2018.04.10 14:52 | Sean Carter
The virtual pinball machines of the modern era offer an unmatched gaming experience. It’s truly interesting when you look back at where pinball machines have come from. For instance, did you know that pinball machines were actually illegal in most parts of the United States until the 1970s? It’s true. The logic behind this was that the game was considered a game of chance instead of a game of skill and therefore was deemed gambling. This was made truer by the fact that the flippers used today were not utilized and it was a very, very difficult game for anyone to master.
The pinball machine industry didn’t take off until the 70s due to more than gambling implications. During times of war, the USA was very strict about the use of their materials. Consider the copper needed to make a pinball machine. For this reason, the manufacturing of the games took a big hit.
Do you know the name Roger Sharpe? If you are a lover of the virtual pinball machines of today, you should definitely know this man’s name. In order to prove that pinball playing wasn’t a form of gambling, the burden of proof fell on the manufactures to show that it was indeed a game of skill. Sharpe was a 26-year-old who played for hours on end to show his skill and change the minds of decision makers.
Next time you fire up your virtual pinball machine, consider the path that these games took to reach the heights they have reached today. Then get back to trying to beat your high score!