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  • RetroBlast
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    Originally posted by BarbieBobomb View Post
    I LOVE this!
    Thanks a bunch BarbieBobomb ...

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  • RetroBlast
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    Thanks Rafie, glad you enjoyed it .... as we used to say, this game is a "THUMB BUSTER" ... I bought Zen 1 and really only concentrated on one table , Ghost Rider, when I learned Zen 2 was on its way. So to be honest, I did not give it much play ... I wanted to save it for when 2 came out. Now that 2 is here, I am very happy with the new rule sheets ...much easier to follow ... still leaving a bit of a mystery but revealing enough to get you deeper into the game. 3D is a big plus for me since I just got a 55 inch 3D TV ... seeing the depth in the game makes it so much more enjoyable. I have a lot of catching up to do since many are so familiar with many of the tables already. The two tables taking up most of my time are Ghost Rider and Fear Itself ... That is not because the others are not great, rather, I need to learn more about the two tables I am playing to get better scores and with the new rule sheets, I will be able to do this now and have a greater understanding of what the heck I should be doing! But in pinball ... knowing what to do is easier than doing what you know!

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  • BarbieBobomb
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    Originally posted by RetroBlast View Post
    But not in pinball, pinball follows the RETRO PHILOSOPHY ... games that were designed to kill you within 3 minutes but offer you just enough candy that you would keep coming back for more to get just a little further in the game, they have a beginning but no ending, and death lurks around every corner.
    I LOVE this!

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  • Rafie
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    Wow I applaud your sentiment on what pinball is in your view. If I could thumbs you up. I would!

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  • RetroBlast
    started a topic What is pinball to you?

    What is pinball to you?

    To me video game pinball represents what arcade video games were all about before the home consoles arrived. Home console video games have become so much easier than their forefathers were in the arcade. Today most games hold your hand and walk you through them ... hints pop up on the screen, arrows point in the direction you need to go, save points are around every corner. But not in pinball, pinball follows the RETRO PHILOSOPHY ... games that were designed to kill you within 3 minutes but offer you just enough candy that you would keep coming back for more to get just a little further in the game, they have a beginning but no ending, and death lurks around every corner.

    It is the fear of death which keeps me coming back for more ... it is refreshing to know that pinball is unforgiving and one screw up, and you are a dead man! This creates an atmosphere of panic during gameplay and forces you to have quick reactions in desperate attempts to save your life ... it is that twitch gameplay, as was in games like Defender, that keeps me coming back for more. Sure there are those that become masters at the game and make it look easy but that requires a lot of practice and even those which are masters must also face death with a single screw up on their behalf.

    In addition, your reward is a high score, just as in the early video games, there is no ending to a pinball game and therefore you can never beat it and that provides re playability, which most games today lack ...
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