Pinball Machines: Gorgar (Williams, 1979)








It was fun when the devil was in style. Before Satan’s Hollow (Bally Midway, 1982), there was Gorgar. Designed by Barry Oursler, who designed the Joust and Defender pinball machines, with art by Constantino and Janine Mitchell, Gorgar was the first commercially released pinball machine to feature synthesized speech (I believe the first video game to do the same was 1980’s Berserk). There were seven words total—Gorgar, Speaks, Beat, You, Me, Hurt, Got—used in a number of different variations: “Gorgar Speaks,” “Me Gorgar,” “Me got/hurt you,” “You Beat Me,” and so on. See a demo, including speech, here.

Images are from The Internet Pinball Database, where you can see a lot more. Below is the last page of the flyer and a promo poster. Because nothing makes a dude want to play with metal balls and flippers like an attractive young woman scantily clad in bearskin.



6 Responses to “Pinball Machines: <em>Gorgar</em> (Williams, 1979)”

  1. 1 Don Gates August 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Okay, a lot of your posts take me down memory lane, but this one actually put a lump in my throat.

    My dad was a cop in Tampa, FL. When I was growing up, he would often take me to the local police lodge on weekends where he would hang out and bullshit with the other cops over beer while I would play the pinball and video games they had there. Gorgar was one of those games my dad and I would play together, making fun of his voice (we could’ve sworn he said “Gorgar eat meat!” at one point). My dad passed away in 2009 and I miss him a lot, and I had forgotten all about the time we spent with Gorgar until I saw this today. It really made me smile, thank you so much for posting it.

  2. 3 His friend J August 4, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    At the beginning of th game he put the ball in the same place about 4 times and I still have no idea what Gorgar was saying.

  3. 5 Tom August 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I used to work in the “Mall Entertainment” business and would order video games and pinball machines for our arcades. I loved those old flyers and it was always fun to look at them when the new machines came out. I used to save one flyer of each. I think I pitched them in some insane moment of clutter clearing years ago.

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