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Other manufacturers quickly followed suit with similar features. Electric lights soon became a standard feature of all subsequent pinball games, designed to attract players.

By the end of , there were approximately companies manufacturing pinball machines, most of them in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has been the center of pinball manufacturing ever since.

Competition among the companies was strong, and by there were 14 companies remaining. During WWII, all of the major manufacturers of coin-operated games turned to the manufacture of equipment for the war effort.

Some companies, like Williams, bought old games from operators and refurbished them, adding new artwork with a patriotic theme. At the end of the war, a generation of Americans looked for amusement in bars and malt shops, and pinball saw another golden age.

Improvements such as the tilt mechanism and free games known as replays appeared. Gottlieb's Humpty Dumpty , introduced in , was the first game to add player-controlled flippers to keep the ball in play longer, adding a skill factor to the game.

Triple Action was the first game to feature just two flippers at the bottom of the playfield. Unlike in modern machines, the flippers faced outwards.

These flippers were made more powerful by the addition of a DC direct current power supply. These innovations were some of many by designer Steve Kordek.

The first game to feature the familiar dual-inward-facing-flipper design was Gottlieb's Just 21 released in January , though the flippers were rather far apart to allow for a turret ball shooter at the bottom center of the playfield.

Spot Bowler , also made by Gottlieb and released in October The post-war era was dominated by Gottlieb. Game designers Wayne Neyens and Ed Krynski , along with artist Leroy Parker, produced games that collectors consider some of the best classic pinball machines.

The introduction of microprocessors brought pinball into the realm of electronic gaming. The electromechanical relays and scoring reels that drove games in the s and s were replaced in the s with circuit boards and digital displays.

The first solid-state pinball is believed to be Mirco Games ' The Spirit of '76 , [6] though the first mainstream solid-state game was Williams' Hot Tip This new technology led to a boom for Williams and Bally, who attracted more players with games featuring more complex rules, digital sound effects, and speech.

The video game boom of the s signaled the end of the boom for pinball. Arcades replaced rows of pinball machines with video games like 's Space Invaders , 's Asteroids , 's Pac-Man , and 's Galaga.

These earned significantly greater profits than the pinball machines of the day, while simultaneously requiring less maintenance.

Bally, Williams, and Gottlieb continued to make pinball machines, while they also manufactured video games in much higher numbers.

Many of the larger companies were acquired by, or merged with, other companies. Chicago Coin was purchased by the Stern family, who brought the company into the digital era as Stern Enterprises, which closed its doors in the mids.

Bally exited the pinball business in and sold their assets to Williams, who subsequently used the Bally trademark from then on for about half of their pinball releases.

While the video game craze of the late s and early s dealt a severe blow to pinball revenue, it did spark the creative talents within the industry.

All companies involved tried to take advantage of the new solid state technology to improve player appeal of pinball and win back former players from video games.

Some of this creativity resulted in landmark designs and features still present today. Some of these include speech, such as Williams' Gorgar ; ramps for the ball to travel around, such as Williams' Space Shuttle ; "multiball", used on Williams' Firepower ; multi-level games like Gottlieb's Black Hole and Williams' Black Knight ; and blinking chase lights, as used on Bally's Xenon.

Although these novel features did not win back players as the manufacturers had hoped, they changed players' perception of pinball for coming decades.

After the collapse of the coin-operated video game industry, pinball saw another comeback in the s. Some new manufacturers entered the field such as Capcom Pinball and Alvin G.

The games from Williams now dominated the industry, with complicated mechanical devices and more elaborate display and sound systems attracting new players to the game.

Two years later, Williams commemorated this benchmark with a limited edition of 1, Addams Family Gold pinball machines, featuring gold-colored trim and updated software with new game features.

Other notable popular licenses included Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure and Star Trek: Expanding markets in Europe and Asia helped fuel the revival of interest.

Pat Lawlor was a designer, working for Williams until their exit from the industry in About a year later, Lawlor returned to the industry, starting his own company, [7] working in conjunction with Stern Pinball to produce new games.

The end of the s saw another downturn in the industry, with Gottlieb, Capcom, and Alvin G. Data East's pinball division was acquired by Sega and became Sega Pinball in By , there were two companies left: Sega Pinball and Williams.

In , Williams attempted to revive sales with the Pinball line of games, merging a video display into the pinball playfield.

The reception was initially good with Revenge From Mars selling well over 6, machines, but short of the 10,plus production runs for releases just six years earlier.

Williams exited the pinball business to focus on making gaming equipment for casinos, which was more profitable. Stern Pinball remained the only manufacturer of original pinball machines until , when Jersey Jack Pinball started shipping The Wizard of Oz.

Most members of the design teams for Stern Pinball are former employees of Williams. After the closure of most of the pinball manufacturers in the s, smaller independent manufacturers started appearing in the early s.

With the death of Steve Irwin , it was announced that the future of this game was uncertain. In , MarsaPlay in Spain manufactured a remake of Inder's original Canasta titled New Canasta , [13] [14] which was the first game to include a liquid-crystal display LCD screen in the backbox.

It is the first pinball machine manufactured in the USA with an LCD as backbox, [15] the first widebody pinball machine since [16] and the first new US pinball machine not made by Stern Pinball since In , the Chicago Gaming Company announced the creation of a remake of Medieval Madness [18] [19] [20].

This was later followed by a release of a remake of Attack From Mars. In , the new pinball manufacturer Spooky Pinball released their first game America's Most Haunted.

In , the new British pinball manufacturer Heighway Pinball released the racing themed pinball machine Full Throttle. In , Multimorphic began shipping their pinball machine platform after several years of development.

It also has a large interactive display as the playfield surface, which is different from all prior pinball machines that were traditionally made of plywood and embedded with translucent plastic inserts for lighting.

Pinball machines, like many other mechanical games, were sometimes used as gambling devices. Free games could be won if the player was able to get the balls to land in a winning pattern; however, doing this was nearly random , and a common use for such machines was for gambling.

Other machines allowed a player to win and accumulate large numbers of "free games" which could then be cashed out for money with the location owner.

Later, this type of feature was discontinued in an effort to legitimize the machines, and to avoid legal problems in areas where awarding free games was considered illegal, some games, called Add-A-Ball, did away with the free game feature, instead giving players extra balls to play between 5 and 25 in most cases.

These extra balls were indicated via lighted graphics in the backglass or by a ball count wheel, but in some areas that was disallowed, and some games were shipped with a sticker to cover the counters.

Pinball was banned beginning in the early s until in New York City. The mayor participated with police in destroying machines with sledgehammers before dumping the remnants into the city's rivers.

The ban ended when Roger Sharpe a star witness for the AMOA — Amusement and Music Operators Association testified in April before a committee in a Manhattan courtroom that pinball games had become games of skill and were not games of chance, that is, gambling.

He began to play one of two games set up in the courtroom, and — in a move he compares to Babe Ruth 's home run in the World Series — called out precisely what he was going to shoot for, and then proceeded to do so.

Astonished committee members reportedly voted to remove the ban, which was followed in other cities. Sharpe reportedly acknowledges, in a self-deprecating manner, his courtroom shot was by sheer luck although there was admittedly skill involved in what he did.

Like New York, Los Angeles banned pinball machines in The ban was overturned by the Supreme Court of California in because 1 if pinball machines were games of chance, the ordinance was preempted by state law governing games of chance in general, and 2 if they were games of skill, the ordinance was unconstitutional as a denial of the equal protection of the laws.

Philadelphia and Salt Lake City also had similar bans. Another close but distinct relative of pinball is pachinko , a gambling game played in Japan.

Although they share a common ancestry, the games are very different, in that pachinko involves shooting many small balls repeatedly into a nearly vertical playfield, while pinball is about the manipulation of the small number of balls currently in play on a near-horizontal playfield.

The key attribute of a successful pinball game is an interesting and challenging layout of scoring opportunities on the playfield. Many types of targets and features have been developed over the years.

The playfield is a planar surface inclined upward from three to seven degrees current convention is six and a half degrees , away from the player, and includes multiple targets and scoring objectives.

It is important that the playfield be level left-to-right; a quick visual test compares the top of the back cabinet against a brick or block wall behind it, or to roll a marble down the center of the playfield glass.

If it clearly rolls off to one side, a player may be inclined to stuff folded paper beneath the legs on the lower side to level the playfield.

Additionally, leg levelers that are all extended fully make the game easier to nudge; when collapsed low, the entire game is more stable, and nudging becomes harder.

The ball is put into play by use of the plunger , a spring -loaded rod that strikes the ball as it rests in an entry lane, or as in some newer games, by a button that signals the game logic to fire a solenoid that strikes the ball.

With both devices the result is the same: The ball is propelled upwards onto the playfield. Once a ball is in play, it tends to move downward towards the player, although the ball can move in any direction, sometimes unpredictably, due to contact with objects on the playfield or by the player's own actions.

To return the ball to the upper part of the playfield, the player makes use of one or more flippers. Manipulation of the ball may also be accomplished by various tricks, such as " nudging ".

However, excessive nudging is generally penalized by the loss of the current player's turn known as tilting or ending of the entire game when the nudging is particularly violent known as slam tilting.

This penalty was instituted because nudging the machine too much may damage it. Many games also have a slam tilt in the bottom of the lower cabinet to end the game if the cabinet is raised and dropped to the floor in an attempt to falsely trigger the coin counting switch.

The plunger is a spring -loaded rod with a small handle, used to propel the ball into the playfield. The player can control the amount of force used for launching by pulling the plunger a certain distance thus changing the spring compression.

This is often used for a "skill shot," in which a player attempts to launch a ball so that it exactly hits a specified target. Once the ball is in motion in the main area of the playfield, the plunger is not used again until another ball must be brought onto the playfield.

In modern machines, an electronically controlled launcher is sometimes substituted for the plunger. The shape of the ball launch button that replaces the plunger may be modified to fit the aesthetics of a particular game's theme, such as being made to look like the trigger of a gun in a game with a military or action-hero theme.

They are the main control that the player has over the ball. Careful timing and positional control allows the player to intentionally direct the ball in a range of directions with various levels of velocity.

With the flippers, the player attempts to move the ball to hit various types of scoring targets, and to keep the ball from disappearing off the bottom of the playfield.

The very first pinball games appeared in the early s and did not have flippers; after launch the ball simply proceeded down the playfield, directed by static nails or "pins" to one of several scoring areas.

These pins gave the game its name. In , the first mechanical flippers appeared on Gottlieb's Humpty Dumpty [34] and by the early s, the familiar two-flipper configuration, with the flippers at the bottom of the playfield above the center drain, had become standard.

Some machines also added a third or fourth flipper midway up the playfield. The new flipper ushered in the "golden age" of pinball, where the fierce competition between the various pinball manufacturers led to constant innovation in the field.

Various types of stationary and moving targets were added, spinning scoring reels replaced games featuring static scores lit from behind.

Multiplayer scores were added soon after, and then bells and other noise-makers, all of which began to make pinball less a game and more of an experience.

The flippers have loaned pinball its common name in many languages, where the game is known mainly as "flipper".

Bumpers are round knobs that, when hit, will actively push the ball away. There is also an earlier variety of bumper known as a dead bumper or passive bumper that doesn't propel the ball away; most bumpers on machines built since the s are active bumpers, variously called "pop bumpers," "thumper bumpers," "jet bumpers," or "turbo bumpers.

Bumpers predate flippers, and active bumpers added a great deal of spice to older games. Pop bumpers are operated by a switch connected to a ring surrounding the bottom circumference of the bumper that is suspended several millimeters above the playfield surface.

When the ball rolls over this ring and forces one side of it down, a switch is closed that activates the bumper's solenoid. This pulls down a tapered ring surrounding the central post of the bumper that pushes downward and outward on the ball, propelling it away.

Kickers and slingshots are rubber pads which propel the ball away upon impact, like bumpers, but are usually a horizontal side of a wall.

Every recent pinball machine includes slingshots to the upper left and upper right of the lowest set of flippers; older games used more experimental arrangements.

They operate similarly to pop bumpers, with a switch on each side of a solenoid-operated lever arm in a typical arrangement.

The switches are closed by ball contact with the rubber on the face of the kicker and this activates the solenoid.

Early pinball machines typically had full solenoid current passing through trigger switches for all types of solenoids, from kickers to pop bumpers to the flippers themselves.

This caused arcing across switch contacts and rapid contact fouling and failure. As electronics were gradually implemented in pinball design, solenoids began to be switched by power transistors under software control to lower switch voltage and current, vastly extend switch service lifetime, and add flexibility to game design.

As an example, some later machines had flippers that could be operated independently of the flipper button by the machine's software.

The upper-left flipper during "Thing Flips" on The Addams Family pinball machine triggers automatically a brief moment after the ball passes an optical sensor just above the flipper.

The smaller, lower-powered solenoids were first to be transistorized, followed later by the higher-current solenoids as the price, performance, and reliability of power transistors improved over the years.

Originally holes and saucers worked by using tubes behind the playing field, with a pin at the top to hold the ball for later drops.

Another version of the tube uses two spinning wheels to transfer the ball from hole to hole. Newer versions use an electronic track with a carriage or an electromagnet to pull the ball between holes.

Ramps are inclined planes with a gentle enough slope that the ball may travel along it. The player attempts to direct the ball with enough force to make it to the top of the ramp and down the other side.

If the player succeeds, a "ramp shot" has been made. Ramps frequently end in such a way that the ball goes to a flipper so one can make several ramp shots in a row.

Often, the number of ramp shots scored in a game is tallied, and reaching certain numbers may lead to various game features.

At other times, the ramps will go to smaller "mini-playfields" small playfields, usually raised above the main game surface, with special goals or scoring.

There are other idiosyncratic features on many pinball playfields. Pinball games have become increasingly complex and multiple play modes, multi-level playfields, and even progression through a rudimentary "plot" have become common features on recent games.

Pinball scoring objectives can be quite complex and require a series of targets to be hit in a particular order.

Recent pinball games are distinguished by increasingly complex rule sets that require a measure of strategy and planning by the player for maximum scoring.

Players seeking highest scores would be well-advised to study the placard usually found in the lower-left corner of the playfield to learn each game's specific patterns required for these advanced features and scoring.

In the s, game designers often put hidden, recurring images or references in their games, which became known as Easter eggs.

The methods used to find the hidden items usually involved pressing the flipper buttons in a certain order or during specific events.

Designers also included hidden messages or in-jokes; one example of this is the phrase "DOHO" sometimes seen quickly displayed on the dot matrix displays, a reference to Do rris Ho , the wife of then-Williams display artist Scott "Matrix" Slomiany.

The Next Generation went so far as to embed a hidden Breakout -like game, available only after a complex sequence of events had been accomplished during the game.

The backglass is a vertical graphic panel mounted on the front of the backbox, which is the upright box at the top back of the machine.

The backglass contains the name of the machine, eye-catching graphics , usually the score displays lights, mechanical wheels, an LED display, or a dot-matrix display depending on the era , and sometimes a mechanical device tied to game play, for example, elevator doors that opened on an image or a woman swatting a cat with a broom such as on Williams' "Bad Cats".

For older games, the backglass image is screen printed in layers on the reverse side of a piece of glass; in more recent games, the image is imprinted into a translucent piece of plastic-like material called a translite which is mounted behind a piece of glass and which is easily removable.

The earliest games did not have backglasses or backboxes and were little more than playfields in boxes. Games are generally built around a particular theme, such as a sport or character and the backglass art reflects this theme to attract the attention of players.

Recent machines are typically tied into other enterprises such as a popular film series , toy, or brand name. The entire machine is designed to be as eye-catching as possible to attract players and their money; every possible space is filled with colorful graphics, blinking lights, and themed objects, and the backglass is usually the first artwork the players see from a distance.

Since the artistic value of the backglass may be quite impressive, it is not uncommon for enthusiasts to use a deep frame around a backglass lighted from behind and hang it as art after the remainder of the game is discarded.

Contact with or manipulation of scoring elements such as targets or ramps scores points for the player. Electrical switches embedded in the scoring elements detect contact and relay this information to the scoring mechanism.

Older pinball machines used an electromechanical system for scoring wherein a pulse from a switch would cause a complex mechanism composed of relays to ratchet up the score.

In later games these tasks have been taken over by semiconductor chips and displays are made on electronic segmented or dot-matrix displays DMD.

The first DMD on a pinball machine was used by Checkpoint and features also video mode minigames. It is not only used for scoring and mini-games but also to display full color videos.

Game in [45] and CGA color monitors in Pinball in that utilizes a Pepper's Ghost technique to reflect the monitor in the head of the as well as modifications by the use of ColorDMD [46] that is used to replace the standard mono color DMDs.

Pinball scoring can be peculiar and varies greatly from machine to machine. During the s and the s, lights mounted behind the painted backglasses were used for scoring purposes, making the scoring somewhat arbitrary.

Frequently the lights represented scores in the hundreds of thousands. Then later, during the s and s when the scoring mechanism was limited to mechanical wheels, high scores were frequently only in the hundreds or thousands.

Although, in an effort to keep with the traditional high scores attained with the painted backglass games, the first pinball machines to use mechanical wheels for scoring, such as Army Navy , allowed the score to reach into the millions by adding a number of permanent zeros to the end of the score.

The average score changed again in the s with the advent of electronic displays. Average scores soon began to commonly increase back into tens or hundreds of thousands.

Since then, there has been a trend of scoring inflation, with modern machines often requiring scores of over a billion points to win a free game.

At the peak of this trend, two machines, Johnny Mnemonic and Attack from Mars , have been played into the trillions [ citation needed ].

Another recent curiosity is the Bally game NBA Fastbreak which, true to its theme, awards points in terms of a real basketball score: Each successful shot can give from one to three points.

Getting a hundred points by the end of a game is considered respectable, which makes it one of the lowest scoring pinball machines of all time.

Pinball designers also entice players with the chance to win an extra game or replay. Ways to get a replay might include the following:.

When an extra game is won, the machine typically makes a single loud bang, most often with a solenoid that strikes a piece of metal, or the side of the cabinet, with a rod, known as a knocker , or less commonly with loudspeakers.

The primary skill of pinball involves application of the proper timing and technique to the operation of the flippers, nudging the playfield when appropriate without tilting, and choosing targets for scores or features.

A skilled player can quickly "learn the angles" and gain a high level of control of ball motion, even on a machine they have never played.

Skilled players can often play on a machine for long periods of time on a single coin. By earning extra balls, a single game can be stretched out for a long period, and if the player is playing well he or she can earn replays known as "specials.

A placard is usually placed in a lower corner of the playfield. It may simply show pricing information, but should also show critical details about special scoring techniques.

This information is vital to achieving higher scores; it typically describes a series of events that must take place e. Learning these details makes the game more fun and challenging.

With practice — and a machine in good operating condition — a player can often achieve specific targets and higher scores and trigger exciting events.

Skillful players can influence the movement of the ball by moving or bumping the pinball machine, a technique known as "nudging.

The mechanisms generally include:. When any of these sensors is activated, the game registers a "tilt" and locks out, disabling solenoids for the flippers and other playfield systems so that the ball can do nothing other than roll down the playfield directly to the drain.

Reproduction Score and Instruction Cards. Backglass x [Steve Nordseth]. Full Machine x [Steve Nordseth]. Cabinet Right x [Steve Nordseth].

Cabinet Left x [Steve Nordseth]. Playfield x [Steve Nordseth]. Lower Playfield x [Robert Winter]. Middle Playfield x [Robert Winter]. Upper Playfield x [Robert Winter].

Pop Bumpers x [Robert Winter]. Ball View x [Robert Winter]. Playfield Reverse x [Robert Winter]. Cabinet - Left x [Robert Winter].

Beauty Shot x [Robert Winter]. Cabinet Front x [Allen Shope]. BackBox Left x [Allen Shope]. BackBox Right x [Allen Shope]. BackBox x [Allen Shope].

Backbox Electronics x [Allen Shope]. Playfield Underside x [Allen Shope]. Playfield Detail x [Allen Shope].

I wanted to cry when I heard these new songs. She's still writing amazing songs. We really hit it off', there's some kind of connection with us.

I feel really comfortable with her and I think she feels really comfortable with me, which I'm really glad for, because I could see someone like me-the way I look or whatever-not being appealing or her thinking that maybe I wasn't down with the kind of music she does.

She could tell that we have the same love for the same things about music' The album was recorded in 12 days.. We walked in, and this long, tall guy [engineer E ric McConnell] was sittin' at the control table.

I noticed that he didn't have many controls - not even as many as I've got on my little [sound] board.

I thought, 'Oh gee, this is gonna be good. From the first song, it was great. She didn't really understand it at first. We picked this guy's house to record it in, to do it in a home.

At the end of the first day, she took me aside and said, Southern matron voice , Jack, did you know we were gonna record here? I said yeah, I picked this place Loretta.

Within a couple of days, she grabbed my hand and said, Jack, I can't wait for this record to come out, it's gonna be so great. It was really cool, to see her so excited about music again.

It was really cool. We recorded on eight track, I refuse to record on digital computers or equipment. If this equipment was good enough for the people and music I really love -- for Cole Porter, Hank Williams, the Beatles -- there's no need to go and do digital.

It gives you way too much opportunity to overproduce. I was only thinking about how cool the whole thing was. We've known the White Stripes for about six years.

Our bands started out around the same time, and we got to be friends from playing shows together in Detroit. He has recorded our band before, and he likes the way we play.

It was really exciting My mom's a big fan. I'm a fan, too. Not to the point where I have autographed collector's plates sitting around, but I have a few of her records.

There was no direction at all. We would listen to her song, and we would go through and figure out how we wanted to play it. She would pretty much tell us to do whatever we wanted.

That's why in the album's liner notes she called us the Do Whaters. She said we are gonna shake up Nashville's Music Row.

It felt like you've known her a long time. She would work nine and 10 hours a day, and a lot of it was just sitting around and her telling great stories.

She sounds brilliant right off the bat. Her voice is gorgeous. It's as country as I am. I wanted to present each song the best way possible and bring out the character of each song.

If it was subtle, it needed to be subtle. If she was belting it out, we needed to get intense with it. I didn't go down as I was busy at the time.

But I've heard a lot of the stuff. It's really, really amazing. Loretta Lynn is a lovely person and an incredible musician.

Jack put together the band for the Nashville session using the members of the Greenhorns as the rhythm section - my style of drumming wouldn't have been appropriate - but Loretta wrote all the songs herself.

There are a few that date back to the 60s, but the ones she wrote two months ago are just as great. It's an amazing record. She wants to record a religious album and a Christmas album - and she hopes Jack will once again be her producer.

E ven though their producing styles are different, she likens the young musician to her legendary first producer. It's like he's been here many times.

I see a little bit of Owen Bradley in him. He's great at the rock 'n' roll music, but I think he will probably be even greater at producing. I've got two more albums in mind, and Jack and I are going to do 'em together.

When I'm on the road, I say to my fans: Country people know him. Me and Jack are going to do a tour with the Do-Whaters, the boys that played on the album.

I'll take my band out, too, so it won't be no big deal. She wants to do more, but I don't know if I can. She has run-ins with her health, and you know she's getting up there [age-wise].

But she bounces right back. She's a real fighter. She'll go into hospital, and come out two days later kicking and screaming. She cannot sit down, and cannot sit still.

She constantly wants to go on tour and do things. She's never stopped since she started 40 years ago. That would be really nice.

We'd be good together and record if we can both get a month off I was just working with Beck a couple of months back.

It's this song where I played bass and he played Fender Rhodes on it. We just started working on it. He had the Dust Brothers producing on it, and the studio wasn't really for me - it was just like, a computer.

They know what they're doing, they're really good at what they do. Beck sent me the song not too long ago, and he's done some really cool things with it after I left.

So that was cool, and I've been working on some other secret weapons and projects at home. The band is filled out with Patrick and Lil Jack of the Greenhornes so this is bound to be a badass album We're probably gonna work with Brendan Benson, record at his house.

He lives really near by me, I like recording with him. I don't really have any other predetermined things about the record at all.

All I could really do is hum you some songs. But I don't know, we might be done in the next couple of months.

We might go in, When I say, done, it's not like we're gonna go in and work on it forever. I'm sure we're gonna work on writing some more, and go in there for a week or something.

I don't know when that'll be. Brendan's on tour for another month or so. I'm saying we might do it there. I don't know if we're gonna do it there.

But I think it might be a good idea. I bought some ribbon microphones, I like the sound of them, and it might be easier to do it over there.

So, I don't know when, I guess it'll probably be coming out next year. I feel like we've taken too much time off. But we really needed to. I wasn't inspired a year ago at all.

I was inspired to stop playing live. It was getting really grueling to keep getting onstage like that. So now I'm really inspired, and anna play live again, and play these songs.

They're really working out good. It's cool because last time me and Meg played the other day, it was cool, we were coming up with some interesting things.

It felt different to me, and good, and moving forward. We were trucking along, you know? Maybe, schedules permitting, we'll put a record out.

We work on it when we're in town at the same time. Jack and I both sing. We've got 11 or 12 songs recorded, but not completely finished.

We still need to sing vocals on some of the songs. He lives two or three blocks away from me, and we've been friends for a really long time.

So this just seemed like a good excuse to see what would happen when we worked together. It seems to be working out. There's stuff on there that sounds like Cat Stevens, and there's some stuff on there that sounds like Led Zeppelin.

I can say some of the stuff sounds like pure Jack White. You can hear it and say, 'Oh, that's a Jack White song. I have no idea. It's really great, man.

People have got to hear it. And I'm not comparing the musicianship, just the fact that we're each kind of bringing in our own songs.

And we both have different sounds and aesthetics, which adds a whole other aspect to it. It's kind of a little of everything.

I've got songs that I've pretty much written and he added lyrics to it. And he brought some songs, or actually made a bunch of 'em up on the spot.

It's cool, different stuff. Some of it sounds like Jack and some of it just sounds like Cat Stevens or something. The plot is a love story based on the journey of a Confederate soldier from a hospital to his home in North Carolina.

He plays mandolin and sings. He is one of three guys who are a ragged band of musicians. But the role does not strictly follow the character in the book.

It has actually been enlarged for the film: I have a lot of lines. But, mainly, I do some songs — The three pieces, to be more precise.

And better still, they will be on the forthcoming soundtrack, which is fantastic. If it was just straight-up an acting opportunity, I don't know if I would have done it.

But they were looking for someone to bring folk music to the film, and this character was to sing three songs in the film.

I was amazed that they picked me, and I felt really honored and scared by it. I love American folk music so muc h. I'm so flattered that they recognized that in me, and that they asked me to be a part of that.

I was there for six weeks, with a lot of downtime, freezing in the winter, and it was worth every minute of it. But, mainly, I do some songs -- The three pieces, to be more precise.

I sing traditional songs, such as "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Sitting on Top of the World", and those I could do before.

I was on top of a hill a mile away and Renee Zellweger's down at the bottom herding sheep or something and she's laughing at me, 'Look at you rock star!

You're at the top of a hill and you've got to run down 20 times'. As soon as I'd run down I'd have to walk slowly right back up the hill and then as soon as I got there it was, 'ok, action'.

That made me mad. Otherwise, the most bizarre thing to occur during the whole production was that someone had given our record to a Romanian folk dancing group, so when we came out and did some extra songs, they practiced their dance routine to "Fell in love with a girl" and "I think I smell a Rat" - performed in full, traditional costumes!!

Anthony Minghella, the director of Cold Mountain, said that any performer who performs in any way on stage is in some way an actor, and it's easy to translate, because if you have the desire or creativity to perform, maybe you're not a good actor, but you're doing some sort of acting in some sense, because you're presenting something to people.

Which in a way is unnatural, especially with all the electricity involved. It's different than sitting on your front porch playing acoustic guitar or something.

Which could be, whatever. Quote end quote natural. That would be unnatural to be on stage in front of people and having lights shot out of you and giant amplifiers.

And he's right, there is acting involved in that. So it's probably not too much of a stretch sometimes. The DVD has something special if you're looking for more on Jacks work with the film.

Also included are conversations with the musicians behind the film. So when I went to audition for the director, I, already knew how to play that song.

There were so many amazing string musicians there, people who built their own instruments. I did not once dare to touch my guitar - I only sang.

I just said, O. Much as I love American folk music, I didn't think that alone entitled me to be in that world. Sadly, Jack was not pushed for an Oscar nomination - the main contender most people feel deserves a nod, 'Never Far Away' is infact not in the film and therefore not eligible for nomination.

Two other songs are getting the push in all the Oscar Consideration ads I've seen in Variety. Jack's role in the film is a small one He was only on set a day or two total.

Filming took place starting November of and ended sometime in January of The sets in the studio were built "in the round", meaning, there was a set in any direction the camera was pointing.

Principal Photography was only eight days long, with a day and a half of special effects and pick up shots.

The opening and end credit "mockumentary" interview footage was all ad-libbed. Some lines are taken from Plan 9 from Outer Space The film is currently being looked at by the Sci-Fi channel so it just might see widespread release on cable in the future.

Lets all wish Mike luck in getting a good distributor for his film. Mike is currently working on a film called "Ground Zero," a comedy drama revolving around the Detroit music scene.

The entire collection of vignettes has been released on DVD. It's a very interesting film and worth checking out if you get the chance. The film debuted on September 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival and sees Jack and Meg smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee in a cafe.

Jack shows Meg a strange machine that he has built, but it blows up. Armed with a handy tool, Meg fixes the machine and an overjoyed Jack leaves the cafe with the machine in tow in a little red wagon.

He wanted me and Meg to appear in a five minute film in which we talk to each other. We played a free live show in Union Square, and we saw him [director Jim Jarmusch] out in the audience.

We met that day and became fast friends. We started talking with him, and he asked us if we wanted to do one of these little shorts of his.

He was actually wearing little shorts at the time. The film was a different take on it[their personalities] for sure, because we sat down and said, "This is the script, this is what we're going to do, how do you say these words as good as possible?

We just do the first thing that comes into our heads. I think our characters were a funny take on any two people - the way that she's listening to me go on and on when she really knows about it anyway, she's just listening to me talk.

I think anyone could relate to that. I think anything with Jim is probably pretty easy. He's good at the funniest things too. I remember he said, we need a lot of shooting like this, then we can move this over here and move that over there, and Jim said, "Well, I don't know how to do that.

It was so nice to hear someone say "I don't know how to do that" out loud. It was mostly Jim's script and there were a couple things we added in. We met and then we began talking about Tesla, and then he came up with the idea.

At that point, he didn't really know what he was going to do with all these short films. He just said, "I'm doing these if you want to do one.

I really like his use of silence and empty space. It's just as powerful as dialogue, at times. Orson Wilson said something interesting once about when you watch a film, you should be able to watch it with the sound turned completely off, and still recognize the relationships between people.

I think his silence is really powerful. A lot of times in Hollywood films, it's really difficult for people to get away with all that dead air.

You can't get away with that dead air in radio or in music and he's getting away with it. It shows people how important that is, just to see people sitting there.

In the beginning of our segment, there are twenty seconds of nothing being said, and that's my favorite part.

Meg was so good. She was really really really good. I was looking at Meg and I realized how good she was in that video.

I didn't really realize that before. I think you're a really really good actress. I guess we learn these things as we go along. I had fun doing it, yeah.

It was very laid back. Being with Jim I knew it would probably be laid back. You know he's not gonna be an ass behind the camera.

He's a really good person. But it was easier than I thought it was gonna be, even though we were playing ourselves.

We still had to memorize stuff. Regarding the science theme of their part: I really, really love science. I read a lot about it.

It's one of those subjects I would actually like to go back and take classes about, because it's one of the few things in high school I liked.

What's interesting is that eBay has become the new drugstore. There was this article that said that chemistry sets in the s contained elements that could blow your house up.

It's amazing that boys grew up to become scientists without killing themselves. You can't buy aluminum shavings at the drugstore, but people are selling them online.

The internet is the new chemistry set. He really likes space. He kept telling us to slow down and give things space.

Oh, and he told me to shut up a lot and let Meg talk. Yeah, that was part of it. They used to blow everything up in that class.

I am a huge fan [of Tesla]. That's what motivated Jim to write that script; he had this Tesla book on his desk and we wanted him to direct this video for us for our next album where I played Tesla and I battled Thomas E dison with our inventions.

In real life, E dison electrocuted an elephant through Tesla's alternating current theory. That was going to be part of the video, but it got too expensive, renting an elephant and everything.

I wanted to build one since I was a little kid. When we first met Jim, he had a book about Tesla on his desk, and I started saying how much of an admirer of Tesla's I was.

We started talking, and we were eventually going to make a video for our last album in which I was going to play Tesla. We were going to reenact E dison's electrocution of an elephant that he did to disprove Tesla's theory, and I was going to turn E dison's head into an incandescent light pulp at the end to pay him back for his murder of the elephant.

It didn't work out because it got too expensive. The next thing, Jim came over and said he had a script for a short film about a Tesla coil.

I was so excited about it, because we wanted to do something creative with Jim, and also, to bring people some more knowledge of someone who is really underrated and misunderstood.

He's [Tesla] extremely important because he was robbed of the fact that he invented radio, and Marconi gets all the credit for it.

His ideas could be used today to provide everybody with wireless electricity that we wouldn't have to pay for. Those two alone are extremely important.

Just to know him as the genius that he was. After that big power outage that we just had, no one talks about it, but the only power plant that didn't go down was the one in Niagara Falls that he designed and constructed.

There's something interesting about that. You can go through a list of inventions that nobody knows that he invented, like the fluorescent light, radio remote control, and the alternating current motor.

It just goes on and on. He's just so much more important than E dison, I think, he was a true genius, and E dison had a lot of really good inventors working for him and he was taking their ideas.

We've always respected Jim so much, we didn't know how much we wanted to come up with our own dialogue. Some of it was, but Jim wrote most of it, based on a conversation we had about Tesla.

It was when we met him at his office. He had a book about Tesla sitting on his shelf. I asked if he liked Tesla, he said yeah.

E dison, in real life, electrocuted an elephant to try and show that Tesla's alternating current theories were dangerous - which they weren't. It's the alternating current that we use today.

But E dison electrocuted an elephant to prove it, and there's footage of that, you can see that footage. We were gonna re-enact that, and pretend to electrocute an elephant, and Meg was gonna be dragged away for the elephant.

I was gonna play Tesla, and in response to him killing an elephant, we were gonna have him write AC on the elephant in red paint.

I was gonna have this big death ray that I'd invented, and have a big fight in the laboratory and kill E dison and turn his head into a light bulb with this invention, and paint DC on his body.

The budget got a little high. Jim came back and said, Jack, it's gonna cost about half a million dollars! You couldn't be more wrong! Jack appeared in Rosemary's Baby starring Donald as well.

I was an altar boy. Donald was actually in Cold Mountain, and I came up to him and said, "Hey, this is our second film together. The White Stripes want to relate to their fans the truth about the concert video "nobody knows how to talk to children" that was recently shown at the Seattle Film Festival.

The White Stripes own the rights to the footage and the music. We never authorized, released, or legally allowed in any way for the video to be shown.

Here is the story from the beginning. We were called by george roca prior to the band's four night stand at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.

He wanted to videotape the entire event, stage performance and backstage goings on for his demo reel. We said yes to his request provided he and his crew agreed to the following conditions: He signed a contract along with his co-workers stating that The White Stripes completely own the footage, and nothing could be done with this without our permission.

A few months later a videotape of an edited version of this was sent to the band. It was not as good as we hoped -- the sound was poor, the editing didn't feel right, etc.

After we saw it, we emailed roca about eventually coming out and editing it with him, and choosing what songs we wanted to be in it.

With the last three years of intense touring and work schedule, this did not happen. And in fact The White Stripes pretty much saw this project - when done properly -- as something we would probably release ten years from now, not a month after it happened.

Recently sometime in May of , roca's attorney called The White Stripes' management, Monotone, to request permission to show it at various festivals in order to secure distribution.

For many reasons, we said no. We told him no formally, had lawyers tell him no. We sent him a very nice email telling him no.

The quality of it was poor and the timing was wrong we have another DVD of live concert footage shot at 2 shows in Blackpool, E ngland that's going to be released at the end of the year.

George roca also called fox news and tried to get them to run a story about how the band, "the successful celebrities," are trying to block the "underdog" from releasing "HIS" concert video!

This situation is obviously an example of the latest generation of people who think they are entitled to do whatever they want -- no matter how greedy or self-serving and possibly illegal their actions may be - with no repercussions for these actions.

The film still isn't being shown anywhere and it seems it will go down as the long lost unofficial white stripes concert doc. Reports from those that have seen it have been surprisingly bipolar.

Some have loved it, some have hated it. But all the accounts do seem to point to a serious issue with the audio quality in both backstage and performance scenes.

Here's what the writer said: White Stripes' frontman Jack White is giving a thought about following in the footsteps of 'The Who' and 'The Beatles' by making a movie about the band.

Only if it made sense and not just to do it to do it," Rate The Music quoted White as saying. Musicians can make terrible actors. Were you worried this might become your Glitter?

Well, the advantage was that we were playing ourselves, so if you can't do that properly -Jack: There is less contempt for musicians to act then there are for actors who want to make a record.

E ven if they've had that in them before they started acting, there's so much contempt for that. I always feel sorry for them. I think people believe music comes from some really natural expression and acting is fabricated, that that's the purpose of acting: Music is not pretending, so it's almost like someone who pretends is trying not to pretend and be real or something.

Also because there's an element of acting in music, and there isn't an element of music in acting. People always try to separate the two.

More official information here. The series by Palm Pictures is in an ongoing series highlighting the work of filmmakers who have helped re-define music videos and filmmaking over the last decade.

E ach volume features music videos, shorts and commercials hand-picked by the directors, exclusive audio and video commentaries from featured artists and collaborators, unreleased shorts and documentaries and much more.

A page companion book including photographs, storyboards, treatments, drawings and interviews comes with each specially packaged DVD. There's a little preview on the website.

In it, there's a short little interview with Jack and Meg and a shoot from behind the scenes at the filming of "Fell In Love With A Girl" with Meg in heavy "panda eyes" makeup hitting the drums.

A couple random quote from Gondry on his relationship with Jack and Meg that I can't fit in in paragraph form: He's like a brilliant six-year-old.

He's got his set of crayons, which for him is working with cameras and editing equipment. E verything's very mathematical, and every tiniest little detail is worked out.

And you would see him with his little papers that every second mapped out, but at the same time, he's got a total childlike fascination with color and shapes and sequences.

With Michel, you just stay out of his way. You can't make it any better, because he's brilliant right off the bat. There were going to be a couple White Stripes songs in his latest movie but they didn't end up working with the scene in the end.

It wasn't a million dollars, but we did turn down a Gap ad. I think a couple of them. There were so many insane offers like that.

There still are, as you can imagine. I'm sure that any band that gets that kind of attention, that kind of buzz, gets stupid offers from people trying to leech off them.

The Gap wanted us to be in a commercial and we said 'no' and everyone said, 'why not'? It's almost as if, if people are willing to give you that much money, you are insulting everyone you know by turning it down.

People's opinions about selling out seem to have changed over the years. It starts to get really weird when these money amounts, they start adding up in your brain, you're like, 'This is disgusting.

Yeah, White Stripes, let's get them on the commercial. Give 'em a million dollars. When it all starts piling up, you start thinking, "Man, I might really want that money 50 years from now.

We still haven't done anything like a commercial, but I'm not really against it. The bands manager Arthur can be seen ripping into Jack and Meg for refusing to accept the money and go ahead with the commercial on the Dead Leaves single DVD.

It is quite riveting and I think Arthur may just have a point. Arthur is a brilliant man, people really need to listen to his advice more often.

There would be alot less dandruff and last minute packing in the world if we did. It was going to be very low key.

The band is very sensitive to that. They aren't anti-corporate, but they don't want to do anything in their mind that is cheesy.

At the end of the war, a generation of Americans looked for amusement in bars and malt shops, and pinball saw another golden age.

Improvements such as the tilt mechanism and free games known as replays appeared. Gottlieb's Humpty Dumpty , introduced in , was the first game to add player-controlled flippers to keep the ball in play longer, adding a skill factor to the game.

Triple Action was the first game to feature just two flippers at the bottom of the playfield. Unlike in modern machines, the flippers faced outwards.

These flippers were made more powerful by the addition of a DC direct current power supply. These innovations were some of many by designer Steve Kordek.

The first game to feature the familiar dual-inward-facing-flipper design was Gottlieb's Just 21 released in January , though the flippers were rather far apart to allow for a turret ball shooter at the bottom center of the playfield.

Spot Bowler , also made by Gottlieb and released in October The post-war era was dominated by Gottlieb. Game designers Wayne Neyens and Ed Krynski , along with artist Leroy Parker, produced games that collectors consider some of the best classic pinball machines.

The introduction of microprocessors brought pinball into the realm of electronic gaming. The electromechanical relays and scoring reels that drove games in the s and s were replaced in the s with circuit boards and digital displays.

The first solid-state pinball is believed to be Mirco Games ' The Spirit of '76 , [6] though the first mainstream solid-state game was Williams' Hot Tip This new technology led to a boom for Williams and Bally, who attracted more players with games featuring more complex rules, digital sound effects, and speech.

The video game boom of the s signaled the end of the boom for pinball. Arcades replaced rows of pinball machines with video games like 's Space Invaders , 's Asteroids , 's Pac-Man , and 's Galaga.

These earned significantly greater profits than the pinball machines of the day, while simultaneously requiring less maintenance.

Bally, Williams, and Gottlieb continued to make pinball machines, while they also manufactured video games in much higher numbers. Many of the larger companies were acquired by, or merged with, other companies.

Chicago Coin was purchased by the Stern family, who brought the company into the digital era as Stern Enterprises, which closed its doors in the mids.

Bally exited the pinball business in and sold their assets to Williams, who subsequently used the Bally trademark from then on for about half of their pinball releases.

While the video game craze of the late s and early s dealt a severe blow to pinball revenue, it did spark the creative talents within the industry.

All companies involved tried to take advantage of the new solid state technology to improve player appeal of pinball and win back former players from video games.

Some of this creativity resulted in landmark designs and features still present today. Some of these include speech, such as Williams' Gorgar ; ramps for the ball to travel around, such as Williams' Space Shuttle ; "multiball", used on Williams' Firepower ; multi-level games like Gottlieb's Black Hole and Williams' Black Knight ; and blinking chase lights, as used on Bally's Xenon.

Although these novel features did not win back players as the manufacturers had hoped, they changed players' perception of pinball for coming decades.

After the collapse of the coin-operated video game industry, pinball saw another comeback in the s. Some new manufacturers entered the field such as Capcom Pinball and Alvin G.

The games from Williams now dominated the industry, with complicated mechanical devices and more elaborate display and sound systems attracting new players to the game.

Two years later, Williams commemorated this benchmark with a limited edition of 1, Addams Family Gold pinball machines, featuring gold-colored trim and updated software with new game features.

Other notable popular licenses included Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure and Star Trek: Expanding markets in Europe and Asia helped fuel the revival of interest.

Pat Lawlor was a designer, working for Williams until their exit from the industry in About a year later, Lawlor returned to the industry, starting his own company, [7] working in conjunction with Stern Pinball to produce new games.

The end of the s saw another downturn in the industry, with Gottlieb, Capcom, and Alvin G. Data East's pinball division was acquired by Sega and became Sega Pinball in By , there were two companies left: Sega Pinball and Williams.

In , Williams attempted to revive sales with the Pinball line of games, merging a video display into the pinball playfield.

The reception was initially good with Revenge From Mars selling well over 6, machines, but short of the 10,plus production runs for releases just six years earlier.

Williams exited the pinball business to focus on making gaming equipment for casinos, which was more profitable. Stern Pinball remained the only manufacturer of original pinball machines until , when Jersey Jack Pinball started shipping The Wizard of Oz.

Most members of the design teams for Stern Pinball are former employees of Williams. After the closure of most of the pinball manufacturers in the s, smaller independent manufacturers started appearing in the early s.

With the death of Steve Irwin , it was announced that the future of this game was uncertain. In , MarsaPlay in Spain manufactured a remake of Inder's original Canasta titled New Canasta , [13] [14] which was the first game to include a liquid-crystal display LCD screen in the backbox.

It is the first pinball machine manufactured in the USA with an LCD as backbox, [15] the first widebody pinball machine since [16] and the first new US pinball machine not made by Stern Pinball since In , the Chicago Gaming Company announced the creation of a remake of Medieval Madness [18] [19] [20].

This was later followed by a release of a remake of Attack From Mars. In , the new pinball manufacturer Spooky Pinball released their first game America's Most Haunted.

In , the new British pinball manufacturer Heighway Pinball released the racing themed pinball machine Full Throttle.

In , Multimorphic began shipping their pinball machine platform after several years of development.

It also has a large interactive display as the playfield surface, which is different from all prior pinball machines that were traditionally made of plywood and embedded with translucent plastic inserts for lighting.

Pinball machines, like many other mechanical games, were sometimes used as gambling devices. Free games could be won if the player was able to get the balls to land in a winning pattern; however, doing this was nearly random , and a common use for such machines was for gambling.

Other machines allowed a player to win and accumulate large numbers of "free games" which could then be cashed out for money with the location owner.

Later, this type of feature was discontinued in an effort to legitimize the machines, and to avoid legal problems in areas where awarding free games was considered illegal, some games, called Add-A-Ball, did away with the free game feature, instead giving players extra balls to play between 5 and 25 in most cases.

These extra balls were indicated via lighted graphics in the backglass or by a ball count wheel, but in some areas that was disallowed, and some games were shipped with a sticker to cover the counters.

Pinball was banned beginning in the early s until in New York City. The mayor participated with police in destroying machines with sledgehammers before dumping the remnants into the city's rivers.

The ban ended when Roger Sharpe a star witness for the AMOA — Amusement and Music Operators Association testified in April before a committee in a Manhattan courtroom that pinball games had become games of skill and were not games of chance, that is, gambling.

He began to play one of two games set up in the courtroom, and — in a move he compares to Babe Ruth 's home run in the World Series — called out precisely what he was going to shoot for, and then proceeded to do so.

Astonished committee members reportedly voted to remove the ban, which was followed in other cities. Sharpe reportedly acknowledges, in a self-deprecating manner, his courtroom shot was by sheer luck although there was admittedly skill involved in what he did.

Like New York, Los Angeles banned pinball machines in The ban was overturned by the Supreme Court of California in because 1 if pinball machines were games of chance, the ordinance was preempted by state law governing games of chance in general, and 2 if they were games of skill, the ordinance was unconstitutional as a denial of the equal protection of the laws.

Philadelphia and Salt Lake City also had similar bans. Another close but distinct relative of pinball is pachinko , a gambling game played in Japan.

Although they share a common ancestry, the games are very different, in that pachinko involves shooting many small balls repeatedly into a nearly vertical playfield, while pinball is about the manipulation of the small number of balls currently in play on a near-horizontal playfield.

The key attribute of a successful pinball game is an interesting and challenging layout of scoring opportunities on the playfield.

Many types of targets and features have been developed over the years. The playfield is a planar surface inclined upward from three to seven degrees current convention is six and a half degrees , away from the player, and includes multiple targets and scoring objectives.

It is important that the playfield be level left-to-right; a quick visual test compares the top of the back cabinet against a brick or block wall behind it, or to roll a marble down the center of the playfield glass.

If it clearly rolls off to one side, a player may be inclined to stuff folded paper beneath the legs on the lower side to level the playfield.

Additionally, leg levelers that are all extended fully make the game easier to nudge; when collapsed low, the entire game is more stable, and nudging becomes harder.

The ball is put into play by use of the plunger , a spring -loaded rod that strikes the ball as it rests in an entry lane, or as in some newer games, by a button that signals the game logic to fire a solenoid that strikes the ball.

With both devices the result is the same: The ball is propelled upwards onto the playfield. Once a ball is in play, it tends to move downward towards the player, although the ball can move in any direction, sometimes unpredictably, due to contact with objects on the playfield or by the player's own actions.

To return the ball to the upper part of the playfield, the player makes use of one or more flippers. Manipulation of the ball may also be accomplished by various tricks, such as " nudging ".

However, excessive nudging is generally penalized by the loss of the current player's turn known as tilting or ending of the entire game when the nudging is particularly violent known as slam tilting.

This penalty was instituted because nudging the machine too much may damage it. Many games also have a slam tilt in the bottom of the lower cabinet to end the game if the cabinet is raised and dropped to the floor in an attempt to falsely trigger the coin counting switch.

The plunger is a spring -loaded rod with a small handle, used to propel the ball into the playfield. The player can control the amount of force used for launching by pulling the plunger a certain distance thus changing the spring compression.

This is often used for a "skill shot," in which a player attempts to launch a ball so that it exactly hits a specified target.

Once the ball is in motion in the main area of the playfield, the plunger is not used again until another ball must be brought onto the playfield.

In modern machines, an electronically controlled launcher is sometimes substituted for the plunger. The shape of the ball launch button that replaces the plunger may be modified to fit the aesthetics of a particular game's theme, such as being made to look like the trigger of a gun in a game with a military or action-hero theme.

They are the main control that the player has over the ball. Careful timing and positional control allows the player to intentionally direct the ball in a range of directions with various levels of velocity.

With the flippers, the player attempts to move the ball to hit various types of scoring targets, and to keep the ball from disappearing off the bottom of the playfield.

The very first pinball games appeared in the early s and did not have flippers; after launch the ball simply proceeded down the playfield, directed by static nails or "pins" to one of several scoring areas.

These pins gave the game its name. In , the first mechanical flippers appeared on Gottlieb's Humpty Dumpty [34] and by the early s, the familiar two-flipper configuration, with the flippers at the bottom of the playfield above the center drain, had become standard.

Some machines also added a third or fourth flipper midway up the playfield. The new flipper ushered in the "golden age" of pinball, where the fierce competition between the various pinball manufacturers led to constant innovation in the field.

Various types of stationary and moving targets were added, spinning scoring reels replaced games featuring static scores lit from behind.

Multiplayer scores were added soon after, and then bells and other noise-makers, all of which began to make pinball less a game and more of an experience.

The flippers have loaned pinball its common name in many languages, where the game is known mainly as "flipper". Bumpers are round knobs that, when hit, will actively push the ball away.

There is also an earlier variety of bumper known as a dead bumper or passive bumper that doesn't propel the ball away; most bumpers on machines built since the s are active bumpers, variously called "pop bumpers," "thumper bumpers," "jet bumpers," or "turbo bumpers.

Bumpers predate flippers, and active bumpers added a great deal of spice to older games. Pop bumpers are operated by a switch connected to a ring surrounding the bottom circumference of the bumper that is suspended several millimeters above the playfield surface.

When the ball rolls over this ring and forces one side of it down, a switch is closed that activates the bumper's solenoid. This pulls down a tapered ring surrounding the central post of the bumper that pushes downward and outward on the ball, propelling it away.

Kickers and slingshots are rubber pads which propel the ball away upon impact, like bumpers, but are usually a horizontal side of a wall.

Every recent pinball machine includes slingshots to the upper left and upper right of the lowest set of flippers; older games used more experimental arrangements.

They operate similarly to pop bumpers, with a switch on each side of a solenoid-operated lever arm in a typical arrangement. The switches are closed by ball contact with the rubber on the face of the kicker and this activates the solenoid.

Early pinball machines typically had full solenoid current passing through trigger switches for all types of solenoids, from kickers to pop bumpers to the flippers themselves.

This caused arcing across switch contacts and rapid contact fouling and failure. As electronics were gradually implemented in pinball design, solenoids began to be switched by power transistors under software control to lower switch voltage and current, vastly extend switch service lifetime, and add flexibility to game design.

As an example, some later machines had flippers that could be operated independently of the flipper button by the machine's software. The upper-left flipper during "Thing Flips" on The Addams Family pinball machine triggers automatically a brief moment after the ball passes an optical sensor just above the flipper.

The smaller, lower-powered solenoids were first to be transistorized, followed later by the higher-current solenoids as the price, performance, and reliability of power transistors improved over the years.

Originally holes and saucers worked by using tubes behind the playing field, with a pin at the top to hold the ball for later drops. Another version of the tube uses two spinning wheels to transfer the ball from hole to hole.

Newer versions use an electronic track with a carriage or an electromagnet to pull the ball between holes. Ramps are inclined planes with a gentle enough slope that the ball may travel along it.

The player attempts to direct the ball with enough force to make it to the top of the ramp and down the other side.

For one thing, to limit spread would be to deny old friends with widely disparate handicaps the pleasure of teaming up in a club match or a member-guest.

For another considering that the average man'' handicap is a dozen or more strokes lower than the average women'' , such a limit would be impractical for mixed multi-ball events.

Should a club decide to restrict spread in one of its own events, of course, the USGA has no objection: One very workable solution to the spread problem, as a matter of fact, would be for the Committee to divide the field into flights based on spread.

Similarly, we have no objection to the common practice of limiting participation in pro-amateur competitions to players with handicaps of 18 or below.

Scheid also investigated the patterns of success or failure produced by different types of teams playing with varying allowances in best-ball-of-four stroke play competition.

He simulated tournaments, each involving 50 teams. For the study, handicaps under 10 were considered low; near 15, middle; and over 20, high.

The table shows the number of top i. To hold its own, a team would need top finishes. The second, and considerably more difficult judgment to be made involved the ever-elusive concept of equity.

The question, "What is equity? Equity compared to what? At first glance, the premise that equity in a multi-ball event lies in giving each team a relatively equal chance to win first place in a field of golfers seems eminently reasonable - until one discovers that the allowances necessary to approach this goal can be so severe as to relegate a disproportionately large percentage of high handicappers to the bottom half of the field.

Again, sound mathematics can be poor sociology. It was a conscious, reasoned decision to eliminate a preponderance of any type of handicappers from either the top or the bottom of the heap.

In light of the careful research from which the allowances were developed, however, a club choosing to deviate from the specified percentages must realize that doing so can play havoc with the results of its competitions.

What television suggests can happen when you fool with Mother Nature can also happen when you fool with the mathematics of multi-ball allowances.

All things considered, the current allowances make sense and should be used. They are based on solid research; they are the fairest and most practical that could be devised; and they will add to your enjoyment of golf.

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USGA Members enjoy access to exclusive benefits, content, offers and more. They were easy to apply, being round numbers, and they included a slight "bonus for excellence" in favor of better and possibly more dedicated player While Soley was studying team pairings from actual events, Scheid was working with a computer bank of 28, hole-by-hole rounds of 1, golfers at 14 Massachusetts clubs.

Scheid also simulated several hundred stroke play tournaments, each involving players.

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