STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – SEPTEMBER 2020
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09/04/20

STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – SEPTEMBER 2020

The Stern of the Union Address will be presented on the first Tuesday of every month (holiday and vacation excepted…and in this case an entirely new game launch!).  Without further ado my fellow pinheads:

Avengers: Infinity Quest:

Stern Pinball unveiled its latest game, Avengers: Infinity Quest!  Collaborating with Marvel, the game launched across all Marvel social media channels to an audience of over 90 million followers!  Check out the exclusive the Facebook and Twitter features.  Not only has the game trailer on Instagram garnered over 300,000 views in less than 48 hours, the featured announcement article from Marvel.com was showcased on their front page for over a week!   Read the full press release and learn all about this pinball machine on the official Avengers: Infinity Quest game page!

Check out the game trailer, game feature videos on the Pro and Premium/LE models, and the Accessories trailer!

Want to see the game in action? Mark your calendars! Tune in Wednesday, September 9th at 5pm CDT where you can watch the reveal live stream with Jack Danger of Dead Flip and the entire game team at https://www.twitch.tv/deadflip as they play the Premium/LE model!

Also tune in Friday, September 11th at 3pm CDT where you can watch the reveal live stream with Jack Danger of Dead Flip on the official Marvel Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/marvel as he plays the Pro!

Stern Insider Pinball Podcast:

Available now for all Stern Insiders, listen to this panel discussion with the Avengers team including lead game designer Keith Elwin, lead game programmer Rick Naegele, lead mechanical engineer Harrison Drake, lead artist Jeremy Packer (aka Zombie Yeti), lead sound designer Jerry Thompson, and lead computer graphics art director Chuck Ernst as they assemble and dive into their collaborative approach in bringing these iconic comic book characters to life on episode 8 of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast!  All episodes can be found here after logging into your Insider account –https://sternpinball.com/account/

TMNT Topper Sneak Peek:

Available to All-Access Insiders, check out a sneak peek at the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topper coming soon!

Find a TMNT Near You:

Visit www.SternPinball.com/Pinball-Locator to find Stern Pinball games in your area. Look out for the green markers! Those locations have the brand new TMNT on the floor and ready to play!*

*Contact locations for availability and safety procedures. Please #PlayStrong and responsibly!

500K Followers on Facebook:

Last month Stern Pinball reached half a million Facebook fans! Our growing global online audience represents a growing global pinball buyer audience, with 50% of our machines leaving North America and landing in more than 50 countries.  You can find a Stern Pinball machine in each inhabited continent on Earth!

THANK YOU to all pinball fans, players, owners, dealers, distributors, suppliers, contractors and employees that are spreading the gospel of pinball fun around the globe!  We are sincerely thankful for everyone that makes pinball and the pinball community so special!

Now, on to one million!  #PlayStrong #SternPinball #ThankYou!

Top Tech for Summer with Stranger Things and TMNT:

Stern Pinball currently has two of the biggest and hottest licenses out there in Stranger Things and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Check out this exclusive promotional video highlighting pinball and these two titles as “Top Tech for Summer”. This video segment aired yesterday across national television in 152 different markets, across 224 different stations reaching a potential audience of approximately 100 million people (nearly 3 million estimated impressions)!

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, and NBA player Robin Lopez!

Stranger Things Gameroom of the Month:

Submit your best Stranger Things related gameroom pic as a photo comment on this Facebook post or 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!

Heavy Metal Soundtrack:

Stern Pinball and Incendium announced the complete soundtrack listing for a new co-branded pinball machine celebrating the world’s greatest illustrated magazine, Heavy Metal.  The soundtrack features 12 songs filled with space-faring fantasy riffs.  Read full details here!

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, and Stranger Things!

Gameroom of the Month:

Congrats to Marisa McClintock of Monroe, Washington 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!

George Gomez and Zach Sharpe:

Check out these great two interviews featuring Stern’s very own Chief Creative Officer, George Gomez and Director of Marketing, Zach Sharpe.  George was featured in this Gaming.net article while Zach was interviewed on the latest We Talk Games podcast episode.

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 Corporal to Sergeant:

  • Sergeant Greg Poverelli of New York (Sunshine Laundromat and Pinball)
  • Sergeant Kevin Shanus of North Carolina (Abari Game Bar)
  • Sergeant John Geiger of Ohio (Melt Bar and Grilled and Arcade Super Awesome

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

  • Specialist Daniel Halpain of Texas (Flippers Tavern)
  • Specialist Katie Schowengerdt of Missouri (Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade)
  • Specialist Mike Lund of Utah (Kiito’s Brewery)
  • Specialist EJ Osis of Michigan (Offworld Arcade)

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

  • Private First Class Mika Marttinen of Finland (Pinball 21 Gameroom)
  • Private First Class Timothy Lawrence of New York (Jackbar)
  • Private First Class Seth Steele of Tennessee (No Quarter)

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

Stern Insider All-Access:

Congrats to Colt from Iowa, August’s Stern Insider All-Access winner!  Colt 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 (v1.21.0). This code premieres the custom “Stern DJ Mixer” feature giving players the ability to select and create special playlists of TMNT music!  Check out this video highlighting this special new feature here!

  • Elvira – For all Elvira owners, please make sure you have updated your game to the most current code version (v0.99.0) 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 (v0.98.0) released last month. Be on the lookout for a new code update later this month.

Buffalo Games Star Wars Puzzle:

In need of a cool gift puzzle fans, check out this amazing 1000 piece version of one our Star Wars Pinball backglass paintings!

Accessories:

Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured items, our new fall merchandise line!  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/

University of Cincinnati:

Is this an arcade or a research lab?!  Check out this article highlighting the Engineering Research Center at the University of Cincinnati and how they have used pinball machines for their classes and research.

Stern Spotlight – Shazade (Chas) Siddiqi:

On behalf of everyone at Stern Pinball it is with profound sadness that we announced the untimely passing of Shazade (Chas) Siddiqi, a man well-known to the pinball community for his commitment to quality and service to his friends and customers.  Here’s to remembering Chas, a technical support engineer at Stern Pinball for nearly thirty years and beloved husband and father.  He will forever be remembered here at Stern.

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