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Short video tutorials for new players: BKSORLE beta test


By billwinterberg

11 months ago



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#1 11 months ago

I've been playing a lot of pinball this summer with my 10-year old, and one of the things we realized is that many people who have never played pinball before end up not liking pinball because they don't know what to do to get started, they hit the ball randomly, drain it quickly, and then quit. Some modern machines have short videos that show how to get a multiball, but many of the other basic modes and features are excluded.

Then, if you go to YouTube to look at videos on how to play pinball, almost all of the search results are two or three hour-long videos of full Twitch streams, so they're not in a short, easy to follow format to learn the basics of how to play a specific machine.

So we came up with a better way to help new players learn the basics of popular pinball games.

We started with Black Knight Sword of Rage (LE) and made a short video under two minutes that shows how to qualify and start a mode, start the two common multiballs, and how to use the Sword of Rage.

Then we made a QR code (and a bitly short URL) that we can place on the machine in a pub/bar/arcade, so new players can easily scan the code and view the tutorial video on YouTube. The video just has music with big text boxes with instructions, so it's easy to follow even in a loud place like a bar.

Have a look a the video and let me know what you think, and also what games you think we should focus on next!

Thanks to myparentsbasemnt and atlpb for the access to BKSORLE (and we spent $4 for enough games to film all the shots in the video!!)
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#2 11 months ago

Nice clip. Well done. Captures the basics of the game well, and taught me something.

But I am still not clear on what the player needs to do in order to defeat the Knight?
Can you include that in the next version?

#3 11 months ago
Quoted from billwinterberg:

I've been playing a lot of pinball this summer with my 10-year old, and one of the things we realized is that many people who have never played pinball before end up not liking pinball because they don't know what to do to get started, they hit the ball randomly, drain it quickly, and then quit. Some modern machines have short videos that show how to get a multiball, but many of the other basic modes and features are excluded.
Then, if you go to YouTube to look at videos on how to play pinball, almost all of the search results are two or three hour-long videos of full Twitch streams, so they're not in a short, easy to follow format to learn the basics of how to play a specific machine.
So we came up with a better way to help new players learn the basics of popular pinball games.
We started with Black Knight Sword of Rage (LE) and made a short video under two minutes that shows how to qualify and start a mode, start the two common multiballs, and how to use the Sword of Rage.

Then we made a QR code (and a bitly short URL) that we can place on the machine in a pub/bar/arcade, so new players can easily scan the code and view the tutorial video on YouTube. The video just has music with big text boxes with instructions, so it's easy to follow even in a loud place like a bar.
Have a look a the video and let me know what you think, and also what games you think we should focus on next!
Thanks to myparentsbasemnt and atlpb for the access to BKSORLE (and we spent $4 for enough games to film all the shots in the video!!)
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Wish Stern would do these videos, you think they would since your spending over 7000 grand or more on a premium/LE. I bet if they did more people would play and not feel intimidated .

#4 11 months ago

Nice video. Well produced.

Quoted from Carz5811:

Wish Stern would do these videos, you think they would since your spending over 7000 grand or more on a premium/LE. I bet if they did more people would play and not feel intimidated .

The latest code on Stern's do actually have a tutorial video in attract mode that is similar. At my locations I find more people have trouble finding the start button or knowing you can play multiple players

#5 11 months ago

Nice! I agree, stern should do these.

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