Why Pinball is Killing Us: Pinball is killing us
A video game about a robot pinball machine that was developed in the 1980s and designed to make people smile has turned out to be a huge hit on the Internet, killing the jobs of thousands of people and costing taxpayers more than $1 billion.
The company behind the popular pinball game called “Pinball” has been taken off the market by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The video game, which launched in 1996, was based on the popular Atari 2600 game, “Mortal Kombat” and had an arcade game mode that let players shoot opponents.
In 2015, the company said it was taking “immediate steps” to end the video game as a business and to cease production and distribution of “Pinballs” as a toy, according to the Associated Press.
A spokesman for the video games company told the AP the company had “not decided how to proceed,” and that the company “is not going to comment further on this matter at this time.”
In an interview with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” a spokesman for “Mighty Mouse,” the company behind “Pinocalypse,” said he was not aware of the shutdown of the company’s intellectual property.
The spokesman said the company is “taking immediate steps” but would not provide further details.
The Associated Press was not able to reach the video-game company.