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POLL: In 2023 which company would you prefer to make your dream theme?

By jeffgoldstein2

3 months ago


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    “POLL: In 2023 which company would you prefer to make your dream theme?”

    • Stern Pinball 39 votes
      46%
    • Jersey Jack Pinball 14 votes
      16%
    • Spooky Pinball 4 votes
      5%
    • American Pinball 10 votes
      12%
    • Chicago Gaming Company 13 votes
      15%
    • Multimorphic 3 votes
      4%
    • Haggis Pinball 0 votes
    • Pinball Brothers 1 vote
      1%
    • Dutch Pinball 1 vote
      1%

    (85 votes)

    #1 3 months ago

    As of today I would personally choose Stern with Keith Elwin as designer. I feel they put the most into the current games.

    #2 3 months ago

    Wherever Steve Ritchie is.

    #3 3 months ago

    Stern, Jimi Hendrix, Elwin and Dirty Donny

    #4 3 months ago

    Would love to see an Eminem game. Would be unqiue.

    #5 3 months ago

    I guess I have my dream theme already (Alien). I am glad it was not a Stern, simply due to it being 'different'. Of course that comes with it's own pros/cons (such as all the software/hardware issues people are seeing).

    Spooky did an outstanding job on R&M, but I feel they fumbled HWN.

    Stern has a tendency to feel samey and uninspired to me. I know that's not a popular opinion around here. But I will say they have stepped up their game.

    CGC has done a great job on the remakes quality wise, but can they make their own from scratch?? Yet to be proven.

    I can't really speak to JJP...the only game I've really liked of theirs was Dialed In.

    If I had a next dream theme, it would be Evil Dead....and I would need to go with Spooky for that one.

    The #1 key though, if you are going to do a theme based on a movie license...GET THE FRIGGING ASSETS. This is to all makers.

    #6 3 months ago

    Multimorphic, followed by Stern.

    Multimorphic is already making my dream theme... Weird Al. Now that I am (or shortly will be) a P3 owner, any game made by Multimorphic will be less than 1/2 the price of any other new machine. I also had an amazing experience with Spooky's Rick and Morty as my first NIB pin. I've had quite a few Sterns, and they are the most likely to produce a good pin out of everyone because every Spike 2 game, regardless of theme is fun. JJP games look and sound great, but are less fun (in my personal experience). CGCs have been rock solid.

    With that said, multimorphic games are hit or miss from a fun/layout perspective (I have not played many), Spooky games are high quality but they have a mixed history with fun layouts (Danesi is up there with Elwin and Ritchie as far as I'm concerned).

    I think that the best manufacturer to get any license is Stern as their "minimum acceptable product" as far as layout is better than the other manufacturers. In other words, a bad layout with a good theme from Stern is more likely to be a better game than a bad layout with a good theme from any other manufacturer.

    In other words, Stern is MOST LIKELY to produce a good game, and they have delivered non-stop for the entire time I've been in the hobby. I might not like every theme, but I have yet to find a pin from Stern (with an LCD screen) that I don't think is fun to shoot. American, Spooky, JJP, and Multimorphic definitely have games I don't care to flip regardless of theme. CGC doesn't count in my opinion as they are all remakes (and great ones at that).

    I will digress from my essay and say that your AVERAGE person is more likely to have a better "dream theme" experience with Stern, but I'd rather it come from Multimorphic as a new game is/will be a fraction of the cost once you buy into their system.

    #7 3 months ago

    I picked stern because they can produce games. I don’t want my favorite game produced in rookie boutique numbers.

    #8 3 months ago

    Pretty simple, Stern has Elwin.

    #9 3 months ago

    Most Stern games have the same feeling when playing to me, it's like they designed a single game and released it 50 times with 50 different skins/looks. Meh.

    Really want CGC to start making more titles and not only remakes.

    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from Zablon:

    I guess I have my dream theme already (Alien). I am glad it was not a Stern, simply due to it being 'different'. Of course that comes with it's own pros/cons (such as all the software/hardware issues people are seeing).
    Spooky did an outstanding job on R&M, but I feel they fumbled HWN.
    Stern has a tendency to feel samey and uninspired to me. I know that's not a popular opinion around here. But I will say they have stepped up their game.
    CGC has done a great job on the remakes quality wise, but can they make their own from scratch?? Yet to be proven.
    I can't really speak to JJP...the only game I've really liked of theirs was Dialed In.
    If I had a next dream theme, it would be Evil Dead....and I would need to go with Spooky for that one.
    The #1 key though, if you are going to do a theme based on a movie license...GET THE FRIGGING ASSETS. This is to all makers.

    I love Rick & Morty as a theme. Theme integration is absolutely perfect. Maybe the best in pinball next to AF? I don’t own one so I can’t speak to gameplay as much because I don’t have enough time on it. A lot of people seem to not care for the way it shoots. I do own Halloween and while I agree it doesn’t have enough assets integrated, it is a lot of fun to shoot. Will we see more as the code progresses? Don’t know. In my line-up it gets the most attention from me. Doesn’t shoot like a Stern. But that’s what I like about it. It’s built different. You can shoot any Stern and get the same experience. I’m in total agreement on the Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness theme as being my “dream theme”. I’ve been a fan of that theme since I was a kid. Of all the game makers out there, here’s my opinion on how it would turn out:

    1. Stern - would end up being too vanilla for me. I need this to be gory, not family friendly, with all the glorious one-liners only Bruce Campbell can deliver. Stern doesn’t typically do this. Have to buy it.
    2. JJP - game would be built like a tank. Art work would be amazing. I think it would shoot clunky. I honestly have wanted to love every JJP game. I just don’t like they way they shoot. I don’t hate them. I just don’t think those games are fun. Theme alone would have me buying it.
    3. Multimorphic - Real potential here because the playfield is an f’ing flat screen T.V. Given the available assets, would play out great on a T.V. screen. If they made it, I would have to buy it, even at that elevated initial price point for the system. These are definitely fun to shoot games.
    4. Pinball Brothers - no experience with these guys at all. Are they fun? No idea. Alien was an established theme. Another one I think would be great to own. Can’t speak to quality.
    5. CGC - I own 3 of them. I love them all. Previously established themes. All redone with modern electronics. Build quality was maintained though. Games play great. Built like tanks. Can they pull off an independent theme? Yet to be seen.
    6. Spooky - Best chance to get good theme integration. All the quirky parts. Little Easter egg like call-outs etc. The Spooky family are fans as well as game makers. They know the IP. They know what fanboys would want to see in the game. They take fan ideas and put them in if they think it will fit. Will it play like HWN or R&M? Based on my experience with HWN, I trust they could do this one right. I would go with Spooky winning the license if I had my way.
    7. Dutch Pinball - I want it before I’m dead.
    8. Haggis - no experience with this company.
    It’s not important that the theme just “get made” for me. I need it to be nailed. I would want it to be a game I would nail to the floor. I don’t want to have to “mod” it to make it right. I don’t want to complain about the code. I don’t want to complain about the shots. I think a lot of people say “dream theme” and then are disappointed by the outcome. I would rather ED2/AoD not get made at all if it’s not going to be done right. I know that’s a tall order from someone who doesn’t have to make pinball machines for a living. Sorry for the long post if you got this far.

    #11 3 months ago

    Todd McFarlane SPAWN!

    KEITH ELWIN designer PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #12 3 months ago
    Quoted from sirisles:

    Todd McFarlane SPAWN!
    KEITH ELWIN designer PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’d buy it

    #13 3 months ago

    Pokemon
    Jersey Jack widebody

    #14 3 months ago

    Chicago Gaming Company.

    PTC or EFL. Or both.

    LTG : )

    #15 3 months ago

    I'll take either a Fifth Element or a new Stargate designed by Elwin and built by Stern. Day 1 purchase for me.

    #16 3 months ago
    Quoted from PalmettoPinworks:

    I'll take either a Fifth Element or a new Stargate designed by Elwin and built by Stern. Day 1 purchase for me.

    Fifth element would be a killer theme. Great film.

    #17 3 months ago

    I’d say stern would make the best out of most themes, but after what Spooky has done with some other oddball themes they get my vote for some of the themes I’d like to see. Testament to how much great work is out there right now that it’s a tough choice between at least 4 of the options though!

    #18 3 months ago

    Tough question. It really depends on the theme.
    I'm a big movie and video game guy.

    I would love to see JJP make goonies, spooky make planet of the apes, American make pulp fiction, or stern make James Bond.

    One can dream...

    #19 3 months ago

    you are missing one company

    #20 3 months ago
    Quoted from PopBumperPete:

    you are missing one company

    Not sure that it really matters but which one am I missing?

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