Posted tagged ‘Stern’

Stern's Official Ironman pinball promo video

April 14, 2010

I know that we’ve already discussed Ironman pinball by Stern but news has been less than abundant recently and I like to try and have at least one item up per day.

So here is the new trailer for Ironman pinball by Stern as posted to their youtube channel just minutes ago. The production value on this mirrors what they did with the Big Buck Hunter Pro Pinball video, with some panning shots over the table and narration. It all reminds me of some older promo videos from Williams which is a good idea for Stern to undertake. As we have previously noted, Ironman pinball is already shipping so it could be showing up in a venue near you anytime now.

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Stern’s Official Ironman pinball promo video

April 14, 2010

I know that we’ve already discussed Ironman pinball by Stern but news has been less than abundant recently and I like to try and have at least one item up per day.

So here is the new trailer for Ironman pinball by Stern as posted to their youtube channel just minutes ago. The production value on this mirrors what they did with the Big Buck Hunter Pro Pinball video, with some panning shots over the table and narration. It all reminds me of some older promo videos from Williams which is a good idea for Stern to undertake. As we have previously noted, Ironman pinball is already shipping so it could be showing up in a venue near you anytime now.

Stern says Ironman pinball available now UPDATED

March 31, 2010

This caught me completely by surprise – according to a press release that was just sent out by Stern Pinball, Ironman pinball is now available for purchase. I am surprised by this as I was expecting to see the game in May and not right now, especially where the game wasn’t at Amusement Expo just a couple of weeks ago. But the game is now featured prominently on Stern’s main page so with that and the press release, it looks like you can place an order already. Hopefully the movie studio has provided some content from the upcoming film, all we know at the moment is from the press release:

Iron Man™ Pinball features speech, art, and dot matrix display images of all of your favorite characters, including Tony Stark, Iron Man, Whiplash, War Machine, Rhodey, Iron Monger, Pepper Potts, Black Widow, and many more.  The pinball machine also contains songs from the Iron Man movie score.

As you can also see in the image above, there is a cool mechanism that has Iron Monger rise above the playfield, which reminds me of a feature in the Doctor Who pinball which I saw earlier today when visiting a distributor. For the full press release, hit the break below. (via Coinoptoday.com)

UPDATE: Thanks to Bobby’s comments, we find out that it appears that Ironman is a re-themed Austin Powers pinball machine. This means that the two games will be similar in layout, with a couple of minor differences along with completely new artwork and software of course. While this isn’t entirely surprising (Stern recently made a similar move with NBA pinball which was based on the old Space Jam design) I can certainly understand the disappointment for fans, especially if they didn’t like the Austin Powers layout. I also found a video of this on Pinballnews.com (via toddisbored.com)

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The Big Buck Hunter Pro Pinball promotional video

January 29, 2010

(Thanks for the tip igo!)

Stern is living up to the promise of improving the marketing behind new pinball machines, as we see here with a new promotional video for Big Buck Hunter Pro Pinball. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet but it looks like it could be fun.

[Stern’s Youtube page] [Discuss on the forums]

First pics from the big arcade show in London called EAG 2010 by Kevin Williams UPDATED

January 27, 2010

Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report, we have a first look at the European Amusement and Gaming Expo 2010. To give you an idea of some of the games you’ll see by clicking below, here’s a brief list of what’s new: Let’s Go Island (Sega); Bejeweled (?); Vulcan M (Rassen); Big Buck Hunter Pinball (Stern); Stomper DLX (TrioTech); Rok N’ Bloks (ICE); The BishiBashi (Konami); and one game that’s sure to grab us plenty of hits for the rest of eternity on the name alone, Box4Sex (don’t worry, it’s SFW – just a boxer game that dispenses condoms and such) and of course there’s more. But you’ll have to click below to find out. All the pictures are courtesy The Stinger Report; the commentary is all mine and just so you know, I wasn’t at the show. This also marks just one of our EAG related posts – more information will be forthcoming (including videos!) in the coming days so stay tuned! In fact, I already have found one video showing the games there, which you’ll find embedded below as well.

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Big Buck Hunter pinball revealed

December 31, 2009

We heard about Big Buck Hunter Pro coming to pinball ages ago (in fact that is something we discussed on the most recent podcast) and finally we have a look at the game, via Pinballnews.com. The main feature of the playfield is a stag which can move diagonally across the board, which is your target to hit of course. Otherwise, you can see some ramps in the background, some orbit targets and not much else (I can’t tell if there are any drop targets there). The playfield was designed by Dennis Nordman, who is no longer with Stern. It should be interesting to see how well this does in places that also carry BBH games and whether bars will be picking up these up to compliment their BBH videos or not.

While I was hoping for something like a color display, I wasn’t honestly expecting to see one here. The playfield is obviously following a simpler pattern which Gary Stern said the company would be following post-NBA pinball.

UPDATE: I found some more information on the game at Bingovit.be including the pic below.

UPDATE: Pinballnews.com has more detailed pictures of the game from the location test.

[Via Pinballnews.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Changes come to Stern Pinball as a new investor develops a new plan for the company

December 3, 2009

We all know that Stern Pinball is the only manufacturer of new pinball games on the market but a question for everyone for sometime now is where is the company headed? To be honest, it felt like they would just keep on doing the same thing that they have been doing, creating about four games a year based upon movie licenses. But that might change, thanks to a new investor coming into the company who is focusing on turning things in a new direction. Part of that includes developing a new business plan and making changes to the way that they market their products. The first step in that direction includes a new Youtube channel showcasing their latest products and we will have to wait and see what else they will be doing to get the word out.

On top of that they are looking for customer feedback on how to improve the products. As not only a pinball player but an arcade operator, I have a few ideas about what pinball could do better that I have mentioned on this site before. First would be to no longer release games with shoddy software – that was a problem with Batman and a few others and while the problem seemed to have been taken care of fairly quickly, it can leave a bad impression for players while operators wait. Another example of where the software could have been better is Indiana Jones. Seeing how they licensed the name, I have been baffled as to why they never properly updated the Crystal Skull portion of the game with real clips from the movie which has been available for some time now on DVD/Blu-Ray. Even before it was they should have been able to get some clips that weren’t 2 second affairs from the trailer or give operators an update that makes that part of the game a little more exciting like the other scenarios.

But on top of that I also think that it’s far beyond time to ditch the orange dot matrix displays. In an age of HD movies, television and video games, monochromatic displays are ancient technology and small LCD screens could be used for cheap, thus providing a better presentation not just for the person playing the game but for those watching it.

Also we are in an age of internet gaming and while some past pinball efforts have allowed for networking games together in one location or allowing an online high score table, this is something that should be standard in today’s pinball games. I would think that if you could network two games together that it would entice collectors and operators to buy more than one game as long as they could afford it.

As for the game itself it could always use new kinds of targets to hit, from kinds that offer different force feedback than what you get with the circular bumpers to kinds that change color depending on how many times they are hit (which should be easily doable with LED’s and translucent plastic).

Even though pinball is decades old, there is still plenty we could get out of it so hopefully we will start seeing that happen in 2010. While I would like to see them do a few original games (i.e. not using movie/TV/game licenses) I do admit that I would love to see a TRON Legacy pin at the end of next year.

[Via Pinball News] [Discuss on the forums]