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    Lightbulb Inventor of the Modern Pinball Machine Dies At 100 [Slashdot]

    porsche911 writes with this excerpt from the New York Times: "Steve Kordek, who revolutionized the game of pinball in the 1940s by designing what became the standard two-flipper machine found in bars and penny arcades around the world, died on Sunday at a hospice in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 100. ... 'Steve's impact would be comparable to D. W. Griffith moving from silent films through talkies and color and CinemaScope and 3-D with computer-generated graphics,' [pinball historian Roger] Sharpe said. 'He moved through each era seamlessly.'"

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    Next to videogames, Pinball was one of the most revolutionary pieces of hardware to be found in arcades. The man was a genius to change what was essentially Pachinco, into a game of skill.

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