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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Internet Pinball Database
INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Copyright 1995 Canterbury Consultive Services
WHAT IS THE INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE?
The Internet Pinball Database (IPD) is a listing of over
3,500 pinball machines manufactured since 1885 including such
specialty machines as Bat Games, Bingo Machines, Cocktail Table
Machines, Payout Machines and Table Top Games. These data have been
culled from books, periodicals, photographs, flyers, machines and
personal records of collectors.
The Internet Pinball Database may be redistributed only under the
(1) The data are distributed in the original ZIP file,
(2) The data are not altered in any way, and
(3) No payment is asked of the recipient or any third party.
All other distribution is forbidden without the express permission
of the copyright holder.
Although we have made every reasonable effort to verify the
authenticity of the information in the database, we explicitly
disclaim any responsibility for inaccurate, misleading or blatantly
false data. In most cases, the data are not complete. However, it
is better than anything previously available online and the price is
right. If you have a beef about the data, your best recourse is to
follow the update procedures explained at the end of this FAQ. You
can mail any complaints, corrections or compliments to email@example.com
WHERE CAN I FIND THE INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE?
The IPD and the IPD FAQ are contained in one compressed file called
IPDAUG95.ZIP. The IPD has two "official" homes and two methods of
access. The entire database is available via anonymous FTP from the
The Pinball Archive:
The Pinball Pasture:
The Pinball Pasture web site also offers an enhanced IPD online with
search capabilities and links to additional resources related to
We have limited availability of the database to these two "official"
sites to better maintain quality control. For better or worse, the
file that you obtain at these sites comes directly from the wonderful
people that developed it. If you get the file anywhere else it may
have been altered or corrupted.
WHAT INFORMATION IS IN THE INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE?
The August 1995 version of the CPD currently contains 30 data fields.
Some fields are empty because the data are not yet available. The
fields are arranged in the following order:
IDNUMBER: Unique machine identification number
ABBREVIATION: Common abbreviation of machine name
MACHINE: Name of the machine
MODEL: Manufacturer's machine Model Number
MANUFACTURER: Machine manufacturer
MONTH: Month of machine release
DAY: Day of machine release
YEAR: Year of machine release
PLAYERS: Number of possible players
PRODUCTION: Number of machines produced
SPECIALTY: Specialty machine category
Cocktail Table Machine
Shaker Ball Machine
Table Top Game
THEME: General theme of the game category (Thanks to Terry B. Cumming)
Adventure - Combat
Adventure - Foreign Peoples
Adventure - Supernatural
Celebrities - Fictional
Celebrities - Fictional - Licensed Theme
Celebrities - Licensed Theme
Cops and Robbers
Fantasy - Myth and Legend
Happiness - Money
Happiness - Circus/Carnival
Happiness - Dancing
Happiness - Food
Happiness - Games
Happiness - Music
Happiness - School
Happiness - Travel
Historical - Knights
Historical - Pirates
Outer Space -Licensed Theme
Sports - Archery
Sports - Auto Racing
Sports - Baseball
Sports - Bicycling
Sports - Bowling
Sports - Boxing
Sports - Darts
Sports - Fishing
Sports - Golf
Sports - Hockey
Sports - Horse Racing
Sports - Ice Skating
Sports - Martial Arts
Sports - Motorcycles/Motocross
Sports - Olympic Games
Sports - Other
Sports - Pinball
Sports - Recreational Games
Sports - Skateboard
Sports - Sky Diving
Sports - Soccer
Sports - Water Sports
FEATURES: Listing of game features
Ball Pitching and Batting Devices
Ball Return Lane
Captive Ball Hole
Disappearing Jet Bumper
TOYS: Gimmicks on the game
CONCEPT: Credit for game concept (if other than designer)
DESIGN: Credit for game design
ART: Credit for original backglass/playfield art
GRAPHICS: Credit for additional graphic art
PROGRAMMING: Credit for programming
SOUND: Credit for sound effects
MUSIC: Credit for music
NOTES: Historical notes or other references
PHOTOS: Indicates books or periodicals and page numbers where photos
can be found.
AT = Bill Kurtz, Arcade Treasures (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1994)
CS = Coin Slot
GR = Game Room
LSB = Gary Flower and Bill Kurtz, Pinball: The Lure of the
SilverBall (Chartwell Books Inc., 1988)
P1 = Richard M. Bueschel, Pinball 1 (Hoflin Publishing Ltd., 1988)
PA = Keith Temple, Pinball Art (H.C. Blossom, 1991)
PB1 = Michael Colmer, Pinball: An Illustrated History (New
American Library, 1976)
PB2 = Roger C. Sharpe, Pinball (E.P. Dutton, 1977)
PCQ = Pinball Collectors' Quarterly
PGJ = PinGame Journal
PM = Heribert Eiden and Jurgen Lukas, Pinball Machines
(Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1992)
PT = Pinball Trader
SK = Silver Knight
SOURCE: Identifies the source of the machine data
Machine = Inspection and/or play of the actual machine
Service Manual = Inspection of original machine service Manual
Flyer = Inspection of the original machine flyer
Photo = Inspection of a photograph of the original machine or flyer
Book = Referenced in a book. See "PHOTOS" for book codes.
Believe it or not, a great deal of thought has been expended on
selecting the fields to be included. Suggestions for new fields
are welcome, but for the foreseeable future our primary effort will
be to fill in the existing blanks.
HOW CAN I USE THE INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE?
Once you have downloaded the file IPDAUG95.ZIP, you will need to
uncompress the file using a utility such as PKUnzip or InfoZIP. You
will then have two files: IPDFAQ01.TXT (this file) and IPDAUG95.CSV.
The CPD10.CSV file requires at least 450 kilobytes of disk space when
it is extracted.
The IPDAUG95.CSV data is in Comma Delimited ASCII format, one record
per line. The first record contains the field names. Every other
record contains the same number of comma-delimited fields, even if
some fields are empty.
The best way to use the Internet Pinball Database is to import the
IPDAUG95.CSV data into your spreadsheet or database software. Most
all popular spreadsheet and database software accept data in Comma
Delimited ASCII format. Check your software documentation for
specifics about importing files.
WHO COMPILED THE INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE?
The IPD collaborative effort. It was originally developed by Chick
Canterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) from data contained in a variety of
publications including books, periodicals and flyers (see specific
listing under the "photos" data field specification). The original
database was intended for his personal use and was limited to machine
name, manufacturer, production year and number of players. After
completing an initial database of over 2,800 records, Chick posted
a message to the rec.games.pinball newsgroup to see if anyone else
was interested in this project.
David Byers (email@example.com) expressed interest in expanding the
database and offering access through his Pinball Pasture WebSite
(http://www.lysator.liu.se/pinball). David and Chick developed
specifications for an expanded database and David created the software
required to access and search the database online.
Frank Laughlin (FrankLaugh@aol.com) also responded to the r.g.p.
posting. He indicated that he had a database of almost 4,000
machines compiled over a 15 year period. Frank contributed his
information to the database including previously unavailable data
on model numbers, production dates and production runs.
Terry Cumming (firstname.lastname@example.org) agreed to let us use his
pinball motif classification structure as the basis for our "Theme"
field. Terry developed this structure for a college statistics course
project in 1981. His report, "Trends In U.S.A. Pinball Machine Motifs,
1947-1981", was reprinted in the May-June 1988 issue of The Pinball
Kevin Martin (email@example.com) has agreed to use his Pinball Archive
FTP site as an "official" home for the Internet Pinball Database
(ftp://pinball.cc.cmu.edu/pinball/). The Pinball Archive is also as
a web Site at http://pinball.cc.cmu.edu/
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE TO THE INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE?
If you have read this far you know that several people have devoted
a lot of time and effort to provide a freely available pinball
database to the pinhead community. We have done so for two reasons:
1) we are wonderful people who get pleasure from sharing our
efforts, and 2) we need your help to improve the current database.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VITAL TO CONTINUATION OF THE IPD! Please use
the Machine Update Form at the end of this FAQ to help us add
information about any machine with which you are familiar.
Specifically, this is what you can do to help us:
1. If you own a machine(s), please compare our database entry
with your machine. Use the Machine Update Form to send us
any information that we have not included. You can also use
the online form at the Pinball Pasture.
2. If you are writing a rulesheet for a machine, please
consider including as much of the database information as
possible in the rulesheet so we can use the rulesheets to
update the database. As a minimum, try to include credits
for each of the designers, artists, musicians and
programmers who developed the machine.
INTERNET PINBALL DATABASE
Machine Data Update Form
Please use this form to submit updates for the Internet Pinball
Database(IPD). Please include the machine ID Number and Machine
Name for each submission, then enter only the information that
should be revised or added. Refer to the field specifications in
the IPD FAQ if you have questions. When finished, Email this
form to Chick Canterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org). Feel free to make any
comments or explanations you feel are necessary. A human being
will review this form before any changes are made to the database.
MACHINE ID NUMBER:
NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
NUMBER OF MACHINES PRODUCED:
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