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The lure of the silver ball can someone explain?


By jorro

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    Hi guys,
    I confess i am addicted to pinball.

    The machines, the game, the parts, the feel, the smell, the look, the rules....etc
    You know what i mean

    This forum, youtube movies, books, articles.
    Repairs, hell even cleaning
    even stupid, lame or broken pinball is better then no pinball.
    I always want more.
    I do have a handbrake there's only 3 pins in my living room and some space for no.4 so its not out of hand, but i still do need pinball.
    I calls to me , like gollem.
    I long to play, it makes me truly happy.
    I plan pinball into my vacations and trips, if there is no pinball there i secretly feel my vacation or trip sucks a little.

    I know you guys have this too i'm not alone

    But why?
    What is the deal with this? Am i a junky?
    What causes this
    Sometimes it troubles me a little, its just a game

    Any insights or even professional opinion is welcome

    #2 3 months ago

    Welcome to the club!!!

    #3 3 months ago

    Thanks!

    #4 3 months ago

    Unexplainable you either get it or you don't.

    #5 3 months ago
    Quoted from Buzz:

    Unexplainable you either get it or you don't.

    This. A thousand times this.

    Though for me, it’s the satisfaction of bringing some run down game back to life, and then being able to share it with literally anyone who has hands and eyes. You can’t do that with stamp collecting or baseball cards. Everyone understands games.

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    #6 3 months ago

    I think it’s the mechanics of it. I’m willing to bet most of us were the kids that loved taking stuff apart. Loved moving parts inventions. Wanted to know how everything worked. Or I’m just crazy

    #7 3 months ago

    To me it’s everything I always liked, the lights, the art, the electromechanical nature, even the collectibility aspect, the random precision of the silver ball, lotsa skill with a little luck what’s not to like. Yet there are people that don’t get it, cough(my wife !) since I was a kid I always liked coin operated machines wether it was a pool table, jukebox, candy machine, video game, electric crane whatever and pinball is the best of them all by far

    #8 3 months ago

    It's a dopamine rush - your brain is rewarding you the same way it does when you get a Facebook notification, hear a great song or taste your favorite food. With pinball, you're getting chemical rewards whenever you complete an achievement, beat a timer or get it to make a certain sound or display a special light show or animation. Dopamine can be addictive.

    #9 3 months ago

    I like the competetive aspect of it. I’m a 50 yr old ex-athlete who needs rotator cuff surgery from baseball and blew out my meniscus playing hoops last year. The silver ball is the only one I play now. Plus all the nostalgia of my childhood arcade days ...blah blah blah.

    #10 3 months ago

    To add to what bonzo said, it’s a great well rounded hobby. You can collect, Restore, fix, compete, play, discuss among many other things.

    #11 3 months ago

    Just a big box full of light bulbs not sure what you are all worked up about!?

    It’s a working diaroma, rude goldberg machine, art show, light show, concert, comedy, peep show, drama, action, game of physics that you control the outcome to.

    #12 3 months ago
    Quoted from TopMoose:

    It's a dopamine rush - your brain is rewarding you the same way it does when you get a Facebook notification, hear a great song or taste your favorite food. With pinball, you're getting chemical rewards whenever you complete an achievement, beat a timer or get it to make a certain sound or display a special light show or animation. Dopamine can be addictive.

    I think that this is also a great part of it, its some kind of crack on four legs!
    The sound the collors the lights seem to draw me in.
    Even when not turned on it calls me

    Insert gollem ..... my precious...voice

    #13 3 months ago
    Quoted from jorro:

    Hi guys,
    I confess i am addicted to pinball.
    The machines, the game, the parts, the feel, the smell, the look, the rules....etc
    You know what i mean
    This forum, youtube movies, books, articles.
    Repairs, hell even cleaning
    even stupid, lame or broken pinball is better then no pinball.
    I always want more.
    I do have a handbrake there's only 3 pins in my living room and some space for no.4 so its not out of hand, but i still do need pinball.
    I calls to me , like gollem.
    I long to play, it makes me truly happy.
    I plan pinball into my vacations and trips, if there is no pinball there i secretly feel my vacation or trip sucks a little.
    I know you guys have this too i'm not alone
    But why?
    What is the deal with this? Am i a junky?
    What causes this
    Sometimes it troubles me a little, its just a game
    Any insights or even professional opinion is welcome

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    #14 3 months ago

    I feel sorry for all the family and friends I make suffer with my constant pinball talk !

    #15 3 months ago
    Quoted from jorro:

    But why?
    What is the deal with this? Am i a junky?
    What causes this
    Sometimes it troubles me a little, its just a game

    Let me ask you, have you been playing video games for years before finding pinball?

    I think the the lure of pinball has something to do with the fact that it’s real. The tactile feedback is unmatched. You can see, hear and feel the ball rolling across the playfield. Pinball gives back in a way that video games just can’t match.

    And then, you can take the glass off and explore the world in a box with your fingers. You can touch it, clean it, take it apart, fix it, put it back together better then it was before, and then to top it all off, you can personalize the machine to make it yours.

    Video games, board games, physical sports, none of them have the same level of involvement as pinballs do.

    #16 3 months ago
    Quoted from TopMoose:

    It's a dopamine rush - your brain is rewarding you the same way it does when you get a Facebook notification, hear a great song or taste your favorite food. With pinball, you're getting chemical rewards whenever you complete an achievement, beat a timer or get it to make a certain sound or display a special light show or animation. Dopamine can be addictive.

    To build on this, I’ve often reflected how pinball relies on certain mental abilities that were very important in our evolutionary past, but not so much in the modern world. Namely, mental geometry in calculating angles and using precise timing to hit targets, catch something, or prevent something from escaping. Think how close this resembles skills needed to hunt (hit a moving target by chucking a rock) or more advanced methods like bow and arrow or later guns. Or Spearing a fish in a stream. Or brains reward us for exercising skills important to our survival. So our brains like it when we play pinball. This is only one dimension of the answer and many others responses only build on this.

    #17 3 months ago

    I don't need to play it to get a rush. It's like any other hobby you find enjoyable. I like bringing the past back to life and fixing broken things. I could just as easily be into something like restoring old arcade machines, old vending machines, jukeboxes, or automobiles. Any of those are useful items that you can do things with, just like a pinball machine. Hobbies that are static such as collecting stamps or most other "just look at it and that is all you can do with it" are not for me.

    #18 3 months ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    To build on this, I’ve often reflected how pinball relies on certain mental abilities that were very important in our evolutionary past, but not so much in the modern world. Namely, mental geometry in calculating angles and using precise timing to hit targets, catch something, or prevent something from escaping. Think how close this resembles skills needed to hunt (hit a moving target by chucking a rock) or more advanced methods like bow and arrow or later guns. Or Spearing a fish in a stream. Or brains reward us for exercising skills important to our survival. So our brains like it when we play pinball. This is only one dimension of the answer and many others responses only build on this.

    This is a great example!
    I know the games are specualy build with risk and rewards so you get the feeling of one more trie ,i can do this sooo close
    Kind of funny that we humans are programmed evolutionary like this and it still exists after many thousand of years.

    #19 3 months ago
    Quoted from wayout440:

    I don't need to play it to get a rush. It's like any other hobby you find enjoyable. I like bringing the past back to life and fixing broken things. I could just as easily be into something like restoring old arcade machines, old vending machines, jukeboxes, or automobiles. Any of those are useful items that you can do things with, just like a pinball machine. Hobbies that are static such as collecting stamps or most other "just look at it and that is all you can do with it" are not for me.

    The fixing, troubleshooting and learning bring me great pleasure to.
    But like you said it can also be cars vending machines etc. But nothing quite sucks me in like pinball does.
    If i would collect stamps it would be pinball stamps

    #20 3 months ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    Let me ask you, have you been playing video games for years before finding pinball?
    I think the the lure of pinball has something to do with the fact that it’s real. The tactile feedback is unmatched. You can see, hear and feel the ball rolling across the playfield. Pinball gives back in a way that video games just can’t match.
    And then, you can take the glass off and explore the world in a box with your fingers. You can touch it, clean it, take it apart, fix it, put it back together better then it was before, and then to top it all off, you can personalize the machine to make it yours.
    Video games, board games, physical sports, none of them have the same level of involvement as pinballs do.

    I played some arcade games back in the days, video games on home consoles
    But they seem to bore me pretty soon, pinball keeps me comming back

    #21 3 months ago

    I cannot speak to the joys of ownership, because I don't own any pinball games. I'm sure I would enjoy some aspects of ownership too. I enjoy the "logic puzzles" of troubleshooting things. I enjoy the repair of both electronic and mechanical things. And I love playing pinball. However, tying up that kind of money just to have exclusive access to games seems outrageous, to a cheapskate like me.

    I can certainly speak to the joys of playing pinball. I've played a lot of pinball in my 45 years.

    At the basic level, the game of pinball is a battle of human against nature. "Nature" in this case is gravity and random chaos. The ball will always drain eventually (unless playing LOTR). It does not matter how good you are, you will lose. Nature's victory is inevitable, and likely just around the corner. But for brief periods of time, requiring skill, luck, knowledge and intense focus, you can do the impossible. You can become the master over nature. You can defy gravity. You can bring order to chaos. It is an amazing feeling to do the impossible. And that feeling is joy.

    And then you brick the shot and get an air-ball that flies directly over the flipper and into the trough.

    You step back (hopefully you laugh), take another sip, and plunge again. And then you try to get that feeling back again, even if just for a few minutes.

    #22 3 months ago

    Like others have said, it’s a hard thing to explain. For me at age 54 it’s bringing me back to 1978 when at age 14, spending summer days at the Aladdin’s Castle arcade in the local Mall were awesome carefree times. I’ve got 4 1970s pins now in my game room and am enjoying learning how to work on the same games that brought so much joy in my youth. That’s probably a common theme among all pinheads. The sounds, sights and feel of these machines are special to me as much as any inanimate object could be. Addictive for sure and most of all fun. It’s also a great escape from the potholes of life. I close my gameroom door, turn on those machines and some music or a ball game and it’s heavanly.

    #23 3 months ago

    It is because pinball is comprised of so many facets:

    -nostalgia
    -it is visceral,kinetic, and tactile; if you are doing it right you use your entire body
    -it is interactive art
    -it has mesmerizing dancing lights
    -competition and the social aspect of playing
    -ability of personalizing your machine via modding
    -reward of repairing them, particularly a complicated problem
    -reward of resurrecting/restoring a machine to its former glory
    -collectibility
    -oh, and it’s a game. Gaming is fun!

    These are what attracts me. Some may not apply to you or you may have others.

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