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How Pinball Gave Video Games Their Bad Reputation

That stands for trouble, with a capital T that rhymes with P, and that stands for... pinball? Early pinball machines required no skill, and they were a form of gambling, sort of like Plinko. But while the pinball machines changed, their reputation was stuck in a bad place. With the original concerns gone, we were stuck with the "newfangled games are bad for kids" idea that later translated to video games. -via Digg


I love the history behind this, and I've read about it before because I love coin pushers and claw machines. :D I'm kind of addicted to both so thank Bob I'm not around either often... 0_o...
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When I was a kid my Dad would give me a nickel to pay pinball at the fish fry place we ate at on Friday nights. A bit later I played the illegal gambling machines that had no flippers. When I worked for the USFS in Washington they had legal machines with flippers and ability to increase odds and pay outs. Fun stuff. The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas is on my bucket list.
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