Image: Caleb Runciman.

A shared passion for pinball machines drew large crowds to RAC Arena for the second annual West Coast Pinball Festival.

The fusion of old and new technologies saw 100 traditional pinball machines operating alongside LCD screens, movie theme integration and UV ink.

“Ps4 can’t touch this,” said one festival goer. “Pinball is old school, son.”

“The people, the atmosphere and of course the machines – that’s why I’m here today,” said another.

The array of machines was arranged by festival organisers, gaming bodies and public volunteers from around Perth.

Festival contributor and WA Pinball founder Anthony Cirrilo said the Perth landscape of pinball was continually evolving.

“The culture of pinball has changed – now you see the games are a lot more family-friendly,” Mr Cirrilo said.

“This event helps connect people together who otherwise didn’t think anyone else liked pinball.”

He said demand for pinball machines was on the rise.

“Sales numbers of pinball machines used to be declining, yet now the amount of people who are buying machines for their homes is more than ever.

“Not only is the home market growing but the public market is also getting stronger.”

Pinball has elements of “physicality and randomness” that video games simply couldn’t replicate, Mr Cirrilo said.

“Combining new technologies with the skill used in directing the steel ball is the key to pinball (and) I think that’s why people keep coming back,” he said.

Increasingly more arcade-themed venues were integrating pinball into their business identity.

“The companies that stayed in business really tried to target their audience away from senior or middle-aged men towards the youth and families,” Mr Cirrilo said.

“More females and more children are getting involved – it’s not just your typical middle-aged man.”

The festival will return for a third year in mid to late 2022.

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