Take a peek inside of an incredible gameroon built by a father and son team with high aspirations.
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The only thing missing here is a pinball machine.
Take a peek inside of an incredible gameroon built by a father and son team with high aspirations.
This is the giant basement arcade built by Redditor mertzlufft and his father. Mertzlufft sounds kind of braggy about it to which sucks because the last thing you want to hear from a person you're already jealous of is bragging. Have fun while it lasts, mertzlufft, but my dad and I built a rocketship. Let's see if your basement arcade will save you when the world is burning.
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Canadian artist Howie Tsui redesigned a pinball machine to turn it into a crude simulation of a musket-ball rattling around a soldier's guts for a War of 1812-themed exhibition currently running at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre at Queens University in Kingston. It's meant to demonstrate the way that repetition and concentration can inure you to the horrors of war:
The first part of his exhibition is a re-themed pinball machine, which now, having been Tsui-ed, is called Musketball! Tsui repainted the front glass panel and it now shows a British soldier reeling back as his guts explode from a musket shot (no rolling around inside for this one). The playing surface is painted with organs, tissue and bone, with the words “mangled viscera” at midfield. It would all be tame in a modern shooter video game, but it’s shockingly graphic on a vintage board.
I step up to the game and fire my first ball, which gets back in the gutter faster than I thought possible. I fire the second ball — which I note are gold, not silver, to which Tsui says, “I kind of blinged it up a little bit.” This ball stays in play just long enough to hit a few bumpers and set off sound effects of rifle shots and artillery blasts. I fire my remaining three balls, and my final score is slightly less than one-tenth of Tsui’s high score. “It’s your first time playing. I had to do a lot of testing,” Tsui says, showing he’s also talented in the art of diplomacy.
“After a while,” he says, “you sort of get hooked on the game, and the whole idea for me is that it distances the player from the idea of violence.”
Pinball, bones and animal skins: Howie Tsui’s wonderful horrors of the War of 1812 [Peter Simpson/Ottawa Citizen]
64 Of The World's Best Players Faceoff In An Electrifying Tournament To Crown The Ultimate Pinball Champion.
MELROSE PARK, Ill., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's leading maker of real pinball games and the AAMA 2012 Manufacturer of the Year, is proud to be a premiere sponsor for this year's International Flipper Pinball Association's World Pinball Championship. IFPA10 will bring together the top 64 players representing 19 countries for a marathon competition guaranteed to not only test endurance, but also the ability to master the nuances of a 2.6 ounce silver ball.
As the most prestigious event in competitive pinball, IFPA10 promises to be a grueling battle between man and machine. Several of Stern's extremely challenging games including fan favorites like The Avengers, AC/DC LE, Lord of the Rings, Spiderman and Metallica, will be put to the test by tournament players.
"We are please to sponsor the World Pinball Championship. It is exciting to acknowledge the talented players and range of countries represented at IFPA10," said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. "Jointly, we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first electric action pinball machine and our team is thrilled to be part of the game's evolution."
2013 is an action-packed year for pinball as the IFPA also announces the organization's inaugural Epstein Cup. The IFPA will host the world's best flipper wizards from Europe and the United States who will compete for what is being referred to as The Ryder Cup of pinball. The Epstein Cup defines a historic weekend in the pin community, solidifying the rebirth of pinball as a quintessential, interactive form of leisure time entertainment.
"The resurgence of pinball in the public consciousness is incredibly gratifying", states Roger Sharpe, Co-Chairman of the IFPA. "It is truly a timeless game that has continued to evolve with technological advancements that someone like Harry Williams could have never imagined. We are seeing new locations and businesses opening their arms to the charms and allure of pinball with the net result that millions of players are taking part in the totally immersive and tactile experience that defines pinball."
In just seven short years, the International Flipper Pinball Association has been able to bring together over 18,000 players now ranked (World Pinball Player Rankings) by competing in over 450 leagues and tournaments taking place across the globe as evidenced by IFPA's 29 different country directors.
The International Flipper Pinball Association was created with the purpose of encouraging, supporting and endorsing competitive pinball throughout the world. The organization provides oversight and assistance to not only establishing pinball leagues but also tournaments and other promotional activities.
Stern Pinball continues 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. Sam Stern subsequently became part owner and president of Williams Manufacturing, a pioneer in the pinball industry, and 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.
IFPA10 World Pinball Championship: May 31- June 2, 2013
Held at Freddy's Pinball Paradise in Echzell, Germany.
For more information regarding the IFPA10 or any of its participants, please contact IFPA Vice President, Zach Sharpe (firstname.lastname@example.org 847-877-6344) or IFPA President, Josh Sharpe (email@example.com 847-601-1609).
Visit the IFPA website for details about the organization and upcoming events.
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the leading producer of pinball games in the world. Stern's highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture popular arcade-quality pinball games. Recent popular Stern titles include Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman and many more. All of Stern's pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern's expert team. Both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe enjoy Stern's games. For more information visit www.sternpinball.com.
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As controversial as the movie Special When Lit was for so many pinball collectors, those who either haven't seen it or those that want to experience it again can do so on Netflix.
Before contemporary consoles destroyed the arcade, there wasn't a greater feeling than visiting one with a huge sack of quarters and enjoying that human-on-human contact of competitive gaming. Those fond memories of playing Street Fighter and Outrun cabinets were pretty magical but in a traditional sense, drawing people to some of the first coin-operated arcades came through pinball machines. Giving pinball a historical context starting from its beginning as an improvement on the European invented spring launcher to the video game boom's destruction of the craze, Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary is great for any gamer or documentary connoisseur. Famed Australian video and theatrical director Brett Sullivan looks at every aspect of the pinball craze that literally changed pop-culture.
Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary sheds some interesting light on how the United States government attributed the delinquency of school-aged children to pinball and how lawmakers thought the machines were mob run. Oh how historyrepeats itself. Original pinball machines lacked flippers until 1947 and therefore were seen as more of a game of chance though there wasn't a reward for winning. States including New York and Chicago banned pinball until the mid/early 1970s and even held prohibition style raids.
The documentary also mentions Hollywood's distain of the pinball craze then like it does video games today. The reason? Mainly because before the ban, pinball actually made more money than the film industry between the 1950s through the 1970s. Though there were statewide bans on pinball, many domestic machine creators exported to other countries and still made tons of money from states unaffected. This is why in many cases, Hollywood used pinball as a symbol of rebellion for better or worst.
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More great news for pinball, arcade and Beercade fans as a new venue in the Chicago area is set to debut.
Start collecting your quarters, because two new spaces to get your game on are opening in Lake View this week with a focus on pinball, arcade games and craft beer.
Headquarters Beercade is kicking off the unveiling process Thursday at 7 p.m. with their new 7,000-square-foot expansion at 950 W. Wolfram St. Formerly Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort, the new space is now home to 20 pinball machines by Chicago-area designer Stern Pinball.
Representatives with Headquarters say the festivities will continue all weekend where they’ll be on the streets handing out special passes for the first two weekends.
Following Headquarters’ big reveal, Boystown’s new retro arcade bar Replay Beer & Bourbon is slated to open its space on Friday with more than 20 games like Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders, and 25 craft beers on tap.
Owner Mark Liberson—who also owns area bars Halsted’s, Hydrate and Elixir—announced his plans for the former Bucks Saloon at 3439 N. Halsted St. in April.
"Probably the thing that I'm most excited about is the addition of the video games," Liberson toldChicagoPride.com. "All of the old games from the 80's and 90's paying homage to the decades of Bucks beginning."
Headquarters opened its 22,000-square-foot location in October and boomed in popularity shortly after. Bucks was one of the first bars in the Boystown neighborhood.
The all new 7th generation Corvette to get some major media exposure in the upcoming Captain America movie.
All American car for an all American superhero. What more perfect car for Captain America could there be than the new C7 Corvette Stingray?
Looks like we’ll see this pairing in the upcoming Captain America 2 movie, as a black C7 has been spotted on the set of the movie.
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Car and Driver has a new story on the new Aston speedster concept and it's heritage with the DBR1. The car is stunning and should create a lot of interest regardless of weather or not it actually gets produced.
During Aston Martin’s 100 years of existence, it has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans just once, and that was way back in 1959 (with no less than Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori as co-drivers). If it’s shocking that a dedicated sports-car manufacturer with a rich motorsports background only took the checkered flag once at the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, then it likely is entirely un-shocking that the same automaker mined the winning DBR1 racer for inspiration to create a celebratory show car. The result is the CC100 Speedster concept, which by and large resembles the DBR1 race car as formed in the crucible of 60 years of evolution and modernization.
Distinguished History, Complete With a Bug Sandwich
The original DBR1 was a stripped-down, purpose-built race car with a low-profile windscreen, no roof, and a gorgeous shape. These basic attributes carry over to the CC100 Speedster, albeit with a host of modifications. Gone are the original car’s wire wheels, windscreen, and relatively plain body surfaces. And while the old car’s curves and stance are pure sex, they’re also not nearly as aggressive looking as the CC100’s creases, angles, and almost-brutal detailing. Taken overall, the CC100 is certainly eye-catching, although we wouldn’t go so far as to call it beautiful.
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Despite the ongoing court proceedings regarding the DLC for The Pinball Arcade, it seemed like game developer's FarSight Studios were still fairly confident that future DLC for the XBLA title was still going to be making it's way to the Xbox 360. Although it's not been announced with a solid story or press release, the newly released trailer does state that the DLC will ineed be making its way to consoles.
"Table Pack 14" will showcase Centaur and Pinbot, as the Half Man Half Motorcycle looks to make pinballing even more memorable and entertaining for the fans. Check out the newly released trailer to see the upcoming table in action:
"Table Pack 14" will be "coming soon" to the XBLA. A price is also yet to be confirmed.
Updated gameplay video by Lyman Sheets here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Gzxc59Y6GcA?autoplay=1&rel=0
Does the mere desire to own a ridiculously high-performance and stupendously expensive supercar automatically make its prospective owner a little selfish? Not necessarily, but if said supercar has just one seat, a case could certainly be made that its megalomaniacal owner simply doesn't want to share the experience with his friends...
For such an owner, Lamborghini has presented the Egoista Concept – perhaps fittingly, the car was unveiled at a private 50th birthday party that the automaker seems to have thrown for itself. From what we can glean without any official announcement from Lamborghini to go by, the Egoista Concept has room for a single occupant, is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine and boasts styling said to be inspired by an Apache helicopter.
While we eagerly await more details from Lamborghini, we suggest you click on the image above to view the Egoista in high resolution. With just one angle to go by, we can't really offer much commentary on its design, other than to say it joins the Veneno as one of the more memorable self-given birthday presents in recent memory.
*UPDATE: Full image gallery and press release from Lamborghini added.
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