They are the pinball culture?

Pinball culture

They are the pinball culture?

Now that we know more or less everything that can be found in a table Pinball and how they are made, we can move on to briefly tell the story of these tables, which, as you see, has very interesting facts.

First of all, we remember the previous posts to follow everything with an order:
  • - First part
  • - Second part
  • - Third part


Stage pre-modern

Japanese Billiards

In the history of modern Pinball they have intervened much earlier games and other sports that have served to give origin; the most common were outdoors and consisted of throwing balls or boulders by hills to hit objects and part of the origins of would in older versions of bowling or billiards, whose indoor versions accounted for the origin of the prototypes Pinball we have now.

End of the year 1700

During these years there was the origin of Bagatelle, inspired by billiards and bowling, is a game consisting of a wooden surface with small wooden bars and holes in the bottom where you threw the ball with a sort of handle (which it was invented at this time) to make points (each hole had a different score).

Between 1750 and 1770 the Japanese variant called Billiards improvements introduced in the shooter was invented; despite the name, it was invented in Europe. These events also involve the origin of Pachinko.

The Bagatelle and Bingo games

Patent Ball-shooter

A big step was taken by the British inventor Montague Redgrave, settled in the United States, in applying the newly invented steel in the Bagatelle, creating, now current shooter and patented Ball-Shooter machine. He obtained a patent for its progress in 1871.

The machines became popular in bars and cafes in France and the United States but not yet operated by inserting coins; money was exchanged for the balls that were thrown to play and get big scores, which at that time had prize in the form of free drinks, meals and cigars.

Wooden balls marbles and small wooden bars now were made of metal were changed. All improvements made by Montague Redgrave are accepted as the birth of modern Pinball.


During this time, more specifically, in 1931, it appeared the first coin-operating machine with a table called Whiffle Board; nothing to add to this, as the real boom came in the middle of this decade with the production of the machine called Ballyhoo, invented by Raymond Malloney, who later would create Bally Manufacturing Company of Chicago, which would result in Bally, one of the companies more mythical history of Pinball.

It is believed that the term "Pinball" by the main element of the game, ball comes over the years - ball, and the large number of metal pins or pins, called pins.

The tables in this era had legs, housing and wooden rails. In 1933 electricity was introduced in the machines, giving a battery and in 1934 a counter automatic score that worked mechanically added; Also this year the first sounds appear in the game by bells.


The popularity of these machines is greatly increased due to the low cost of the machines and the need to have cheap entertainment for the public, as they were at the height of depression in the country.


About Robert Sullivan

This blog started as a personal hobby and complement my work. I think in life you have to have concerns, and constantly train and experiment with everything new that comes daily. The result of all this was born this humble blog where I try to talk about pinball, without forgetting, is clear, translation and localization of video games, worlds that fascinate me.

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