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Terminator 2 Tournament Tilt Termination

I guess this ends T2′s usefulness as a tournament game. I doubt we will see the game used at major events anymore after this glitch that happened during the PAPA 14 Grand Final. It’s a shame since T2 is a challenging game even though it’s quite simple.

I remember something like this happening to me while playing this game casually. I think it occurs when you lock a ball with zero seconds left on the timer. You will find my theory of what may have happened below (that I also posted on the PAPA site). Keep in mind that my theory could end up to be complete bullcrap, since I don’t really know. Even though I had a close seat at the Final when this happened, I kept my mouth shut during the decision-making time. There were two prominent pinball programmers at the event, and I wasn’t involved in the final, so I felt it was not my place to interject any prior experience I had with the game.

Anyway, it’s time for me  to stop being cryptic and time for you to watch the video. Notice how athletic you have to be to play this game. You have to move around the side or even on top of the game and back to play this game well. That’s right, I just used the words “athletic” and “pinball” in the same sentence, without irony.

I believe the key to the “glitch/feature” is at 5:24 when he locks a ball with 0 seconds left.

Starting at Multiball stage one, the game thinks there are three balls in play. (correct)
Two balls are locked. (so far, so good)

Here is where the conflict might have happened.

1. There are 0 seconds left, so it’s time for the game to release the balls for a retry. Stage one continues albeit VERY briefly. A ball was locked in the skull immediately (after the hypothetical release that didn’t happen), so lets go for the Single Jackpot. The other two balls are out of play.

1. There are 0 seconds left, so it’s time for the game to release the balls for a retry. Stage one continues albeit VERY briefly. A ball was locked in the upper right saucer immediately. This may have caused the game to get confused, since there is still a ball in the skull (after the hypothetical release that didn’t happen).

RESULT: There is a ball locked in the skull, so lets go for the Single Jackpot. As far as the game is concerned, even though a ball was just put into the upper right saucer, that ball and the other ball from the bottom left saucer are out of play since they were “released”.

VERSUS
2. Ball 3 is locked! Let’s go for the Triple Jackpot!

Where the cross-up happens is hard to know. Regardless, the game is playing the “Big Shot Jackpot tension music” so we are good there.

So, I guess there is a “fight” in the programming between:

1. The timer ran out and one ball was locked immediately after that. Give him the 7.5 million Single Jackpot, and let’s go back to single ball play.
VERSUS
2. Three balls were locked! Give him the 22.5 Million Triple Jackpot, and let’s go to stage 2 to go for some Super Jackpots!
3. ???
4. Result: Award the 22.5 Million but go back to single ball play. However, move forward to the stage 2 Multiball music.

Now, the game is in stage 2 for the Super Jackpot attempts. The game’s soundtrack agrees with this, since it is playing the stage 2 music. But, the game also now thinks he is back to single ball play where you need to re-lock the balls (because there were 0 seconds left on the timer from before).

Then, a ball is locked in the skull.
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1. Let’s go for the 2 targets to start the next multiball.
VERSUS
2. Let’s go for the Super Jackpot! (But, it’s still playing the multiball stage 2 music, and not the “Big Shot Super Jackpot tension music”)

The target for the Super Jackpot happened to be one of the two needed for the next round of 2 mutiball targets. RESULT: Give him one of the two targets.

I may be off-base since this is conjecture and theory. However, this is based on what I have seen when playing the game. I think I remember having some of the same strange behavior when I have locked a ball on T2 with 0 seconds left on the clock.

By the way, a little bonus glitch: At 20:37, after Josh does not relock the ball to go for a Single Jackpot, the game is still playing the music for Multiball stage 1 when Josh is in single ball play. Yes, I like pinball music THAT much. ^_^

Author: SSB

You will find me at a pinball tournament, especially if it's near the east coast, USA. Have more fun! Play more pinball! Support the hobby on twitter by using #pinball. Currently: Attacking Mars. BAO!

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  1. scott charles says:

    Now that it’s become a known issue it becomes just a risk a player will take when playing the game, so I don’t think tournaments will remove it for this reason (especially if it’s completely consistent in its behavior).