Meet the Counselor: Michael Adcock

Michael has been livening up the Seattle/Renton/Bremerton pinball scenes for years, with his playful and welcoming Specials Tourneys (at 8-Bit Arcade in Renton, WA - home of his Specials When Lit MNP League team) and his spot-on renderings of local players as lovable 8-Bit faces that have been adopted as online avatars, and even tattoos! Big thanks to Michael, along with Quiz Counselor and prize-wrangler Ashley Weaver for dropping a virtual arcade right in the middle of the Campground, for tonight’s Pinball FX3: Online Tournaments at 7 PM PST! Additional thanks to Zen Studios for their enabling and support of socially distanced competition! Not on Facebook? Reach Michael at adcockm@gmail for info!

Find Michael on Twitch at Let’s pre-game with him, in his own words:


Location: Bremerton, WA

When did you start playing pinball?
I was a late bloomer: 38. I'm pretty sure I first experimented with pinball at Add-a-ball (where I went to play arcade video games at the time, as I had done in arcades most of my life), in the summer of 2012. I know my first pinball event was the 1-year Anniversary Tourney at Add-a-ball in December of 2012, which included video games, and which I won (probably for that reason!)…/a.2908479776177…/456249267744334/

What are your top three games?
Batman 66, LOTR (the one @ Triple Knock), TOTAN (the one at 8-bit)

Outside of pinball, what are your favorite hobbies?
Discovering/learning/experimenting/twisting & abusing software/information/tech, playing video games, organizing events that combine some of those previous things, watching (often foreign) TV shows, and since March 14th, not really leaving the house (which I'm totally winning at!)

Any pinball superstitions or competition rituals?
Sometimes I think too much about which foot I have forward and which foot I have my weight on. I always go pee before a tourney starts. I've always washed my hands one last time when I leave a venue unless their bathroom is nasty and would seemingly defeat the purpose.

Who is a role model to you, pinball or otherwise?
I'm not sure I've ever had any role models because that concept doesn't really make sense to me or seem practical. While I might be interested in learning from or understanding someone and how they think because of a subject matter interest, I never remember wanting to "be" like someone. From what I've seen, everyone has some kind of admirable qualities (even the most awful people), but everyone is also a horrible person in at least some ways. I'd rather think about who I want to be around and spend time with, than who I'd want to be like. Thankfully, the Seattle pinball community has a lot of people I like to spend time with. 🙂

What pinball event (local, regional, or national) are you most excited to see the return of?
League events, specifically Monday Night Pinball and The Bremerton Pinball League. I missed NWPAS this year too, but since that only comes around once a year it was easier for me to forget. I miss the various weekly tourneys too. But league events have a special place in my heart!

🏕 Mine too, Michael! ❤️🤟 Thanks for keeping our local community playing, even virtually, all throughout quarantine. SPECIALS!!! 🏕