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THIS WEEK IN PINBALL – 6/12/23: Pinball in the NYT, David Fix Interview, Father’s Day Gift Ideas, New Zen Studios Tables & MORE

The Scoop

Belles & Chimes in the New York Times

The New York Times released an article on the Belles & Chimes (an international network of inclusive women’s pinball leagues run by women, for women), where they cover the organization’s founding with a particular focus on the Chicago chapter.

The article also talks about how the organization has made a positive impact on the pinball community by creating a welcoming environment for the “pin-curious,” especially those from marginalized groups.

PINcast Interviews American Pinball’s David Fix

In the May edition of their monthly podcast, the folks behind Pinball News and Pinball Magazine recap all of the latest pinball news. They also spend some time chatting with American Pinball’s Executive Vice President, David Fix, about Galactic Tank Force and other production odds and ends:

  • Goes into depth about some of the production issues with GTF first encountered at the Texas Pinball Festival

  • Notes that the code name for GTF was “Ice Cream”

  • Had some additional issues with some magnetized balls that found their way to some GTF games

  • Discuss their recent field guide video release and how they can attribute an increase in sales to it

  • Says that GTF is earning on par or a little better than Stern’s Foo Fighters at similar locations

  • Both production lines at AP are now both on GTF production

  • Someone who orders a GTF today may wait 2-3 months for their game

  • Signature editions of GTF have not started production yet (will start soon)

  • AP is catching up on backorders on older titles and plans to run Houdini again later this year, and the Hot Wheels license has also been extended

New Godzilla Topper Mode Beta Code Streamed

  • King of the Monsters Time Attack

  • Hold both flippers to get to play modes

  • Part 1: 5 Minutes to defeat all of the Monsters

  • Part 2: Multiball to complete flashing shots

A Father’s Day Gift Guide for Your Pinball-Loving Dad

Father’s Day is almost here! For those of you who are last-minute shoppers, Kineticist offers up over 20 gift ideas you can use to help celebrate that special family member or simply pass along to a child for a not-so-subtle hint. Your choice!  

3 New Zen Studios Releases, Including Williams Whirlwind

Zen Studios, makers of the Pinball FX series of digital pinball games, released 3 new tables this week. Two original games were included in the release (A Samurai’s Vengeance and Verne’s Mysterious Island) as well as a re-creation of the classic 1990 Williams game, Whirlwind.

Repair and Maintenance Tips

Rusty Pinball Legs Got You Down? Mark’s Basement Arcade Will Help!

Mark’s Basement Arcade covers a pinball repair tip that you’ll likely use at some point if you haven’t already – removing pesky leg rust! It’s a simple process that yields quite good results.

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