Would you believe that pinball machines were once banned in New York city? But why on earth were pinball machines banned in New York city, I mean they’re not exactly the hive of criminal activity. Well, it all had to do with a perception of what they were, and that incorrect perception was gambling.
Pinball is a type of primitive, but still immensely popular arcade gaming machine. Built on a sloping table with a gutter at the bottom, the object of the game is to keep a small metallic ball on the game field for as long as possible, while hitting different targets and increasing your score. You achieve this by using paddles which are commonly placed just above the gutter. Once you have lost all of your balls the game is over. It’s a game that requires skill to truly master, but it wasn’t always viewed that way, and it wasn’t always played the same way either. In fact, there’s a chance that your grandparents or even possibly your great-grandparents played one in their youth, but with a major difference. It was a difference which saw pinball machines banned in New York city for over 30 years.