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Pinball Legend Passes Away

by Phil Kollar on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM

Pinball may or may not fit into your personal definition of video games, but its an important part of our arcade roots regardless. Earlier this month, one of pinball's greatest and most influential creators passed away.

Time reports that Steve Kordek died on February 19 at the age of 100. Back in 1948, Kordek created the pinball game Triple Action, which first introduced the now-near-universal idea of a two-flipper pinball machine.

In his 100 years of life, Kordek went on to create over 100 pinball boards. Whether you enjoy pinball or not, a feat like that deserves respect and a moment of silence.

Note: The image in this article is from Pinball FX 2, Zen Studios' fantastic downloadable game, which has caused many of the GI editors to fall in love with pinball all over again. That kind of score-chasing devotion this game has inspired wouldn't have been possible without Kordek's contributions to the industry.

[via Engadget]