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The old-school arcade game of pinball is resurging in popularity. Interest has skyrocketed over the last decade or so, with the number of players and competitions growing worldwide, according to the International Flipper Pinball Association. There were 500 players in 50 competitions worldwide in 2006, according to the IFPA. In 2017, there were nearly 4,500 competitions and more than 55,000 players.The first game ever patented was in 1871, but access to games stalled from the 1940s through the 1970s with some cities banning pinball because it was seen as gambling, said Roger Sharpe, Zach's father, who wrote the book "Pinball!"Adam Lefkoff says the game teaches his son life lessons.
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