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Gorgar is a 1979 pinball machine designed by Barry Oursler and released by Williams Electronics. It was the first speech-synthesized ("talking") pinball machine, containing a vocabulary of seven words ("Gorgar", "speaks", "beat", "you", "me", "hurt", "got") that were combined together to form varying broken-English phrases, such as "Gorgar speaks" and "Me got you". The pinball machine also has a heartbeat sound effect that increases in speed during longer gameplay.[1]

Gorgar
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Arcade flyer
ManufacturerWilliams Electronics
Release dateDecember 1979
DesignBarry Oursler
ArtworkConstantino Mitchell, Jeanine Mitchell
SoundEugene Jarvis
Production runapproximately 14,000

Digital versionsEdit

Gorgar was available on FarSight Studios' 2012 release The Pinball Arcade for multiple platforms until June 29, 2018, when the license for inclusion of Wiliams and Bally tables in the game expired. The table is included in the Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection. Unauthorized reproductions of this table are available for Visual Pinball.[citation needed]

In popular cultureEdit

German power metal band Helloween's 1985 album Walls of Jericho included a track titled "Gorgar" that symbolized the machine as a form of gambling addiction.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Internet Pinball Machine Database: Gorgar". August 24, 2013.