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What is this game called?

I forgot what this amusement is called. It's where you put in coins of a certain value and the coins are place on a platform that moves and hopefully it will push your coins along with other coins placed on this mechanism. I think it's called waterfall or something like that.


Best Answer...

Answer:

The game you speak of has many different names. But they all pretty much operate the same way. You drop a quarter or token into a slot, it bounces around on some pegs behind a sheet of plexiglass before landing on a metal rim that moves in and out.

Then as it moves in towards the machine, your coin pushes the other coins off the rim onto a second larger rim under it (called a "field") and then the first rim pushes towards you again and it moves the coins that dropped toward the coins already on the field.

Then, if you're lucky, the coins move forward and fall off the edge of the field, landing into a coin box inside the machine, and the machine spits out a ticket per coin that falls off the field, which you then take the tickets to the prize counter and exchange them for worthless crap that was made in China by forced labor.

By the way, next time you play one of these ripoff machines, notice there will be two metal plates sticking out on each side of the field. These plates are covering holes from your view. Any coins that are pushed into these side holes fall into the coin box, and do not count towards your winnings. This is called a "fix". A lot of the coins will naturally be pushed against the rim of the field, and will fall into these holes.

For bonus points, allow me to tell you that the prizes at most arcades are of poor quality, are bought in bulk by the arcade owner at dirt-cheap prices, and the ticket costs are usually set at "a penny a point". Meaning, that if a prize costs 10 tickets to win, and you average one ticket per quarter, (which you won't even get by playing the above mentioned ripoff game) you just spent $2.50 to buy something that cost the arcade owner a dime to buy. What a bargain!

Do yourself a favor and stick to home video game systems or online computer games. At least you'll get what you pay for. Video arcades are going the way of the dinosaur because other than ticket redemptions, there's no money in it anymore, thus forcing the sleazy arcade operators to jack up the cost of the lousy prizes.

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