Modern pinball paradigms

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Modern pinball paradigms

Postby cap » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:50 am

Pinball is full of paradigms that make it pinball: flippers, slingshots, inlanes...
Each paradigm was invented at some point, caught on and was copied ever after.
I sometimes wonder if people realized an innovation was a turning point.

What are the most recent paradigms you can think of?
Are we living the introduction of a new paradigm without noticing it?
What is your favorite paradigm in the making?

The big LCD on the backglass is too obvious, so let's discuss everything else.
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Re: Modern pinball paradigms

Postby cait001 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:51 pm

a huge paradigm shift is homebrew pins. CNC cutting, large-scale laser printing, 3d printing, custom circuitboards, have all come drastically down in prices and in the last few years homebrew pin-building has taken off.
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Re: Modern pinball paradigms

Postby Drano » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:43 pm

This one probably goes back as far as MM and AFM, but the bash toy is somethig that only really started becoming popular in the late 90s and then it really was adopted heavily by almost every stern machine after the B/W shutdown.

Magnetic grabs are another one that have become very commonplace.
LED lighting (colour changing) of course.

I'm sure there are others.

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Re: Modern pinball paradigms

Postby cap » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:41 pm

These mentions are great. Exactly my point. These paradigms become obvious to me only after someone points it out.

I'm sure the flipper or drop target was an obvious game changer when first seen.
You cannot say that about the outlane back kicker.

Concentrating on more recent paradigms, what do you think of the Dialed In camera?
Is that a one time thing or it's here to stay?

I personally don't think the Dialed In remote phone app will stick around.

On the other hand, connected machines will certainly gain popularity.
It's already here with TNA and P3.
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Re: Modern pinball paradigms

Postby DrSmooth » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:53 pm

Longer names in the highscore areas. No longer limited to 3 characters.
Mini projection images (crystal ball in WoZ)
I would like to see some old cool tech gadgets come back. Selling only playfields and code (Y2K pins).. Or possibly new tech ones....hovering balls...ooooh...
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