(Topic ID: 190334)

Stern Announces Star Wars Pinball

By NiftyLED

2 years ago

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Post #1883 Youtube link to IGN posted game release video Posted by FalconPunch (2 years ago)

Post #1911 Images of the Pro and Premium/LE Playfields Posted by Number41 (2 years ago)

Post #1914 feature matrix for Star Wars Posted by beatmaster (2 years ago)

Post #1919 Stern List Prices posted Posted by BillPinball (2 years ago)

Post #1931 Stern Press Photos of the game Posted by unigroove (2 years ago)

Post #1935 Stern Press photos of game Posted by unigroove (2 years ago)

Post #2024 freeze frame look at the death star lights Posted by tbanthony (2 years ago)

Post #2057 A quote on prices in US for Pro and Premiums Posted by Dr-Willy (2 years ago)

Post #2158 notes about game features and links to game play video Posted by Kiwipinhead (2 years ago)

Post #5046 Confirmed shipping version of Star Wars Pro software Posted by vireland (2 years ago)

Post #5997 Detailed review Posted by scarybeard (2 years ago)

Post #6762 New Code 0.89 Posted by Dr-Willy (2 years ago)

Post #6803 Picture of Stern's Star Wars cabinets with B/W brackets now Posted by Trekkie1978 (2 years ago)

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#2399 2 years ago
Quoted from scarybeard:

Fair enough. I don't want to come off as a jerk, I'm just passionate about art. I wish the 'good ol days' of pinball art were being embraced more like Ghostbusters. Say what you like about frustrating gameplay, that machine is gorgeous!

I think the real issue isn't whether this art is or is not drawn by hand (let's say it is) but what drawing by hand allows vs. what is actually used for in this game.

Tracing and inking stock photos to create a near-simulacrum technically qualifies as hand-drawn but it communicates very little creativity, inspiration, or vision. You have all these iconic characters, worlds, and moments as source material but do next to nothing inventive, exciting, or basically artistic with them. The possibilities are endless but not even explored.

The reason is obvious, of course: it's so much easier, safer, and therefore cheaper. It will be comparatively trivial to get Disney to sign off on an almost identical reproduction of the assets they gave you compared to some novel take on a fiercely-protected and valuable property. It takes a small fraction of the time for an artist to create - and Stern to co-sign - compared to something like what yeti does. It's far safer because you're trying to sell to super fans who you know love the movie and so are fond of the iconography. And it allows your expensive machine's feature list to what has become an important selling point to a sector of the hobby.

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