- Mar 22, 2012
Reply to Mr. Ehansen24: Science is fun! The more you look at it, the harder it is to see.
The fun is in the discovery.
The fun is in the discovery.
To me video game pinball represents what arcade video games were all about before the home consoles arrived. Home console video games have become so much easier than their forefathers were in the arcade. Today most games hold your hand and walk you through them ... hints pop up on the screen, arrows point in the direction you need to go, save points are around every corner. But not in pinball, pinball follows the RETRO PHILOSOPHY ... games that were designed to kill you within 3 minutes but offer you just enough candy that you would keep coming back for more to get just a little further in the game, they have a beginning but no ending, and death lurks around every corner.
It is the fear of death which keeps me coming back for more ... it is refreshing to know that pinball is unforgiving and one screw up, and you are a dead man! This creates an atmosphere of panic during gameplay and forces you to have quick reactions in desperate attempts to save your life ... it is that twitch gameplay, as was in games like Defender, that keeps me coming back for more. Sure there are those that become masters at the game and make it look easy but that requires a lot of practice and even those which are masters must also face death with a single screw up on their behalf.
In addition, your reward is a high score, just as in the early video games, there is no ending to a pinball game and therefore you can never beat it and that provides re playability, which most games today lack ...
Agreed very well saidAbsolutely!
If you go back to the early video games and put them up against pinball machines, there is no comparison.
The classic video arcade games had so much that was simply "memorize this sequence, and repeat it".
Lots of "when this happens, hit this button".
They certainly did require a lot of hand-eye coordination, but it wasn't the same.
Pinball certainly also requires great hand-eye coordination, but it also requires a lot of physics and mathematics.
Physics like ...how long will it take the ball to get from this point on the ramp down to this point on the flipper...
Geometry like ...if the ball hits the slingshot at this angle, which direction will it go...
Like shooting pool... lots of calculations have to be done to get the shots you want.
Unlike pool though, you usually have to be doing it VERY quickly, instead of thinking about it and planning each shot.
This makes me wonder, how many people that are pinball nuts like to shoot pool?
To me pinball is like escaping to that "world" in which the table's theme is based on and "magically" become part of that world when playing the game.
I know. Weird but it makes sense to me.