The Sportcraft air hockey table is an indoor recreational game where two players stand, one at each end of a table, and using specially designed handheld paddles, try to push a circular disc into the opponent’s goal. It is known as air hockey because the disc is floating on air that is being forced out through holes in the table top.Continue Reading
The purpose of the forced air is to create a frictionless surface for a disc, or puck, to slide across in a manner similar to a hockey puck gliding over ice on a hockey rink. Sportcraft, which is a registered trademark of ABG-Sportcraft, LLC in the USA, is one of the many companies that manufactures and sells air hockey tables.
Air Hockey was first invented by a group of Brunswick Billiards employees from 1969 to 1972 when they were experimenting with the development of games utilizing a fiction free surface. Upon its creation, the air hockey game gained immediate popularity and became a staple of college game rooms and carnivals across the country. However, Brunswick was not happy with the game's "party" image and tried to turn it into a serious sport by organizing a world championship in 1974. In the 1980s, the popularity of the game waned due to the rapid onslaught of video games.Learn more about Hobbies & Games