A Pinball Short Film

About six weeks ago, I got an e-mail from a guy named Scott Roberts who I thought wanted to play in the league. He responded and said that he is a student at VCU who was assigned to do a ten minute film on a subculture. He had seen an article in Wired magazine about increased interest in pinball. A google search lead him to this blog and then to me. Taylor hosted a pinball night at his house during which Scott interviewed members of our league. I also told Scott that he should get in touch with Kevin Stone who hosts Pinholics in Northern Virginia. The result of Scott’s hard work is this excellent short film.

Dutch Pinball – The Big Lebowski

This is a longer video from what looks like the floor of Expo 2014 showing gameplay on The Big Lebowski.  There a couple of stuck balls in the video which ends up being a nice opportunity to see the tilt screen and the game menu.  The ramp shots look like they flow really well and the LCD animations look very smooth and well done.  It is hard to hear, but I think I heard some pretty funny call outs from the movie.  Although I’m not usually that excited about upper playfields, it looks like it plays well and I think you enter the upper playfield bowling alley to get to the amazing lower playfield bowler.  When you add in Jesus on the LCD screen polishing his ball, you can’t ask for much more.

The Walking Dead Tutorial

With the Flippers tournament coming up and no Walking Dead machine nearby to pump quarters into, this tutorial may be the best thing we have to figure out what the heck is going on.

Taylor and I had a chance to play it at the York show.  The shots are pretty  familiar and I remember a couple of tight shots on the right on the sides of the ramps.  It seems like it takes a long time for the ball to get all the way around the ramps and back to the Flippers.  It will feel pretty familiar to anyone who is familiar with modern Stern machines.

The Dude Abides

Check out The Big Lebowski! White Russian, Upper Playfield, Color DMD, Lower Playfield Bowling mech!

The Big Lebowski looks like the hit of Expo 2014. I watched the beginning of the Dutch Pinball presentation last night. The speaker started out by emphasizing that they are pinball players who love pinball and want to make great pinball. He said that he had talked to the head of a large pinball company who said that he was in the manufacturing business and worried about numbers and production. The speaker for Dutch Pinball said – if you feel that way you may as well f’in make a coffin because your soul is dead. That is a strong statement and it looks like The Big Lebowski pinball is a strong statement too.

The Hobbit Revealed – What do you think of Smaug?

This is one of the first videos of The Hobbit pinball which was revealed at yesterday’s pinball Expo.  The reaction to the Smaug toy – which I think was promised to have an unprecedented level of interaction with the ball – seems pretty muted so far.  In this video, it looks like the mountain spins around to reveal Smaug when multiball starts and his head tracks the ball and his jaw opens and closes.