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  • Banned In China: Pinball was banned for 34 years in many jurisdictions in the United States because they were believed to be a form of gambling. It wasn't until 1976 and Roger Sharpe's display of pinball skill during a court case, concluding with his famous Skill Shot, that such bans were removed.
  • Why the Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: While many prolific industry figures engage with the pinball fanbase, the majority of them have particularly dropped their online presence on the Pinside Forums, due to the vitriolic, unpleasable, threatening, and unruly nature of the site's occupants. Jersey Jack Pinball's lead programmer Keith Johnson and Stern Pinball's public relations manager Jared Guynes are some of the many people who have distanced themselves from Pinside— a perfect indicator of the increasingly poor reputation that the site has been getting.

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