Archive for May 17, 2008

Pirates of the Caribbean Pinball featured on American Idol

May 17, 2008

You don’t see pinball very often in popular media these days so when it does show up, it catches you off guard, especially if it’s one of Stern’s newer pins. So when American Idol contestant Jason Castro was shown standing next to a Pirates of the Caribbean pinball machine while being interviewed, you can bet that the great people at Stern were excited to see their product getting some attention. They were so excited that they even shot off this press release talking about the appearance of the pin on the popular show. From the sounds of it, they were caught off guard by this as well and I assume that nobody caught the moment on TiVO and captured a screengrab to put on the internet as I can’t find a picture of the scene anywhere, so here’s a lame photoshopped version instead. Speaking of American Idol, one of the final 2 contestants is from my home state of Utah, that of course being David Archuleta. It should be interesting to see if he wins it, everyone here seems to be crazy about him already. Anyways, the brief press release is after the jump.


Friday Flashback – Sega Rally Championship

May 17, 2008

Here’s a little feature concerning older games which I hope to regularly update in weeks to come. Good, bad or ugly – if I find an old game interesting, you can bet it’ll end up here at some point. First up, Sega Rally Championship.

Sega Rally twin cabinet

Manufacturer: Sega
Hardware: Sega Model 2A
Year: 1995

Sometimes, I forget that Sega Rally is over a decade old. I remember when the game was new and fresh, and in just about every arcade that you could visit. What finally made me accept the game’s age was a recent issue of the UK magazine Retro Gamer, which placed the game at #1 in its list of the top 25 racing games. Of course, a large part of the reason for this lack of perceived age could well be due to the enduring appeal that allowed it to claim the top spot – even now, it’s possible find a Sega Rally machine in the wild (and it was less than two years ago that I last did so myself). That’s pretty stunning when you think about it, because Sega Rally was released into an arcade market which was already saturated with quality racing games.