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Pinball machine? What is the proper term? Poll


By Coz

5 months ago



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    “What term do you prefer to use?”

    • Pin 59 votes
      20%
    • Pinball 25 votes
      9%
    • Pinball machine 182 votes
      63%
    • Table 9 votes
      3%
    • Pin table 1 vote
    • Other 2 votes
      1%
    • Flapper game 9 votes
      3%
    • Flipper game 1 vote

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    #1 5 months ago

    Seems there has been some debate lately about the terminology used in pinball. What do you call the pinball machine? A pin? A machine? A table? What is the “official” term. Are there other options? What other terms have caused debate in the pinball and arcade hobby?
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    #2 5 months ago

    All of them are understandable, so probably all are valid. Pinball machine is the official term, but all the others are essentially abbreviations or remixes.

    I've also heard the term "flapper game" a few times, but that usually comes from someone who really isn't very familiar with pinball.

    In some parts of Europe (such as Germany), they're called flipper games/machines. It's interesting that they decided to name the game after the flippers, rather than the ball like in the US.

    #3 5 months ago

    In general I think the term pinball machine is most appropriate, but when speaking of a specific machine to a pinhead the term " machine " is fine .

    #4 5 months ago

    Wish we could pick more than one option, as I use most of these terms. "Pin" is probably my most used, but I use table quite a bit as well.

    #5 5 months ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    Seems there has been some debate lately about the terminology used in pinball. What do you call the pinball machine? A pin? A machine? A table? What is the “official” term. Are there other options? What other terms have caused debate in the pinball and arcade hobby?
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    Flipper

    #6 5 months ago

    I’m curious what debate you are referring to, but the manufacturers call them pinball machines

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    #7 5 months ago

    Flipper is a dolphin

    #8 5 months ago
    Quoted from Strohz:

    the manufacturers call them pinball machines

    What did the European manufacturers call them ? They are usually referred to tables there.

    LTG : )

    #9 5 months ago
    Quoted from Brewchap:

    Flipper is a dolphin

    True. Isn’t a flapper a 1920’s lady who bucked the norm of acceptable behavior?

    #10 5 months ago

    Arcade

    JK.

    #11 5 months ago

    I call it a pinball or a pinball machine.

    #12 5 months ago

    Coin operated device...

    #13 5 months ago

    Pin is what I say most often.

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    #14 5 months ago

    not 'table'

    #15 5 months ago

    Pin is the easiest

    #16 5 months ago

    The better question is, Why is it called Pinball?

    #17 5 months ago

    When talking with people in the hobby it’s “pin” or “pins” if plural.

    When explaining my hobby to other people it’s “pinball machines”.

    #18 5 months ago
    Quoted from Electrocute:

    The better question is, Why is it called Pinball?

    Because early machines had metal pins (like nails) on the play field.
    Almost like a pachinko machine.

    #19 5 months ago

    Example of old “pin” ball machine

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    #21 5 months ago

    Pretty sure you're all wrong here, as the proper term is "addiction " hahaha

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    #22 5 months ago

    Deck.

    #23 5 months ago

    Table is what is referred to in the Virtual Pinball world, not to be confused with a real pinball machine. Simple as that.

    Got to keep the abbreviation of pin if talking about a real pinball machine, if one is too lazy to type out pinball machine.

    #24 5 months ago

    I grew up playing pinball on pinball machines. they are not tables. jeebus that term drives me crazy. also, please stop using the term "shooter" guns shoot, pinball machines do not shoot. they are not great shooters... great shooters shoot in gun competitions... lol

    and yes this is simply my own opinion, and I really don't care what other people call them. its all in good fun.

    #25 5 months ago

    I simple use "pin" as a quick abbreviation for pinball machine.
    Ex) Check out this new pinball machine or Check out this new pin. Everyone knows what you are talking about.

    #26 5 months ago

    Ping pong.

    #27 5 months ago
    Quoted from PinballManiac40:

    Table is what is referred to in the Virtual Pinball world, not to be confused with a real pinball machine. Simple as that.
    Got to keep the abbreviation of pin if talking about a real pinball machine, if one is too lazy to type out pinball machine.

    I use them as tables all the time, fold laundry on them (4 pins in laundry room... see what I did there , stack parts on one machine while working on another, but never ever put my beer on them. Mostly I call them FUN!

    #28 5 months ago

    All the time I was growing up, my father called them "Pinballs" -- not the balls themselves, but the machines. Jeez, drove me crazy with that.

    #29 5 months ago

    Anything but table. It is not a table.

    #30 5 months ago

    I call them 'customer entertainment machines' when telling the tax man what they are.

    #31 5 months ago
    Quoted from fxdwg:

    I grew up playing pinball on pinball machines. they are not tables. jeebus that term drives me crazy. also, please stop using the term "shooter" guns shoot, pinball machines do not shoot. they are not great shooters... great shooters shoot in gun competitions... lol
    and yes this is simply my own opinion, and I really don't care what other people call them. its all in good fun.

    Harry Williams referred to them as tables in a taped interview.

    I prefer pinball machines or just pins.

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    #32 5 months ago

    Pin when talking to pinheads
    Pinball Machine when talking to others.

    Tables are what we eat our dinner on.

    #33 5 months ago

    I can't stand the word "deck."

    Pin is my preference

    #34 5 months ago

    Where is the voting option of Pinny! Which I never use BTW.

    #35 5 months ago

    Whichever you want it to be, we all know what they mean.

    #36 5 months ago
    Quoted from EalaDubhSidhe:

    Whichever you want it to be, we all know what they mean.

    That’s definitely true, but I just wanted to see what the favorite term is. I have heard different players use different terms lately

    #37 5 months ago

    "Video game," of course! I hear lots of people call them that!

    #38 5 months ago

    If you play them: pin.

    If you don't play them: table.

    #39 5 months ago

    Addiction worse than dope is what I call them!

    #40 5 months ago

    As a total newb to the hobby a few years ago, when I called a local pinball distributor asking about “pinball tables” for sale the guy made like he had no idea what I was talking about. Jerk.

    Like it or not, pretty much everyone in the world associates pinball with The Who’s Pinball Wizard.
    “Even at my favorite table, he can beat my best”

    It was a total shock to me that those in the industry apparently despise that term

    #41 5 months ago

    As long as you don’t call it a deck or a table....

    #42 5 months ago

    Seems pinball machine or pin are the overwhelming favorite terms used here on pinside. Interesting to see everyone’s opinions and comments.

    #43 5 months ago
    Quoted from Mike_J:As long as you don’t call it a deck or a table....

    But Flapper Game is OK?

    #44 5 months ago
    Quoted from luckymoey:

    But Flapper Game is OK?

    No, somebody’s losing a tooth with that one.

    #45 5 months ago

    I call 'em Money Pits.

    #46 5 months ago

    Rename it Soccer field game. Pisses of all of Europe.

    #47 5 months ago

    Not a table? HA!

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    #48 5 months ago

    I love my PINS !

    #49 5 months ago

    In sweden we normally call them Flipperspel (Flipper game)

    #50 5 months ago

    In Dutch it's Flipperkast
    Pinball Machine is also very common

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