|Player 1.........Step Up!|
Pinball Stances, we all have them, but why do we do them? Is it natural?
What drives aficionados to stand the way they do at a machine?
|A typical bank of games in a collection...|
Is it due to Center of Gravity? Height? Visibility? Is there even a reason at all???
I wondered about this and started to ask around...And I found some answers!
Marcel Gonzalez (Arcade Pinball Expo show runner):
"A stance aids in the eye level most comfortable to a player. some is low , very close to playfield level (Lyman). Some are almost perpendicular to playfield.
Tall people are pretty screwed in a crowded room. Same as me. I'd have to switch to a stance not so comfortable to me. I guess tall pinheads need space."
|I guess surrounding conditions can contribute to someone's pinball stance at the moment...|
Whysnow (Pinside Member):
"I actually find that I play best when I am in a more casual stance. Getting closer to the glass tends to help me concentrate and focus, but rarely do I play better.
My wife makes fun of my stance and says I look like I am going to fall over sometimes.
A good friend has the patented 'enders pinball stance' where he stands very wide legged directly in front of the game for a firm base and good nudging core. I heard he does 500 sit-ups a day just to get better at nudging."
|Hmm...."Ender's Pinball Stance"???|
"Me? I stand left foot forward and straight on, right foot back and at a slight angle outward. Upper body tilted slightly toward the machine. Hands firmly down on the machine. I nudge from time to time but not as much as I should and use body english at tense moments. I swear it helps as much as nudging.
My son? He stands feet side by side or right foot back a pinch. His upper body nearly straight up. His hands rest slightly and he rarely nudges. He says he likes to let the machine "play out".
He is a damn good player so lots of people are now copying his stance."
Great responses! So I guess in the end it's all of the above, space factors, height, comfort, habit...it boils down to the player and what they personally want when they step up.
|In the end, no matter how you stand at a game, it's where the ball is that counts.|
Rick Stetta, does it best!
Until Next time!!!