Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary sheds some interesting light on how the United States government attributed the delinquency of school-aged children to pinball and how lawmakers thought the machines were mob run. Oh how historyrepeats itself. Original pinball machines lacked flippers until 1947 and therefore were seen as more of a game of chance though there wasn't a reward for winning. States including New York and Chicago banned pinball until the mid/early 1970s and even held prohibition style raids.
The documentary also mentions Hollywood's distain of the pinball craze then like it does video games today. The reason? Mainly because before the ban, pinball actually made more money than the film industry between the 1950s through the 1970s. Though there were statewide bans on pinball, many domestic machine creators exported to other countries and still made tons of money from states unaffected. This is why in many cases, Hollywood used pinball as a symbol of rebellion for better or worst.
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