The most memorable quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In fact, most people in the know concerning pinball aren’t aware that the popular movie from 1986 received a pinball treatment. It’s an easy mistake to make as it never appeared in arcades and pinball halls. Instead,
the one-of-a-kind machine sits comfortably inside Robert Mooney’s home.

OSG: What a great theme for a pin! Where did the idea for a custom Ferris Bueller’s Day Off machine build come about?

RM: Thank you! FBDO was on a short list of themes that I wanted to do. It has universal appeal, a ton of memorable lines that are perfect for callouts, great characters, and lots of visual appeal. It’s a perfect pinball theme. The clincher was that FBDO was also on Brian Soares’ short list. He owns Gameroom Pinball and is a master engineer. I had worked with him to retheme an EM years ago and have been wanting to work with him on a modern DMD game for a couple years.

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Michael Thomasson is one of the most widely respected videogame historians in the field today. He currently teaches college level videogame history, design, and graphics courses. For television, Michael conducted research for MTV's videogame related program Video MODS. In print, he authored Downright Bizarre Games, and has contributed to nearly a dozen gaming texts. Michael’s historical columns have been distributed in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has written business plans for several vendors and managed a dozen game-related retail stores spanning three decades. Michael consults for multiple video game and computer museums and has worked on nearly a hundred game titles on Atari, Coleco, Sega and other console platforms. In 2014, The Guinness Book of World Records declared that Thomasson had “The Largest Videogame Collection” in the world. His businesses sponsor gaming tradeshows and expos across the US and Canada.  Visit