The rise and fall of the pinball machines

Thursday, 19 November, 2009

The ability to change the score required to win a game replay was one ploy adopted by pinball machine manufacturers in an effort to compete with the ever increasing challenge offered by video games.

All pinball machines offer a replay to a player who beats some specified score. Pre-1986, the replay score was hard wired into the game unless the operator manually re-programmed the software. High Speed changed all that. It was pre-loaded with an algorithm that adjusted the replay score according to the distribution of scores on the specified machine over a specific time interval.

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