A dark night for Stern

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A dark night for Stern

By jfh

1 year ago

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#113 1 year ago

Sterns just got to slow it down. Seems apparent they are trying to ram to many games down the line and have the same structure as before the three game a year commitment. These poor coders and designers and likely frustrated and stretched thin.

Normally when a company has a series of poor choices and mistakes, the bottom line reflects it. It's possible demand is up so much in pinball, that it may be masking these major issues from showing on the bottom line short term.

People have short memories generally, get the issues fixed(code, quality, communication), come out with a feature packed title and will be yesterdays news. Just like JJP's Dialed in release one year ago. If they don't step up their game on the LE's, JJP will dominate that price range in the years to come.

#206 1 year ago
Quoted from jfh:

If the the Stern management team's plan is to simply fatten up theirs golden goose for sale and slaughter, that's their right. But that would just confirm Stern doesn't want the likes of me to be buyers of their future products and that they want to lead customers on with empty promises before those realize they've been played for suckers.

I believe they have gotten themselves into a tough situation. Stern impregnated themselves with this massive new building and all the overhead that comes with it. I'm guessing the only way to make sense of it is to produce an amount of titles which is more than they're capable of. The changes in clear coat, wood quality and lack of code all align with a company that is overwhelmed, in a rush and past capacity.

They had such a neat deal with building the remakes to fill empty spots on the line and cover costs during downtime. Between those and the vaults, and a game or two a year they had such a proven model. Should have stayed in the old building or smaller one and not gotten into this monster. No company can keep making these mistakes and not feel the consequences eventually

Bottom line thinking and out of control overhead. I hope they get this in line for everyone. I really want them to put out some nice games.

- Just one guys opinion.

#296 1 year ago
Quoted from jfh:

So - let's redirect this thread a little.
Besides lowering prices (unlikely to happen), what specific steps do you think Stern should take to regain the cofidence they have have lost in the marketplace from the perspective of the "enthusiast" or the opetator?

Addressing this issues that keep getting brought up.

-Code completion on current and previous games-
-Go back to the same cabinet wood that has had no issues
-Stop trying to produce more games that your capable of(everyone stretched thin)
-remove new ghosting policy and correct issue properly
-Le to get more features for future games to compete with JJP

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