TILT tells the story of a battle already fought and lost, and one which I had no idea occurred. Certainly pinball machines are a fun and enjoyable way to spend a couple bucks at the arcade, but I never really pictured them as the works of art, which the game developers on this DVD speak of them as. And I had no idea they were even in danger of dying out, let alone already dead.

The story of the documentary is set in 1999, when pinball manufacturer Williams needed something to rejuvenate the industry. Enter “Pinball 2000.” Just a name at first, it grew to become a whole new system to integrate pinball with the burgeoning video game market of the ’90s.

After a successful first game, the second game flopped, and with it went the entire industry. So, every pinball machine you’ve ever played on is now (at least) eight-years-old. It’s hard to believe, but the entire story of the death of pinball is found in this very interesting DVD set.

Grade: A-

TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball is currently available.