Quoted from Plumonium:
Do you feel there is minimum age (or understanding) to let kids to play pinball?
When friends and kids come over there are fascinated and want to play but they do not care about the ball or the rules. All they do is hitting both flippers constantly as long as the ball is live.
I feel it's just putting wear in the machine and they are just too young to play yet. They are like 3-4 years old.
What you guys think?
WARNING: May be long, drawn out for some--but total truth below.
This is an interesting question, and without reading any of the responses, and based on my own personal experience, I would let your kids play at the age of 4, the EXACT age I started.
Made me a human calculator - major math skills learned, early age, in the SS days of 2x 3x 4x 5x.
Improved hand/eye coordination. No debate.
Made my aim sharper, in everything. Kicking a soccer ball, shooting, baseball hitting.
Anything involving aim, precision, goals reached, and just plain innocent fun, a good pinball fits the bill.
Harmed me, 0 ways.
Certain pin titles certainly not for youngsters, but only very few.
Addiction factor where I could not function without pinball: NONE.
Reason: Pinballs stayed at the arcade and you left, and went on with life.
Today's games and devices seem to dominate life.
So, yes--I have 2 kids--both get to play whenever, once the usual homework and crap is done.
So, call me an avid pinball supporter. My daughter started at 3 1/2 - when I started adult collecting with Mata Hari. Put up a legit score of 381,000 as a 6 year old. Swept the bank twice (did it the hard way, not with 5x 5x 5x). I was impressed.