WTF IS A TLA?


Acronyms. Abbreviations. Call them what you will, they're still a PITA*.

They're fine if you know what they mean - and let's face it, nobody wants to keep typing out Creature From The Black Lagoon - but for those times when you don't know, here is the definitive guide for all the games from about 1990 to present, plus a few other relevant games, some technical terms and other stuff you might find useful.

*it's in the list!

Just click on the first letter of your acronym or abbreviation:


Acronym   Game Name   Year   Manufacturer
24   24 - The Pinball   2009   Stern Pinball
         
A13   Apollo 13   1995   Sega Pinball
A-A-B   Add-a-Ball       Machine type
ACDC-
BIBLE
  AC/DC: Back in Black
Limited Edition
  2012   Stern Pinball
ACDC-
LTBRLE
  AC/DC: Let There Be Rock
Limited Edition
  2012   Stern Pinball
AFM   Attack from Mars   1995   Bally
AGB   Al's Garage Band
Goes on a World Tour
  1992   Alvin G
AH3   Amazon Hunt III   1991   Gottlieb
AIW   Alice in Wonderland   201?   Zidware
AMH   America's Most Haunted   2014   Spooky Pinball
AP   Austin Powers   2001   Stern Pinball
         
BB   Backbox       Technical term
BBB   Big Bang Bar   1996/
2007
  Capcom/
Pinball Mfg. Inc.
BBBB   Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball   1991   Bally
BBH   Big Buck Hunter Pro   2009   Stern Pinball
BD   Big Dick   198?   Fabulous Fantasies
BDK   Batman: The Dark Knight   2008   Stern Pinball
BF   Batman Forever   1995   Sega Pinball
BFTK   Battle for the Kingdom   1997   Medieval Madness mode
BG   Backglass       Technical term
BG   Big Guns   1987   Williams
BH   Black Hole   1981   Gottlieb
BH   Big Hurt   1995   Gottlieb
BHHHC   Black Hole/Haunted House Club   1994   Association
BIBLE   AC/DC: Back In Black
Limited Edition
  2012   Stern Pinball
BK   Black Knight   1980   Williams
BK2K   Black Knight 2000   1989   Williams
BLY   Bally   1931-
1999
  Manufacturer
BM   Batman   1991   Data East
BoP   The Machine: Bride of Pinbot   1991   Williams
BR   Banzai Run   1988   Williams
BR   Bike Race   1992   Petaco
BR   Black Rose   1992   Bally
BRUSA   Big Race USA   1998   Computer pinball game
BS   Breakshot   1996   Capcom
BSD   Bram Stoker's Dracula   1993   Williams
BSM   Black Suited Spider Man   2007   Stern Pinball
BSMT
2000
  Brian Schmidt Music Technology   1991
-2003
  Data East
sound system
BTTF   Back to the Future   1990   Data East
BW   Barb Wire   1996   Gottlieb
BW   Baywatch   1995   Sega Pinball
BW   Bally/Williams       Manufacturer
         
C1812   Class of 1812   1991   Gottlieb
CBW   Cue Ball Wizard   1992   Gottlieb
CC   Caribbean Cruise   1990   International Concepts
CC   Cactus Canyon   1999   Bally
CC   Cactus Canyon Continued   2012   Custom code for CC
CCR   Cosmic Cart Racing   2014   Multimorphic
CF   Capt. Fantastic and the
Brown Dirt Cowboy
  1975   Bally
CFTBL   Creature from the Black Lagoon   1992   Bally
CH   Car Hop   1991   Bally
CH   Crocodile Hunter   Not
made
  Mr. Pinball Australia
CJ   Cactus Jack's   1991   Gottlieb
CP   Checkpoint   1991   Data East
CP   The Champion Pub   1998   Bally
CPU   Central Processing Unit       Electronics term
CRT   Cathode Ray Tube       Electronics term
CSI   CSI: Crime Scene Investigation   2008   Stern Pinball
CV   Cirqus Voltaire   1997   Bally
         
DAC   Drop-a-Card   1971   Gottlieb
DCS   Digital Compression System   1993
-1999
  WMS sound system
DD   Dr. Dude   1990   Bally
DE   Data East   1986
-1994
  Manufacturer
DE   Dinosaur Eggs   1993   Alvin G.
DE2   Dona Elvira 2   1996   Petaco
DH   Dirty Harry   1995   Williams
DK   Batman: The Dark Knight   2008   Stern Pinball
DM   Demolition Man   1994   Williams
DMD   Dot Matrix Display   1991-   Technical term
DMOS   Demolition Man On Steroids   2011   Pinnovating
DOHO   Hidden reference to Scott
Slomiany's wife DOris HO
      DMD in-joke
DP   Diamond Plate   1990
-1999
  Playfield coating
DPO   Dutch Pinball Open       Tournament
DW   Deadly Weapon   1990   Gottlieb
DW   Doctor Who   1992   Bally
         
EATPM   Elvira & the Party Monsters   1989   Bally
EBD   Eight Ball Deluxe   1981   Bally
EBD-LE   Eight Ball Deluxe -
Limited Edition
  1982   Bally
EK   Evel Knievel   1977   Bally
EM   Electro-mechanical       Non-electronic
EOS   End-Of-Stroke (switch)       Technical term
EPROM   Erasable Programmable
Read-Only Memory
      Electronics term
ES   Earthshaker   1989   Williams
         
F14   F-14 Tomcat   1987   Williams
F2K   Flight 2000   1980   Stern
F6   Flip-VI   1991   Inder
FA   For Auction       Internet forum term
FB   NBA Fastbreak   1997   Bally
FF   Flipper Football   1996   Capcom
FG   Family Guy   2007   Stern Pinball
FG   Flash Gordon   1981   Bally
FH   Funhouse   1990   Williams
F-NoES   Freddy: A Nightmare on
Elm Street
  1994   Gottlieb
FP   Firepower   1980   Williams
FS   For Sale       Internet forum term
FS   Future Spa   1979   Bally
FT   Fish Tales   1992   Williams
FT   Full Throttle   2014   Heighway Pinball
FT   For Trade       Internet forum term
FYI   For Your Information       Internet forum term
         
GB   Ghostbusters   2016   Stern Pinball
GC   Golden Cue   1998   Sega Pinball
GC   Grand Champion       Gameplay term
GE   Goldeneye   1995   Sega Pinball
GI   General Illumination (lighting)       Technical term
GI   Gilligan's Island   1991   Bally
GL   Grand Lizard   1986   Williams
GnR   Guns N' Roses   1994   Data East
GoT   Game of Thrones   2015   Stern Pinball
GP   Grand Prix   2005   Stern Pinball
GS   The Bally Game Show   1990   Bally
GTB   Gottlieb   1931
-1996
  Manufacturer
         
HD   Harley Davidson   1991   Bally
HD   Harley Davidson   1999   Sega/Stern Pinball
HH   Haunted House   1982   Gottlieb
HoaDC   Horse of a Different Colour       WOZ mode name
HoF   Hall of Fame       Location/honour roll
HRC   High Roller Casino   2001   Stern Pinball
HS   High Speed   1987   Williams
HS2   The Getaway: High Speed 2   1992   Williams
HSII   The Getaway: High Speed 2   1992   Williams
HST   High Score Table       Gameplay term
HUO   Home Use Only       Technical term
         
I500   Indianapolis 500   1995   Bally
ID4   Independence Day   1996   Sega Pinball
IFPA   International Flipper
Pinball Association
      Association
IJ   Indiana Jones:
The Pinball Adventure
  1993   Williams
IJ4   Indiana Jones & the Kingdom
of the Crystal Skull
  2008   Stern Pinball
IM   Iron Man   2010   Stern Pinball
IM   Io Moon   1994   Petaco
IMVE   Iron Man Vault Edition   2014   Stern Pinball
IPB   Illinois Pinball Co.   2000-   Parts and machines
manufacturer/retailer
IPDB   Internet Pinball Database       Website
IR   Infra-Red       Technical term
         
JB   Jack-Bot   1995   Williams
JD   Judge Dredd   1993   Bally
JJP   Jersey Jack Pinball   2012-   Manufacturer
JM   Johnny Mnemonic   1995   Williams
JP   Jackpot       Gameplay term
JP   Jurassic Park   1993   Data East
JY   Junkyard   1996   Williams
         
KK   King Kong   1990   Data East
KoS   Kings of Steel   1984   Bally
KP   Kingpin   1996   Capcom
         
LAH   Last Action Hero   1993   Data East
LCD   Liquid Crystal Display       Technical term
LE   Limited Edition       Model variant
LED   Light Emitting Diode       Technical term
LiS   Lost in Space   1998   Sega Pinball
LITZ   Lost In The Zone   1993   Twilight Zone mode
LL   Lower-Left       Technical term
LL:GG   Lexy Lightspeed: Galaxy Girl   2014   Multimorphic
LOTR   The Lord of the Rings   2003   Stern Pinball
LR   Lower-Right       Technical term
LR   La Renata   1992   Geiger
LTBR   AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
Limited Edition
  2012   Stern Pinball
LW   Jurassic Park - The Lost World   1997   Sega Pinball
LW3   Lethal Weapon 3   1992   Data East
         
M90   Mundial 90   1990   Inder
MA   Mario Andretti   1995   Gottlieb
MA   Mousin' Around   1990   Bally
MB   Monster Bash   1998   Williams
MC   Mystery Castle   1993   Alvin G
MET   Metallica   2013   Stern Pinball
MG   Magic Girl   201?   Zidware
MGC   Midwest Gaming Classic   1993   Wisconsin show
MGoW   Mars - God of War   1981   Gottlieb
MJ   Michael Jordan   1992   Data East
MM   Medieval Madness   1997   Williams
MM   Metal Man   1992   Inder
MM-R   Medieval Madness - Remake   2014   PPS/Chicago Gaming
MNF   Monday Night Football   1989   Data East
MONO   Monopoly   2001   Stern Pinball
MOP   Metallica: Master of Puppets LE   2013   Stern Pinball
MSF   Mary Shelly's Frankenstein   1994   Sega Pinball
         
NASCAR   National Association for
Stock Car Auto Racing
  2005   Stern Pinball
NBA   National Basketball Assoc.   2009   Stern Pinball
NEMO   Capt. Nemo Dives Again   2014   Quetzal Pinball
NF   No Fear: Dangerous Sports   1995   Williams
NIB   New In Box       Descriptive term
NGG   No Good Gofers   1997   Williams
NLA   No Longer Available       Descriptive term
NM   Night Moves   1990   International Concepts
NNS   New New Stock       Remade parts
NOS   New Old Stock       Original parts
         
O1   Orbitor 1   1982   Stern
OEM   Original Equipment Manufacturer       Official parts
OOS   Out Of Stock   1992   Sold out
OT   Operation Thunder   1992   Gottlieb
OT   Off-Topic       Internet forum term
         
P2K   Pinball 2000   1999   Pinball system
PAGG   Pin-a-Go-Go   1997-   California show
PAPA   Professional and Amateur
Pinball Association
  1970s-   Pinball association
PB   Playboy   2002   Stern Pinball
PC   Pinball Circus   1994   Bally
PCB   Printed Circuit Board       Electronics term
PF   Police Force   1989   Williams
PF   Playfield       Technical term
PHoF   Pinball Hall of Fame   2009-   Las Vegas location
PITA   Pain in the Ass/Arse       Derogatory term
PLD   Pat Lawlor Design       Design company
PM   Pinball Magic   1995   Capcom
POA   Path of Adventure   1993   Indiana Jones feature
POTC   Pirates of the Caribbean   2006   Stern Pinball
POS   Piece of Sh*t       Derogatory term
POTO   Phantom of the Opera   1990   Data East
PP   Pistol Poker   1993   Alvin G
PPE   Pacific Pinball Expo   2007-   California show
PPM   Pacific Pinball Museum   2002-   California location
PS   Pool Sharks   1990   Bally
PSTE/
P*P*Y*
  Popeye Saves the Earth   1994   Bally
PtC   Punchy the Clown   1993   Alvin G
PZ   Party Zone   1991   Bally
PZBG   Pinball Zombies from Beyond
the Grave
  2015   Spooky Pinball
         
R911   Rescue 911   1994   Gottlieb
R+B   The Adventures of Rocky &
Bullwinkle and Friends
  1993   Data East
RAZA   Retro Atomic Zombie
Adventureland
  201?   Zidware
RBION   Ripley's Believe it or Not!   2004   Stern Pinball
RCT   Rollercoaster Tycoon   2002   Stern Pinball
RFM   Revenge from Mars   1999   Bally
RG   Riverboat Gambler   1990   Williams
RG   Rollergames   1990   Williams
RGP   Rec.Games.Pinball       Usenet group
RS   Road Show   1994   Williams
RS   The Rolling Stones   2011   Stern Pinball
RTFM   Read the Flippin' Manual       Internet forum term
RTU   Rule The Universe   1999   Revenge from Mars
mode
         
SA   Shaq Attaq   1994   Gottlieb
SB   A.G. Soccer Ball   1991   Alvin G
SBM   Silverball Mania   1978   Bally
SC   Safe Cracker   1996   Bally
SDMEWM   Super Duper Mega Extreme Wizard Mode   2003   TSPP's wizard mode
SDTM   Straight Down The Middle       Gameplay term
SF2   Street Fighter II   1993   Gottlieb
SG   Stargate   1995   Gottlieb
SJ   Space Jam   1997   Sega Pinball
SJP   Super Jackpot       Gameplay term
SM   Spider-Man   2007   Stern Pinball
SMB   Spider-Man Black Suit Edition   2007   Stern Pinball
SMB   Super Mario Bros.   1992   Gottlieb
SMB-MW   Super Mario Bros.
Mushroom World
  1992   Gottlieb
SMVE   Spider-Man Vault Edition   2016   Stern Pinball
SnS   Surf 'n Safari   1991   Gottlieb
SoF   Swords of Fury   1988   Williams
SOL   Stroke Of Luck   1995   Attack from Mars
feature
SOT   Sort of Off-Topic       Internet forum term
SPP   The Simpsons Pinball Party   2003   Stern Pinball
SP   South Park   1999   Stern Pinball
SPI   Stern Pinball Inc.   1999-   Manufacturer
SRP   Steve Ritchie Productions       Design company
SSO   Sharkey's Shootout   2000   Stern Pinball
SS   Scared Stiff   1996   Bally
SS   Silver Slugger   1990   Gottlieb
SS   Solid-State       Technical term
SS   Slingshot       Technical term
SST   Starship Troopers   1997   Sega Pinball
ST   Star Trek   1991   Data East
STDM   Dyslexic version of SDTM       Technical term
ST-ID   Star Trek: Into Darkness   2013   Stern Pinball
ST-TNG   Star Trek: The Next Generation   1993   Williams
SW   Star Wars   1992   Data East
SW-E1   Star Wars Episode 1   1999   Williams
SWT   Star Wars Trilogy   1997   Sega Pinball
SX   Striker Xtreme   2000   Stern Pinball
         
T2   Terminator 2: Judgement Day   1991   Williams
T3   Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines   2003   Stern Pinball
TABA   There and Back Again   1992   LOTR mode name
TAF   The Addams Family   1992   Bally
TAFG   The Addams Family:
Special Collectors Edition
  1994   Bally
TAG   Thunderbirds Are Go   2017   Homepin
TAV   The Avengers   2013   Stern Pinball
TBL   The Big Lebowski   2015   Dutch Pinball
TF   Transformers   2011   Stern Pinball
TF:LE   Transformers: Limited Edition   2011   Stern Pinball
TF   Title Fight   1990   Gottlieb
TFTC   Tales from the Crypt   1993   Data East
TH   The Hobbit   2015   Jersey Jack Pinball
TM   Time Machine   1988   Data East
TM   Trademark       Technical term
TMNT   Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles   1991   Data East
TLA   Three Letter Acronym/Abbreviaton        
TO   Tee'd Off   1993   Gottlieb
TOM   Theatre of Magic   1995   Bally
TOTAN   Tales of the Arabian Nights   1996   Williams
TBRD   Thunderbirds Pinball   2015   Homepin
TRS   The Rolling Stones   2011   Stern Pinball
TS   The Shadow   1994   Bally
TS   The Sopranos   2005   Stern Pinball
TSPP   The Simpsons Pinball Party   2003   Stern Pinball
TTM   Tour The Mansion   1992   Addams Family mode
TTR   Transporter: The Rescue   1989   Bally
TZ   Twilight Zone   1993   Bally
         
UL   Upper Left       Generic term
UR   Upper Right       Generic term
USAF   U.S.A. Football   1992   Alvin G
USAF   U.S.A. Football (redemption)   1993   Alvin G
         
VA   Vacation America   2003   Chicago Pinball
VJ   Vacation Jackpot   1993   Whitewater feature
VND   Viper Night Drivin'   1998   Sega Pinball
VUK   Vertical Up-Kicker       Technical term
         
W?D   Who Dunnit?   1995   Bally
WC   World Cup '90   1990   Mr Game
WCS   World Cup Soccer '94   1994   Bally
WH2O   Whitewater   1993   Williams
W/L   When Lit       Gameplay term
WMS   Williams (now WMS Gaming)   1943
-1999
  Manufacturer
WN:BJM   Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons   2015   WhizBang Pinball
WO   Wipe Out   1993   Gottlieb
WOF   Wheel of Fortune   2007   Stern Pinball
WOT   Way Off-Topic       Internet forum term
WOZ   The Wizard of Oz   2013   Jersey Jack Pinball
WOZ-
75th
  The Wizard of Oz:
75th Anniversary Limited Edition
  2014   Jersey Jack Pinball
WOZ-
ECLE
  The Wizard of Oz:
Emerald City Limited Edition
  2013   Jersey Jack Pinball
WPC   Williams Pinball Controller   1990
-1999
  Electronics system
WPT   World Poker Tour   2006   Stern Pinball
WSC   World Soccer Challenge   1994   Gottlieb
WTB   Want To Buy       Internet forum term
WTD   Wanted       Internet forum term
WTS   Want To Sell       Internet forum term
WTT   Want To Trade       Internet forum term
WW   Waterworld   1995   Gottlieb
WW   Whirlwind   1990   Williams
WW   Whitewater   1993   Williams
WW   Whitewood       Technical term
WWE   WWE Wrestlemania   2015   Stern Pinball
WWF   WWF Royal Rumble   1994   Data East
         
XB   Extra Ball       Gameplay term
XF   The X-Files   1997   Sega Pinball
           

 

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