Though it’s been a fait accompli on pinball social media sites for quite awhile, it’s now official from JJP!
For those of you who don’t recognize the name Pat Lawlor, he’s the designer of some of the most popular and revered games ever made, including The Addams Family and Twilight Zone. You can see the games Pat has had a hand in here.
Pinball was never dead, it just changed venues, and virtual pinball is a great way to get people into the scene. One example: I played a guy at a league night who’d never played an actual TZ but knew the rules to Twilight Zone from playing the virtual table! He’s now one of the top contenders in the Bay Area.
Kudos to STERN for getting on the bus.
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Eden Stamm of British Columbia broke the world record for consecutive pinball play by beating the current record of 28 hours.
Kabounce (website here) is a sort of “TRON meets pinball” online team multiplayer game where you try to hit targets around the playfield and change them to your own team’s color.
Long rumored and now official, STERN is producing a pinball game based on the mega-popular HBO series. The teaser doesn’t allow embedding but you can watch it here:
Obviously, as licenses go this one is unbeatable, and if the game play knocks it out of the park this could be a real game changer for STERN.
Robert Gagno is the top Canadian pinball player and one of the top pinball players in the world, currently ranked 6th in the IFPA. He’s also high-functioning autistic. I’ve run into Robert at over a dozen events over the years, as well as his wonderfully nice parents Kathy and Maurizio.
A new documentary hopes to tell Robert’s story. Check out the teaser below and consider donating to the Indiegogo campaign when it opens in September.
“Robert Gagno is one of the world’s best pinball players. He can talk at length about the minute details of pinball, and the level of precision needed to play on all styles of games. He also has autism, diagnosed by the time he was three years old. “I want to become a legend,” he says in this portrait documentary by SALAZAR. “I think you have to have a natural passion for a certain thing if you want to get good at something.” Gagno has a passion for pinball, and the film follows him as he rises up the ranks of the international circuit.”
Check out the film’s web site here.
Similar to the TRON mod, this one puts a tiny SF2 Arcade in your Gottlieb SF2 Machine, making a sucky game slightly less sucky.