MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly. Today, the world lost a man who elevated a simple arcade game...
(SOUNDBITE OF PINBALL GAME)
KELLY: ...into an American obsession.
(SOUNDBITE OF PINBALL)
KELLY: Steve Kordek was Mr. Pinball. Before he came along, the game looked totally different.
DAVID SILVERMAN: The other companies had games that were six flippers per game.
KELLY: That's David Silverman, founder of the National Pinball Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.