To watch another competitor play a pinball game, with the express purpose of answering questions about the way the game is playing.
Example: One of the advantages of going last when playing against other pinball players is that this allows you to see them play and learn important information such as:
- The tightness/looseness of the tilt settings
- The ability to dead-flipper-pass/live catch/drop catch the ball when it emerges from a kick-out (e.g. The Addams Family chair and swamp kick-out holes, the FunHouse right kick-out hole, the Attack from Mars right kick-out hole, The Twilight Zone slot machine kick-out hole)
- The ability to backhand certain shots (e.g the left ramp from the left flipper in Twilight Zone, the Doc Ock shot from the right flipper in Spider-Man, the Aragorn ramp from the right flipper in Lord of the Rings)
Example: A free look allows you to learn about the way this particular game behaves without taking any risks of losing a ball.