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There are a number of issues with the wiki's pinball pages. This thread is dedicated first and foremost to cleaning up pages in the Pinball/ namespace, as well as relevant examples on trope pages. A list of pages in the namespace, sorted into categories based on whether they have already been fixed up, can be found here.
(This is my first time creating a cleanup thread, so please forgive me if things are a little wonky or non-standard.)
Can pinball video games be cleaned up too? Because Pro Pinball and the games associated with it may need a look. I already commented out some ZCEs and removed some complaining on one page, but we may need to look for potential problems that you mentioned.
(For the record, these games are among the few experiences I've had with pinball.)
Edited by themayorofsimpleton on Mar 25th 2021 at 7:01:05 AM
Absolutely. A lot of the pages for Digital Pinball Tables tend to suffer from similar problems (partially because many pinball work pages were written by the same troper), so they should be cleaned up as well. I went ahead and expanded the sandbox page accordingly.
While we're on the subject, I am wondering whether examples from digital tables should be categorized under "Pinball" or "Video Games". Most every page covering a digital pinball table uses the latter namespace, but I've seen them filed under the former on trope pages at times. (This ambiguity doesn't really affect full-on digital pinball games, like Sonic Pinball Party, since those are more easily recognized as complete games in of themselves.)
Bumping this to get some input on the various Real Song Theme Tune examples for pinball tables on the wiki. Since the majority of them are based on existing properties, a significant amount of their examples are simply variants of "[game] uses the original music/main theme from [source material]", which I don't think fits the page's definition.
That said, there are some that I think do fit the definition, being either original themes with licensed music or licensed themes using music that isn't part of their source material. As an example of the latter, The Twilight Zone uses "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring (which was vaguely inspired by the series but was never officially associated with it).
Anyone mind if I delete all of the misuse?
Sorry to triple post, but there's an issue largely unique to the pinball pages that I've been wondering about for some time. There are several pinball machines that are later aesthetically reworked into another theme; for the most part, tropes for both versions are listed on the same page as the original. For example, The Simpsons Pinball Party got reworked into the one-off game The Brain, and the page subsequently looks like two stapled together: one for the original game and one for the retheme immediately afterward. This isn't necessarily a bad thing - for instance, the many versions of El Dorado probably do not warrant splitting, since they have very few tropes individually - but it does pose some questions regarding how exactly to handle situations like these:
I apologize if this is a bit rambling or confusing - I'm trying to give as much background information as I need to for non-pinball fans to understand this - but it's a bit of a tricky subject.
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How well does it match the trope?