THIS WEEK IN PINBALL – 7/31/23: Venom Week 2: The Return of Venom Week, Bowen Kerins Interview, Attack from Mars History, Sizing the Used Pinball Market & MORE

Venom Week 2 | TWIP Mood Music | Poll of the Week | Catching up with Bowen Kerins | The History of Attack from Mars | Sizing the Used Pinball Market | Odds & Evens | Meme of the Week
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Venom Week 2: The Return of Venom Week

In case you didn’t get enough Venom content last week, we have a few more interesting pieces to highlight this week.

The Triple Drain Pinball Podcast devotes the entirety of episode 40 to discussing the Venom release. Joel, Travis, and Tom cover a ton of ground, but we particularly enjoyed some of the more inside baseball discussion of the game and its release.

  • Are pinball fans spoiled? (likely yes)
  • Is Venom selling well out the gate? (not exactly)
  • Does the pinball community have Marvel fatigue? (they could)
  • Do pinball buyers understand what this game is and why it’s unique? (maybe not)
  • Does pinball need more dynamic pricing models? (cool idea!)
  • Stern should lean into the XP / leveling system in this game and let the code and Insider Connected features be more of a selling point (agreed!)

Cary Hardy discusses why Venom may not be selling as well as other Stern titles on launch. His top theories include:

  • The price is too high
  • Venom as a theme doesn’t speak to buyers
  • General Marvel fatigue
  • Lots of new pins to choose from

TWIP (that’s us!) added a 3M’s quick tutorial on the Venom rules if you’re looking for a good summary of key rules to understand before stepping up to a game.

TWIP Mood Music

We’ve got the Women’s World Cup going on and a Bowen Kerins interview (below), so here’s the main theme for Bally’s 1994 classic, World Cup Soccer. Composed by Vince Pontarelli.

Would you buy a Barbie-themed pinball machine?

Last Week’s Poll Results

Catching up with Bowen Kerins

Kineticist has a long chat (6-parts!) with Bowen Kerins where they talk about Multimorphic’s latest game, Final Resistance, what it’s like to design rules for a game, working with licensed vs. unlicensed themes, dream themes, and a lot more.

Read here: Catching up with Bowen Kerins

The History of Attack from Mars

Cool video from YouTuber Kevin Carrington discussing the history of Bally’s Attack from Mars (more Brian Eddy!). If you’re not familiar with Kevin’s work, he’s got a bunch of other really good pinball game history vids on his channel.

Sizing the Used Pinball Market

Ted “Doc” Finlay from crunches some numbers on the used pinball market in order to determine just how big it may be. We were certainly surprised at the total!

Sizing the Used Pinball Market; How Big is it Really?

Odds & Evens

  • Pump the breaks on those Harry Potter expectations! It could be more of a Hogwarts Legacy-esque game than something more closely tied to your favorite characters from the movies or books. (Knapp Arcade)
  • There’s a new retro game offering for Xbox owners, which includes several old-school pinball games, like Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies, and Pinball Mania. (Kotaku)
  • The Electric Playground are touring a few Ohio arcades in August with their new Godzilla Topper. (Details)
  • Stern Pinball names 4 new leaders. (Vending Times)

Meme of the Week

Via Dalton Ely, called “Code Snopes”, used as a term for “looking into the readmes/code/software/rules for information about a game”.

Pictured left to right, Steven Bowden, Dalton Ely, Carlos DeLaSerda, Raymond Davidson, Travis Murie, Colin MacAlpine, Escher Lefkoff.

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Michael Tyler
Michael Tyler
1 month ago

I played Venom at SFGE this past Saturday. The playfield is empty, incomplete (sort of like Gottlieb’s Charlie’s Angels although this is sort of a bad comparison) and straight up lazy design. I can’t wait to see Eric Stone nail the left ramp shot 6,382 times in a row. I love Foo Fighters and love its use of late 70’s/early 80’s Gottlieb wide body shots, but it is the game which was overkill for music and Marvel based themes.

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