[game_edu] Pinball machines useful in teaching game theory?

Taghavi-Burris, Akram ataghaviburris at occc.edu
Fri Nov 7 13:56:03 EST 2008

I know that we talk about pin ball machines in my game history course. We disscus how these popular game systems had already a strong player base, and how Atari would their pong arcades in places where pin ball machines where. You could also mention gameplay and how pin ball like video games required skill, had set rules and an overall objective.
I hope that gives you some ideas.

--Akram Taghavi-Burris

On Nov 7, 2008, at 12:29 PM, "Blackledge, Michael" <mblackledge at lafilm.com<mailto:mblackledge at lafilm.com>> wrote:


Curious if anyone here would be able to share their insight on how pinball machines can be used to teach [or illustrate] game theory. Seems I find myself in a situation where I need to ‘sell’ the idea of having 1 or 2 machines to our Uber-Administration. My thinking is that the pinball machines convey a healthy game culture and appreciation for conventional game play. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance!


Michael Blackledge | Program Director, Game Production | The Los Angeles Film School |
T 323.960.3776 | F 323.960.3771
6363 Sunset Blvd | Hollywood, CA 90028

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