History of Pinball
Early pinball machines appeared in
the early 1930s. They were countertop machines without legs, the three
most popular games were "Bingo" made by the Bingo Novelty Company, "Baffle
Ball" made by D. Gottlieb & Company, and "Bally Hoo" made by the Bally
"Bally Hoo" was the first coin-operated
pinball game, it was introduced in 1931, invented by Raymond Maloney who
founded the Bally Corporation. However, the term "pinball" was not used
The tilt mechanism was one of the
first addition to pinball games, invented in 1934 as a direct answer to
the problem of players lifting and shaking the games.
The first battery operated machines
appeared in 1933, a year later machines were designed to be used with electrical
outlets and lights and back-lite colored glass were added.
The pinball bumper was invented in
The flipper was invented in 1947,
introduced in a pinball game called "Humpty Dumpty" made by D. Gottlieb
Pinball machines during the early
50s used separate lights behind the back-lite glass scoreboard - to show
the scores. In the late 1950s a digital scoring system was invented.
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