Pinball might conjure up nostalgic images of dusty seaside arcades, but talk to a pinball expert and you will soon be reminded that pinball is a serious game. Random and never the same twice, it pits a player's skill and patience against the machine.
'Plunge, Flip, Bump and Score' refers to the common features of a traditional pinball machine, the mechanics used in order to win. Pinball machines are a symbol of nostalgic Americana yet there is still a dedicated community of pinball players who compete in tournaments around the world. Esther Johnson visits the UK Vintage Pinball Parlour exploring the world of analogue machines in an age of digital gaming.
Plunge, Flip, Bump and Score was originally made for 'Dreamlands' and commissioned by Radio Arts.http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/radiotonic/plunge-flip-bump-and-score/5844286
In a world of digital gaming, does a place still exist for the humble pinball?
'Plunge, Flip, Bump and Score' examines the realm of vintage pinball and the vast technological changes that have taken place since its invention. Pinball conjures up images of colourful dusty seaside arcades, but it is also a random game never the same twice requiring skill and patience in which a player is up against the machine. This radio feature weaves the sounds of a highly-polished carbon steel ball rolling around the playfield of the 1958 ‘Satellite’ game, with the cries and electronic sounds of ‘Jungle Lord’ from 1981, and the supernatural intrigue of ‘Theatre of Magic’ from 1995.
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre|
|Funders:||Radio Arts and Arts Council England|
|Deposited By:||Esther Johnson|
|Deposited On:||27 Feb 2015 09:23|
|Last Modified:||24 Jun 2015 13:17|
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