Stern Pinball’s CEO tells us how a pinball machine gets made

Gary Stern, owner and president of Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball, has been a key member of the arcade gaming industry for over three decades. While at the helm, he’s helped create hundreds of pinball machines, all of which are designed and manufactured in America. In the video above, Stern explains how a pinball machine…

Stern Pinball’s Gary Stern on the evolution of pinball since the 1930s

Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball says that it’s the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet.” The A.V. Club took a trip to the company’s headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and interviewed owner and president Gary Stern about the creation of pinball and how it…

Celebrate Bill Paxton by reading about the ultimate Bill Paxton pinball machine

Beloved actor Bill Paxton died earlier today, and though there will surely be plenty of tributes to the man and his his many memorable film roles, internet personality and video game console modder Benjamin “Ben Heck” Heckendorn put together a rather unique salute to Paxton’s work back in 2010: A one-of-a-kind Bill…

A favorite YouTube channel, a hidden TV gem, and a classic arcade game

I’m not much of a Let’s Play fan, but I’ve found myself closely following the videos on a YouTube channel called Many A True Nerd over the past year or so. Jon, the guy who makes the majority of its videos by himself, got a fair bit of attention last year in the lead-up to Fallout 4 as he was finishing up a “You Only…

In New York, the game of pinball was an outlaw with mafia connections

From 1940 to 1976, the beloved arcade game of pinball was illegal in New York City. That may seem utterly absurd 40 years after the fact, but the Big Apple’s former mayor, diminutive tough guy Fiorello H. La Guardia, had a darned good reason for criminalizing “that silver ball” at the time of FDR. A brief but…

Goonies never say “die” or “tilt” with this rad new custom pinball machine

Sloth love Chunk, and getting the high score on a brand new pinball machine. Mike Johnson from Orlando, FL, has produced a custom pinball game dedicated to the 1985 Richard Donner film, The Goonies. Apparently there had never been a pinball machine dedicated to the misadventures of Corey Feldman before, so Johnson…

The present bounces against the past in this meme-themed pinball table

Good news, everyone: The Memepocalypse has finally happened. All of modern human culture is fully saturated with pictures of goofy dogs, jokes about Sean Bean, and the Internet’s entire supply of Impact font. Now, it’s time to look to the entertainments and amusements of humanity’s past to see if there’s some way we…