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jumpin' jackpot.

i just saw a video of someone playing jumpin' jackpot. first time i've ever seen it.

the first thing that popped in my head is that there has to be a point where in your head you do one of two things: a) you shift your thinking by watching mujltiple cycles instead of individual iterations, or b) you shift your thinking from jumping to running. Once you hit a particular speed, you'd probably have to do both.

i think the biggest challenge about doing it the first way is the speed transition periods from when you choose to jump every one cycle to every two or every two to every three, both in the physicality and in the mental adjustment. Especially once you hit a particular point, when you have to change your ratio of air-to-ground time to be almost polar opposite (as in, when you first start out, you spend more time on the ground than in the air, but once it gets fast enough it becomse vital to spend as much time in the air as opposed to the ground).

oddly it reminds me of when a drummer has to move from a legato two-single (wrist-wrist) stroke to a marcato two-single (wristi-wrist) stroke to a marcato one-diddle (wrist-fingers) stroke to the super fast speeds of arm let-the-drum-do-all-the-work stroke.

the second method might get you a little farther because it's probably more easy to control the weight distribution and where you are in terms of gravity, but it's possible that it'll be more difficult to consider pacing.and to actually be in the air longer than you're on the ground.

this is of course all speculative since i haven't actually seen it in person yet, nor do i know how the mechanics of it works out (like, how does it determine if you're still on the machine?)

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Jun. 14th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
There are a couple at Big Al's. I've never tried it.
Jun. 14th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure you have to hit it every time it goes around so you can't watch multiple cycles instead of individual ones.
Jun. 14th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
really? baah. that's not as interesting as i thought then.

still. wouldn't mind getting good at it. :)
Jun. 14th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
I saw a kid playing at Putters recently as well. I agree that you have to hit between the jumps.

If you figure it out, let me know!
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