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1. WO2000041781 - METHOD OF REPLACING A PLAYFIELD OF A PINBALL MACHINE

Publication Number WO/2000/041781
Publication Date 20.07.2000
International Application No. PCT/US2000/001248
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 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
  • KRUTSCH, John, R.; US
  • SHIRD, James, M., L.; US
  • UBAN, Thomas, W.; US
Agents
  • KENAGA, Michael, L.; Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe P.O. Box 64807 Chicago, IL 60664-0807, US
Priority Data
09/232,24814.01.1999US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHOD OF REPLACING A PLAYFIELD OF A PINBALL MACHINE
(FR) PROCEDE DE REMPLACEMENT D'UN TERRAIN DE JEU 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 playfield (24) mounted to a cabinet (22). Unlike previous pinball machines, electrical wires (102) and their associated 'playfield-side' connectors (86) extending from input/output elements mounted to the playfield are limited in movement to a region generally beneath and in close proximity to the playfield. This allows the playfield to be more easily handled than prior playfields, which had long dangling electrical wires and connectors which could be easily tripped over or severed. Additionally, the plurality of playfield-side connectors are configured for easy installation and integration with corresponding 'cabinet-side' connectors (100). The cabinet-side connectors are electrically connected to a driver electronics board (98) within the cabinet and carry all input/output functions of the driver electronics board.
(FR)
L'invention se rapporte à un billard électrique (20) ) qui comporte, par conception, plusieurs nouvelles caractéristiques mécaniques et électriques et peut être de ce fait facilement adapté ou converti d'un premier jeu à un second jeu. Ledit billard électrique comporte un terrain de jeu (24) monté dans un caisson (22). A la différence des billards électriques classiques, les câbles électriques (102) et leurs connecteurs (86) associés, qui sont disposés 'côté terrain de jeu' et font saillie à partir d'éléments d'entrée/sortie montés sur le terrain de jeu, possèdent une liberté de mouvement limitée vers une région généralement située en-dessous et à proximité immédiate du terrain de jeu. Ceci permet de manipuler plus aisément le terrain de jeu que cela n'est le cas avec les terrains de jeu utilisés jusqu'à présent, qui sont dotés de câbles électriques pendants et de connecteurs qui peuvent facilement faire trébucher ou se trouver arrachés. En outre, tous les connecteurs 'côté terrain de jeu' sont conçus pour permettre facilement leur installation et leur intégration à des connecteurs correspondants (100) 'côté caisson'. Ces connecteurs 'côté caisson' sont électriquement connectés à une carte électronique (98) pilote au sein du caisson et prennent en charge toutes les fonctions d'entrée-sortie de la carte électronique pilote.
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