"Tura" pinball machine, 1950s

 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Everyday Life
Gaming Machines and Automatic Dispensers
1950 - 1959
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.
The 1960s and 1970s were the era of pinball machines. Once the flippers were added, the simple ball game developed a new appeal.

Billiard served as role model for pinball. A launching mechanism hurtles a steel ball across the playfield, which is tilted towards the player. Whilst moving across the playfield, the ball - more or less randomly - hits various pins, which are positioned on the area. Points are scored for each pin it hits. At a later stage, electrical contacts replaced the function of the pins. The points were added up automatically. The flippers were invented in 1947. They made the game interactive as they offered the player the opportunity to, with skill and a little luck, keep the ball on the playfield.

The subsequent development of the gaming machines is a story of tapping the possibilities offered by electronics. The manufacturers wanted to turn the optical and acoustic signals of the devices into a firework for the gamers' eyes and ears. Their goal was to make the game progressively fascinating the longer it is played so that the motivation for the player to play the game is not only to achieve a new high score. The gaming machines were intended to attract as much of the player's attention as possible. This proved quite successful. Many of the mostly male consumers were only too happy to be seduced by the machines and often invested large sums of money to bring new balls into the game.

When the era of computer games began, the golden era of the pinball machines gradually came to an end. The element of passion for the game accompanied and complemented the pure entertainment factor. The devices built since have, accordingly, been reduced increasingly to the bare essentials. At the same time, the machines started turning into popular collector's items.

Inv.Nr. 35049

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