can some one please find a scientific reason why these are so addictive? i just can't stop playing them! and for every else like me, download a free pinball game from microsoft.com which works on most pc's! i would really like to know how they work, like when the ball hits a pinger, why does it fly off? and when it goes down a hole, where does it go? and, and, and, well you get the picture! can anyone tell me if i can buy a cd with all the music off the games on? and now a history lesson, the first pinball game was humpty dumpty, and was one of those games that gave it it's name to pinball, because it was a board with pins sticking up that directed the ball, there's holes on the call worth big points and at the bottom there's low scoring ones. then came the pinger things and flickers, and low and behold, ever since, the world has become a planet of pinball wizards. rock on!
No im not talking about high strength cannabis, alcohol or internet porn :o) Im talking about the humble pinball table. Like the other most addictive things (Tetris for example) the game is based on the simplest premise ever...stop the ball rolling downhill towards the inevitable. Pinball started over 70 years ago on tables without flippers, my how we've changed. Over the years we have seen tables with 3 layers, massive numbers of flippers and all sorts of cosmetic enhancements. But the game remains the same - stop the ball. Its so simple its scary, this is a game that anyone can play, and be good at. The pinball remains addictive because of the mass of tables and ways to score on said tables, as well as all the extra features we see nowadays - video modes, flipper locks and the ultimate pinball favourite - MULTI BALL. Multi ball is the aim of every player, to have any number of balls to deal with is great fun, and adds to the mania. Nowadays there seem to be less tables about, but there are still enough, and you can always buy decent simulations for the PC. Pinball relies on that tried and tested formula - "One More Game" and boy how it works.
The Pinball machine is one of my personal favorite of arcades they cost quite a bit but they are well worth it the simple ones are usually the best even though the more complicated look impresive they confuse me the ball goes in one way and I follow the track around and the ball pops out some other hole and I miss and end up kicking the machine but always keep to the simle ones and you are on your way to be a pinball wizard
A staple of the pub and games arcade for a long time. The sound of ching, ching as someone, sometimes you, racks up a huge score (or, with the latest machines, zap, kapow, zeep) can regularly be heard. Pinball is, in general, a game of quick reactions, but not always. Each table has it's little quirks and, knowing exactly how to play a table is the key to that big score. First-time players usually just fire the ball as hard as they can up the table, roughly in the direction of the big scores, while the more experienced player takes their time, traps the ball on the flipper (something England football players seem incapable of doing) and aims it at the big scoring areas. Pinball, though not the force it used to be, still provides immense entertainment to those with the desire and I, for one, would like the money and the space to have a table in my back room.
for the rhino of games... In 20 years time it will have left the bars and clubs and reside in private collections and dusty garages. Pinball is the original hybrid of electronics and kinetics. Quasar tries it, VR is getting closer, but first of all, long before any of these, pinball was evolving. There were spinners, pins, and gradually magnets, multi-balls, and as technology accelerated, pinball tried too encompass these. But its format was already to evolved and like the rhino, it is too far down an evolutionary road to ever turn back. Carring the baggage of 50 years of evolution is too much for the world of technology and our beloved tables will gradually disappear to be replaced by leaner, meaner, magic boxes. I, for one, will be sad to see them go, as I would the rhino. But there is an air of inevitability.....
There's no denying it, on a commercial level the manufacture of machines has been reduced to what could barely be called a trickle. The major makers have all shut up shop and taken a jump into more lucrative markets, leaving their dieing words 'Pinball 2000' as an epitaph in selected games halls worldwide. There will be no more, all we have now is nostalgia, some remaining well preserved classic machines and the memory of the perfect interaction between one person and technology! There is no greater game feeling than when your favoured machine begins to rumble beneath you, a beginning of a gradual build up to a crescendo of balls, strobes, music and organised chaos. Soundbites are struggling to get out in time before another and another come along, extra balls being awarded and features being made and lost, only to be ended abruptly as the ball drops and the moment is lost. There are no cheats, no walkthroughs and no game options to help you get this feeling, you just play and it happens. Pinball will be well remembered and sorely missed!!