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Pinball became popular in the late 1940s and 1950s because they added flippers to the game. Before this, since the late 19th century, they'd have pins on a table, and players would use a cue stick to hit the ball. Flippers made the game more interactive.
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The History Of Pinball Machines
The late 80's saw Williams and Bally merge to become the dominant player in the market, and in the 90's they both produced some of the most amazing pinball machines concepts ever dreamed of like Medieval Madness, Cirqus Voltaire, Twilight Zone, Theatre Of Magic, Monster Bash, Scared Stiff, Tales Of The Arabian Nights and the most popular pinball machine in modern history, Addams Family (with over 20,000 produced), along with many other modern-day collectible classics...continued...
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The History Of Pinball Machines
In 1948, a firm called Genco placed one set of flippers at the very bottom of the playfield in a machine called "Triple Action" - But the setup was still a little unusual by today's standards; the flippers were facing outwards, not inwards like today's models.
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The History Of Pinball Machines
Pinball machines really grew in popularity after World War II. The ten year period of 1948-58 is referred to by some as the "Golden Age" of pinball, due to the invention of flippers in 1947 by the D. Gottlieb Co. in a game called "Humpty Dumpty", and was one of the main reasons for the renewed interest in pinball machines at the time. Humpty Dumpty was the very first pinball machine with flippers !
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The History Of Pinball Machines
The first coin-operated "pinball machine" was invented in 1931 by Automatic Industries and was called "Whiffle Board". But the gaming industry really began in the mid 1930's with the production of a game called "Ballyhoo". It was invented by one Raymond Maloney, who later started the Bally Manufacturing Company of Chicago, IL.
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The History Of Pinball Machines
Ball Shooter Drawing Precursor of modern pinball machines
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With an 18-square-foot playfield, Atari's massive Hercules Pinball table (1979) uses a cue ball! | 8-Bit Central
Atari released it's 4-player Hercules Pinball table in May of 1979. It wasn't a tie-in project - it's name came from it's sheer size! Having an 18 square foot playfield, it is Herculean in proportions. It measures 39" wide by 93" deep and stands 83" tall. Many often refer to the size in relative terms, but I believe this table uses an actual cue ball - straight from any standard pool table. Read more:
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Redemption machines offer short "play" periods which means more patrons can put coins in the box. This is in contrast to someone who might spend 10 or 15 minutes playing a game on a single token. In that same time frame a redemption machine can cater to (take money from) a dozen or more patrons. Read more:
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