Hi Thomas,

That was a great description of a classic pinball table.  However almost all of 
the pinball tables that I played in the sixties, seventies and eighties did 
also have shoots on the far left and right hand sides.  Actually twin shoots.  
The far left and right shoots the ball if it went down them would end up going 
down the same hole as if it had come down between your flippers.  The shoots 
just inside those shoots the ball would roll down and roll onto your flippers.  
If you didn't press the button to flip your flipper the ball would roll off of 
the flipper and go down the hole.  You could also hold your flipper in the up 
position and the ball might instead of bouncing off of the flipper roll up it 
and up the shoot.  The far right shoot was just inside of the launcher shoot.  
I'm pretty sure that way back then we would get 5 balls for a quarter.  And 
then there were tables with two or more sets of flippers.  And into the 
eighties there were multi level tables and there could be more than one ball in 
play at a time.  There were also round bumpers and flat sided bumpers with 
bells as well as targets to hit that would retract when your ball hit them for 
points.  I also liked this one game that had upper shoots.  They had spinner 
gates and buttons up them.  So if you used your flipper and sent the ball up 
them real fast, the spinner gate would spin and spin racking up points and the 
further the ball went up the shoot the more buttons it would hit and give you 
more points.  You could send the ball up so hard that it would come out of the 
shoot at the top of the table and be as if you had sent it up the launcher 
shoot.  There were also little holes that your ball could land in, get spun and 
shoot out in any direction.  This one table just had a rubber pad in the center 
of the table that would change the direction of your ball.  There was just an 
endless variety of different pinball table configurations.

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Hi Lelia,
Actually, pinball is all about trying to position the ball so you can hit various bumpers with scores marked on them. Every bumper you hit has a specific score that adds to your total score. I'm assuming here you have been blind from birth so have never actually seen a pinball table. So i'll try to describe it in detail below. A classic pinball table is a long retangle two maybe three feet long with a glass top on it which you can look into the machine. On the far right hand side is a long narrow chamber with a pully thingy on it where you launch the balls from. In the center of the table is various bumbers standing up with all kinds of scores on them. The harder a bumper is to hit with the ball the higher the score marked on it. Similarly the easiest ones to hit with the ball have low scores marked on them. At the bottom of the table where you are sitting are two buttons on the table top that move the flippers. There are two flippers that guard a hole into wich your ball can get bounced causing you to lose a ball. These flippers serve two purposes. Besides defending the hole where your ball can get bounced into you can use them to direct the ball towards the bumpers thus racking up your score. How you play the game is you start by launching the ball from the launcher on the right-hand side of the pinball table. At the beginning of every pinball game you are given atotal of three balls to start with. Though, only one ball at a tme can be in play at any given time. You use the flippers to guard the hole as well as bounce the ball into the bumpers on the table. Depending on the angle and how hard the flipper hits the ball you will hopefully send the ball towards one of the bumpers on the table. When you miss a ball and it falls into the hole at the end of the table you lose a ball. The object of the game is to get the highest score possible. Now, like classic pinball machines games like PBC allows you to play at various specially themed pinball tables. You can pick tables like Pacman, Haunted House, the Wild West, etc.


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