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1. WO2000041779 - METHOD AND KIT FOR RETROFITTING A PINBALL MACHINE

Publication Number WO/2000/041779
Publication Date 20.07.2000
International Application No. PCT/US2000/001240
International Filing Date 14.01.2000
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 14.08.2000
IPC
A63F 7/00 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
7Indoor games using small moving playing bodies, e.g. balls, discs or blocks
A63F 7/02 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
7Indoor games using small moving playing bodies, e.g. balls, discs or blocks
02using falling playing bodies or playing bodies running on an inclined surface, e.g. pinball games
A63F 9/06 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
9Games not otherwise provided for
06Patience; Other games for self-amusement
CPC
A63F 2007/0064
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
7Indoor games using small moving playing bodies, e.g. balls, discs or blocks
0064Ball games combined with other games
A63F 2007/3045
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
7Indoor games using small moving playing bodies, e.g. balls, discs or blocks
22Accessories; Details
30Details of the playing surface, e.g.; obstacles; ; Goal posts;; Targets; Scoring or pocketing devices; Playing-body-actuated sensors, e.g. switches; Tilt indicators; ; Means for detecting misuse or errors
303Parts of the playing surface being movable, replaceable or removable
3045Removable parts for service access
A63F 2009/0623
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
9Games not otherwise provided for
06Patience; Other games for self-amusement
0613Puzzles or games based on the use of optical filters or elements, e.g. coloured filters, polaroid filters, transparent sheets with opaque parts
0623with mirrors
A63F 2009/2464
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
9Games not otherwise provided for
24Electric games;; Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
2448Output devices
245visual
2461Projection of a two-dimensional real image
2464on a translucent screen, e.g. frosted glass
A63F 7/027
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
7Indoor games using small moving playing bodies, e.g. balls, discs or blocks
02using falling playing bodies or playing bodies running on an inclined surface, e.g. pinball games
025Pinball games, e.g. flipper games
027electric
Applicants
  • WILLIAMS ELECTRONICS GAMES, INC. [US/US]; 3401 North California Avenue Chicago, IL 60618, US
Inventors
  • HUME, Bradley, A.; US
  • UBAN, Thomas, W.; US
Agents
  • KENAGA, Michael, L.; Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe P.O. Box 64807 Chicago, IL 60664-0807, US
Priority Data
09/231,40014.01.1999US
09/303,71030.04.1999US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHOD AND KIT FOR RETROFITTING A PINBALL MACHINE
(FR) PROCEDE ET KIT DE RATTRAPAGE DE BILLARD ELECTRIQUE
Abstract
(EN)
A pinball machine (20) has been designed with several novel mechanical and electrical features such that it is easily retrofittable or convertible between a first pinball game and a second pinball game. The pinball machine includes a cabinet (22), a playfield (24), a panel (40), an electronics system (70), and a video display (50). The playfield is mounted in the cabinet with the panel mounted to the cabinet and overlaying at least a portion of the playfield. The video display is mounted generally above the cabinet and is disposed to project video images onto the panel for viewing by the player. The electronics system includes a control unit and a plurality of input/output elements which are mounted to the playfield. The control unit, which includes a controller and memory for storing game instructions and video images, is coupled to the plurality of input/output elements. The controller executes the game instructions to cause the video images to be displayed upon the video display. The memory may include flash memory which can be updated by a flash card. A retrofitting kit for the pinball machine provides a replacement memory that stores second game instructions and second game video images therein for operation in the pinball machine.
(FR)
Un billard électrique (20) est conçu avec de nombreuses nouvelles caractéristiques mécaniques et électriques de manière à pouvoir le rattraper ou le transformer facilement, d'un premier billard électrique en un second billard électrique. Ce billard électrique comprend un caisson (22), une surface de jeu (24), un panneau (40), un système électronique (70), et un écran vidéo (50). La surface de jeu est montée dans le caisson, le panneau étant monté sur ce caisson et recouvre au moins une partie de la surface de jeu. L'écran vidéo est généralement monté au-dessus du caisson, de façon à projeter sur le panneau des images vidéo destinées à l'utilisateur. Le système électronique comprend une unité de commande et plusieurs éléments d'entrée/sortie montés sur la surface de jeu. L'unité de commande, qui comprend un contrôleur et une mémoire pour contenir les instructions de jeu et les images vidéo, est couplée au groupe d'éléments d'entrée/sortie. Le contrôleur exécute les instructions de jeu de façon à ce que les images vidéo s'affichent sur l'écran vidéo. La mémoire précitée peut comprendre une mémoire flash pouvant être mise à jour au moyen d'une carte flash. Un kit de rattrapage conçu pour ce billard électrique peut comprendre une mémoire de remplacement contenant les instructions et les images vidéo du second jeu mises en oeuvre dans ce billard électrique.
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