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Topper DLC - Stern's New Low

By delt31

2 years ago


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#1 2 years ago

Sorry but this deserves it's own thread. We've hit a new low.

Stern just released the official topper for Jurassic Park and is charging $600. Worst part - not only does it look cheap BUT they are advertising a special mode ONLY achieved through the purchase of this topper. Apparently it's tied to the topper itself.

Wow - w---t----f. That door holding in our fear of DLC has just been kicked down.

REP (for attached pic): user Join_The_Cirqus post #5172 on the JP club thread. Also on kaneda's website.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/jurassic-park-stern-2019-owners-club-welcome-to-jurassic-park/page/105#post-5681132

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#2 2 years ago

Not much of a topper either.

#3 2 years ago

I hope we get some more clarification on the mode soon.
If it's a light/sound show, or maybe even some extra graphics on the display, I think that would be fun.
If it's really DLC, pitchforks are coming out.

#4 2 years ago

Ya these are not 60 dollar video games. They are already way overpriced luxury items.
But we do keep accepting higher and higher prices so I can't blame them too much.

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#5 2 years ago
Quoted from ectobar:

I hope we get some more clarification on the mode soon.
If it's a light/sound show, or maybe even some extra graphics on the display, I think that would be fun.
If it's really DLC, pitchforks are coming out.

special mode has to be code related. If not, then it's false advertising on top of it! Either way, it's absolutely terrible.

I know there are a ton of suckers out there buying Elvira SE 15k, SW toppers - for the love of god.....don't buy this BS.

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#6 2 years ago

At least if it adds some sort of cool new feature it justifies the insane markup for some printed plastics and LED strips.

If it’s a backbox feature like Eight Ball Deluxe or something, then easy to skip on. If it’s some sort of special multiball like Encore on Elvis, then that’s harder to pass up. Could be a progress jackpot feature which would be another homage to DEJP

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#7 2 years ago
Quoted from TreyBo69:

At least if it adds some sort of cool new feature it justifies the insane markup for some printed plastics and LED strips.
If it’s a backbox feature like Eight Ball Deluxe or something, then easy to skip on. If it’s some sort of special multiball like Encore, then that’s harder to pass up. Could be a progress jackpot feature which would be another homage to DEJP

The right answer is it's easy to skip on period b/c it's complete bull___! 6-9k purchase and you have to spend MORE for a mode?

I can already tell we're doomed. haha

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from delt31:

special mode has to be code related. If not, then it's false advertising on top of it! Either way, it's absolutely terrible.
I know there are a ton of suckers out there buying Elvira SE 15k, SW toppers - for the love of god.....don't buy this BS.

I guess I'm trying to be optimistic and was thinking maybe once you spell Jurassic Park, the topper does something special. Like maybe there's more to it than we can see in the picture. But I agree, it does sound like in game content.

The other potential sad side effect of this is Pinball Browser's demise. Someone else brought this up in the club thread, but it does seem related. If they are going hide secret content in the code, you can't have people poking around.

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#9 2 years ago

I am sure some people will buy it and be happy; others will wonder where everybody's senses have gone.

Pinball folks are easy marks (see all the scams over the years). I don't blame stern for walking all over their customers when their customers basically beg for it

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from KickahaOta:

Not much of a topper either.

$600 for that?

#11 2 years ago

Pardon my ignorance.

The acronym "DLC" = ?

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#12 2 years ago

The price and quality of the topper don’t seem to be justifiable. That being said I’m not against DLC done right. Stern has to learn the lessons of the gaming world and this looks like they are following in their failures. Is there a trailer?

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from mr2xbass:

Pardon my ignorance.
The acronym "DLC" = ?

Downloadable Content. Basically the business model for all video games for the last few years.

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#14 2 years ago
Quoted from delt31:

The right answer is it's easy to skip on period b/c it's complete bull___! 6-9k purchase and you have to spend MORE for a mode?
I can already tell we're doomed. haha

Spared no expense!

#15 2 years ago
Quoted from ectobar:

Downloadable Content. Basically the business model for all video games for the last few years.

what's next, Paying for code updates ?!?!

#16 2 years ago
Quoted from ectobar:

Downloadable Content. Basically the business model for all video games for the last few years.

I would also add that lately video game companies have been releasing very basic games for full price and tacking on extra DLC at an additional cost for a "complete" game.

#17 2 years ago

If these toppers take hold, Stern might stop making machines and move to toppers + new code for all the machines they’ve produced.

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#18 2 years ago

This is a complete joke...unfortunately plenty will buy it which blows my mind and Stern will feel justified. I recently installed my Tilt Topper JP (the newer version designed for the Stern JP) and it's amazing. It's less than half the cost and is MUCH nicer. I can't believe this thing is $600 PLUS shipping and will be in much more disbelief once people start buying this thing and posting pictures of them installed on their machines. That said, people are free to do whatever they want with their money and, if you decide to shell out this much money for this, then you clearly have enough money to not care at all that you're being ripped off!

#19 2 years ago

What a joke Stern, KEEP IT!

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#20 2 years ago

Complete Joke! Sales on these need to die! Topper Lives Matter! Let's protest this crap

#21 2 years ago
Quoted from pinballbrat:

what's next, Paying for code updates ?!?!

Shhhhhhh, saying something like that is like Viagra for Gary.

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#22 2 years ago

"Lifestyle Brand"

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#23 2 years ago

Have to admit the progressive wizard mode sounds pretty cool. They should have dropped this with a trailer and if it was sub $500 they would be on to something. Just dropping it like this is not ideal. An interactive light up topper is understandable at $250 and the progressive mode with new sound and graphics is worth $250. You got drop it like it’s awesome not like you bending people over for $600 after that Star Wars topper.

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#24 2 years ago

And I thought the price of the KISS topper a few years back was bonkers....

$600 for some plastic and LEDs? Uh, no thanks. I could make my own topper and still save a few hundred bucks. Most toppers aren't really all that complicated.

$250, and these would probably be flying off the shelves, getting compliments, and Stern would still be profiting from it.

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#25 2 years ago

Absolutely despicable.

It’s always something. I stopped buying Sterns when they made people beg for a $15k Super LE of an unfinished prototype. Then came horrible playfields as a feature. Then making Stranger Things owners pay to “unlock” a lighting feature.

I was almost tempted by TMNT...was thinking about getting one.

NAH.

Glad I didn’t buy a TMNT. Now that $600 mode DLC is a thing, this has cemented that I will
never buy a Stern on principal. Every game is gonna have a paid unlock now. I’m Done. Forever. Lost me as a customer permanently with this one.

#26 2 years ago

But the topper does come with KY and a kiss on the neck before Gary bends over everyone who buys it....tell me it's not worth it.

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#27 2 years ago

No drama, just say no thanks and don't buy it. That stops that.

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#28 2 years ago

I hate the Pro/premium/special/LE business model and this just makes it even worse.

Just sell the whole damn game.

I hope someone reverse engineers what the topper unlocks and then releases it.

#29 2 years ago
Quoted from Darscot:

Have to admit the progressive wizard mode sounds pretty cool.

No, it doesn't. Nothing about this is cool.

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#30 2 years ago

Well... it’s sold out already. Way to teach them a lesson!

#31 2 years ago
Quoted from Otto110:

Well... it’s sold out already. Way to teach them a lesson!

Just gross. This is bad.

#32 2 years ago
Quoted from Otto110:

Well... it’s sold out already. Way to teach them a lesson!

I was going to say..... this will sell out and people will be paying 800$ for one in the not too distant future!

#33 2 years ago

You’d have to be a complete putz to buy one, for no other reason than it looks like shit.

#34 2 years ago

Well, I'm seriously underwhelmed.

Hard Pass.

#35 2 years ago

This is a $250-$300 topper at most. crazy

#36 2 years ago
Quoted from Otto110:

Well... it’s sold out already. Way to teach them a lesson!

Seriously? How? Is this just distributors buying them? It's just too hard to believe.

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#37 2 years ago
Quoted from ectobar:

No, it doesn't. Nothing about this is cool.

I don't know of a pin with a progressive wizard mode but I admit I'm not that knowledgeable. I have been hoping for data that carries over from game to game, if the wizard mode is great, this sounds pretty innovative (for pinball).

#38 2 years ago
Quoted from Otto110:

Well... it’s sold out already. Way to teach them a lesson!

Really? It lets me add 500 to my cart.

Edit- it says sold out when I try to check out with them.

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#39 2 years ago
Quoted from ectobar:

I guess I'm trying to be optimistic and was thinking maybe once you spell Jurassic Park, the topper does something special.

Unless it Paypal's you $600 it ain't special.

#40 2 years ago
Quoted from JodyG:

Really? It lets me add 500 to my cart. [quoted image]

OMG for shits and giggles what's the shipping?

#41 2 years ago
Quoted from Guinnesstime:

OMG for shits and giggles what's the shipping?

Says sold out when I try to check out. We really showed them, guys!

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#42 2 years ago

I wonder if it will be possible to just enable the topper in settings (to get the mode), but not actually have it. I mean, the usual Stern topper connection doesn't allow two-way communication, does it?

#43 2 years ago
Quoted from Darscot:

I don't know of a pin with a progressive wizard mode but I admit I'm not that knowledgeable. I have been hoping for data that carries over from game to game, if the wizard mode is great, this sounds pretty innovative (for pinball).

I take a step back from the rage for 1 second.

That does sound cool.

RageHat back on! My $6000+ toy should come with all of the bells and whistles.

#44 2 years ago

wow - it's already sold out.

You just can't blame stern if it's sells this fast. Bunch of suckers....

#45 2 years ago

Maybe they just didn't add inventory to the online store yet. Does anyone know anyone who actually bought one?

...anyone who will admit it, that is.

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#46 2 years ago
Quoted from ectobar:

I take a step back from the rage for 1 second.
That does sound cool.
RageHat back on! My $6000+ toy should come with all of the bells and whistles.

Yeah, I understand the anger, if you could just buy the mode for couple hundred and they marketed it properly. I think people would be generally excited. If they dropped the code free when you buy TMNT, I think they would sell a lot of toppers at $250 and a lot of pins.

#47 2 years ago

I wonder who will get their JP items first? The people who ordered this topper, or the people promised populated playfields 9 months ago and still have not received them yet?

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#48 2 years ago

Toppers on pins are like having a set of bull horns on the hood of your Cadillac convertible.

Both are gonna get you laid.

#49 2 years ago

This is an all time low. I thought the cost of the Kiss topper was RIDICULOUS!!! Which is why I did not get one. This topper looks at most like $100 bucks and if there is DLC for this ok make it $200 shipped.

I know this will never happen but people that keep on piping up saying I’d pay X amount or I’d pay extra for that are the problem. Manufacturers read these threads. Quit saying what you would pay for stuff. Every time someone does that you can guarantee it’s a price increase and money in the bank. We are slowly pricing ourselves out of the market if we are not already. Tired of pinflation. Especially when it is self induced and people don’t even see they are feeding it. But if people keep paying I don’t blame the manufacturers for sky high prices.

#50 2 years ago
Quoted from delt31:

wow - it's already sold out.
You just can't blame stern if it's sells this fast. Bunch of suckers....

I am sure distributors are sitting on them. I seriously doubt there are none available unless they only made like 50

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