Pinball terms used by the pinball gaming community which may or may not be a part of the official pinball lexicon. Besides, some of these terms are just made-up… ^_^ If you have a suggestion for a nomination to the New Pinball Dictionary, or you would like to support, “second”, or improve something that has already been nominated, you can do any one of the following:
- Post the nomination on Pinside: /forum/topic/the-new-pinball-dictionary
- Post the nomination on reddit: /r/pinballdictionary
- Follow me on Twitter @FunWithBonus and post a @reply to me with hashtag #NewPinballDictionary
- Follow me on tumblr on FunWithBonus.org and post a reply on my ask page with your suggestion
- Like the Facebook page on Fun With Bonus and make a post to the page with your suggestion
- Request to join the Facebook group Fun With Bonus and make a post there with your nomination
I will note the Nominators and Supporters on each entry when available. The more support an entry gets, the more likely it will be inducted and get a separate post as a New Pinball Dictionary entry. Thanks for your contributions!
Concepts that need words …
The following concepts were brought up but need words created for them. The words in the headings are placeholders. Any suggestions?
Extension of sniping and defense for PAPA style qualifying?
As an extension of the sniping or defensive playing, there should be a term for purposely tilting your bonus away so as to not score enough to hurt a previous entry.
Purposely sacrificing your bonus so that your reinforcement doesn’t hurt the first entry. At first glance I’m thinking of words in the neighborhood of “casualty” and “sacrifice”.
What’s it called when I look at my top score in an entry, and play to come close but not surpass it?
It’s sort of like defense but slightly different… You are playing purposely not to harm your previous entry with the possibility of putting up another good entry. It’s sort of like “defensive reinforcement”, but I think we can do a little better than that.
— Scott Charles/Jim Fordham
buying the tournament?
Some variation of “buying the tournament” … Donator vs. Benefactor
Not quite short plunge?
What is it called when you plunged the ball by hitting the plunger in, as opposed to pulling the plunger back. Games like Metallica and X-Men benefit from this move, for example. The dictionary doesn’t have an entry for that move yet, so we decided to ask for your help! Let’s suggest some names for that technique! I threw Slap Plunge and Push Plunge out there, but can you think of something more on-the-nose? It’s not quite a short plunge… Hmmmm…
— The Pinball Podcast
Suggestions from contributors: Power Plunge, Slap Plunge, Plunge Lunge. Plunge Palm. Smack Attack, Shove Shot, Silver Rod Slapper, Slam Plunge, Splunge
Super Powerful Plunge?
What do you think it should be called when you pull the plunger back, grab the edge of the lockdown bar with your fingers, then put your thumb on the plunger… That way, you can push it in extra hard to get a super powerful plunge?
the overt action of taking advantage of a machine that has a generous or no tilt.
a term for what a player feels they must do to get in the good graces with the spouse so that the player can go to the next tournament without there being repercussions.
Not getting it done when it counts?
a term for when you practice on a game and you put up great scores, but in the next game you play, whether it be league or tournament play (when it really counts) you totally mess it up.