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    have resonated with millions of comic lovers Now X Men fans can experience the adventure first hand with a first of its kind pinball display In this game players can help gather their favorite X Men to battle and defeat their villainous enemies The game features seven main villains including Juggernaut The Brotherhood of Mutants The Hellfire Club Shadow King Sabertooth Sentinels and Omega Red The machine also features a Blackbird launcher and special game modes that touch on the most exciting events in the X Men Universe Stan Lee s compelling storytelling combined with his dynamic cast of X Men have captured the hearts and imaginations of fans of all ages for almost 40 years said Gary Stern founder CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball The X Men pinball machine celebrates Stan s much loved series and brings fans a whole new adventure right at their fingertips The X Men game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games Stern passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary Stern who founded Stern Pinball Today pinball remains one of America s favorite pastimes Pricing and Availability LE Model 7999 MSRP Pro Model 5699 MSRP To learn more about the X Men pinball machine and Stern Pinball visit www sternpinball com We ll have much more about Stern s new X Men pinballs right here at Pinball News but why not have your say right now Send us your comments and see what other readers think Your screen name Will be shown with your comment Your e mail address Will not be shown Please type your comment below Your comments Andy Its a copy of Gottlieb s Stargate Bossyman15 Well what do you know Its almost the same as Stargate pinball Acejedi Love the theme but game Looks CHEAP and the plastic ramps and huge plastic cheap looking toys looks awful 8000 00 you gotta be kidding me we ve all now seen a working Wizard of Oz and what we get for a lot cheaper Same ol same cheap overpriced Stern pins As long as people keep paying these crazy prices for crap Stern will keep producing it JJP for me from now on Caveoftreasures X Men machines look impressive The audio will make or break this title The Red LE looks excellent The Pro model is also impressive Looking forward to playing one Stern have made another great looking game Looking forward to also seeing the playfield from the players view rather than just from above Anton Finally a Stern with great artwork Jediturtle Almost the same as Stargate Don t be silly There are some similarities in layout but similar comparisons can be made with almost every pin ever made Tron is a copy of Funhouse Yea those play

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/xmen/index3.html (2016-04-27)
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    game s software to change their colour from a palette of hundreds or even thousands of different shades Here are three images of the Munchkinland mini playfield with different coloured lighting effects The dark panel above the R A I N B O W targets seen in an earlier update has now been replaced by a panel featuring more coloured flowers with back lighting which colour cycles along with the R A I N B O W letters during the video clips The R A I N B O W letters and plastics The videos also show an acrylic topper which is lit from below although it s not known whether this is the final version which will appear on either the regular models or the Emerald City limited edition or whether it was made just for the show The game s topper The three videos from the E3 show are available by clicking the images below The first video from the E3 show The second video from the E3 show The third video from the E3 show Update GeekGamer TV has some extensive coverage of The Wizard of Oz s appearance at E3 including an interview with Jack Guarnieri

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index27.html (2016-04-27)
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    you all the latest news and announcements about Stern s latest comic book themed pinball Today we bring you Click here for Stern s teaser video and our exclusive look at the playfield layout Click here for the first cabinet and playfield pictures NEW Click here for the Wolverine Limited Edition promo video Check back to see the very latest X Men reports right here at Pinball News Back to

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    Sharpe Roger then answered a question from the audience about Bill Gursh who started at Billboard magazine before launching Cashbox magazine from offices in Chicago When he retired to Florida he printed a publication called Marketplace using his extensive archives of photographs Roger called him a remarkable guy who provided the opinionated voice the industry needed in the post war years whether he was right or wrong Roger also spoke about the start of licensing in pinball by Tom Nieman at Bally and how the concept of licensing both within pinball and in the wider world has expanded enormously since then Click here to play the MP3 file or right click to download it You can also use the player below to play it within this page Get the Flash Player to hear this audio clip Wayne and Roger brought the two and a half days of Pinball Expo seminars to a close But that doesn t mean we don t have more audio to bring you because after the seminars had ended and the autograph session which followed had been and gone the main event on Saturday s schedule was the evening banquet The banquet on Saturday evening The guest speaker this year was Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball who would give his address to the audience once dinner had been served Mike Pacak with Jack Guarnieri As usual events began with the Make A Wish charity auction where assorted items of pinball and amusement paraphernalia came under the hammer with the proceeds going to the charity Auctioneer Rob Berk sells tubs of shuffleboard wax to one unsuspecting dinner guest Guess who ended up buying some A signed Gary Stern picture doesn t impress Jack but when it s for charity he buys it anyway David Fix s poster sized pictures which decorated the seminars room were also auctioned off The charity auction raised nearly 4 800 for the Make A Wish Foundation Once dinner had been served it was time for Jack to give his address to the assembled guests Jack giving his talk After thanking his hosts and the staff of Pinball Expo Jack spoke about his upbringing in Brooklyn and how that never afforded him the opportunity to play pinball After leaving school he took some time off before going to college answering a job advertisement in the paper for a pinball mechanic He got a job with the company which operated game rooms including electro mechanical pinball machines in the metropolitan New York area Jack decided then that whatever he ended up doing he was determined to be the best person doing that job After several years in that position Jack became an operator himself with several hundred pinball and video machines in locations across New York He said they earned so much in those years that they never counted the takings they just weighed them He said that operator sales were the reason pinball existed and grew like it did in those years

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/expo2011/index5.html (2016-04-27)
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    cabinets but these never have the same brightness as a real DMD and often only use a small part of the screen wasting the unused area The PinDMD removes the need for that third monitor and a graphics card output to drive it Big Bang Bar s attract mode with the PinDMD and a real DMD The PinDMD board has another trick up its sleeve too In addition to showing DMD display frames it can also replicate an alpha numeric display on the DMD PinDMD with an LED display emulating an alphanumeric display Russell created the PinDMD system after working on similar DMD technology for a different application He told us I had a 192x64 plasma DMD used on Baywatch and 3 other Sega pinballs but most commonly used on the Williams DotMation slot machines and I was using it for a personal slot machine project I was making converting an old IGT cabinet into a DotMation slot machine using my own custom hardware I already had the display hooked up to an FPGA and code to stream frames to it and thought it would be really cool to stream the frames from pinMAME After I got it working I thought it was so cool that maybe other people would like to do the same although I later swapped to a much cheaper ARM LPC2103 microcontroller to run the DMD The current production board is capable of producing three different shades plus black as used on nearly all regular size DMD displays until the SAM system increased that number to eleven plus black starting with World Poker Tour in 2006 However a second version of the board is also being developed which will handle far more shades Russell told Pinball News I m currently working on pinDMD 2 which will

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/learn/pindmd/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    plastic is will be revealed but if it turns out to be largely precautionary home owners are likely to want to remove this just as they did with the much larger and more obtrusive clear plastic guards on Stern s Pirates of the Caribbean We can also see the treatment given to the Witch s Castle walls and doors and a hint of the Winged Monkey mechanism at the back of the game The Witch s Castle mini playfield and the Wicked Witch in front The back of the game Another view of the back of the playfield A closer view of the Winged Monkey mechanism Also in the pictures above we can see the changes made to the rainbow plastic on the right Munchkinland mini playfield The previous multi coloured molded plastic has been replaced by a combination of a flat printed plastic on the top and a smoked curved piece which covers the edge of the mini playfield wood The Munchkinland mini playfield area The new Rainbow plastics We can see more of Munchkinland in the next picture which also shows the molded houses which cover the ball lock area Munchkinland The Munchkinland modes are displayed on the twister plastic behind the house as we showed in our report of Jack s talk at the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown while the layout of the switch and inserts has changed a little from the prototype shown in March The Munchkinland mode indicator We also get to see the top rollover lanes and the magnet which stops the ball to drop it into the lanes or for the Winged Monkey to take it to the Witch s Castle mini playfield Next we move further down the playfield and look at the Crystal Ball standup targets on the left side of

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index26.html (2016-04-27)
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    electro mechanical era and the transition to solid state technology up to 1981 The third which is the subject of this review takes pinball from an established solid state system in 1982 when the industry s attention was on the battle against the dominance of video games through video s demise and the transition to dot matrix display technology to the Pinball 2000 experiment and finally to the reduction in the number of pinball manufacturers to just one by 2005 A number of seismic shifts took place in the pinball and coin op industries during these years and Michael s book examines these and documents them thoroughly through hundreds of pictures and extensive interviews with all those involved in pinball at the time Example content from the book While the game designers are given the most prominence the book doesn t skip everyone else involved in the design manufacture and marketing of pinball during times when the market for and the public s interest in the game waxed and waned Artists software programmers mechanical engineers sound composers company owners and many more all get their time in the spotlight as The Pinball Compendium steps through the years one by one allowing the reader to see for themselves how the games developed and how the complexity of both construction and gameplay increased Interviews and pictures abound It makes an excellent read and stands as an important historical record of how pinball developed tried to adapt but ultimately declined So this update to take into account the past seven years changes was eagerly awaited The flyleaf for the second edition printing Unfortunately though this update provides very little of the expansive coverage seen in the pages covering the previous twenty three years New Stern games are merely listed along with stock publicity shots and the very briefest of descriptions There are no new interviews with those involved in making them leaving acres of empty whitespace where these and the interesting backstories would normally reside An example of the coverage of newer games For example the Big Buck Hunter Pro entry makes no reference to the cross links between Stern Pinball and Play Mechanix Raw Thrills and the way former pinball personalities such as Mark Ritchie George Petro Scott Pikulski and Eugene Jarvis were involved in the game s creation Michael explains in his conclusion to the book that he has deliberately left out the interviews from these pages in order to use them in a forthcoming book covering the same years While this feels like short changing buyers it also raises the question of whether the update to this volume is a worthwhile addition or whether it would have been better to simply update the prices and rename it The Pinball Compendium 1982 to 2005 The to Present in the title was optimistic when it was first published This new second edition does little to further justify that title today Although valuation prices have been refreshed the update is far from comprehensive

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    Pacific Pinball Museum Richard s gift to the museum came about when he was looking for a museum which could house his machines and asked collector restorer and co author of the Pinball Collector s Resource Don Mueting who serviced his games Don suggested the PPM and in March Founder and Executive Director Michael Schiess and Board Member in charge of outreach to local collectors Helmut Jordt took a 54 foot trailer to collect the machines from Los Angeles Helmut and Michael with machines in Richard s collection All the machines were wrapped onto palettes and brought back to the PPM s storage facility in Alameda To make space for the new arrivals two new palette racks were added in the storage which was recently expanded in size by another 4 000 square feet Helmut with the paletted machines The donated ensemble contains nearly 50 pinball machines together with assorted parts playfields cabinets backboxes and backglasses 4 Horseman 4 Roses Aloha Apollo Bee Bop Blue Skies Bowlette Buckaroo Club House College Queens Control Tower Crossroads Dancing Dolls Ding Dong Dracula El Toro Flying Circus Grand Slam Harbor Lites Hawaiian Beauty Home Run Ice Review Mademoiselle Magic Magic Clock Melody Lane Pro Football Queen of Diamonds Royal Guard San Francisco Satellite Scuba Sea Belles Sea Shore Shindig Singapore Skill Ball Skyline Spin Wheel Spinner Super Star Superman Surf Side Surf Side Two in One Two in One World Champ World Cup Four bingo machines six bowlers seven jukeboxes two baseballs six soda machines and a numerous signs rides amusements and displays complete the collection which has been appraised as being worth in excess of 83 000 Michael told Pinball News that although the condition of the machines varies most are in working order He said he had checked the Bally Spinner

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/news/ppmmachines.html (2016-04-27)
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