Air Hockey is a fun game which has always been popular at arcades. Kids love the fast-paced nature of the game and adults can have a fun party game of foosball. The thrill of scoring by shooting the puck into the opponent’s goal gives a rush like no other. Given its popularity in the arcade and its fun gameplay, it’s ironical that the game doesn’t have a more widespread audience. The game’s popularity has so far been limited to the four walls of the arcade. Part of this is probably down to the association of the game with arcades. It’s given air hockey the reputation of being a kid’s game. However, as several adults will attest, the core gameplay of air hockey is something which older people can enjoy as well, with many confessing that they love this game. This doesn’t change the fact, though, that the game is more suited to younger players, given the speed of the game.
Let’s clear up any confusion which you may have about air hockey. The game is usually played on a table which is 7 feet long diagonally. Two players stand on either side of the table, armed with a round paddle each. The objective of this game is to score points by using this paddle to hit the puck so that it reaches into the opponent’s goal, which is in the form of a narrow slit in the edge of the table. Whoever scores the most points within a certain amount of time wins. While this sounds simple in theory, it can be quite challenging while playing. This is because many complex maneuvers can be pulled off by hitting the puck so that it bounces off the wall and the opponent’s paddle. The rapid pace of the game is achieved by lowering the amount of friction between the puck and the table. This is where the specialty of the table comes in. The table creates a cushion of air on the surface which lifts the puck up and makes its contact almost frictionless. This allows it to retain much of its velocity after being hit, allowing it to move extremely fast.
One place which has started to show a keen interest in the game is the southwestern part of the United States. The states of California, Utah and Nevada have always been very inclusive and adoptive of new sports and games. Add to that the fact that these states also have a lot of arcades, where the majority of air hockey games are played, and you can understand why the game blew up in popularity in this part of the country. The American Southwest is the place where air hockey is given a serious platform and importance. As a result, proficient players from all over the country travel there to show off their skill at the game. It’s also a great place to learn the tricks and tactics of the game since its where most of the best players reside. Seeing these players in action is always a sight to behold. It’s as if each competitor is desperately trying to be one step ahead of their opponent at all times. When the competition heats up, the battle can get frantic. It can reach a point where you have trouble keeping tracking of what’s going on. Matches like that show off the best aspects of air hockey.