In Praise of Silver BallsVootie (1485 pencils) | Wed, 2012-07-11 13:51
In the digital age, there remains something inexplicably compelling about pinball machines. Perhaps it's simply the unabashedly sensorial nature of a well-designed game, which immerses the player in a compact universe of sight, sound and tactile feedback. I used to collect old games, with my favorite being a Gottlieb Barnacle Bill six-flipper woodrail from the forties, and I'm convinced that pinball machines are a greatly-neglected American folk art. Sad to say, there is now just one pinball manufacturer remaining, with Stern Pinball doing its best to keep the genre alive. In the clip above, game designer John Borg shows just what it takes to master X-Men, the firm's latest release. Those lucky enough to be attending the International Comic-Con in San Diego this week will be able to get their hands on it while participating in Stern's second annual pinball tournament.
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