Don't know why it would have been at Crown cause this was only five years ago.

My son works at Crown, will ask him if it is still there and see if he can find out where it came from and if I can have it....... &&

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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2012, 05:00:21 PM »
I remember the Swanston Street one down stairs near Mc Donalds. Was it called Playtime? Not sure.  There was also one downstairs in Flinders Street, between Elizabeth and queen, opposite Flinders Street Station and it didn't take cash u purchased tokens
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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2013, 07:24:19 PM »
It's a shame places like this aren't around any more. It's up to us enthusiats to keep this hobby alive #*#

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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2013, 03:53:19 PM »
Found another two picks from an old mag I have.
This is of Invaders Pinball parlor, opp Flinders Street Station Melbourne around 70s and 80s.
This is where I first seen Gottlibes Hunted House and a neat pin called Caveman, half video half pinball..



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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2013, 08:45:35 PM »
Yes the old days  $#$

went to all those places back in the day, wagging school catching the train into town for the day,
 with $5 you were king for a Day,
 one day travel card was a $1,

used to go to Buck Rodgers Amusements (Alot) up stairs, they had some membership deal going back then,
 top of Elizabeth st on the left  ()

some old pics of that place would be very cool


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Re: Flash Back, Melbourne
« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2013, 06:02:08 PM »
very cool