— QUICK HITS —
TWIPY Voting is now CLOSED! We had over 5,500 votes worldwide!
Now starts the voting verification process and preparation for the TWIPY Awards Show that will take place March 27th at 8:00PM Eastern!!
We will have:
FILM/MUSIC CELEBRITY PRESENTERS
Mark your calendars!
The Punny Factory Pinball: Idea, Concept & Rules
Pinball Adventures has started a 10 part series on how The Punny Factory was made – episode one features the ideas, concepts, and rules. It is supposed to be leading up to the release of the machine. It is quite an interesting video…check it out!!
New Code: Avengers and Guns N’ Roses
Stern Pinball released a code update for Avengers that includes Battle Thanos and Thanos Attacks Wizard Modes – check it out!
Jersey Jack Pinball released a code update for Guns N’ Roses that includes enhanced lighting effects for the Collector’s Edition – check it out!
Last Week’s Poll Results
The Super Awesome Pinball Show: Zofia Ryan Interview
Last week the folks at The Super Awesome Pinball Show were joined by Zofia Ryan and David Fix of American Pinball!
Zofia talks about her history in pinball, that she had worked at American Pinball briefly previously (around the time of Houdini), she talks about Barry Oursler, talks about being a woman in pinball engineering, talks about the rarity of women in pinball, talks about her time at Williams, talks about her work on Who Dunnit and her love for that game, talks about her patents, talks about her work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the ball moving across the playfield via magnet, talks about her ideas on Dr. Who, talks about her work on Junk Yard, her work on Popeye, working with Python Angelo and how much she liked Python, talked about why she left pinball (she was transferred out of it), talks about how things have changed since she was in pinball before, talks about her plans at American Pinball, talks about new technology, talks about the projects she is planning on working on, how happy she is to be back in pinball, talks about Dirty Harry being one of her favorite pinball machines ever, and much more.
Multimorphic: New Playfield Art Kits
Multimorphic recently announced new playfield art kits for several of their machines – check it out!!
The Pinball Industry Awards
Last week The Pinball Network’s new awards show took place. The show was very well produced and a huge congrats to all the winners!
We have received a lot of questions regarding the PIAs vs. the TWIPYs. As a reminder, the TWIPYs are a “People’s Choice” type awards, where the public votes for their favorites in the pinball world – anyone can vote. We then go through the metadata for each vote to review and validate votes and results.
The PIAs are described as a “critic’s choice” type of awards. The Pinball Industry Awards had 40 judges that picked which games won.
The excellence awards for podcast and streamer and such were determined by folks at The Pinball Network, not by the judges.
The challenge with a critic’s choice type of awards will always be the question of what qualifies a person to be a judge or an expert or a critic. The judges this year were required to be a podcaster, streamer, video content creator, or writer in pinball (with more than a specified amount of minimum content). They were not required to have played the games they were judging, but could abstain from voting. TWIP was not eligible to take part as a judge as we have some content behind a paywall.
Your scrutiny and criticism and feedback of the TWIPYs has helped the show get better every year, and I’m sure the PIA’s learned a lot this year as well. It takes a ton of time and effort to put together a quality awards show and there is no perfect way to do it.
Pinball Brothers: Alien Lighting Features
Last week the Pinball Brothers showed some new Alien lighting features on Twitter – check it out:
What do you think about the new lights? Like them? pic.twitter.com/Mg2hM3Bwam— Pinball Brothers (@PinballBros) January 27, 2021
We decided to light up almost every thingy. 🕯 pic.twitter.com/dhZWBck1Vh— Pinball Brothers (@PinballBros) January 29, 2021
Flyland Designs: New Art Blades for Medieval Madness
Check out these new Medieval Madness Art Blades created by Brian Allen from Flyland Designs!
Per Brian Allen:
These officially-licensed Medieval Madness decals feature my hand-drawn artwork and are designed to be easily applied to the inner-sides of your Medieval Madness pinball machine.
My Side Art Blades are high-quality vinyl decals that are applied to the interior cabinet sides, just above the playfield.
All of the artwork was hand-drawn by me, artist Brian Allen. Ships directly from the artist.
- Officially licensed from Williams/Bally, and come with a genuine Hologram sticker to prove authenticity.
- Printed on thick Matte White Opaque Air Egress/Perm, high-quality vinyl.
- The Air-Egress vinyl adhesive we use makes for easy and forgiving installation. (10-15 minute installation)
- Printed with vibrant, fade-resistant colors.
- Laminated with a scratch-resistant protective coating that will keep them looking like new for many years.
- The textured, matte laminate will also minimize the number of reflections from the Playfield lights.
- Fits ALL Medieval Madness pinball machines.
- Die-Cut hole in each blade to accommodate backbox hinge bolt for easy installation.
- Set of two pre-cut decals (one for each side).
These Art Blades are produced and designed and in the USA!
Harry Potter Speculation, Rumors, and Clarifications
After the Roger Sharpe interview on The Super Awesome Pinball Podcast last week and their discussion of Joe Kaminkow possibly landing the Harry Potter license, there was additional speculation and rumors on Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast that Brian Eddy may be designing Harry Potter for Stern Pinball.
To clarify, Joe Kaminkow released a statement through the TSAPS Facebook page:
Zen Studio: New Announcements
Last week, Zen Studio’s new show – Zen Studio’s The Pinball Show released some big announcements. You can check out the video here!
We’ll have a full breakdown of the announcements on TWIP tomorrow – our friends at the Blahcade Pinball Podcast will be releasing Last Week in Digital Pinball, so stay tuned!
— Cool and Crazy Stuff —
Amazing Roller Games Retheme
WOAH – CHECK THIS OUT!!!
NBA Player Andrew Bogut is One of Us
Yes, he needs to change out his batteries in the Indiana Jones but this dude is awesome!!
Other Quick Hits:
- Happy birthday Jeff Teolis!!
- Article on Steve Bowden! Pro pinball player going all out to bring new life into classic game
Team Pinball: The Mafia
Circus Maximus: Kingpin, Python’s Pinball Circus
Homepin: Thunderbirds, Chinese Zombies
Suncoast Pinball: Cosmic Carnival
Great Lakes Pinball: Exposé
Dutch Pinball: Bride of Pinbot 2.0, Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold), The Big Lebowski (production/legal issues)
Silver Castle Pinball: Timeshock
Phénix Pinball: Goblin Contest
Pinball Adventures: Punny Factory, Sushi-Mania, Ninja Mania, First Class, Canada Eh!