Retro gamers are set to keep their eyes on the silver ball this weekend, as the Queensland Pinball Championships makes its way to Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise.
The event will see 50 top-ranked players show us what they’re made off in a display of pinball wizardry, skill and technique across five rounds. It’s set to be one of the biggest pinball events in Queensland pinball history with the winner scoring free entry to the Australian Championships in February 2018.
A dozen classic machines will be trucked into Hard Rock Cafe where they will be on rotation for the main event. But the exciting news for pinball try-hards (me, included) is that there’s a free social competition for members of the public.
Jack Danger – who’s amassed a global following for his online pinball tutorials and is regarded as a key figure in the revival of retro gaming – will be onsite to live-stream the event
Queensland Championship qualifiers include top-ranked Australian players such as Peter Watt, Jason Lambert, 15-year-old Zack Foster, and the tournament’s only female finalist, Hollie Mills.
Play kicks off at 9.30am, Sunday 10 December, with qualifying players drawn at random into groups of four at the start of each round of three games of pinball. The quest to find the state’s best player heats up as finalists go head-to-head in three rounds of single elimination games, until the last two players face off in a best-of-five match to decide the 2017 Queensland State Pinball Champion.
Casual retro game fans or newbies can try their luck at pinball, or even take on the challenge of the one-handed or reverse-handed events, as part of the side competition open to anyone and running parallel to the main event on the day.
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Queensland Pinball Championships
Sunday 10 December, from 9.30am
Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise