Please find Pinball Magazine's recap of August 2016 below
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Dear ,
Welcome to a new edition of the Pinball Magazine Newsletter, summarizing what’s been happening in pinball the past month.
The biggest rumor going around was about Stern Pinball doing a Batman 66 themed game. These rumors were fuelled by Stern’s announcement of a special VIP party during Pinball Expo where Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the original TV series, will make an appearance. As it turns out access to the party is limited to those with a special badge that can only be obtained by ordering Stern’s 30th anniversary game and making a down payment on it. Several days later a flyer image appeared announcing the game.
So with Batman 66 Stern finally make the switch to an LCD display, replacing the dot matrix display that has been in their games since 1991. Soon after the flyer appeared online the discussion switched to the fact that there will not be a Pro version of this game, whether this would be the end of the Pro model, and what pricing the game will have – with many expecting a price increase.
It is worth noting that this is one of the first times that Stern has announced a game like this: feeding the rumor mill without sharing an image of the game, and applying a pre-order model as well. Most new pinball companies start out with a pre-order model and hope not to need that on future games. Stern is apparently doing things the other way around. If this becomes a new trend then perhaps in the near future games will only be designed after announcing a theme and the one that brings in the most pre-order money will end up being developed into a real game . . .
Moving on, John Borg’s new game (thought to be Aerosmith) is rumored to be going to be presented at Pinball Expo as well, for which – as far as we know – no pre-order deposit is required and which will also come in a Pro version.
Spooky Pinball were featured on an episode of Dead Flip Pinball where they showed gameplay of their Domino’s Spectacular Pinball Adventure game.  Spooky Pinball also showed an alternative translite for this game (pictured above on the right) that can be ordered when buying a game. The game is priced $5,299 and orders will be taken until December 31, 2016. For an extra $50 you can have the original backglass replaced by the alternative backglass. For an additional $125 you will get both versions of the backglass. To order a game email
As already mentioned in last month’s newsletter, Dutch Pinball shipped their first container of Big Lebowski games to the United States. In the meantime the container arrived safe and sound and games have been distributed to their owners. There are plenty of photos and reviews by new owners on the Pinside Forum.
Dutch Pinball also announced a new factory tour for VIPs in November as well as an interview in the upcoming Pinball Magazine No. 4.
Speaking of which: Pinball Magazine No. 4 has been worked on intensively. The following articles are confirmed:
  • A cover story about the career of pinball designer Mark Ritchie (Taxi, Fish Tales, Indiana Jones and more)
  • Interview with Barry Driessen and Jaap Nauta of Dutch Pinball about the making of The Big Lebowski.
  • Interview with Jean-Paul de Win, who is Jersey Jack Pinball’s LCD animator, but also involved in the artwork and animations of The Big Lebowski, as well as the art direction of Silver Castle’s Timeshock and several other projects that all will be discussed.
  • An interview with Jay Stafford, the man behind the Internet Pinball Database.
  • Showtime: Interview with the organizing team of Texas Pinball Festival
  • Interview with Jeff Frick about restoring and displaying pre-war games
  • Interview with the Vetcor Committee of the Dallas Makerspace, where restoring pinball machines is spreading like a virus
More articles are still in the works. Pinball Magazine No. 4 should be available at Pinball Expo 2016 and available in the Pinball Magazine webshop the third week of October.
Pinball events for September and October 2016
This just came in: the Pacific Pinball Museum just announced the 7th edition of their Pacific Pinball Expo, which will be held the second weekend of November in Alameda, California.
That’s all for now. Keep on flippin'!
Kind regards,
Jonathan Joosten
Pinball Magazine
PS: The above is a summary of news submitted to, or spotted by the editors of Pinball Magazine. If your news was not listed, or if you have news to report, feel free to contact me with your press release.
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