Can't wait to see the progress
Do any arcades have those Chinese made bingo machines? I saw some in Cambodia a few years back.
I found a picture, these had some sort of payout, but my Khmer was non existent to claim my credits back. Same with those fish shooting multiplayer tabletop arcade games.
Quoted from J85M:
Works here Mike! Love the way Brains mouth moves very retro! But the text appears to be moving to fast it's almost blurry/hard to read, maybe an upward typewriter kind of scroll or still blocks of the text being shown? just a little feedback as I realise you stated your animators are only playing around.
The blurriness would be from displaying it on an LCD screen
The real machine will have an rgb dot matrix screen, not an lcd monitor like your computer
Quoted from PopBumperPete:
right now Mike is building a handful of proto types to put on location in China, i am not expecting him to post photos of these games
his next move is pinball expo in Newcastle, and a big reveal there. id expect a few pictures of a game being loaded in a container, but n9thing else until the expo
Quoted from Homepin:
The stainless steel case completely encases the spinning weights. There is no way anything can get near any moving parts as long as the covers are left bolted to the frame - hence the warning to NEVER operate the shaker with the covers removed.
Our Electric Road/Last Lap, Kress Electrix modified machine has had a Homepin shaker motor running in it for a few years now
There's some random Thunderbirds photo's in this album
This link is the correct one, that last one is this year's line up
Quoted from swinks:
also noticed on the mulitball on a few videos that the ball launch in the shooter lane had 2 balls struggling a few times - maybe the timing needs to be slowed down???
The switch in the shooter lane was playing up a bit, I believe it was part of the damage caused when the transport company dropped the machines. I think they swapped the switch out of the most damaged machine on Saturday night and got it running better.
l got to have a few games on it and it was ok, not the best game there, but not the worst either. I also played The Hobbit for the first time and for twice as much money, it's nowhere near twice as better.
Quoted from Pinball_Syd:
Anyone can have virtually anything made in China. Arcooda engineer and design high end products, of which VP, VR and combined multi platform gaming are just one component of what they manufacture.
Just because there’s no moving parts, doesn’t mean their product doesn’t undergo design, trial and rigorous testing.
I have little interest in VP personally but appreciate there are other platforms which draw peoples interest into pinball. For anyone who didn’t attend the seminar, it’s unwarrented to think they just slap a cabinet together in China and have it shipped over for sale to the local market.
There’s quite a bit of innovation going on in the VP scene and to discredit them as not being manufacturers is completely unfair and unwarrented.
I thought Steve's talk was the most interesting of the 3. Plus they don't just buy knock-off rubbish and sell here, all their IP is licenced and they design and engineer all their own products here in Newcastle.
Quoted from ultimategameroom:
At least mike has produced a machine that flips. While it probably isn’t the greatest I’m still interested to play it due to the theme.
It’s been over 12 years now since your remake debacle-and unless I’m mistaken you never even produced a single game. As of only a couple years ago you still claimed to be “working on it.”
Communication with your customers during the process was far from exemplary.
The fact that you continually stir the pot in this thread is downright hilarious !
I sometimes wonder if this is where some of his hate for Homepin comes from?
Quoted from Ballypinball:but at pinfest you were overheard saying you need another 1.5 million to get another factory and more staff, and only had parts for 50 games, and once returned to china you would need to order more.
Overheard? These things were openly discussed by Mike from Homepin at his seminar at Pinfest.
Thing with TV's are they are a moving target software wise. New and different peripheral products, broadcast standard changes and third party apps come along and cause issues
Quoted from Retropin:
Just to be clear for all involved in this.. when you say " additional 12 months warranty"... is this in addition to the 12 months warranty that is Australian law, so 24 months?
Or.. is this a rewording of what is the minimum requirement for products sold in Australia?
There is no 'minimum' warranty in Australia, with Australian Consumer Law we fix products at work that are outside the 12 month period on the manufacturers documents
Can't get off the shelf parts in China, actually you probably can now thanks to Homepin
Quoted from swinks:
informative review, and glad to see I was not the only person that thought those buttons were crap but like Mike stated if you don't like them, change them
I played Airplane a stack of times at Pinfest and didn't think at any stage that the button shape was a worry.
Quoted from jardine:
Sorry...but I'll say it!!
Why in hell would anyone..especially Australians, want to support such a person!!! I don't care if he brings out my all time favourite arcade game, pinball, blow up doll!! I won't support him and his ventures!!
The way he has acted and spoken to the community, his racist remarks were nothing short of disgraceful...how quickly some of you forget and seem to want to forgive!! Amazed!!
He has built other cocktail cabinets in the past, as well as lowboys and gee let me think...who now handles these products in Australia?? No one! Wonder why? Would it be because of support, or quality, or customer service???
...but yet here we are....getting a sniff of a sh!t looking product and we can't wait to play it....no thanks!!!
Not sure about the support or customer service, but the Hankin cocktail cabs were really well built
Quoted from adol75:
Thunderbirds was a couple hundred dollars less than a Stern Pro, it came with a crappy layout, a crappy code, crappy buttons and a plastic lock bar, I don't call that affordable, I call it crappy.
But if you a referring to the resell value of a Thunderbirds, then yes that can be called affordable for sure (at the expense of the poor seller !)
In Australia Thunderbirds lists at $7299 and a Stern Pro is $9450. If they put together an entertaining machine, they could do good business
Quoted from KenLayton:
Maybe less government restrictions on business? Maybe better internet access?
Seems like now that Homepin is in Taiwan, now he has to set up a factory all over again.
Will have to set up supply lines, unless they can keep using the same companies they used in China
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