I believe the original '72 Fireball to be of historic significance, a shift in pinball quality and a true game for the ages. Nothing in my game room has had such lasting appeal and invites a play just walking through it like FB. Just turning on the game itself and pressing that left flipper always takes my breath away. My daughter who's an art major, can't get over the shear beauty of the incandescent glow and balance of the natural wood mixing with the deep blues & Norse/Germanic mythology.
Read the below with pinball on the brain:
"Odin" is generally accepted as the modern English form of the name, although, in some cases, older forms may be used or preferred. His name is related to óðr, meaning "fury, excitation", as well as "mind" or "poetry". His role, like that of many of the Norse gods, is complex. Odin is associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom, Shamanism, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is the thunder god Thor.
*Wotan, or *Wōđinaz, is the reconstructed Proto-Germanic name of a god of Germanic paganism. The name is connected to the "inspiration" which is ultimately derived from the Indo-European theme, *awē "to blow". *Wāt continues in Old Irish fáith, "poet" or "seer"; Old High German wut, "fury"; and Gothic wods, "possessed".Old English had the noun wōþ "song, sound", corresponding to Old Norse óðr, which means both "fury" and "poetry, inspiration".It is possible, therefore, that *Wōđanaz was seen as a manifestation of ecstasy, associated with mantic states, with fury, and with poetic inspiration.An explicit association of Wodan with the state of fury was made by 11th century German chronicler Adam of Bremen, who, when detailing the religious practices of Scandinavian pagans, described Wodan, id est furor, "Wodan, that is, the furious".
Releasing both balls and finding yourself in a 3 ball firefight, armed with only 2inch flippers puts the above references in their proper context.image-367.jpg