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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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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A Void in Pinball

I had a long talk with Barry Berman at Pin-A-Go-Go a few weeks ago.He specializes in creating high end custom games that are really unigue art pieces. This reminded me of what Joe Kaminkow used to do at Data East, when he would create custom pinball machines for hollywood stars.So, if you take a close look […]

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