Pinball The Playdium Store IS your number one source for Pinball games in Canada! The Playdium Store is the exclusive distributor for Stern and JJP pinball games and offers THE widest selection around. If we don’t have a specific title in stock, just ask – we can usually find it! According to Wikipedia: “The origins of pinball are intertwined with the history of many other games. Games played outdoors by rolling balls or stones on a grass course, such as bocce or bowls, eventually evolved into various local ground billiards games played by hitting the balls with sticks and propelling them at targets, often around obstacles. Croquet, golf and paille-maille eventually derived from ground billiards variants. The evolving and specializing outdoor games finally led to indoor versions that could be played on a table, such as billiards, or on the floor of a pub, like bowling and shuffleboard. The tabletop versions of these games became the ancestors of modern pinball.”
1931: coin operation introduced; 1933: electrification and active bumpers introduced; 1947: flippers introduced; and 1970s: solid-state electronics and digital displays introduced.