Vermont’s Own Pinball Wizard Heads To Nationals

Steve Daniels is Vermont's first State Pinball Champion and is competing in the U.S. National Pinball Championship.

VPR has covered Steve Daniels, one of the members of South Burlington’s Pinball Co-op, who has recently advanced to the National Championship at the Pinball Hall of Fame!

When Daniels first started playing pinball in college it wasn’t such a passion, but more of a distraction. After taking a long break from the game, he got back into pinball around 10 years ago.

“I like the real physics of it,” he says. “Interaction with a steel ball and flippers … It includes a lot of the same strategy as video games, but on top of that there’s a ball that bounces and spins and jumps over the flipper occasionally, doing things that can’t possibly be programmed.”

He says becoming Vermont State Champion took a little bit of luck, a good amount of skill and some strategy. And “maybe a little more luck than I’m acknowledging,” he says, laughing.

Listen to the entire story here.