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TWIP: The Making of WILLY'S WONDERLAND Pinball!


By pin2d

3 years ago



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    #1301 1 year ago

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    #1302 1 year ago

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    #1303 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

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    #1304 1 year ago

    THAT's the Wonka topper you get for $12,500? lolol

    #1305 1 year ago

    Wow. deeproot announced what, like 10 games, plus their Houdini ripoff? And now they are becoming “less interested” in pinball.

    #1306 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!

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    #1307 1 year ago

    Read the bit on the computer playing pinball. Sorry... can't help myself. Here's an old video of an early prototype P3 playing itself.

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    #1308 1 year ago

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    #1309 1 year ago
    Quoted from gstellenberg:

    Read the bit on the computer playing pinball. Sorry... can't help myself. Here's an old video of an early prototype P3 playing itself.

    Six years before - and you didn't even need the backend computing power of Azure to do it!

    #1310 1 year ago
    Quoted from gstellenberg:

    Read the bit on the computer playing pinball. Sorry... can't help myself. Here's an old video of an early prototype P3 playing itself.

    - Gerry
    https://www.multimorphic.com

    Awesome! That was better than the Microsoft one.

    #1311 1 year ago

    It actually looks like the Microsoft one might just be randomly flipping the flippers. I see the rig that's presumably holding a camera, but the flippers seem to be firing way too often and randomly to convince me they have software doing any tracking-based flip logic.

    We've actually been considering enhancing our software development kit to include some AI parameters in each 'mode' (modes in P3 apps are just sections of logic that perform a function. They could be complex modes, like a full multiball or story-mode, or they could just be a subset of that). Those parameters would help the computer decide what are the most valuable shots to hit at any given time so that an auto-playing P3 could choose more advantageous shots to hit and score really well. We could even factor in risk vs reward based on shot-making metrics so that the computer could try to build up multipliers and hurry-up values before cashing in.

    I wrote a game called "H-O-R-S-E" for that early proto, where a human and the computer would take turns making defined shots. Even with pretty simple tracking and timing logic, the computer was about 80% accurate (much better than I was). I bet we could dial that in to get close to perfection in single ball play.

    Super fun and interesting stuff. Wish there was more time in the day and fewer other priorities! Would love to put together a man-vs-machine challenge!

    - Gerry
    https://www.multimorphic.com

    #1312 1 year ago
    Quoted from gstellenberg:

    Would love to put together a man-vs-machine challenge!

    No matter who wins, humanity loses. If you do add that to the SDK, I'd love to see it (and use it) for some of the more ambitious modes I'm writing.

    #1313 1 year ago

    I think the Microsoft computer playing is trying to showcase one of their Cognitive Service APIs: the vision one I assume. A combination of visual review to try and understand what is happening while the outcomes let the machine "learn" to do better and better at the task.

    I actually found very little about the pinball demonstration in any write-ups, though there is a pretty interesting summary of the Vision API and the five core elements that make it up: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsdeveloper/2017/02/13/cognitive-services-apis-vision/

    So if the idea is how artificial intelligence can learn to play a physical pinball machine, I'm guessing those seemingly random flipper flips are part of its learning process to figure out when flipping might somehow influence the ball. That or it lost track of it entirely.

    Still, I think it's an interesting use of the AI technology versus the usual object identification/photo ID stuff we're more familiar with seeing.

    #1314 1 year ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Six years before - and you didn't even need the backend computing power of Azure to do it!

    Microsoft has been promoting - and failing at - "the power of the cloud" in gaming for YEARS. Crackdown was supposed to have completely destructable environments with realistic demolition and a bunch of other stuff thanks to the "power of the cloud." None of it happened. Lag was the main problem, IMO.

    #1315 1 year ago
    Quoted from DennisK:

    So if the idea is how artificial intelligence can learn to play a physical pinball machine, I'm guessing those seemingly random flipper flips are part of its learning process to figure out when flipping might somehow influence the ball. That or it lost track of it entirely.

    It's certainly interesting stuff. The metrics for success / improvement determine how effective the learning can be, how long it would take to reach arbitrary success thresholds, and/or how complex the learning algorithms need to become. For instance, if the metric is simply 'score', it could take years and years of constant play for a machine to randomly figure out what results in better scores, even if it watches other people play and tries to decipher what's happening to result in better scores. It's easy for us to watch a video and see what good players do better than pool players, but we have context and fairly in-depth knowledge of what's happening. If instead the metrics are how well the machine is able to hit a specific target given the velocity (speed and direction) of a ball coming towards a flipper, and if the software has some knowledge of the rules, it could probably become really good really quickly.

    - Gerry
    https://www.multimorphic.com

    #1316 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

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    - Rick and Morty Revealed
    - Rick and Morty Teasers and What We Know (you can ignore this part)
    - Hot Wheels
    - Chuck Ernst Talks Elvira
    - Countdown to Stranger Things
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    #1317 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday Pinball People!!

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    - Rick and Morty Sells Out
    - Punny Factory
    - Updates on JJP Wifi
    - Spooky Fang Club Details
    - American Pinball Prototypes
    - PinballSTAR Bought a Church
    - Multimorphic Self Playing
    - Bowen Save

    #1318 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday everyone!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-december-23rd-2019/

    - Stranger Things Video Leaks
    - Rick and Morty New Info
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    - Wonka Topper and Candy Kodes
    - R2D2 Topper Gameplay
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    - Battle of Pinball Titans
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    #1319 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

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    - Stranger Things Reveal Stream
    - Rick and Morty Danesi Lock Details
    - Bowen Talks Rick and Morty
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    - Stern Mandalorian Tease

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    #1320 1 year ago

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    #1321 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

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    - Stranger Things Premium Updates
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    - CPR Announces Custom Re-Theme Shop
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    #1322 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!

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    - INDISC Winner
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    - China Zombies
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    #1324 1 year ago

    New Feature!! First Takes: Stranger Things Premium

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    This is a two part feature - first will be aggregated ratings of Initial Impressions of Stranger Things Premium from industry employees and hardcore hobbyists. In a few months we'll revisit and do a composite full review of the game from the same people after everyone has had significant time on it. (Note: we're still making a few tweaks to this going forward so consider this to be a beta version.) Check it out!!

    And as always, the best way to decide if you like a game is to go find one and play it!

    #1325 1 year ago
    Quoted from pin2d:

    New Feature!! First Takes: Stranger Things Premium
    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/first-takes-stranger-things-premium/
    This is a two part feature - first will be aggregated ratings of Initial Impressions of Stranger Things Premium from industry employees and hardcore hobbyists. In a few months we'll revisit and do a composite full review of the game from the same people after everyone has had significant time on it. (Note: we're still making a few tweaks to this going forward so consider this to be a beta version.) Check it out!!
    And as always, the best way to decide if you like a game is to go find one and play it!

    Wow great review so far. Finding it easy to use the links to navigate. Hoping there may be a single row table added to show summary scores and final. It would be helpful to see each category defined someplace as a framework. Also would like to know if you are averaging category scores or use a weighting system.

    #1326 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/twip-tuesday-january-28th-2020/

    - Stranger Things LEs on the Line
    - North American Pinball Championship
    - ColorDMD Now Available for All Bally Williams DMD Titles
    - Super Awesome Teaser
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    #1327 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

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    - Interview with Joe Kaminkow
    - Rick and Morty Production Updates
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    #1328 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/twip-tuesday-february-4th-2020/

    - Jim Patla Joins American Pinball
    - Monday Night Pinball with Mike Vinikour
    - Hurry Up Pinball Tutorials
    - Sharpeshooting with the Pros
    - Pinball Tattoos

    #1329 1 year ago
    Quoted from pin2d:

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!
    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/twip-tuesday-february-4th-2020/
    - Jim Patla Joins American Pinball
    - Monday Night Pinball with Mike Vinikour
    - Hurry Up Pinball Tutorials
    - Sharpeshooting with the Pros
    - Pinball Tattoos

    Sharpeshooting with the Pros is not available with the free version of Stern Insider, FYI.

    #1330 1 year ago
    Quoted from stevevt:

    Sharpeshooting with the Pros is not available with the free version of Stern Insider, FYI.

    Yup. Looks cool, but I'm not paying for JP tips from the same company I paid for the game.

    #1331 1 year ago
    Quoted from stevevt:

    Sharpeshooting with the Pros is not available with the free version of Stern Insider, FYI.

    Quoted from yancy:

    Yup. Looks cool, but I'm not paying for JP tips from the same company I paid for the game.

    My mistake, I thought it was with the free version - I fixed it. Thanks for the heads up!

    #1332 1 year ago

    Old hosts quitting is the best thing that ever happened to your podcast. New format is great, concise segments with different voices for each. Easy to tune out the same voice(s) if you hear them for too long a stretch. It's almost like the evening news, "and now to Jane for the weather."

    Some of the news stuff is a bit redundant if you've already read the website, but it's nice when (with Harry Potter for instance) you put a personal spin on it, just not reading the site verbatim. Beginner segment isn't for me, but that's fine, I can fast forward. Dwight's pinball secrets segment is AWESOME. I'd listen to that religiously as its own 5-minute podcast. Even after 20+ years in the hobby I expect to learn some cool stuff from it.

    For what it's worth, your voice is easy on the ears, NPR-esque. Some pinball podcasters are extremely grating to me, just based on like, accents and/or speech patterns. Sonically off-putting.

    Gotta hand it to you, I'm eating my words. After one episode TWIP is already on my (very) short list of worthwhile podcasts.

    #1333 1 year ago

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    #1334 1 year ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    Yup. Looks cool, but I'm not paying for JP tips from the same company I paid for the game.

    Remember those call in cheat lines in the back of video games back in the day?

    #1335 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

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    - Rick and Morty Gameplay
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    - Interview with Damian Hartin
    - New Code Drops
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    #1336 1 year ago

    Enjoyed the episode. What could Macho be planning?

    #1337 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!

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    - Ben Heck Interview
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    - Pinball at the Super Bowl
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    #1338 1 year ago

    Thank you TWIP Supporters! For those of you that contribute at least 5/month, your thank you gifts are going to be on their way very shortly!

    You all are the reason TWIP can keep going and I truly appreciate the support!!

    https://www.patreon.com/TWIP

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    #1339 1 year ago
    Quoted from pin2d:

    Thank you TWIP Supporters! For those of you that contribute at least 5/month, your thank you gifts are going to be on their way very shortly!
    You all are the reason TWIP can keep going and I truly appreciate the support!!
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    Free wuhan virus in each bag?

    #1340 1 year ago
    Quoted from vireland:

    Free wuhan virus in each bag?

    Not unless the virus came from California or North Carolina! (that's where these were made)

    #1341 1 year ago
    Quoted from pin2d:

    Not unless the virus came from California or North Carolina! (that's where these were made)

    Are you SURE those pins came from the US? Most companies that sell them at a price that's not ridiculously expensive are just fronting Chinese factories in my experience.

    Doesn't matter, though. Throwaway topical joke...

    #1342 1 year ago

    Are shirts the same size? If so, I’d think Large would fit most people, but have seen people wearing 5XL at pinball shows

    #1343 1 year ago

    Big news if true .... is TWIP still planning to give away 1 of each Deeproot title? Hoping so but time may have changed things.

    #1344 1 year ago
    Quoted from vireland:

    Are you SURE those pins came from the US? Most companies that sell them at a price that's not ridiculously expensive are just fronting Chinese factories in my experience.
    Doesn't matter, though. Throwaway topical joke...

    Oh the pins are definitely from China, I forgot about that pic, I was thinking of the shirts. But no worries the pins were ordered last year, so the bags will not have any airborne viruses! Maybe smog though.

    #1345 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

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    - Rick and Morty Stream
    - Stranger Things UV Lighting Kit
    - Interview with Riot Pinball
    - Interview with Damian Hartin
    - Code Updates

    #1346 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/twip-tuesday-february-18th-2020/

    - Interview with Morgan and Kayte Emery
    - Dutch Pinball Update
    - Pinburgh Tickets
    - Homepin Moves
    - The Pinball Network
    - Multimorphic Updates
    - Bowen Kerins on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
    - Demogorgon Decor

    #1347 1 year ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-february-24th-2020/

    - Interview with Keith Elwin
    - Interview with Scott Danesi
    - Interview with Johnny Crap
    - Heavy Metal Pinball
    - Rick and Morty Shipping, Adventure Details

    #1348 1 year ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/twip-tuesday-february-25th-2020/

    - Pinburgh sells out in two seconds
    - New Code: Jurassic Park and Stranger Things
    - MyBookie New Odds
    - Stern Pro Circuit
    - Stern Toy Fair
    - Arnold Schwarzenegger
    - Billion Dollar Babies

    #1349 1 year ago

    FIRST TAKES: Rick and Morty Pinball!!

    Initial Impressions of Rick and Morty Pinball from industry employees and hardcore hobbyists

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/first-takes-rick-and-morty-pinball/

    #1350 12 months ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

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    - Jersey Jack Pinball Moves Manufacturing to Illinois
    - Mini-Interview with Jack Guarnieri
    - Kingpin Remake Update
    - Black Knight Topper Now Available
    - Heavy Metal Pinball Artwork

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