What makes pinball/virtual pinball so delightful?

#1 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

I'm sure most will agree that virtual pinball doesn't compare to the real thing, but it is still a fun experience, and decided to include it in the discussion, (since this is in a videogame sub board).

Right, then. Onto the discussion.

What makes pinball such a delightful experience? Is it the flashing lights? The beeps and boops? The high score-ability? Is it the accomplished, keep-it-going mentality when you boost your score and hit multipliers? Is it pulling back the lever and shooting the ball straight into the proverbial stratosphere? Whacking the balls with the flippers?

I've always had a blast with pinball when I was a little guy and to a similar extent, I always had fun with virtual pinball. There's something oddly hypnotic and peaceful about it, but at the same time, there's a sense of wonderment as my eyes comb over the flashing lights and slicked-up boards. It's just good, clean fun that's not overly technical or requiring of intense concentration. That's a good thing. You still get into it, but you're still able to relax and have fun with it and enjoy the alluring nature of the astounding oil-bound play-field.

So, Giant Bombers, what makes pinball so special and delightful for you?

#2 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -

It's freaking pinball. What's to wonder?
 
Unfortunately, I don't know of any actual pinball machines within 100 miles of where I currently am, otherwise I'd be there right now.

#3 Edited by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

I can't fucking stop playing these damned tables! I'm finding that my visits to the bathroom are taking SIGNIFICANTLY longer because of this game. It's a good thing that I haven't played any of these tables in real life, because real pinball is a whole of fun of an entirely different kind.

#4 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -
@buzz_killington said:

I'm finding that my visits to the bathroom are taking SIGNIFICANTLY longer because of this game.

I have absolutely no idea what you mean by this. Why does playing pinball make you spend a long time in the bathroom?
#5 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

@Jrinswand said:

@buzz_killington said:

I'm finding that my visits to the bathroom are taking SIGNIFICANTLY longer because of this game.

I have absolutely no idea what you mean by this. Why does playing pinball make you spend a long time in the bathroom?

I'm sitting there playing it on my iPad. You usually wanna get in and out as soon as possible, but then you're so absorbed in the game that you can't. It was a little joke on the whole 'bathroom gaming' phenomenon of mobile games.

When you have to explain a joke, you know it's good and funny!

#6 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -
@buzz_killington said:

@Jrinswand said:

@buzz_killington said:

I'm finding that my visits to the bathroom are taking SIGNIFICANTLY longer because of this game.

I have absolutely no idea what you mean by this. Why does playing pinball make you spend a long time in the bathroom?

I'm sitting there playing it on my iPad. You usually wanna get in and out as soon as possible, but then you're so absorbed in the game that you can't. It was a little joke on the whole 'bathroom gaming' phenomenon of mobile games.

When you have to explain a joke, you know it's good and funny!

I dunno, I think the connection between "pinball" and "bathroom" was a bit too flimsy. I'm not sure anybody would've gotten that.
#7 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@Jrinswand: Stay on topic or I will beat the shit out of you with this plate.

#8 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -
#9 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@Jrinswand: You shut up. You shut up right now!

#10 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3903 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@Jrinswand: Stay on topic or I will beat the shit out of you with this plate.

What plate? Is it a paper plate? If it's a paper plate, then that's not so bad. If it's a tectonic plate, that would be much worse. Also I like pinball.

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