STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – AUGUST 2020
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07/28/20

STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – AUGUST 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:

 

TMNT #PlayStrong:

Ready to see what all the hype is about? Your local arcades and pinball showrooms just got the brand new game from Stern Pinball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These have been a difficult couple of months for small businesses so every quarter counts. Contact your local arcade, distributor or dealer for availability, hours, and safety precautions so you can help them continue to #PlayStrong!

Those of you in the U.S. can also find your closest location with our Stern Pinball Locator (https://sternpinball.com/pinball-locator/) powered by PinballMap.com.

Find a TMNT in your region (Midwest)

IA – The Operating Room (West Des Moines)
IL – Great American Pinball Showroom
IL – Hemispheres Amusements Showroom
IL – Logan Arcade
IN – Arcade Rescue 911
IN – East of Chicago Pizza
IN – FlipNOut Pinball Showroom
IN – Floyds Arcade
IN – Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard’s World Arcade
IN – Franklin House
IN – Main Street Amusements
KS – 403 Club
KS – Amini’s Galleria Showroom
KS – Industry Old Town
MI – 1UP Arcade Bar
MI – Bavarian Inn Lodge
MI – Beek’s Bar & Grille
MI – Crazy Quarters
MI – Gameroom Guys Showroom
MI – Gina’s Pizza
MI – Pyramid Scheme Bar
MI – The Coin Slot
MN – Bogarts Entertainment Center
MN – Junction Bowl
MN – Opinion Brewing Company
MN – Peter’s Billiards
MN – St Pauls Tap
MN – Tilt Pinball Bar
MO – Amini’s Galleria Showroom
MO – Fric & Frac
MO – Levelup
MO – Outpost Bar & Grill
MO – Silverball
MO – Solid State Pinball Supply
MO – Topscore Gamerooms Showroom
MO – Up-Down KC
MO – Up-Down St Louis
ND – Fargo Pinball Showroom
NE – Big John’s Billiards
NE – DJ’s Dugout
NE – Dundee’s Place
NE – Pinball Pro Showroom
OH – Arcade Super Awesome
OH – Brewdog Columbus
OH – Kidforce Collectibles
OH – Level One Bar Arcade
OH – Pins Mechanical Cincinnati
OH – Pins Mechanical Columbus
OH – Pins Mechanical Dublin
OH – Stonehedge
OH – Superelectric
OH – The Basement
OH – The Pinball Shoppe Showroom
WI – Hudson Tap
WI – Pizza Del Re
WI – Player 2
WI – Schwoegler’s Entertainment Center

Find a TMNT in your region (East)

CT – Automated Services Showroom
CT – WOW Family Entertainment Center
MA – Flat Top Johnny’s
NY – Jackbar
NY – Pinball Alley Showroom
NY – Pocketeer Billiards and Sports Bar
NY – Rock Fantasy
NY – Sunshine Laundromat
PA – Capitol Vending
PA – Flipper Fidelity
PA – Helicon Brewing
PA – Kickback Pinball Café
PA – PA Coin
PA – Pinball Gallery, Malvern
PA – Pinball PA Arcade
PA – Rt 61 Pinball Bar
PA – Sports Zone Comics and Collectibles
PA – Timeline Arcade
PA – University Family Fun Center
PA- PJ’s Tavern
RI – Pizza J Pinball

Find a TMNT in your region (Southeast)

AL – Bumpernets
FL – 3 Daughters Brewing
FL – Arcade Monsters
FL – Café One
FL – District Eat N Play
FL – Florida Ave Brewing
FL – Got Pinball Showroom
FL – iPinball
FL – Keg and Coin
FL – Leaderboard Arcade & Pizza
FL – Nice Guys Pizza
FL – Pinball Dudes Showroom
FL – Pinball Lounge
FL – Reboot Dunedin
FL – South-A-Philly
FL – Vector
FL – Video Game Rescue
GA – My Parents Basement
GA – Portal Pinball Arcade
GA – The Portal
MD – Electric Quarter Arcade
MD – Game Sales of Maryland Showroom
MD – MOMs Organic Market
NC – Cape Fear Wine & Beer
NC – Flippers Arcade & Laser Tag
NC – Pins Mechanical Charlotte
NC – Save Point Video Games
NC – The Basement Arcade Bar
OK – Cactus Jacks Family Fun Center
SC – The Break Sports Bar
TN – Classic Arcade Pinball Museum
TN – Cobra Bar
TN – Game Galaxy
TN – Music City Pinball Showroom
TN – No Quarter
TN – Pins Mechanical Nashville
TN – Play it Again Retro
TN – Silverball City
TN – Space Needle
TN – Up-Down Nashville
TX – Flippers Tavern
TX – Fun Billiards Showroom
TX – Game Changers Sports Bar
TX – Joystix Games Showroom
TX – Quasars Arcade
TX – The Gameroom
VA – Bingo Beer Company
VA – Center of the Universe Brewing Company
VA – Maltese Brewing
VA – Ocelot Brewing
VA – Pixels

Find a TMNT in your region (West)

AK – Koot’s
AZ – Hop Central Brewery and Taproom
AZ – Level 1 Arcade Bar
CA – AYCE GOGI Korean BBQ (Van Nuys)
CA – AYCE GOGI Korean BBQ (West Hills)
CA – Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill
CA – Brewski’s Bar & Arcade
CA – The Flipper Room
CA – Game Lab
CA – Harbor Town Pub
CA – LVL-UP Campbell
CA – Open Market OC
CA – Orange County Pinballs Showroom
CA – State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria
CA – The Retro
CO – 1 Up Greenwood
CO – co. bar
CO – Mutiny Information Cafe
CO – The Control Room
CO – Wonderland Brewing Co
NM – 505 Pinball
NM – Rad Retrocade
NV – Pinball Hall of Fame
NV – A Gamer’s Paradise
OR – Next Level Pinball Museum
UT – Kito’s Brewing
WA – Dorky’s Arcade
WA – Half Pint Pizza Pub
WA – The Ice Box

 

Inside the Stern Studio with Zombie Yeti:

Check out this behind the scenes interview with artist Jeremy Packer, creator of the art packages for iconic Stern Pinball machines such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, and Ghostbusters!

On the line with John Borg:

Check out this video on the line with veteran pinball designer John Borg and his latest hit game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! COWABUNGA!  #TMNT #PlayStrong #Borg #SternPinball #TurtlePower

 

TMNT Minute Podcast and Triple M Night Shift:

Check out the latest TMNT Minute Podcast featuring Stern Pinball’s Director of Marketing, Zach Sharpe, talking about Turtles amongst other fun pinball news and our Australian Distributor AMD chatting about Turtles on the Triple M Night Shift national radio show with Luke Bona!

 

TMNT at Comic-Con:

For the first time in 50 years, San Diego Comic-Con was held completely digitally this year and it wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a Stern Pinball presence!  Partnering with Nuclear Blast and Rebellion Republic, we collaborated with Jack Danger to bring TMNT to the masses in this special exclusive virtual stream event.  In case you missed it live, check out the replay of the broadcast here!

 

TMNT at SFGE:

In place of a physical show, the Southern Fried Gaming Expo held a virtual expo this year featuring a highlight seminar interview with the lead game developer of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles machine, Dwight Sullivan! In case you missed it live, check out a replay of this fun interview here as Dwight cooks up some pizza and practices his ninja skills remotely. Cowabunga!

 

PlayStrongTM:

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!  Check out these incredible #PlayStrong stories featuring Jersey Shore star Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley and her son enjoying their new Stranger Things Premium pinball machine, and this story featured on ESPN!

 

All Things Stranger:

Have you been transported to the Upside Down?  Share your Stranger Things experience with  Insider@sternpinball.com for a chance to be featured across Stern’s social media channels in addition to winning exclusive Stern swag and merchandise!  Pinball fun the entire family will enjoy!  And congrats to the show itself on its 8 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Drama Series! Minds Flayed!

Stern Showdown:

The 2020 Stern Showdown is complete with the grand champion being crowned.  Not only is Iron Maiden a TWIPY award-winning game of the year, but it is also the inaugural Stern Showdown Champ!  While no one was able to predict a perfect bracket, Ken Guenther gets bragging rights and a special Stern Swag Pack for predicting the best bracket amongst the sea of competitors.  Over the course of the Stern Showdown more than 100,000 votes were cast across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Stories, making this the most voted pinball competition in history!  With other annual tournaments currently cancelled or postponed, we wanted to bring the FUN of competition to your channels and appreciate all the excellent feedback and passionate opinions shared throughout.  Iron Maiden has now officially sealed its spot as one of the all-time greatest pinball machines, as decided by you, the players!  Can it win again in 2021?  We shall see!

 

Dead Flip Pinball Streaming:

Make sure you are subscribed to Jack Danger’s Dead Flip channel to watch some special streams including last month’s streams of Batman, Deadpool, Elvira, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic Park, Star Wars Pin, Stranger Things, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and TMNT again!

 

Gameroom of the Month:

Congrats to James Rivelli of Milwaukie, Oregon on being named the recipient of 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!

 

Virtual Expos:

Taking their events virtually this year, the NW Game Show had a fun livestream trivia battle (watch a replay of the event here), as well as a huge digital event from California Extreme on their Twitch channel.  California Extreme’s event replay can be watched here, which featured an exclusive Stranger Things panel discussion with lead game designer Brian Eddy and associate game developer Mike Vinikour!

 

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/

 

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 Rodney Minch of Michigan (Pyramid Scheme Bar and RLM Amusements)
  • Corporal Adam Herrington of Kansas (Industry Old Town)

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

  • Specialist Scott Pierson of Michigan (The Coin Slot)
  • Specialist Chuck Gardner of Maryland (Mom’s Organic Market)
  • Specialist Carolyn Dawson of Oklahoma (Cactus Jacks Family Fun Center)
  • Specialist Chris Wamsley of Ohio (Actual Brewing Co.)
  • Specialist David and Leeann DeSloover of Michigan (Beek’s Bar & Grille)
  • Specialist David Morris of Canada (Half Pins Brewing and Phantom Amusement)

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

  • Private Matt Wycoff of Virginia (Ocelot Brewing Company)
  • Private David Wright of Georgia (Replay Arcade)

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

 

Stern Insider All-Access:

Congrats to Eric from Georgia, July’s Stern Insider All-Access winner!  Eric received a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles playfield autographed by lead game designer John Borg and lead game developer Dwight Sullivan!  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) announced the implementation of the IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR) for all players leading to the inaugural IFPA Challenge Rankings Championship!  For full details, standings and prize information, please click here to learn more and 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 bug.report@sternpinball.com

  • TMNT – For all TMNT owners, please make sure you are up to date with the most current code version (v1.10.0).
  • Elvira – For all Elvira owners, please make sure you have updated your game to the most current code version (v0.98.0) released last month. Be on the lookout for a new code update later this month.
  • Stranger Things – For all Stranger Things owners, please make sure you have updated your game to the most current code version (v0.97.0) released last month. Be on the lookout for a new code update later this month.
  • Jurassic Park – For all Jurassic Park owners, please make sure you are up to date with the most current code version (v1.02.0).

Fortnite House:

You know you’ve made it once you get your own pinball machine as seen on this tour of the One Percent Fortnite team’s house.  This video tour has over 4 million views and counting!

Accessories:

Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured items, Stern #PlayStrong Face Masks and TMNT Art Blades!  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:

Check out Chicago Belles & Chimes members Rebecca and Anna taking over Dead Flip’s channel to stream the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball machine!  Click here to learn more about the Belles & Chimes organization.

 

Rock Fantasy Files with Tim Sexton:

Check out episode 20 of the Rock Fantasy Files featuring lead programmer, Tim Sexton.  Tim discusses his involvement with helping create games like Iron Maiden, Deadpool and Black Knight: Sword of Rage as well as engaging in some tournament talk.  Watch a replay of the video interview here!

Stern Spotlight – Dorothy Brown:

“My name is Dorothy Brown. I’m the Parts Department Manager here at Stern. I have been working for Stern since 2004. My job consists of overseeing the parts department which consists of customer service, data entry of all parts and accessories, expediting orders correctly, receiving parts into the systems, and keeping track of inventory.

When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my husband and granddaughter in the swimming pool, playing games, and taking long walks. I love to cook and dance.”

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