The classic TurboGrafx-16 pinballer Alien Crush gets a total refresh on WiiWare today, making it a perfect time for IGN Retro to look over its shoulder at video pinball. Almost as long as there have been videogames, there have been permutations of videogame pinball, due primarily to the simple fact it's just not practical to have a pinball machine in one's house. Since the arrival of Video Pinball in both the arcade and the Atari 2600, though, videogame pinball has been a tricky beast to tame.
So much of the allure and appeal of pinball is both the mastery of the geometry and the Las Vegas-esque bells and whistles of the table itself. There is a physical presence to the best pinball tables, something that is difficult to replicate on the screen.