Quoted from Frax:
I'm pretty sure the Ninjargument above takes the cake... like...really...how the hell can you quote Devo as a defense for refusing to develop an actual skill? How many of the "ninjas" at the highest echelon of pinball players DON'T NUDGE?
Um....those who fail to learn from Devo are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Santana said that years ago, and it holds true today. Not to mention those who fail to learn from the very words of Pinball Wizard wherein (and I quoteth) "He stands like a statue/becomes part of the machine/Felling all the bumpers/ALWAYS PLAYING CLEAN". Now, if that isn't proof positive I don't know what is.
So, as we have all seen in pretty much any Ninja movie (and 'Ninja' is capitalized, thank you), there is always the brash youngster who shows up full of piss and vinegar who gets his ass kicked by the aged, feeble-looking bald Ninja master and must learn to rethink his ways before becoming a true Ninja warrior.
A true Ninja (or Tommy) would never need to manhandle the machine because he would always be in complete command of the ball.
Shoving the machine around is like putting Vaseline on the baseball or deflating the football a tad. It's dirty pool, old man. You might get away with it, but .....
Show me two players with equal scores and the one who didn't need to jostle the machine is the better player.
And as for the old 'pinball machines are meant to be shoved around argument' ... that's ludicrous. It's more like 'Pinball makers know that the machines will be abused by mooks in public settings so they account for that in their design'. Those are two different things.