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A Brief History
Pinball originally evolved from a 19th century game called Bagatelle in which the then newly invented steel spring, propelled a ball onto a board of pins and numbers. The ball would be caught in the semi-circle pin traps and the player would gain the amount of points painted in the middle of the pins.
In 1931, a popular game at the time called Ballyhoo, was a more evolved version of Bagatelle, but pinball as we know it didn’t change dramatically until the introduction of electricity.
After World War II pinball popularity boomed. This was largely due to the introduction of electronic scoring systems, flippers (although they were smaller and inverted, unlike the game we know so well today), flashing lights, ringing bells and buzzers. Despite the high demand for pinball, the game suffered a decline due to most states in the USA banning it after labeling it as a game of chance and therefore deemed as gambling.
It was not until the flippers were modified that the law could be convinced that the game involved some level of skill. When the flippers were enlarged and made to face inwards, the general consensus was that it could be classed as a game of skill and began to be legalised throughout US states in the late 1970s. This kick-started a resurgence in 'silver ball' popularity that lasted throughout the '80s.
Pinball machines became brighter, louder and faster games with the introduction of electronic sounds, voices and scoring systems. They also became themed on fashionable subjects such as, films, bands, or programs of the time, incorporating their plots and scenery into the game to draw people in and keep them playing in clubs and bars. With the rise of video game manufacture, pinball saw a slump in popularity, with mostly collectors and enthusiasts interested in them for a home market.
Current Pinball Action In the past few years we've seen a resurgence in these exhilarating machines with the rising interest in vintage and retro products that people want to buy them for their homes, or as a cool addition to a trendy bar. Such innovative manufacturers like Stern and Jersey Jack are making exciting new games, with highly sought after pop culture themes, selling to both the home and commercial market, to fanatic and rookie buyers alike, converting a new generation to this emmersive game. Stern is currently the biggest manufacturer of pinball machines world-wide. We have a range of their machines including highly sought after Limited Edition products for sale, some of which only had 250 made! Stern pinballs are really exciting products, with thrilling features and immersing plots, tasks and game play.
Jersey Jack is a company that has recently come into the lime-light with their new mind-blowing Wizard of Oz pinball machine. This machine is truly breath-taking with its dazzling RGB LED lights, wide play field jam-packed with action and an amazing HD LCD screen mounted in the back glass, guiding the player through the game using custom animations and clips from the original film.Pinball Machines for Sale at Home Leisure Direct
Here at Home Leisure Direct we are passionate about pinball machines, it's a regular lunch hour pastime for our showroom staff, and our Managing Director, Andy, has three pinball machines of his own in his gamesroom at home! We've also made a great video series on everything you need to know about playing pinball, with top UK pinball player Craig Pullen.We have a variety of models for sale, for home and commercial use in the UK and beyond. They generally come with a working coin mechanism, but can be set to free play for home use, competitive practice or if your bar is feeling generous!
We have both new and vintage machines available to buy, from the top manufacturers like Stern and Jersey Jack, and source only the best vintage machines, selecting the most sought after games in the best condition. In our Bristol showroom, we have a constantly changing range of new and vintage models on display for you to try out. So if you’re interested, why not get in touch with our friendly team of experts for any queries or to see which models we currently have available to view in our showroom.In the past we've enjoyed such new Stern models as X-Men and Star Trek, vintage machines such as Addams Family and Elvis and the Jersey Jack Wizard of Oz game. All of our showroom models of pinball are for sale and are available to try before you buy.
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