STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – JUNE 2020
The Stern of the Union Address will be presented on the first Tuesday of every month (holiday and vacation excepted). Without further ado my fellow pinheads:
Message from Gary Stern:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Stern Pinball unveiled its latest game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Collaborating directly with Nickelodeon, this announcement launched directly on the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles social media channels (1.6 million+ followers!) with the game trailer capturing over 100,000 views in the first 24 hours! These heroes in a half-shell captured the attention of numerous media outlets around the world including IGN, Kotaku, C|NET, MovieWeb, Gear Diary, Game Rant, Pop Insider, Bleeding Cool, Giant Bomb, Icon vs. Icon, 9 to 5 Toys, The Toy Book, CBR.com, Report Door, Geek Dad, Comic Book, The Roarbots, Australian Retro Gamer, This Week in Pinball, and many more! Read the full press release and learn all about this lean, green, ninja team pinball machine on the official TMNT game page! https://sternpinball.com/game/tmnt
Missed the live gameplay premiere on Dead Flip? Check out a replay of the event with Jack Danger and the game team here on a LE model! You can also check out Jack’s Front Page Twitch stream on the Pro model here!
All-Access TMNT Development Pictures:
Available only to All-Access Insiders, take a look at some development pictures of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from lead designer John Borg here!
Stern Insider Pinball Podcast:
Available now for all Stern Insiders, listen to this panel discussion with the TMNT team including lead game designer John Borg, lead game developer Dwight Sullivan, lead mechanical engineer Elliot Eismin, lead artist Jeremy Packer (aka Zombie Yeti), and lead sound designer Jerry Thompson as they dive into their collaborative approach in bringing this iconic theme to life on episode 6 of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast! All episodes can be found here after logging into your Insider account –https://sternpinball.com/account/
MarcoTV TMNT Unboxing:
MarcoTV is excited to announce the unboxing of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pro on PinTech LIVE! Once they receive their game later this month, they will announce the official date of the stream.
Join the MarcoTV team as they show how easy it is to properly set up a new-in-box (NIB) Stern Pinball machine. Learn tips and tricks to get your new Stern game up and running fast! Then hang out with them again later that evening to watch the live gameplay chat with special Stern guests. For more information, please follow Marco Pinball at http://www.facebook.com/marcospec or visit their website at http://www.marcopinball.com
Do you have a PlayStrongTM pinball story to share with the world? Send your inspirational message and pictures to Insider@sternpinball.com for a chance to be featured across Stern’s social media channels in addition to winning exclusive Stern swag and merchandise!
First round of the Stern Showdown is complete! Make your voice and vote heard by voting on your favorite Stern Pinball machines as they battle on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To see the current bracket standings, click here!
Dead Flip Pinball Streaming:
Raymond Davidson Joins Stern Team:
Stern Pinball announced the hiring of Raymond Davidson in the role of Game Development Software Engineer. In addition to his many professional engineering accomplishments, Raymond is a passionate pinball enthusiast and world class player, currently the #1 ranked competitive pinball player in the world! Read the full press release with additional details here and please join us in welcoming Raymond to the Stern team!
Storied – Pinball Wizard:
Gameroom of the Week:
Moving forward, we will be switching to a “Gameroom of the Month” format so please continue to share your amazing gamerooms with the world! Leave a photo comment on any of our Facebook or Instagram posts 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 a Stern Swag Pack!
Stern Pinball Arcade:
Congrats to all participants in the Stern Pinball Arcade Best Score Giveaway! For the last couple of months we have hosted weekly best score contests exclusively on the Stern Pinball Arcade. While playing pinball will always be best on a real machine, we are so thankful that this digital platform is available to bring home some of that pinball magic and spirit of competition directly into your homes!
Weekly High Score Challenge:
Stay tuned for the weekly high score challenge on the latest Stern Pinball machines! Want to participate? It’s easy! Post a photo of your personal best score as a comment on our Facebook posts or submit directly to Insider@sternpinball.com and a random lucky player will win that game’s translite!
Don’t own or have access to the latest Stern Pinball machines, but want to watch the action? Subscribe to Dead Flip Pinball on Twitch and tune in as Jack Danger streams your favorite new Stern pinball machines!
Pinball Rental Program:
Stay entertained by staying inside with the latest Stern Pinball machines! Just because your local bar or arcade might be temporarily unavailable, doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of opportunities to play the newest Stern games. Contact your local authorized Stern dealer for more information on renting your very own Stern pinball machine where available! https://sternpinball.com/find-a-dealer/
ShowStoppers TV Press Event Overcoming Cabin Fever:
Stern Pinball participated in this exclusive press event bringing together hundreds of international journalists to review innovative technology companies focused on overcoming cabin fever. We showcased Stranger Things pinball to these dedicated attendees, exposing a completely new audience to the power of pinball. In these challenging times, people are still finding ways to connect through the power of pinball. The unique physical nature of pinball helps to create truly one-of-a-kind experiences through interactions with the machine and with others. The love of pinball is generational, having left a lasting impression throughout global culture and family generations. Nothing quite offers the same type of immersive entertainment experience as pinball and nothing can quite replicate the physical connection one has with a pinball machine!
Stern Army Updates:
The Stern Army continues to grow with members spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe.
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:
- Corporal Doug Polka of Pennsylvania (Kickback Pinball Café)
- Corporal Dave Aceto of Maine (Arcadia National Bar)
- Corporal Andy Rosa of Michigan (Richfield Bowl and Frankenmuth)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private First Class to Specialist:
- Specialist Heather Kendrick of Michigan (The Avenue Cafe)
- Specialist Dwain Marchant of North Carolina (Reboot Arcade Bar and Boxcar Bar + Arcade)
- Specialist Ryan Clancy of Wisconsin (Bounce Milwaukee)
- Specialist Mike Burgess of Indiana (Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard’s World Arcade)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private to Private First Class:
- Private First Class Michael Palero of California (Chaparral Lanes)
- Private First Class Tony Evans of South Carolina (Asheville Retrocade)
- Private First Class Eric Grogan of South Carolina (Firefly Toys & Games)
- Private First Class Dale Geiger of Virginia (Maltese Brewing Company)
- Private First Class Jordan Semrow of Wisconsin (Player 2))
For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com
Stern Insider All-Access:
Congrats to Michael from Colorado, May’s Stern Insider All-Access winner! Michael received a Black Knight playfield autographed by lead game designer Steve Ritchie and lead programmer Tim Sexton!! Do you have All-Access? To register and become a Stern Insider, please visit https://sternpinball.com/stern-insider/
IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR):
In order to provide a competitive alternative in the current climate, the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) has announced the implementation of the IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR) for all players leading to the inaugural IFPA Challenge Rankings Championship! For full details, please click here to learn more about all the prizes available in addition to be able to connect with other players around the world!
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. Here are some of the latest updates and the status of things in the works. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Elvira – For all Elvira owners, please make sure you have updated your game to the most current code version (v0.95.0) released last month. Be on the lookout for a new code coming very soon.
- Stranger Things – For all Stranger Things owners, please make sure you have updated your game to the most current code version (v0.92.0) released last month. Be on the lookout for a new code update later this month.
Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured item, the Elvira Shooter Rod! Free domestic shipping on orders of $50 or more on all Stern merchandise and accessories.
All Stern Pinball accessories are also available to purchase from your local authorized dealer – https://sternpinball.com/find-a-dealer/
Belles & Chimes:
Stay at home orders haven’t stopped Belles & Chimes from continuing their pinball fun. Check out what Laura Fraley (Belles & Chimes Richmond) has organized with this ongoing selfie tournament on Matchplay called Quarantopia! Here are the MatchPlay and Facebook links to check out the action and winners! Click here to learn more about the Belles & Chimes organization.