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Pinball machines might conjure up feelings of nostalgia for most Canadians, but they actually have a pretty dark history.

When the game was introduced to major North American cities in the 40s and 50s, they were mostly mob-run gambling devices. We know it’s hard to believe, but the little flipper machines were once a decent source of revenue for the underground world of organized crime, and soon they were banned in many regions across the continent.

Montreal, unfortunately, was one of them. At least, in any businesses where alcohol was served.

But as video games started to replace pinball machines, and the mob influence faded away, the law became outdated. So, after more than a year of negotiation, officials finally agreed to let bar owners re-introduce pinball to their establishments. And all of Montreal rejoiced (probably).

Even though the games are considered retro to most Canadians, they’re now a novelty once again in Quebec’s largest city.

Now go forth, friends, and mash buttons!

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