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    competing cart like spaceships on the LCD panel Shots made on the playfield will help to advance your vessel and take you closer to winning the race and adding additional skills and capabilities The game promises plenty of humour and many traditional cart racing features to add to both short term and longer term strategic goals Gerry explained some of the finer points Whereas Lexy Lightspeed Galaxy Girl will offer people a mostly traditional style of gameplay Cosmic Cart Racing presents an opportunity to step a little bit outside of the box which is something the P 3 proves we re not afraid to do As is customary with cart style racing games when you start a game you ll get to select your driver from a catalog of characters and your cart from a catalog of carts Each character and cart will have different skills and characteristics The catalogs of characters and carts will grow over time via code updates as will the number of available racetracks The objective in any racing game is of course to win races The physical shots ramps loops scoops targets etc will determine how fast your cart moves whether or not you take shortcuts or collide with obstacles and how much your driver improves throughout a race among other things The race will be presented on the LCD screen and we ll enhance gameplay with virtual interactions for things like bumping other carts and collecting powerups which are common features in cart style racing games As you can imagine this style of game is perfect for accumulating player statistics and for tying accomplishments back into the game such as by making the various drivers more skilful and enhancing the characteristics of the carts So while the goal of each individual race is just to win the race players can pursue longer term goals that could take months or years to accomplish Cosmic Cart Racing is also the first pinball game to provide networked multi player capability allowing multiple P 3 players in locations around the world to connect over the internet and compete directly against each other The team at Multimorphic are keen to stress the value the P 3 platform offers not only with the original purchase of the hardware and the initial two games for 9 995 currently discounted to 9495 but also for subsequent games which will utilise much of the existing framework and so cost far less than purchasing a whole new machine The current estimate is for a new upper playfield module and game package to cost around 1 000 1 500 which will reduce the average price per new game even more The upper playfield modules will be supplied in compact stackable storage boxes which will minimise the space needed to store them while protecting them from damage and dust The challenge though is to convince potential buyers each game will have a unique look and feel when it is running on a common hardware platform Gerry acknowledges the problem but believes once players get their hands on the P 3 the unique qualities and feel of each game will immediately become apparent I often discuss the fact that Medieval Madness Attack From Mars and Spider Man have effectively the same layouts and feel like totally different games In fact many pinball machines even some of the newer ones coming out have nearly identical shot layouts to one or more other games They feel like totally different games because the themes artwork sound music and objectives are completely different In the P 3 s case the themes and such will of course be different from game to game but more importantly each playfield module will have a completely different shot layout Also the upper playfield ball channelling from the upkickers will be part of the upper playfield design and therefore different for each game Designers can choose to use either one or both of the upkickers and they can deliver balls to the lower portion of the playfield however they want Add to that the fact that we ll be creating graphics and artwork dynamically in response to the movement of the ball The gaming experience will therefore not only be completely different game to game it will also change play to play All that said this is one of those times when words probably won t be convincing enough People will have to play the games and judge for themselves We asked Gerry if having two space themed titles for the first two releases risked people thinking the P 3 is mainly suited to that type of game He told us While Lexy Lightspeed Galaxy Girl is technically a space themed game the story is based on the characters being stuck on Earth and trying to get back into space So the objectives and scenery will be mostly terrestrial Cosmic Cart Racing on the other hand is cart style racing in space One is an adventure game the other is a racing game One is based on Earth the other is based in space One has traditional style mode based objectives the other is all about winning races One has the same set of characters every time you play it The other allows you to choose characters and carts each time you play These are two completely different games Many of the technological advances the P 3 has introduced such as the large LCD panel and the ball tracking capability have been documented in earlier Pinball News articles but the game also utilises an advanced interconnect system to minimise and simplify playfield wiring making component removal far easier The platform uses a modular system with driver boards mounted directly on the game s major assemblies and sharing a common cabling system which is daisy chained from board to board carrying the power the serial switch data and the serial control data to drive the device s solenoids and lighting Under the playfield The swappable upper playfield

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/p3/index5.html (2016-04-27)
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    this is a pinball website but I will tell you about one interesting element After the presentation media people were welcomed on the stage where a banquet was organised and Infinity was shown close up We could ask questions to the staff who worked on it After the presentation For one moment I noticed on the one screen that a car or some other kind of vehicle was driving along a road made from pinball bumpers Wow I immediately asked the man who was driving this car why how these things were happening He said that they needed a suitable physical object and because they know and like pinball they chose these This guy also told me also that in one of mini games it is possible to build own pinball Of course it wouldn t be like a real video pinball but rather some simplified version of a pinball game He couldn t show it to me for some technical reasons and I regret that I didn t get to take any pictures of this road of bumpers of course there is no way to get it from Disney After the buffet some of us had the opportunity to talk with one of main driving forces behind the project I was able to conduct an interview with one of the people closest to heart of Infinity John Blackburn is CEO of Avalanche Software a video game development studio In 2005 the company was acquired by Disney John Blackburn shows what happens when worlds collide My first question was about the reason for having pinball in his game He replied So we ve got not only bumpers we ve got the flippers and we ve got the ball which is essentially about that size gestures There s a rail editor so you can put the rails side by side and so you can knock a ball into the rails Just from a pinball perspective and I m a big pinball fan so we don t have a tilted surface there s probably not one which is at the right tilt for a pinball game so the ball is going to go fast But there are definitely a lot of pinball elements in there Then I asked him who decided to put those pinball elements into the Disney Infinity platform John explained Just the designers I mean a lot of us have been in the games industry for years and we grew up playing pinball machines so it s just a natural thing for us When we start thinking about gameplay and we have these physics objects like the balls in there we wanted bumpers and flippers and all that kind of stuff to go along with them Click here to play the MP3 of John s interview or right click to download it You can also use the player below to play it Get the Flash Player to hear this audio clip I spent two and a half days in

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/learn/disney/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    colour displays including Stern s recently released limited edition The Avengers Hulk where the display was green Stern think the blue version would also look good in The Avengers X Men and Avatar The LEDs used are actually blue and not white LEDs with a blue filter The costs of the blue display is not cheap at 399 tax shipping somewhat more than other blue DMD displays on the market

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/news/bluedmd.html (2016-04-27)
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    Wozniak 239 21 Clara Boulieu 237 22 Archibald Lefevre 234 23 Jean Luc de Meglio 229 24 Didier Crestey 226 25 Loïc Grébonval 220 26 Florimont Boete 211 27 Laurent Detrez 210 28 Sylvain Grevin 208 28 Laurent Monnier 208 30 Benoit Bloquet 205 30 Laurence Boulieu 205 30 Raphaël Duez 205 The first round of play offs involved players in qualifying positions 9th 32nd They were split into 8 groups of 3 players and each group played a single game on a randomly drawn machine Only the top scorer from each group progressed to the quarter finals which made it a tough round to survive The 8 who made it through joined the top 8 qualifiers in the quarter finals They played a best of three games match on a single machine Whoever achieved two wins went into one of the semi finals They were in alphabetical order Peter Blakemore Florimont Boete Axel Bouet Vincent Carlier David Deturck Julien Geneslay Alexis Gueguen Nicolas Rees The top two players from each semi final then went into the final They were The four finalists Nicolas Rees David Deturck Florimont Boete and Axel Bouet The prizes consisted of trophies and vouchers for the purchase of parts and other pinball related products from zpeakabonks pinball paradise com Trophies and vouchers for the winners The final was a single 3 ball game played on a randomly selected machine Indianapolis 500 Before the match began a camera was mounted so the playfield could be shown on the projector screen on the stage Setting up the playfield camera The final begins with Axel playing first After everyone s first ball Nicolas had the lead with a score of 120M with David second on 83M Axel was in third on 15M and Florimont in fourth on just under 3M David s second ball saw him leap ahead pushing his score up to 482M Nicolas wasn t able to add much to his first ball score moving into second place on 135M Axel also didn t improve much with a score of 19M but Florimont did a little better moving into third place on 53M Alex was able to improve slightly with his third and final ball but he ended on 51 5M which was still fourth place David played his third ball next and bumped his total up to 502 7M giving him a healthy lead David Deturck plays his last ball in the final Florimont played next and faced a huge task if he was to beat David s score In the end he could only add around 24M ending up in third place with 77 5M after his three balls The other finalist watch as Florimont Boete plays his last ball Only Nicolas now stood between David and victory If he could increase his 135M score and beat David s 502M he could take first place Nicolas Rees plays the last ball of the final But it was not to be Nicolas could only reach

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/flipexpo2013/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    a real triumph It happened last night in Verona in the game room of the La Grande Mela mall where the launch party for the new Stern pinball The Avengers took place The launch party at La Grande Mela The Avengers limited edition models The event included a pinball tournament valid for the World Pinball Player Ranking WPPR points in which most of the top Italian players participated including the world champion Daniele Acciari The trophies for the winners Players in the tournament Pierobon had been away from the pinball circuit for a good year and a half and at his first attempt he took the win in the final played against Acciari second the new entry Giuseppe Violante third and Roberto Pedroni fourth Fourth place Roberto Pedroni Third place Giuseppe Violante Second place Daniele Acciari First place Nicola Pierobon Nicola Pierobon in addition to a good bunch of points for his world ranking took home the beautiful official trophy donated by Stern Pinball and the International Flipper Pinball Association IFPA But the other big winner of the night was pinball played in public locations such as we saw last night in Verona Gary Stern told Gioco News it was

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/avengers/index6.html (2016-04-27)
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    pinball from the way I had used to play So I hadn t been paying attention to the pinball industry news or the rumors of the games soon to be released I walked into that bar the day they unboxed one of the first SM machines to leave the Stern factory and I was shocked I thought to myself Damn that even LOOKS sexy I played one game and it immediately re invigorated pinball for me I almost had forgotten how great the game can be I spent countless hours and dollars on that machine that I said to myself I may as well just buy one of these cause that s pretty much what I m doing anyway at the rate that I m shovelling money into it Also I had just left a Wall Street job after 13 years so I wanted to buy myself something cool I can vividly remember calling the distributor to order it and he said to me Just so you know it s expensive I replied Good it should be just tell me where to send the check From there I decided that I wanted to learn how to repair everything on a machine I decided to buy myself a fixer upper Less than a month after getting my SM I bought a beater The Getaway It turned out to be way more of a fixer upper than I had bargained for Having committed myself to refurbishing the game back to like new condition I spent 200 300 hours restoring it As a result it played great and I learned well more than I d hoped for The Getaway was the first machine in the shop and though it has come and gone several times since it s still in the shop today Jon s Spider Man next to The Getaway How many machines do you have now Jon I have somewhere between 40 50 tables at the moment Who takes care and repair your pinball Jon I do all the work on the machines myself However when I was prepping the machines for Pinferno I looked to my friend Eddie Cramer to help me as it s way too much work for any one person He s such a smart technician and a great friend Which tournament was the most recent Jon The latest tournament was Pinferno VII Not Your PAPA s Pinferno 64 people which was twice the number of participants as the last instalment This was the 6th Pinferno held in Reciprocal as Pinferno I was held in my apartment with 20 people on 4 machines We do one or two tournaments a year depending on how busy the skateshop is though it had been almost 2 years since Pinferno VI because we underwent a major expansion last year How do you cooperate with PAPA Jon PAPA sponsored Pinferno VII giving us 1500 in cash prizes to give to players They also made us part of their PAPA Circuit which

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/pinferno2013/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    He said up until now he has been using birch but after a number of tests has decided to use an entirely different product Antonio s playfield rotisserie Rather than wood the playfield will be made of a Phenolic panel which is a hard wearing thermally fused sheet constructed from multiple sheets of resin soaked paper Phenolic panels are typically used for cubicle dividers work surfaces cabinet fronts and window sills Antonio said there is a five week lead time from ordering to delivery Then the sheets will need to be routed printed clearcoated and cured though he says he has boxes of parts waiting to populate the playfields once they are ready The other change is to the software used in Captain Nemo Initially the game used finite state machines in the software which allows a number of states to be defined and events on the playfield would transition between them However they are relatively inflexible and Antonio said they were not able to achieve some of the more complex tasks in the game So Antonio says he s changed to using a mix of state machines and Java classes which he says will make it easier to create

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/captainnemo/index4.html (2016-04-27)
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    the pinball Whilst I was there all six machines were available for play They all played rather well and I had no problem getting matches and replays through my scoring alone and I am no professional player Games list Addams Family Corvette The Champion Pub Stern Playboy AC DC World Cup Soccer 94 The Addams Family Corvette The Champion Pub and Playboy AC DC and World Cup Soccer Whilst I was there Thomas the owner came over to say Hello he is no stranger to local London pinball meets and he was keen to challenge me to a game of AC DC Thomas the owner having a game on his AC DC Premium which is available for public play excellent After I had been soundly thrashed of course due solely to this not being my machine Thomas then went on to answer queries from other pinball players who had questions about the other games His obvious enjoyment and close involvement in the day to day running of the bar was awesome Other than pinball beer and whisky this place s strengths also include freshly cooked food two pool tables darts an awesome Rock n Roll jukebox and punk too quiz nights and comedy gigs in the basement One of the two pool tables There are two pool tables one is next to a massive window overlooking a London street There is plenty of room around the pool tables to play and the entire bar gives just as much of a spacious feeling Awesome jukebox full of kick arse rocking and punk tunes London Pinball Tournament 2013 It seems that every cool pinball bar in the USA has it s own unique tournament therefore it is no surprise to find that The Pipeline is wasting no time in not only doing

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/sites/pipeline/index.html (2016-04-27)
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