Looking back at my pinball designs #1

This is a new series of blog postings, where I go back and discuss my pinball designs during the course of my career. I have cleaned out this blog, deleting most of the old content so that I can have a fresh start. I will also try to fill in the details regarding unmade pinball […]

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I’m working at Aristocrat.

This is my official announcement that I recently began a new gig at Aristocrat Technologies in Las Vegas. I will be working with Joe Kaminkow in the Secret Sauce Studio. I am happy to say that we’ll be making the best slots in the industry. We will blow away the competition in two weeks at […]

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Pinballingo!

I have created a game concept for a viable casino bingo pinball machine and have included earnings analytics. Many pinball purists may not like this proposal because it talks about fitting the game into a standard slant slot cabinet, as a video machine. But for practicality, this would be the only viable option to get […]

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Slots- Real Bonus Concept

Real Bonus- Sorry pinball people, but I will post a pinball related post next. This is another slot concept of mine. The current technology of video monitors allows the screen to become transparent, so that you can see through the screen. IGT currently uses this technology to create their 3D effects by having two monitors […]

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Slots- Super Lines

Super Lines- Volatility is the term used when describing risk/reward with Slot machines. If the game has multiple pay lines, the player can reduce the game’s volatility by playing more lines. For example, if I’m playing a penny slot with 40 lines, it will cost me 40 cents to play all 40 lines. (Each pay […]

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World Challenge Soccer

World Challenge Soccer (1994) With the World Cup going on in Brazil, I thought that I should talk a little about this game. This was a game that was never supposed to be. It was created as a ‘Gap Filler’ because Rescue 911’s release was delayed to introduce that game at a trade show. We […]

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The Legend of Zelda Pinball Machine

The Legend of Zelda Pinball Machine- Back in the early 1990s, I had just completed the (full-sized) pinball Super Mario Bros, and was told that the Nintendo license for that game (and the smaller redemption game Mario Mushroom World that Ray Tanzer designed) also included one more game. I was asked to choose from Nintendo’s […]

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Lights…Camera…Action!

Pinball’s first mode based game came out in 1989. I had thought of designing a mode based game a couple of years earlier, but I had to wait for system 3, since system 80B couldn’t handle the demands made on the operating system by this design. When we tested the game, it was placed (hidden) […]

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Placing Wagers on Pinball

How on earth can a pinball machine compete against a video slot machine as a gambling device? Well, in reality, a gambling pinball machine can’t compete directly against a video slot machine, but it can come close enough to make it a serious contendor as a valid casino gaming device. Let’s look at the numbers. The […]

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