Kineticist is a digital publication and community resource for the pinball and physical gaming communities (like arcade gaming, air hockey, skee-ball, retro gaming, and tabletop gaming).
The site was launched in 2022 by Colin Alsheimer, a lifetime gamer and pinball enthusiast who wanted to bring his skills in technology, marketing and business to the world of pinball and physical gaming after seeing firsthand the power it has to bring people together and be a positive influence.
Kineticist is currently a 100% self-funded effort, backed by a small but growing team of writers and builders. Your support, any way you can provide it, is massively appreciated. And if you're interested in collaborating or talking about the latest pinball news, drop us a line!
At Kineticist, our mission is to bring more people into the pinball and physical gaming space by making it more accessible and welcoming to diverse mainstream audiences. We aim to elevate all sides of the industry, from players and creators to manufacturers and operators, in a way that's fair, approachable, and fun.
The problem (as we see it)
The pinball and physical gaming communities are vibrant (but fragmented), prolific (but economically unsustainable), heavily documented (but not always approachable), and often inaccessible to newbies and underrepresented groups. For all the good presently in the community (and there’s a lot of it), we believe it can be dramatically amplified and improved upon.
We will accomplish this goal by creating creative, engaging, and informative content and resources across a range of topics that new and future players are passionate about. We will also focus on using modern technologies and communications solutions to build tools and platforms that (directly and indirectly) highlights the best the community has to offer.
Our goal is to make it easier for people to learn about pinball and physical gaming, discover their favorite creators, transact with quality businesses (and each other), and to generally come together around their shared passions for this small subsection of gaming.
We are inspired by organizations like the New England Pinball League, who promote the sport of pinball and embrace casual play and the social aspects of the game. By operators like Pinball Over Boston who bring their energy, passion, and ability to build community to the scene. By the teams behind Pinball Map, OPDB, and MatchPlay, that build products for the pinball community and accessible tools for other builders and creators. And by the many community organizers that bring the community together in positive, respectful and mutually beneficial ways.
We seek to be:
- Good ambassadors for the community
- Positive and fair
- Accessible and approachable
- Good at business 😉
Our short-term goal is to make Kineticist a viable, self-sustaining business that can support a small, dedicated team of builders and creators with shared goals and values. Our content and distribution platforms are likely the fastest ways to hit these goals.
In the long-term, our goal is to make a measurable positive impact on the pinball and physical gaming community. We will achieve this by building products and services, supporting the building of community infrastructure, helping the next generation discover the physical side of gaming, and providing opportunities for passionate people to build, launch, and grow rewarding careers.
Got an idea?
Send us your idea, and if it fits our vibe or benefits the community, we'll help you bring it to life!
These people fuel Kineticist. Newest contributors listed first.
Guest writer for Kineticist and fan of pinball all the way back in the days of the Super Pinball Behind The Mask. Some of his earliest memories are losing to his parents and siblings playing it. When he isn't working on his arcade store he is working on oddball ways of losing or winning at Magic the Gathering or he can be found working on one of his many crafting projects.
Eric is a competitive pinball player with a passion for pinball since childhood. He's practicing his flipper skills and competing in local pinball tournaments across Tennessee. As a member of the IFPA, and editor at pinballtn.com, he is dedicated to promoting competitive pinball events, and spreading the love of the game to new players.
Mitch Wilkins is a writer, pinballer, and aspiring stay-at-home dog dad based in Brisbane, Australia. When not writing he can be found tilting games at Netherworld Arcade.
VHS collector, media archivist, and pinball rules aficionado, Noah has been invested in the hobby since he was a teenager - much to the surprise of his parents and others his age. As an expert on brand new machines he’s the guy to call if you’re new to the hobby, or an experienced player who wants some help. Noah hopes to participate in and perhaps even win major tournaments like INDISC as his skills improve and desires for pinball to become a more inclusive hobby.
Ryan is a human person from Los Angeles. He's been playing pinball since before he was born via his mom playing their Paragon home pin. He co-founded Pinball Map in 2008 with Scott in Scott's basement in Portland. He is in the Crazy Flipper Fingers pinball gang, where he goes by the name ROM. Aside from all that he is an urban planner who enjoys hiking, skateboarding, and tennis.
Hi! I’m Alyssa, but you can call me Mrs. Kineticist. I’ve been playing pinball for over three decades, starting with a Joker Poker we had in my basement growing up. I love the pinball community, and can usually be found at an NEPL or Boston Belles and Chimes tournament, or hanging on our couch with our Kineticist Pup, who is also a big pinball fan.
Melodee Mabbitt is not a good bowler. Growing up in Flint, Michigan in the 90’s, there wasn’t much else for the children of autoworkers to do except hang at bowling alleys. Luckily for Melodee, the pinball games didn’t mind that she could barely break 100 pins. She flipped with the same lack of skill, but more heart, and eventually learned that earning invitations to the bowling alley meant she’d have to be humble, funny and willing to entertain herself while others bowled. Today, Melodee is a decent writer, not the worst flipper and still a terrible bowler.
James is a writer at Kineticist. He’s been playing pinball since he could reach both flippers on his dad’s Paragon (not an easy feat), has been playing competitively since he could drive himself to tournaments, and routinely talks ears off about any and all sorts of pinball minutia. Aside from pinball, he works as a software developer, collects board games, and spends his winter weekends skiing all over his home of New England.
Brad is a copywriter at Kineticist. His most vivid pinball memory is playing the Playboy pinball machine at his friends’ house when he was a kid. He loves the arcade, open world video games, and hosting board game nights. When not writing about gaming, Brad writes screenplays, acts, and produces creative and comedic content in Los Angeles (follow him on TikTok @bradmilison and Instagram @bradmilison).
Jose Irizarry is our newest writer. A lifelong gamer and content creator from New Jersey. Has an encyclopedic knowledge of Godzilla. Currently exploring the arcade scene in Austin, Texas.
Brian is a writer here at Kineticist. He grew up playing arcade machines at the minigolf place near his home in New Jersey and considered Title Fight by SEGA a suitable replacement for the gym (spoiler alert: it was not). Brian enjoys gaming spots that have good craft beer, '90s songs, and Skee-Ball. Currently living in Los Angeles, Brian writes TV pilots, screenplays, and children's picture books—all while his puppy Pabu whines for attention. You can follow him on Twitter (@briansaa) and/or Instagram (@throughawineglass) where he takes pictures of movies & TV shows through, you guessed it, a wine glass.
Colin is the chief pixel pusher at Kineticist. He's a lifetime gamer who became enamored with pinball after taking in a family copy of the 1979 classic Joker Poker (the EM version). Since then he's bought, sold and repaired many machines, competed in all kinds of tournaments, and contributes to This Week in Pinball, the New England Pinball League, and Pin-Masters of New England. Previously, Colin spent over a decade working in marketing for agencies and tech startups, with clients like American Airlines, the MBTA, Analog Devices, Eli Lilly and more. He also started and ran a music blog, happy hour website, and wrote a regular craft beer review column for Central Track in Dallas. Once aspired to be an artsy film director.