I am from New Jersey and although I play on the 360, PS3 and Wii(occasionally), my primary gaming passion is arcade pinball. I am currently ranked among the top 50 pinball players in the world.
I've played video games since I was about 2 years old. My first game was:
Intellivision Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack, which helped me to learn math. Although, I remember that my 2-year old self initially found it difficult to understand these things while playing blackjack:
1. Why 'J', 'Q' and 'K' were the same as the number 10.
2. Why, when I chose double down, that sometimes I would have a whole lot of money, and other times I would lose a crapload.
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As far as video gaming goes, I can pretty much have fun with anything except simulation sports games (sorry Madden, NBA, NHL, and MLB insert number here). I'll find the fun in most games, even some 3D Sonic games, like Sonic Unleashed... for the Wii... umm, yeah. I'm always behind the current trends because I will not pay full price just so I can say I had the game "day one". I'll get most of of my games as cheaply as I can, and usually in bunches that end up unplayed for a long time.
Speaking of the video game stack of shame, my embarrassing backlog is embarrassing. Mainly because some of the time I would devote to videogames is taken up by arcade pinball competitions and tournaments.
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For those who may be wondering (all 2 of you) "fun with bonus" is what happens when you lose your ball and the pinball game gives you whatever bonus you have earned. However, most pinball games don't just give you the bonus. some games will give you some base points, then put a multiplier to it, then add some more points from bonus modes, and then count up the bonus for you with quirky sound effects like it's some sort of telethon. The game is having fun with your bonus. This is where the pinball jargon "fun with bonus" comes from.
My Current Top 10 Arcade Pinball Games*
1. Spider-Man (STERN)
2. Twilight Zone
3. Medieval Madness
4. Addams Family
5. The Shadow
6. Attack from Mars
8. Family Guy
10. Cirqus Voltaire
11. Star Trek: The Next Generation
*(subject to change when I think of better games...)
My Current Top 10 Favorite Simulation Pinball Games*
1. Pinball Hall of Fame - Williams Collection (XBOX 360)
2. Flipnic: Ultimate Pinball (PS2)
3. Pro Pinball: The Web (PC)
4. 3D Ultra Pinball (The Original) (PC)
5. Pro Pinball: Timeshock (PC)
6. 3D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride (PC)
7. Pro Pinball: Big Race USA (PC)
8. 3D Ultra Pinball: Creep Night (PC)
9. Zen Pinball (PS3)
10. Pinball FX (XBOX 360)
11. Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)
*(subject to change when I think of better games...)
My Current Favorite Video Game Soundtracks:
1. Einhander (PS1)
2. Tetrisphere (N64)
*(subject to change when I think of more soundtracks...)
It seems that STERN Pinball is finally getting into the good habit of promoting their products. Their newest offering, Iron Man, is due out shortly. It' will be released in conjunction with the Iron Man 2 movie. As Bugs Bunny might say, "that's good stragety." From what I've seen so far, it has some flavor from the Spider-Man pinball game, and that's a good thing.
Quick look video:
As you have seen (If you've watched the video), it has a hidden "bash target," the Iron Monger, directly in the middle of the playfield. Toys like this will bring in the novice players, who might choose to hit the Iron Monger repeatedly while they are learning the deeper rules of the game. Hey, it worked with Spider-Man's Sandman targets.
"Open me up... I've got obvious points behind me!"
"Hit me! I dare you!"
From the press release:
Created by the game design team at Stern Pinball, Iron Man™ Pinball is based on the Marvel Studios’ blockbuster film, Iron Man, and the highly anticipated Iron Man 2 movie, opening May 7, 2010. Iron Man™ Pinball is sure to be an especially big hit with fans of the world-renowned Marvel comic book series, animated TV series, and films.
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.
Pinball players will fight against Whiplash and his ball-catching mechanism, which whips the ball around the playfield. Adding to the challenge is the mechanical War Machine, firing the pinball back to the flippers, and Iron Monger, rising from underneath the playfield to do battle. Iron Man™ Pinball also features two elevated ramps and lots of multi-ball action!
Gary Stern says, “We’ve had tremendous success with all of our comic book Super Hero movie themed games, and I expect Iron Man™ to be our best.”
EDIT: Due to the huge, ginormous snowstorm that swept across the northeast, the Cupids and Canines Charity event has been postponed. It will be rescheduled.
RE-EDIT:Cupids and Canines has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 27, 2010.
STERN's Big Buck Hunter Pro Pinball is In the Wild!
STERN's newest pinball game, Big Buck Hunter Pro, has been released to market. For those of you in the New York metropolitan area who want to try out the game, it will be on route at Amsterdam Billiards in Manhattan. Big Buck Hunter Pro, along with Twilight Zone by Bally, will be the games used for 2010, Season #1 of the New York City Pinball League. Commissioner "Max Pinball" is now accepting players to sign-up for this season. League rules, format and more information can be found at http://nycpinballleague.com. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
Pinball + Gaming + Pooches = Charity!
On Saturday, February 6, 2010, the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) will host is annual Cupids and Canines Casino and Pinball Night charity event to benefit The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and Bow Wow Buddies. The event will be held at the at the PAPA World Headquarters near Pittsburgh, PA. The facility is home to over 400 pinball games from every era. Along with the opportunity to sample all of these great machines, you can participate in the pinball tournament organized by world champion Bowen Kerins, and play blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker all for charity. The event starts at 7PM, but pinball tournament participants can get in as early as 11:00 AM.
Last year, more than $10,000 was raised for charity. Here are videos from the 2009 event.
Part One: Before the event
Part Two: Let the games begin!
I'd like to give respect to Geraldo Beedog and Señor Perrito del Burrito for inspiring me to produce this tiny nugget of sweet journalism :`-)