History NintendoHard / Pinball

2nd Aug '16 1:07:30 PM tadaru
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* A few Creator/WilliamsElectronics games in TheNineties (for instance, ''Pinball/FishTales'') came standard with "lightning" flippers, which are 1/8 of an inch shorter than standard pinball flippers, which is definitely much more than it sounds like. Sometimes games that normally use standard flippers will be customized to use these for a SelfImposedChallenge and/or to reduce play times during tournaments.

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* A few Creator/WilliamsElectronics games in TheNineties (for instance, ''Pinball/FishTales'') came standard with "lightning" flippers, which are 1/8 of an inch shorter than standard pinball flippers, which is definitely much more than it sounds like. Sometimes games that normally use standard flippers will be customized to use these lightning flippers for a SelfImposedChallenge and/or to reduce play times during tournaments.
2nd Aug '16 1:07:15 PM tadaru
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* A few Creator/WilliamsElectronics games in TheNineties (for instance, ''Pinball/FishTales'') came standard with "lightning" flippers, which are 1/8 of an inch shorter than standard pinball flippers, which is definitely much more than it sounds like. Sometimes normal flippers will be switched out for these for a SelfImposedChallenge and/or to reduce play times during tournaments.

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* A few Creator/WilliamsElectronics games in TheNineties (for instance, ''Pinball/FishTales'') came standard with "lightning" flippers, which are 1/8 of an inch shorter than standard pinball flippers, which is definitely much more than it sounds like. Sometimes normal games that normally use standard flippers will be switched out for customized to use these for a SelfImposedChallenge and/or to reduce play times during tournaments.
2nd Aug '16 1:06:22 PM tadaru
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* A few Creator/WilliamsElectronics games in TheNineties (for instance, ''Pinball/FishTales'') came with "lightning" flippers standard, which are 1/8 of an inch shorter than standard pinball flippers. Sometimes normal flippers will be switched out for these for a SelfImposedChallenge and/or to reduce play times during tournaments.

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* A few Creator/WilliamsElectronics games in TheNineties (for instance, ''Pinball/FishTales'') came standard with "lightning" flippers standard, flippers, which are 1/8 of an inch shorter than standard pinball flippers.flippers, which is definitely much more than it sounds like. Sometimes normal flippers will be switched out for these for a SelfImposedChallenge and/or to reduce play times during tournaments.
2nd Aug '16 1:05:42 PM tadaru
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* A few Creator/WilliamsElectronics games in TheNineties (for instance, ''Pinball/FishTales'') came with "lightning" flippers standard, which are 1/8 of an inch shorter than standard pinball flippers. Sometimes normal flippers will be switched out for these for a SelfImposedChallenge and/or to reduce play times during tournaments.
18th Jul '16 1:22:21 AM LucaEarlgrey
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-->--What you will see a lot when you try to nudge the table to control the ball for the first many times

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-->--What you will see a lot when you try to nudge the table to control the ball for the first many times
18th Jul '16 1:21:46 AM LucaEarlgrey
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{{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. For most casual players, the pinball experience can be summed up as: Launch ball, watch it bounce off some bumpers and flippers, and make a beeline for the drain or the inescapable outlanes, repeat for two more balls. If you're lucky, you might trigger a jackpot or special mode, but that joy will probably be short-lived thanks to drainages that seem to be beyond the player's control. As a result, non-enthusiasts may [[ItsHardSoItSucks just walk away dismissing pinball as a scam to shake money out of customers' wallets under the false pretense of providing a fun experience]].

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{{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. For most casual players, the pinball experience can be summed up as: Launch ball, watch it bounce off some bumpers and flippers, and make a beeline for the drain or the inescapable outlanes, all in the span of about 20 to 30 seconds; repeat for two more balls.times. If you're lucky, you might trigger a jackpot or special mode, but that joy will probably be short-lived thanks to drainages that seem to be beyond the player's control. As a result, non-enthusiasts may [[ItsHardSoItSucks just walk away dismissing pinball as a scam to shake money out of customers' wallets under the false pretense of providing a fun experience]].
18th Jul '16 1:20:07 AM LucaEarlgrey
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{{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. For most casual players, the pinball experience can be summed up as: Launch ball, watch it bounce off some bumpers and flippers, and make a beeline for the drain or the inescapable outlanes, repeat for two more balls. If you're lucky, you might trigger a jackpot or special mode, but that joy will probably be short-lived thanks to drainages that seem to be beyond the player's control. As a result, non-enthusiasts may [[ItsHardSoItSucks just walk away dismissing pinball as a scam to shake money out of customers' wallets under the false pretense of providing a fun experience]].

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'''TILT'''''
-->--What you will see a lot when you try to nudge the table to control the ball for the first many times

{{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. For most casual players, the pinball experience can be summed up as: Launch ball, watch it bounce off some bumpers and flippers, and make a beeline for the drain or the inescapable outlanes, repeat for two more balls. If you're lucky, you might trigger a jackpot or special mode, but that joy will probably be short-lived thanks to drainages that seem to be beyond the player's control. As a result, non-enthusiasts may [[ItsHardSoItSucks just walk away dismissing pinball as a scam to shake money out of customers' wallets under the false pretense of providing a fun experience]].
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There is a technique called nudging--slapping and shaking the cabinet in order to influence the ball's movement--that can give you more control over the game beyond just activating the flippers, but it requires a good understanding of how much force you need to knock the ball ''and'' how much and how many times you can hit the table before it gives you a "TILT" penalty and kills your current ball. Not only is nudging (without triggering a TILT) a legal move in many pinball competitions, but many games encourage it; in any other genre of arcade games, hitting the machine--especially if it's a redemption game--will create scared looks from other customers at best and get you kicked out of the establishment at worst.
18th Jul '16 1:14:47 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* {{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. Some games are difficult by design, some games are difficult due to operator settings and table configurations, and some are difficult if you aren't really good at them. Inclining a table by one extra degree or moving an outlane post two millimeters can be enough to turn a reasonable game into a beast. Outlanes (inescapable lanes that pretty much mean "your ball is gone" if entered) and balls making fast beelines for the drain are common sources of games cut short, especially amongst beginners who may be too scared of tilting the machine.

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* {{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. For most casual players, the pinball experience can be summed up as: Launch ball, watch it bounce off some bumpers and flippers, and make a beeline for the drain or the inescapable outlanes, repeat for two more balls. If you're lucky, you might trigger a jackpot or special mode, but that joy will probably be short-lived thanks to drainages that seem to be beyond the player's control. As a result, non-enthusiasts may [[ItsHardSoItSucks just walk away dismissing pinball as a scam to shake money out of customers' wallets under the false pretense of providing a fun experience]].

Some games are even more difficult by design, some games are difficult due to operator settings and table configurations, and some are difficult if you aren't really good at them. Inclining a table by one extra degree or moving an outlane post two millimeters can be enough to turn a reasonable game into a beast. Outlanes (inescapable lanes that pretty much mean "your ball is gone" if entered) and balls making fast beelines for the drain are common sources of games cut short, especially amongst beginners who may be too scared of tilting the machine.Specific examples follow:
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27th Apr '16 3:49:01 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* {{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. Some games are difficult by design, some games are difficult due to operator settings and table configurations, and some are difficult if you aren't really good at them. Inclining a table by one extra degree or moving an outlane post two millimeters can be enough to turn a reasonable game into a beast.

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* {{Pinball}} games can be tough enough on their own. Some games are difficult by design, some games are difficult due to operator settings and table configurations, and some are difficult if you aren't really good at them. Inclining a table by one extra degree or moving an outlane post two millimeters can be enough to turn a reasonable game into a beast. Outlanes (inescapable lanes that pretty much mean "your ball is gone" if entered) and balls making fast beelines for the drain are common sources of games cut short, especially amongst beginners who may be too scared of tilting the machine.



* ''Pinball/{{Defender}}'' can be this for new players, as those expecting a conventional pinball game are surprised by its wave-based design, VideoGame-style structure, or the manually-activated kickback. If the operator has removed the center post between the flippers, the game becomes even harder as a result.

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* ''Pinball/{{Defender}}'' can be this for new players, as those expecting a conventional pinball game are surprised by its wave-based design, VideoGame-style structure, or the manually-activated kickback. If the operator has removed the center post between the flippers, the game becomes even harder as a result.
6th Jan '16 3:25:15 PM bt8257
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** Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'' has the legendary "Do Or Die Multiball" mode, which is nearly impossible to reach due to the difficulty of the goals needed to enable it -- the player must beat the game's five main goals multiple times, and the game does not award any extra balls at all. Unfortunately, the mode itself is simply a series of ramp shots, making it an AnticlimaxBoss for those who do manage to reach it.

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** Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'' has the legendary "Do Or Die Multiball" mode, which is nearly impossible to reach due to the difficulty of the goals needed to enable it -- the player must beat the game's five main goals multiple times, and the game does not award any extra balls at all. Unfortunately, the mode itself is simply a series of ramp shots, making it an AnticlimaxBoss AntiClimaxBoss for those who do manage to reach it.
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