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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    them Doing so presented its own set of challenges the biggest of which was making them feel as solid as the flippers people are used to Not only do these flippers feel solid but they also have fewer moving parts and are easier to service than existing flippers mechs Because they re transparent and floating above a monitor we can introduce visual effects that simply weren t possible before I like to call them animated flippers and just like the floating slingshots they re patent pending Our animated flipper video above shows off just a few introductory visual effects but there are countless things we can do with them A few ideas include producing different visual effects when a ball is flipped when a ball bounces off of a flipper or even when a live catch is performed Different balls speeds can affect the intensity or colors of the effects Other ideas include drawing instructional graphics or text to help the player aim and changing the flipper color or brightness to indicate the current flipper strength It was always intended to incorporate this larger monitor into the game s design but it was held back until the new flipper mechanisms had been created and tested The use of a larger monitor also introduces the possibility of animated artwork in the inlanes and outlanes as the ball passes through them or as it approaches the flippers Three stages of playfield construction from rough cut to routed to having the monitor window installed Gerry told us in the first article how we re thought just about every aspect of a pinball machine The new flippers and slingshots designs are evidence of that but he still has plenty of new ideas up his sleeve Our philosophy is simple If it s on our game it s there for a specific reason and we probably redesigned it to fit our needs You won t find a single feature that s on the machine because of tradition We ve previously talked about our wall drop targets and integrated RGB LEDs the custom scoops and the double story ball trough You ve seen our custom flashlamps slingshots and flippers and you ll soon get to see new standup targets custom posts a new take on the captive ball and a number of other innovations Now that P 3 is going to be manufactured and made available to buy we asked Gerry for more details about the company s plans starting with how near they are to having a completed machine Gerry As we re still in the planning phases I m not ready to define a timeline quite yet I can say however that I ve managed complicated product development schedules for multiple companies in the past and I have a good sense for the process and the time it takes to create a quality product Building a new company and taking a pinball machine idea from a theme or concept to release in a year

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/p3/index2.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    you the following reports newest first Click here for the unveiling of two whitewoods and details of the business model Click here for pictures of the whitewood and character sketches Click here for a video of the official announcement Click here for our world exclusive on the new company and their first game We ll have much more exclusive news about development of Circe s Animal House from Heighway Pinball

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/circe/index.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    spinning disc In describing the rules John explains there are two wizard modes Danger Room and then Dark Phoenix both started from the scoop The two wizard modes Whether it is necessary to produce a promotional video when all the Wolverine Limited Edition games are reportedly already sold out is open to question but it s good to learn some details and background to the rules There are reportedly a

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/xmen/index4.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    examples with their appropriate part numbers as reference The various ball guides in the game Elsewhere in the factory the backboxes and cabinets are also ready to start their journey down the line In the update e mail Jack said We re moving along going as fast as we can That s been some of what we can report on production More and more assemblies continue to be built more parts arrive daily and we are getting games together Backboxes and cabinets go down their own line On Facebook Jack also posted a picture of his daughter Jen holding a sheet of 19 decals which decorate Dorothy s house surrounded by Matt s Trumper Bumper trees and numerous flipper mechanisms Jen in the factory Talking about the latest time scale for delivery of games Jack told purchasers We know that everyone is waiting for the ultimate update when we say that we are building your game next We can see that s coming in these next several months and we are hopeful that real games will ship in September We have taken a lot of extra time to get this game right As we place games on location we will shake out some potential problems too There are many moving parts and many elements that have to come together from many sources We believe we are building the greatest pinball machine ever because if we believed any less that s what we would be giving you Returning to the playfield we also get a shot showing the LED general illumination lighting in action LED GI lighting under the inlane ball guide and inside the slingshot This had not previously been shown either in pictures or when the game went on public display at E3 or the Northwest Pinball Arcade Show

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index29.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    had the opportunity to play Royal Rumble and I have to say what a fun game Thanks to Rod Olsen for bringing it The rare WWF Royal Rumble sits next to Whodunnit and ST TNG This guy was so unhappy that I was taking his picture Seriously I must have interrupted his Hurricane game or something In this hall we found the new NW Pinball and Arcade Show Tournament The NW Pinball Championships were not held at the show this year due to a scheduling conflict with Todd s hosting of the Pinball World Championships Dude it s okay that I take your picture I m with Pinball News In the tournament the show had TAF TZ WW FH and WH20 Another view of the tournament machines Not pictured in this series of photographs are Tron AC DC and a couple of other games that were being used in the family fun tournaments held throughout the day by the Seattle Pinball Museum Those family fun tournaments were held in the other hall After fixing Phantom of the Opera I challenged my friend Michael O Brien to a game I think he won Next to the Phantom and not pictured was another rare title Robocop What a fun game We didn t get a chance to play each other though because over the loudspeaker Byron Raynz announced the first fully public unveiling of The Wizard of Oz Realize that at E3 it was by invite only This was our chance to witness history We scooted on over When I finally pushed my way through the crowd I snapped these pictures the detail on the game is fantastic I wasn t the only one photographing the game people all around me were taking shots and filming it Jack said during his seminar that each game will come with a dollar bill acceptor as well as a device that allows you to swipe credit cards No one slot coin door here True to his word Jack invented the Slipper Flippers Notice the ePlates in the lower corners Jack explained that instruction cards will no longer be necessary as the instructions will be displayed on the screen so here is a great place to put the game s serial number Some detail while the RGB lights are red More detail with the lights having turned blue what a great way to change the mood of the table Further detail The pop bumper trees really do pop The upper left playfield I didn t ever see the doors open but they look gorgeous The upper right playfield and its modes Central detail Jack poses with Welby Bergum and his daughter who won last year s Tron raffle Of course Jack wants me to re take the picture while the logo is on the screen much obliged I popped in to take a shot of Doug Watson telling the back story of the art of BK2K Apparently Doug had come up with some wonderfully detailed artwork

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/nwpinballshow2012/index.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    features six rare or notable games from pinball s early years along with four of the Museum s famed backglass murals and other assorted artwork and informational panels Part of the Pinball Oddities exhibit One of the rarest games is the flipperless Genco Cargo from 1937 which could be the only surviving example in the world Genco s Cargo Next to that is Sky Rocket by Exhibit Supply Co which celebrated the 1939 World s Fair held in San Francisco a Paratrooper by Williams which was released during the Korean War a Chicago Coin Thing with it s unusually narrative cartoon backglass a Genco Rip Snorter and a Williams Teacher s Pet These last two are part of a small group of machines which depict children as major backglass elements Hanging on the walls around the exhibit are four painted murals recreating classic backglass artworks These come from the Pacific Pinball Museum s collection of murals from artists such as d Arci Bruno Ed Cassel Eric J Kos and Dan Fontes d Arci Bruno with her Sea Ray mural Dan Fontes Mermaid mural Exhibitions such as this are now being offered by the Pacific Pinball Museums to other museums and

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/news/exhibition.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    was a one day event but that two pinball tournaments were held The first tournament was the Survivor and the second was the May Day Tournament The first tournament was single elimination while the second tournament was best two of three Players determined the order of play but players and games names were drawn for both of the tournaments All games were set harder than normal arcade setting but only for the tournament The games were reset after the tournaments finished Lloyd registered players and put their names in the purple computer while the blue computer was used for drawing game titles Lloyd the Tournament Director registering all of the players for both tournaments From early on Lloyd s arcade was bustling with action A normal day at Lloyd s Although Lloyd s arcade was full of pool players somehow the main focus in the room seemed to be on pinball A few of the attendees during an early round of competition Keeping with the original spirit of PAPA the competitions were held during a normal day in the arcade This meant that players occasionally had to wait for a non competing customer to finish his or her pinball game before the competitors could have their turn But fellow players were respectful of those still in the tournaments so there was usually not much need for waiting Two of Lloyd s customers who enjoy pinball but who did not wish to compete in the May Day tournaments There was only one problem reported during the event This was a freak stuck ball This player induced stuck ball my bad was easily remedied by gentle nudging of the machine By the by can you identify the game As for the tournaments themselves practice got under way at noon and went until

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/mayday2012/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    Jack Guarnieri Dynamics Inc have posted a video on their website showing how the ePlate in conjunction with a smartphone app allows users of the cashless transaction system to earn rewards and build towards earning JJP merchandise and a shot at that free game Using the Experience Manager to set up the ePlate You can watch the video on the Dynamics website or download it here Young gamers give pinball a try More visitors gather round to E3 play The Wizard of Oz Probably the most eye catching aspect of the game was the LED lighting effects which uses red green blue LED lamps under each of the 103 inserts on the playfield These three colour devices are each driven with a 10 bit pulse width modulation signal allowing 1024 different intensities of each colour or 1 073 741 824 total colour combinations per LED lamp Some of the LED colours available on The Wizard of Oz As we mentioned in the update to our previous article Geek Gamer TV has extensive coverage of The Wizard of Oz at E3 along with interviews with Jack Guarnieri and Jeff Mullen Amongst the details shown by Jack on his iPad was this view of the game s dashboard display showing the player s progress through the key features The game s dashboard You can watch the whole segment on the Geek Gamer Network website where the JJP Dynamics coverage starts around the 1h 11m mark There are also additional videos showing the Witch s Castle mini playfield the wicked witch mechanism and Dorothy s house spinning The Witch s Castle The Wicked Witch mechanism Dorothy s House Jack said We had such an amazing show It was great to see so many young people amazed by the game Being at E3 is

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index28.html (2016-04-27)
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