Freak pinball shot baffles the mind, nets the high score

This gives a whole new meaning to "pinball wizard." 

 

Brendan O'Connor

Internet Culture

Published Apr 4, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 12:51 pm CDT

Reddit user LilMul123 was playing pinball at the Michigan Pinball Expo in Rochester, MI when his pinball got stuck between a bumper and a kicker.

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There it remained, bouncing back and forth ceaselessly—now captured on video.

The thing about pinball is that it’s the kind of game you can’t win: You can’t beat the game, you can only beat the previous high score. It’s a sick concept, when you really think about it.

“Didn’t get the high score because bumpers are actually worth a lot less than the other features of the game,” LilMul123 wrote. “I think by the time it was done bouncing, I was at 200,000 points, and the high score was about 350,000 points.”

Because you can’t beat a game like this (and if you can’t beat it, is it really a game at all?) it follows that there is no real way to cheat while you’re playing it. The only rule is that you cannot “tilt” the table; if you do, the whole thing shuts down.

But then something like this happens, breaking the game, and we are able to gaze upon its absurdity and either wonder or despair.

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*First Published: Apr 4, 2014, 4:54 pm CDT