I am curious what older movies pinheads think were interesting enough to deserve a modern pinball machine title?
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Like say John Carpenter’s The Thing with Kurt Russel? A playfield toy that “morphs” from one “thing” to another... and then simple drop banks and 3 bank stand ups, some ramps, bunch of bells and whistles, and a magnet thrown in for no good purpose. Blood Test Multiball... shoot lock 1, sizzle... shoot lock two, sizzle... shoot lock three... and all hell breaks loose... “You gotta be fuggin kidding me!!!”
I could see Stern churning out an “Oldies but Goodies” line of limited use pins, all the same layout and basic rules, but each with a single specific movie based toy, and then just grab callouts from the films, capture some screenshots and clips from the film, secure the licensing rights and pump out 200 games. You would get die hard fans (and Die Hard fans if Bruce Willis is in it) lining up for a machine. Now all you need is a rule cribbing intern flunky to translate the existing ruleset to each title, a couple of Art department interns to photoshop hack the art package, and use the music score from the movies for the soundtrack, and fill in music from Debbie in Soldering’s nephew’s dubstepping 3 piece power trio. Total investment is minimal and maybe we get a title or two we like to play? (Or wait, is this Stern’s real business model? Yikes!) Or they could throw a little money at it and make it a decent machine. I’d play the knockoff on location at least once. The more $$$ one, maybe twice? Maybe more if it was any good