Over on The Pinball Blog we've interviewed some great guys from the world of pinball. Our growing list of Pinball Heroes includes pinball designers Steve Ritchie, George Gomez, and John Trudeau, historians and authors Roger Sharpe and Gary Flower, Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame owner Tim Arnold, and more.
But what about people who play the damn things?
Well, you can't get better than the best of the best and here on Blogcritics before anywhere else, The Pinball Blog is pleased to bring you an interview with the greatest pinball player on earth, Keith Elwin.
So you're Keith Elwin, officially the best pinball player in the world. Don't you ever wish you could have a 'quick game' of pinball when there's five minutes left of your lunch break?
Well, I suppose I can't complain but yes, I do enjoy playing the older, drainier machines which I can finish in a few minutes as opposed to the new Sterns where the ball doesn't even fit in the outlanes.
What's the most you ever earned in a year playing pinball and how much do you think you spent in travel and accommodation to earn it?
Hard to say because there are also prizes. A guesstimate would be around $15,000.
When did you realise you were particularly good at pinball, and when did you realise you were the best on the planet?
I guess when I was around 10 or 11 I would win a lot of bets with the adults at the arcade. I remember the girlfriend of some guy told me to go away because he was obsessed at trying to beat me on Black Knight.
Anything else you're any good at?
I have won awards for photography and I used to be a pretty good baseball player back in the day.
I guess there's no way up from being ranked number one but do you think you're still improving as a player?