New Zealand Father & Daughter Ranked #1 & #2 in Pinball!
Deep in the Auckland suburb of Pukekohe lies one of the world’s largest private collections of pinball machines, calling a family’s lounge home.
For 15-year-old Danielle Peck the bright, glassy, colourful world has been her life from the moment she could stand.
“[I started playing pinball] about two or three, I used to stand on a stool playing pinball in my diapers,”
Pinball machines cost anywhere between $2000 and $15,000 a piece, it’s not a cheap hobby. But for the Pecks pinball is life.
Mum, dad, and seven-year-old Carter are all listed in the world pinball rankings. Danielle is currently ranked second in New Zealand, with her father taking the crown.
“If I ever beat my dad and become number one, I’ll be very sad. I don’t want to hurt his feelings,” she joked.
The family owns more than 100 pinball machines. Which ranks it as one of the largest private pinball machine collections in the world.
There are a couple of things that put you above other people. If you can control your balls… that puts you above everyone else,” Danielle said.
Danielle plays most days, fitting it around her schoolwork.
And even though she knows gaming isn’t a viable career path, she wants to make sure she carries on the family tradition.
“It won’t be around forever because everyone is getting older and eventually they will pass away,
And so I kind of think that it’s special to have it now, knowing it might now be here in the future.”
The future of pinball is now in the hands of an ambitious teenager, who loves the flashing lights of a pinball machine.