But if the preceding paragraph's all Greek to you, don't fret. Like these newfangled videogames, pinball has its own (seemingly nonsensical, initially indecipherable) subtleties, culture and lingo. And while it used to suck quarters with the best of them in the backs of sleazy pool halls everywhere, it's a totally different beast than its upright, interactive contemporaries: with pinball, what you see is what you get. The board's never, ever going to change. You don't "beat" a pinball game, you just appreciate the fact that you didn't choke as hard this time as the previous fifty. You sharpen your skills, look for patterns, and every once in a while, you make a breakthrough -- what seemed impossible now seems easy. That crucial extra ball becomes a right, damn it -- not a reward -- paid for in tons of hours and quarters.