In this Vox video, pinball legend Roger Sharpe explains that playing the game isn't random and shares how players can manipulate the balls to their advantage.
Going into the video, I felt a little bit like, "What are things old people already knew, Alec?" but ended up learning some things. Never too old, I guess. Funny enough, I was just playing pinball last weekend (at the soon-to-be-closed Playland-Not-at-the-Beach... sniff) and totally could have used these pointers.
ETA Prime demonstrates an Android-based virtual pinball machine made by Sharpin. It looks really cool, but I don’t think it allows for nudging, which seems like an essential part of the pinball experience.
Michael Schiess is the founder of the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, California where he cares for nearly 2,000 pinball machines from across time. Schiess’s mission in life? “To inspire an interest in science, art and history through pinball, and to preserve and promote this important part of American culture.”
The A. V. Club visited Stern Pinball, one of the the soldiers standing in a very old battle. In the video above, we follow the pinball machine manufacturing process from start to finish, seeing just how much work goes into creating the “world’s friendliest game.” A machine with 3500 parts—many of them still made in […]
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Twitter rants and various online ugliness aside, social media has actually grown up a bit over the past 15 years. In general, users are warier of their interactions on platforms like Facebook or Instagram — and marketers have taken note. In fact, if you felt retailers you saw on social media were only looking to […]
Virus quarantines and shuttered restaurants sent millions of Americans back to their homes, only to rediscover the joys of firing up an oven and cooking something special for themselves. Whether by desire, necessity, or both, many of us have certainly been spending more time in the kitchen these last few months. And we haven’t just […]