The Dynamics And History Of Air Hockey
Air hockey, arguably the fastest table game ever invented by man, actually has its origins back in 1969 through to 1972 where it was developed part time by three employees of the Brunswick Billiards Corporation in the USA. Its development was staggered as they tried to overcome the problems of producing a near frictionless surface to play on. The final design following the methodology of ice hockey but with an even thinner puck being developed. Whilst the Brunswick employees were credited in the patent registered for it the original air table had been developed several years earlier but for an unrelated purpose.
The puck basically floats on a cushion of air generated by an electric air pump built in to the table. This means that it has virtually no resistance in any direction of travel and thus when hit with the mallet or 'goalie' that the player holds in his hand then it rockets at some speed across the table and often changes direction violently when it bounces in to the side bumper.
It is not as popular as it once was in the 70's when many competitions were held throughout the USA and in many other countries across the globe, yet it has still been a massive financial global success and there is still an annual World championship held. Whereas you may not see it in as many arcades these days the good news is that there are now a wide range of machines that you can buy and play at home, meaning the legend that is air hockey remains alive and well. Indeed these machines are seeing a rise in popularity as the sizes and weights of the tables have dropped down from those heavy beasts once found in arcades. Whilst many of us would probably actually love one of these in our games rooms, something a little more practical and lightweight for home use is the realistic solution for many of us.
A 6ft folding table is one of the best home options to go for and 230 to 330 will buy you a really good air hockey table that is more than adequate for home use, and at this price point it will be sufficiently weighty and sturdy to not move around at all when you are playing on it, which is a good feature as it is a vigorous game when played competitively. So why not start reliving your childhood and treat yourself to a new air hockey table?