Inderman from Pinball
Hispano reports from Madrid, Spain.
On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of
October the Spanish Recreational Fair (FER Interazar) for 2003 took place
in the IFEMA in Madrid, Spain. The main manufacturers and companies
related to recreation in Spain, as well as some representatives of
foreign companies with a presence in the country were booked to appear.
As you might imagine, gaming machines dominated the fair. A multitude of
stands featured smiling, attractive young ladies (in most cases without
much knowledge of some of products made by the companies which they
represented) contributed to give the event an extra visual interest,
while they showed the latest new features of the Spanish games industry.
Dealers made an effort to communicate the excellence of products of their
company, the great benefits to the buyer and the success that will surely
come if they were to invest in such-and-such machine. In short; a fair.
Throughout the fair you could find prize machines ready for the
occasional visitor who wanted to stop and play them. The games did not
cost any money but they did not pay any prizes either. Even so it was
interesting to play, for example, the remake of 'Escalera-Tobogan', the
game machine with which Recreativos Franco gained much popularity (not to
mention money) but was made by another company, probably after acquiring
the license. Or to have sensations similar to the game of pinball on one
of the bingo machines that made us enter a bar or hall game so many
times, thinking that there was pinball waiting for us, only to discover
that the device did not have flippers. Or simply to kill the time playing
some of the classic slot machines.