YouTuber Mark Rober Scam Arcade Games
Former NASA engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober wanted to combat those scammy arcade games that seem unbeatable no matter how many coins you put in, starting with Skee-Ball. Let’s face it, maintaining consistency between throws is near impossible for a human, but with Rober’s custom backpack-sized ball launching machine, consistent 10,000 point shots became possible.

Next, he tackled arcade basketball, which has players sinking as many throws as possible before the timer runs down. It does this by using an infrared beam to detect each ball as they pass through the hoop. This was beat with a 3d-printed robotic basketball that lodges itself on a rim and then uses an actuator on the bottom to break the beam, thus registering a successful shot. Another game he defeated is punching bag, which has players hitting a speed bag. The solution wasn’t a robotic punching arm, just a PEZ dispenser. Unfortunately, none of these machines work on the extremely rare SEGA R360 arcade machine.

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