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AVATAR Pinball shipping this week

September 13, 2010

AVATAR made a crazy amount of money in theaters. As such, expectations for things like the AVATAR video game were pretty high and at the end of the day, disappointing for whomever held those expectations. It was panned critically and was even called a flop despite selling over 2 million copies(were the expectations in the 10 million range? 100 million? Higher?). Now some months after the movie was released, Stern Pinball has their newest pinball machine ready to go, based upon AVATAR.  Can AVATAR the Pinball machine take the success of the movie and turn that into sales above and beyond other pins of recent memory? We will know soon as Stern begins to ship the game out to collectors, distributors and operators around the world this week. Some people are already getting their hands on the game, as PinballNews.com has published part one of their AVATAR review. No verdict is given on how the game plays at the moment but some of the cost cutting measures are painfully obvious – from a change in the lock bar, to Jake’s static pod to the mech that lacks a figurine(but it does move). Those all may be minor issues at the end of the day and it could be a fun game to play which we will know about soon enough.

UPDATE: Stern has added the game to their site, where you can place an order for it now.

[Stern Pinball] [Stern’s Facebook page]

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Stern Pinball @ Comic-Con 2010

July 22, 2010

Via the Stern Facebook fan page.

One of the biggest geek events for the year is now underway, Comic-Con 2010 and while console games are showing a strong presence at the show, arcade games aren’t really there to be seen. Granted, that is because there isn’t anything new out there involving comic books (yes there is Justice League but it isn’t brand new anymore) so it’s understandable but Stern pinball is there as they do have a new product which has something to do with comics – Ironman pinball. Since there is also an Avatar presence there this would have made a good place to show off the new Avatar pinball machine but it’s probably not quite ready to be shown at such a large event as this.

TRON Legacy will be getting some attention today as well, if there is anything arcade-related that goes along with it, we’ll look at it.

Midwest Gaming Classic coming next week, with more arcade goodness and Bill Paxton Pinball!

March 18, 2010

This is just a friendly reminder for many gamers out there that the Midwest Gaming Classic is upon us, with the show coming up on March 27th (a Saturday) and the 28th. As usual they will have a number of arcade games to play there (in addition to a large assortment of console gaming) and among the unique arcade-related games you’ll find is one of Ben Heck’s recent projects, Bill Paxton Pinball (which as far as I know, is not being picked up by Stern) which we discussed a little while ago.

Also it’s important to note that Eugene Jarvis (owner of Raw Thrills’ as as you know, maker of many great games from the 80’s up to today) will be speaking there and Play Mechanix, Raw Thrills’ and Stern Pinball are sponsors of the event so I imagine they willb e showing off some new product there as well.

You can get the full rundown on what to expect here, at the Midwest Gaming Classic website.

Amusement Expo 2010 wrap-up (part 1)

March 13, 2010

Since this probably won’t be the very last post I make in regards to the Amusement Expo that happened this week (we’ve got a podcast coming next week which will talk about it and Kevin Williams has some extra photos of things I missed), I’ll call it wrap-up part 1 until I get to those other things.

My overall feelings about the show: this is the best March show I have been to so far, since I first went to ASI 2008. That first ASI was slightly disappointing and I left a day early because of that but this time it was quite satisfying and fun. The combined shows was a great idea and I look forward to them expanding in the future.

The content to be found at the show overall was great. Some things we have seen or heard about already  but even then there were a few little surprises tucked in. I’d like to thank everyone involved in the show and the different people who went out of there way to get me all of the information I could want about the games. There are a lot of people I could name but I

Thanks to Phil Arrington for his hard work in getting that live broadcast on Vokle put together, while it was frustrating how the connection and/or the power on his laptop kept going out(he was more frustrated about that than anyone else), it was a lot of fun and next time we’ll make sure we get it down so everyone can enjoy it.

Here is a look at the Stern Pinball booth. They had a couple of Big Buck Hunter Pins in operation and there was a tournament running on Shrek as well. If anyone wants video of BBH my local distributor has one so I can run over there anytime and record that in action, it’s actually a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure what to expect with it being based upon a video game but they did a good job.

Here is a cool thing I just happened to come across, a redemption game based upon the classic board game Operation. Unfortunately my camera battery was in the final stages of dying so I couldn’t get any video but it was a cool idea that was implemented well.

As I stated earlier, we’ll have a little bit more for you next week but this and the other AE posts take care of pretty much everything.

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Lord of the Rings Limited Edition Pinball pictures

December 16, 2009

While looking around the rec.games.pinball forums on Google, I caught a link to a photobucket account of some pictures showing off the new Lord of the Rings Limited Edition pinball machine. It’s been a little strange that we have heard/seen very little of this up until now but I guess that is due to the fact that the game is just started to make into the hands of collectors/distributors. Only 500 of these are being made and while this limited edition is lacking things like a couple of the figurines (since those figure are not made anymore), it still looks really cool. LOTR LE is already quite popular with fans, with many who consider the original to be the finest STERN made pinball ever, that alone is setting the game apart in our poll for the Pinball Game of the Year.

[Lord of the Rings LE pinball photo album] [Discuss on the forums]

Last bit of AMOA stuff – Stern's Spiderman redemption game and Jet Ball

September 14, 2008

I’ve pretty much covered everything that I experienced at AMOA 2008 and overall I came away satisfied, much happier than I was with ASI (no offense to those who worked hard on bringing ASI together – I had just hoped for more new stuff at ASI and there was little whereas there were several things at AMOA that caught my attention). But now it has passed and before long we’ll probably hear a little more news from the companies and their reaction to the reactions they got at the show. But before then let me cover two more things that I came across down in Vegas.

First was the Spiderman redemption game by Stern Pinball. I don’t know if Stern has produced redemption titles in the past (it seems like they might have done one or two but I might be confusing them with someone else) but either way this caught me off guard. Now if you read AH regularly you know that I’m not a big fan of redemption which is unusual for anyone involved in the industry, especially operators but either way I figured that people would be interested to know that Stern has done something outside of the sphere of pinball here and at least the presentation is great, I didn’t give it a spin though so I can’t say how it plays.  BTW- there was always someone playing on Batman or Indiana Jones pinball, those were very popular. A Stern rep even told me how there was one location in the Midwest at an arcade/pizza parlor where their Indiana Jones pinball machine paid itself off in only two months. That is insane for a pinball game and I’m happy for Stern to have a success like this.

Next is Jet Ball by Aerr Technologies. I came across this while wandering around the floor towards the end of my stay and I almost overlooked them as they were tucked away in the corner but someone playing on the table called my attention to the game. It’s like air foosball where there are a number of colored dots on the playfield, each with a little hole on it that fires a jet of air when you light it up and pull the trigger. You light up the dots by moving the joystick around which admittedly is a little difficult to handle without practice and it was even more difficult under the bright lights of the show (the game was made for darker venues and even has a black light to light up the playfield better). It’s best explained in the video below by it was a pleasant surprise to find something unique like this, later on I’ll scan in the brochures so you can find out more.

Spiderman Redemption

Jet Ball

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Last bit of AMOA stuff – Stern’s Spiderman redemption game and Jet Ball

September 14, 2008

I’ve pretty much covered everything that I experienced at AMOA 2008 and overall I came away satisfied, much happier than I was with ASI (no offense to those who worked hard on bringing ASI together – I had just hoped for more new stuff at ASI and there was little whereas there were several things at AMOA that caught my attention). But now it has passed and before long we’ll probably hear a little more news from the companies and their reaction to the reactions they got at the show. But before then let me cover two more things that I came across down in Vegas.

First was the Spiderman redemption game by Stern Pinball. I don’t know if Stern has produced redemption titles in the past (it seems like they might have done one or two but I might be confusing them with someone else) but either way this caught me off guard. Now if you read AH regularly you know that I’m not a big fan of redemption which is unusual for anyone involved in the industry, especially operators but either way I figured that people would be interested to know that Stern has done something outside of the sphere of pinball here and at least the presentation is great, I didn’t give it a spin though so I can’t say how it plays.  BTW- there was always someone playing on Batman or Indiana Jones pinball, those were very popular. A Stern rep even told me how there was one location in the Midwest at an arcade/pizza parlor where their Indiana Jones pinball machine paid itself off in only two months. That is insane for a pinball game and I’m happy for Stern to have a success like this.

Next is Jet Ball by Aerr Technologies. I came across this while wandering around the floor towards the end of my stay and I almost overlooked them as they were tucked away in the corner but someone playing on the table called my attention to the game. It’s like air foosball where there are a number of colored dots on the playfield, each with a little hole on it that fires a jet of air when you light it up and pull the trigger. You light up the dots by moving the joystick around which admittedly is a little difficult to handle without practice and it was even more difficult under the bright lights of the show (the game was made for darker venues and even has a black light to light up the playfield better). It’s best explained in the video below by it was a pleasant surprise to find something unique like this, later on I’ll scan in the brochures so you can find out more.

Spiderman Redemption

Jet Ball

[Discuss on the Forum]