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Stern of the Union - January 2022

26.01.2022

The Stern of the Union Address is your monthly resource for news, information, and highlights on all things Stern Pinball.  Without further ado my fellow pinheads:

Rush at CES:

Over 40 million records sold.  More than 40 years of unparalleled creativity.  Countless sold-out tours.  An impassioned global fan base.  A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Inductions into the Canadian and U.S. Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.  Officers of the Order of Canada.  Countless other awards and recognitions.  That’s all very nice.  For the three band members, however, it was never about the accolades.  It was always about their music, their friendships, their band, their fans, and now…PINBALL!!!

Stern Pinball and the iconic Canadian progressive rock band, Rush rocked the entire world with a massive global launch of the new hit pinball machines at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show!  Rush officially teased and announced the game across all official Rush social media channels to a rabid fanbase of millions of followers.  The teaser video in addition to official launch videos have amassed over 550K views and counting!

The international press and media exposure has been relentless with Rush pinball machines being featured in BlabbermouthUltimate Classic RockLoudwireLouderPasteuDiscoverMusicConsequence HeavyExclaim!Bleeding CoolFar OutAmerican SongwriterShackNews, numerous radio outlets, and a deep dive by This Week in Pinball to name a few.

Visit the official Rush game page for full details on this pinball rock concert experience including the official game trailerBack in the Studio with Rush featurePro model game featuresPremium/LE model game features, and the official reveal stream with the game team!

 
 

Stern Insider Pinball Podcast:

Available for all Stern Insiders (Basic and All-Access), listen to two special episodes of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast! The first episode features an exclusive interview with fellow Canadian Rock Hall of Famer, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies who was instrumental in bringing his dream theme to reality while working directly with the band! The second episode features a panel discussion with the Rush team including lead software engineer Tim Sexton, lead mechanical engineer Elliot Eismin, computer graphics art director Chuck Ernst, and technical lead artist Paul Chamnankit as they discuss their collaborative approach in bringing this rock and roll pinball adventure to life! All episodes can be listened to here! https://insider.sternpinball.com/exclusives/podcast

Not an Insider? Get Connected and become a Stern Insider today! https://insider.sternpinball.com

Stern Insider Rush LE:

Available only for Stern All-Access Insiders, there were a very limited number of Rush LE pinball machines available to purchase directly on the Stern Store.  Missed out on this perk and don’t have All-Access?  Get connected and become a Stern Insider today!

Insider Connected:

In case you missed it live, check out this Dead Flip livestream highlighting the easy-to-install process for connecting your Insider Connected Upgrade Kit!  In addition, watch Chief Creative Officer George Gomez discuss Insider Connected on the international Pinball TV broadcast here!

And talk about achievements! Pinball Garage out of Ohio currently has 9 Stern Insider Connected pinball machines, Game Galaxy out of Tennessee has 8, and My Parent’s Basement out of Georgia has 7. How many does your location have? Get connected and play at a location near you! https://insider.sternpinball.com/insider/locations

Are you an operator and need your location connected? Apply today! https://insider.sternpinball.com/pro

 

                

MarcoTV PinTech Live with Godzilla Premium and Jurassic Park Home Edition:

In case you missed it live, check out a replay of the Jurassic Park Home Edition stream with lead game designer Jack Danger.  Also tune in later today to watch lead mechanical engineer Harrison Drake join the PinTech crew to discuss all of the mechanical wonders in a Godzilla Premium livestream event starting at 2pm CT!  Subscribe to Marco on TwitchFacebook, and YouTube.

Marc Mandeltort:

On behalf of all of us here at Stern Pinball and the entire pinball community worldwide, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and respect to the Mandeltort family and everyone at Marco Pinball. Marc was a true champion of the industry and will be greatly missed.

Gameroom of the Month:

Congrats to Don Luppo from California for winning Gameroom of the Month!  Do you have a special home gameroom you want to share with the world?  Leave a photo comment on this Facebook post and you may be our next winner!  Not on social media?  Not a problem!  You can submit your incredible gameroom directly to Insider@sternpinball.com for your chance to win an exclusive Stern Swag Pack!

Stern Army Updates:

The Stern Army continues to grow with troops spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe.  Here are our newest troops and the pinball locations they support:

  • Private Gavin Drogemuller of Australia (The Park Coomera)
  • Private Juan Ortiz Garcia of Spain (Associacio A.R.C.A.D.E.)
  • Private Jim Bruso of Kentucky (Pinball Museum of Corbin)
  • Private Joseph Fox of Delaware (Delaware Pinball Collective)
  • Private Dylan Snow of Oregon (Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade)
  • Private Chris Presley of Ohio (The Attic on Adams and Heavy Beer Co.)
  • Private Jarrett Crum of Alabama (Fairhope Pins & Pints)
  • Private Neil McRae of England (Flip Out London)
  • Private Mark Jezioro of New York (Rochester Pinball Collective)
  • Private Izzy DeMark of Pennsylvania (Carlisle Sports Emporium)
  • Private Ryan Harris of Idaho (Ellis Amusements)
  • Private Joe Kuntz of California (Revenge Of)
  • Private John Karalis of Wisconsin (NerdHaven Arcade)
  • Private Tim Naumann of Minnesota (Luce Line Brewing Co.)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:

  • Corporal Michael Hosier of California (Coin-Op Sacramento)
  • Corporal Lucas Bardin of Australia (General Public)
  • Corporal Will Long of Ohio (Cartridge Gaming)
  • Corporal Donavan Stepp of Colorado (1up Greenwood)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private First Class to Specialist:

  • Specialist Bryan Caudill of North Carolina (Boxcar Bar + Arcade)
  • Specialist Michael Centini of Ohio (Vaporosity Retro Arcade)
  • Specialist Mike Moretti of California (The Flipper Room)
  • Specialist Lane Hill of Washington (Airport Tavern)
  • Specialist Jared Neible of Indiana (High Score Saloon)
  • Specialist John Monkus of Arizona (Pinpoint Fayetteville)
  • Specialist Ian Thorley of Colorado (CO Bar)

For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com

Stern Army logo Stern Army event

Brewery of the Month:

Congrats to Drekker Brewing Company for winning Brewery of the Month! It’s starting to get cold out there and there’s no better combination than pinball and beer.  Do you have a special brewery you want to share with the world?  Leave a photo comment on this Facebook post and your brewery might be our next winner!  Not on social media?  Not a problem!  Submit your incredible brewery pictures directly to Insider@sternpinball.com for your chance to be featured as our next winner!

Status of Code:

We are continuously working to update and improve software for our machines.  There are always code updates and bug fixes in various stages of development; we will release them upon update completion.  If you would like to join our mailing list for code updates, please send an e-mail to Code.Updates@sternpinball.com.  If you do encounter any bugs please feel free to provide information to bug.report@sternpinball.com.  Get Connected and play! https://insider.sternpinball.com/

  • Godzilla – For all Godzilla owners, please update your game to the latest code (v0.85).
  • The Mandalorian – For all The Mandalorian owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.01).
  • Aerosmith – For all Aerosmith owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.10).
  • Black Knight: Sword of Rage – For all Black Knight owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.12).
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – For all Guardians of the Galaxy owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.09).
  • Led Zeppelin – For all Led Zeppelin owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.12).
  • The Beatles – For all Beatles owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.20).
  • The Munsters – For all Munsters owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.10).
  • Stranger Things – For all Stranger Things owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.05).

Supreme Gesture:

Redefining the most wonderful time of the year, here’s an incredible heartwarming story with a huge shoutout to Orange County Pinballs for making the pinball connection! Brian McCormack and Dan Goldsmith, a recently converted pinhead, have become great friends of the respected CEO of Rush Medical Center, Dr. Omar Lateef. Dr. Lateef and the entire team at Rush have made an incredible difference in the Covid-19 response for Chicago. Meeting Omar was a pleasure and he is one of the most humble and kind individuals on the planet.

Brian and Dan found out that Dr. Lateef and his son are huge sneakerheads and wanted to surprise him with a tour of the Stern factory and the opportunity to check out the one of a kind Supreme pinball machine. What started off as a special VIP factory tour with Gary Stern, ended with the ultimate gift of all… a donation to the Rush Medical System supporting programs for at-risk patients!

Needless to say for the first time in his life according to the Doctor himself, he was truly at a loss of words and overwhelmed with the gesture…plus it doesn’t hurt to get the instant approval and wow factor from his son in the process!

At Stern it is always great to see the power of pinball bring people together in unique ways for good causes. Thank you to Dr. Lateef and the Rush team for all of the amazing work you do every day taking care of our community!

#TisTheSeason #Supreme #SternPinball #Pinball #PlayStrong Supremenewyork

  

Stern Pinball Enhances Game Design Studio:

Stern Pinball has announced the hiring of Jack Danger in the role of Game Designer.  Stern added Jack to enhance and strengthen our talented design studio.  Here’s the official press release of this announcement and please join us in welcoming Jack to the Stern team!

Accessories:

Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured items, the Stern Sherpa HoodieRetro Arcade Long SleeveStern Charcoal Varsity Hoodie, and Pinmobile Long Sleeve!  Free domestic shipping on orders of $50 or more on all Stern merchandise.

 
 

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Rush pinball announced

04.01.2022

Unveiling Virtually at Consumer Electronics Show

CHICAGO, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV – January 4, 2022

Over 40 million records sold.  More than 40 years of unparalleled creativity.  Countless sold-out tours.  An impassioned global fan base.  A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Inductions into the Canadian and U.S. Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.  Officers of the Order of Canada.  Countless other awards and recognitions.

That’s all very nice.

For the three band members, however, it was never about the accolades.  It was always about their music, their friendships, their band, their fans, and now:

PINBALL!!!

Stern Pinball, Inc. proudly announces a new line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic Canadian progressive rock band, Rush.  Rush pinball machines are available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models.

Rush first burst onto the scene when its song, Working Man, crossed the pirate radio airwaves from Toronto, Canada to Cleveland, Ohio and then onto the rest of North America and the world.  Their magnum opus, 2112, represents one of progressive rock’s greatest works.   Rush’s music remains in constant rotation to this day.  Absolutely uncompromising in every conceivable way, the band featured bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and the late drummer, percussionist, and lyricist Neil Peart.

Stern’s Rush pinball machines, reflect the energy, excitement, and experience of a live Rush concert.  In this epic music pinball adventure, players will travel with Rush through time.  Immersed in exclusive Rush concert footage and guided by custom speech from Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and fellow Canadian Rock Hall of Famer, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, players will experience Rush and their iconic music as never before.  This Rush pinball concert under glass features sixteen iconic songs, accentuated by sound and lighting effects.  Songs include Headlong FlightFar CryOne Little VictoryWorking Man2112Tom SawyerThe Spirit of RadioFreewillCygnus X-1 (Book One: The Voyage and Book Two: Hemispheres)The Big Money, SubdivisionsLimelightFly By NightLa Villa StrangiatoBastille Day, and Red Barchetta.

Rush pinball machines include Stern’s new Insider Connected™ system, which enables players to interact with the game and a global network of players in a variety of ways.  Stern Insider Connected provides dynamic entertainment and player engagement features.  Insider Connected also provides an operator focused toolset to drive location play and remotely manage every aspect of the machines.  Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/.

Travel back in time with Rush by shooting pinballs through a custom sculpted, electromagnetic Time Machine.  Players will explore Red BarchettaSubdivisions, and Fly By Night Multiball action.  The Rush Premium and LE model pinball experience includes a motorized ramp with custom lighting effects and a custom sculpted Clockwork Angels Clock, inspired from Neil Peart’s bass drum from their Time Machine Tour.  This motorized clock illuminates, and when it strikes midnight players will be transported to a Headlong Flight Multiball frenzy.

Additional features on the Premium and LE models include a custom subway system, locking pinballs to unleash a high energy Far Cry Multiball.  The ‘Dead End’ vertical upkicker propels pinballs up an additional wireform ramp return for non-stop pinball action.  As an encore, a three-bank of musical drop targets guard a secret ball lock for players to discover an adrenalized Freewill Multiball to continue their musical pinball journey.

Limited to 1,000 LE machines globally, the highly collectible LE version includes the Expression Lighting System™.  With 96 intelligent RGB LEDs, the Expression Lighting System enables full color spectrum control.  Positioned in pockets cut into the cabinet sides to provide color themed full playfield illumination, this integrated playfield lighting system is synchronized to custom light shows specifically designed for every song and dynamically responsive to game events.  The LE version also includes an exclusive full color mirrored backglass inspired by Clockwork Angels, iconic custom cabinet artwork, custom high gloss and powder-coated guitar-shaped pinball armor, a custom designer-autographed bottom arch, exclusive inside art blades, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Stern Chairman and CEO Gary Stern.

“Partnering with Rush, we created a musical pinball experience that every fan will want to explore.  Incredible music, memorable toys, unique mechanical pinball action, and custom speech will make players feel like they are on tour with the band,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO.  “In memory of Neil Peart, we have also decided to support the Neil Peart Research Award sponsored by the Glioblastoma Foundation as it researches cures for this deadly brain cancer.”

Rush pinball machines will be showcased virtually to the press and public for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 5th – 8th.

Pricing and Availability:

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”)*:

*MSRP for sales to USA end-users, before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.                             

Pro Model:                                                      $US 6,899

Premium Model:                                             $US 8,999

Limited Edition Model:                                    $US 11,099

Rush pinball machines and accessories are available now through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.

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Insider Connected at CES

28.12.2021

Stern’s New Rush Pinball Machines Featuring Insider Connected Will Be Revealed

CHICAGO, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV – December 28, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc., will be returning to the Consumer Electronics Show virtually and not in-person.  Historically the pinball games in our CES booth attract large crowds.  Given the current fast spread of COVID in many parts of the world, we concluded our virtual attendance would offer the most protection to pinball fans.

Highlighted this year will be Stern’s Insider Connected, the greatest technological advance to pinball in decades, giving players even more reasons to play. Insider Connected lets players track scores and offers new achievements for connected pinball machines. Through their mobile phones or computers, players can access their profiles, post scores, find the locations of connected machines, or explore pinball activities in their area.

Insider Connected Pro provides tools for commercial operators to improve earnings and operational efficiency through remote updates and diagnostics. All Stern Pinball machines now ship with Insider Connected enabled. CES attendees and all pinball players can register for Insider Connected at insider.sternpinball.com/.

Stern Pinball will showcase the new Rush pinball machines for the first time. Rush, the iconic Canadian progressive rock band, has an impassioned global fan base.  Rush has sold over 40 million records and filled stadiums during sold-out tours for decades.  Rush Insider Connected pinball machines will be displayed for the press during virtual press conferences all week long.

Expanding on the success of its Jurassic Park commercial pinball machines, Stern Pinball will virtually display the Jurassic Park Home EditionTM, a new stylish, fun, and affordable pinball machine designed and engineered for the home. A pinball adventure 65 million years in the making, this action-packed pinball adventure for the home is filled with suspense, twists, and turns around every flip.

“CES is one of our favorite events and the perfect place to showcase Insider Connected. This technology will transform how players interact with pinball machines, including our newest hit game, Rush,” said Gary Stern, Chairman, and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.  “The entire Stern team looks forward to an in-person CES 2023, but we’re excited to share all of the latest Stern innovations with you virtually this year.”

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New game designer

20.12.2021

STERN PINBALL ENHANCES GAME DESIGN STUDIO

Twitch Pinball Superstar Jack Danger Joins Stern Pinball’s Game Design Studio

CHICAGO, IL – December 20, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc., announced the hiring of Jack Danger in the role of Game Designer. Jack is best known for being a Twitch and Stern Brand Ambassador.  Recently he created his first hit game design, Stern’s Jurassic Park Home EditionTM pinball machine.

Jack brings a unique and diverse game design perspective to Stern Pinball. He started his career as an animator.  He worked on commercials, music videos, and feature films for almost 20 years prior to launching his own design studio. After borrowing pinball machines to place at his studio, Jack got bit by the pinball bug that transformed his professional career forever.

Through Twitch, Jack transitioned into streaming pinball 7 days a week, launching the official Dead Flip Pinball streaming channel. The Dead Flip Pinball channel pioneered livestream pinball, promoting Jack to Twitch Ambassador status, and creating the official “Pinball” category on the Twitch platform.  After a decade of successful pinball reveal streams, hosting of major eSports events, and becoming an official Stern Brand Ambassador, Jack was given an opportunity to design Stern’s new Home Edition machine.

“Jack is an incredibly creative and talented designer. He brings tremendous energy, passion, and player skill to the work. We were beyond impressed with his strong leadership skills and the unique perspective he brought to the Jurassic Park Home Edition design. We are very excited to add his talent to our studio and look forward to his design work on future cornerstone machines,” said George Gomez, Stern Pinball EVP and Chief Creative Officer.

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