Some Scandinavian geniuses have gone and created a pinball machine with a first-person perspective, eliminating the traditional seen-from-above vantage point in a clever mash-up of pinball and first-person shooter videogames. That image you see above, that’s the viewpoint from which you play the table. Behold, The Furminator:
I’ve been in love with pinball ever since a three-year period in elementary school when my Uncle Harry moved to Philadelphia and left his awesome Williams Comet table at my house. I also graduated from Wesleyan University with the high score on the campus center’s very active Theater of Magic table. After watching this video, my mind is blown. The tears I am crying are of joy and sadness both. For never had I imagined such a machine could exist — but now that I know it does, I am crushed by my inability to play it. Now. I want to play it now.
The accent of the Furminator creator is somewhat hard to decipher, but I do believe he describes the in-machine gameplay experience as “mechatronic.” Which is great. What I like best, however, is how this invention elevates pinball’s intrinsic stakes. In the standard variation, the onus is on the player to keep the ball on the board — and what a grave and infuriating onus it is. In first-person pinball, that task is made all the more engrossing by the impression that your actual face will be smashed by weighty metal orbs if you fail.
I say it again: genius.