Yes, I know what you mean. The other big problem is that when a game would
eat your tokens, or if it was broken, that was pretty much it. You either
waited a few weeks to see if they fixed the problem of see if they replaced
it with some other game.
I think the worst thing about arcade games is that if someone is sick, and
then get their germs all over the controls. It is a really easy way to
spread the flu or cold.
The pinball games were always second fiddle to me because they were all
basically the same thing. On top of that, a lot of the game play was pure
luck, and had nothing really to do with skill. With a video game, you could
pracitce to get better to beat the game, but how do you practice against a
metal ball slidding in between your flippers, or against the ball going down
the wrong chute to lose your turn for no other reason then just because
physics sent it there.
Other then tilting the machine, the only other way I can see to make sure
the machine gives you your quarters worth is to send in trained hamsters to
go inside the game and have them catch the ball and roll it into one of your
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