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New Pinball Dictionary: Straitjacket

Straitjacket

The invisible force that can be felt by a player when pinball games are staged as close as possible. Especially when games are right next to each other, with active players on each side, and/or behind them.

A considerate player who does not want to invade another person’s space or affect another player’s game is careful to not bump hands with the people next to them. However, playing pinball well can require nudging, slap saves and other moves.

This conflict can cause the player to freeze in place when their ball is in danger. As a result, this can prevent the player from attempting to save the ball as well as they could have under less constrictive playing conditions.

It feels like a momentary paralysis. The Player wants to be considerate by not grazing the person next to them, but they have to do something now because here comes the ball SDTM or directly towards an outlane.

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Author: SSB

You will find me at a pinball tournament, and sometimes behind a microphone for some reason. Have more fun! Play more pinball! Support the hobby on twitter by using #pinball. Currently: Attacking Mars. BAO!

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