By Julien Ducoret
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Revive the old Pinball machines, It was Nathanel Hamandi’s childhood dream. Execution.
At age 16, this young student is in second grade at St. Adjutor High School Vernon, Inside Eure There was an unexpected passion for this game in the 60’s and 70’s.
A virus he caught when he was 4 years old. “It simply came to our notice then.
When the center closes, we look for pinball machines in the area, without success, “said Abed, PSA’s computer engineer, underlining Nathanel’s father.
So, to satisfy the young boy’s emotions, his parents found the famous pinball machine on the internet.
This will be Nathanel’s 9th birthday present. A long adventure started which led the young man to learn first The basics of electronics.
“Reading from the forum, I learned from myself. I even repaired my first machine when I was 9 years old. A
Over the years, the family had invested in several machines, so much so that the house began to run out of space. In June 2019, Abed and his son took a new step by creating the Flipdream Company.
“I take care of the repairs and my dad takes care of everything administratively,” Nathanel admits.
“We are pinball enthusiasts and we want these beautiful machines to be rehabilitated as they are, because they are the joy of a few generations.”
Since then, the company has housed two pinball machine cafes, one at the Saint-Pierre-de-Baileulle bar de l’Avenure, the other at the Saint-Abin in Ville-Averx. In addition, the company offers games for rent for individuals, companies, parties, weddings or even seminars.
Passion for retro games
Abed and Nathanel want to share this passion for retro games (pinball machines, table football, arcade machines, darts, air hockey, boxing, among others), with as many people as possible. Both for families and for enthusiasts and nostalgics.
Thus, on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, at Vernon’s Space Philip-August, they belong to a fleeting arcade room structure, about thirty of them, not far from fifty games.
A second edition follows the one organized last August Notre-Dame-de-L’Aille, The community where the family lives.
“It simply came to our notice then. We hope to attract hundreds of people over the weekend (Editor’s note: At least 400 participants), “said Nathanel.
And his dad’s mood: “However, there’s no question of them standing in line for hours at an amusement park to play. A
Great Pinball Standard will be present: Terminator 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Last Action Hero or Fun House. “But thanks to collectors and operators, we will also have very rare pieces,” Abed said.
Filming of TF1
Initially scheduled for November, this second pop-up arcade session has been brought forward.
“We were contacted three weeks ago by the production of the Grands Reporting Program on TF1. He wanted to do a shoot around retrogramming but the condition was to shoot before summer … ”The ransom of success.
Pop-up arcade on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Available: Pinball Machine, Table Football, Arcade Machine, Bar Dart, Air Hockey, Boxer, Basketball.
Unlimited access to the machine, 10 euros per person for the whole day. More info at www.flipdream.fr
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