In 1962, Williams introduced the first drop target in VAGABOND.
In 1968, the first modern three inch flippers were introduced by Williams on HAYBURNERS II.
In 1975, the first solid-state, or electronic pinball machine, SPIRIT OF ‘76, was introduced by Mirco. It marked the beginning of the switch from electro-mechanical machines to electronics-based pinball games.
In 1976, the first widely available solid state pinball machine was introduced by Bally and was called FREEDOM. Also, THE ATARIANS was introduced by Atari. The long-time pinball machine manufacturer, Chicago Coin, made it’s last game. The company was taken over by Sam Stern and renamed "Stern Electronics". Gottlieb was sold to Columbia Pictures.