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Who had the better games after the William's/Bally Merge?

By mbaumle

5 years ago


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    “After William's and Bally merged companies, who overall, had the better games?”

    • Bally/Midway 10 votes
      67%
    • William's 5 votes
      33%

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    #1 5 years ago

    Sort of a moot point, but out of curiosity, after William's bought out Bally/Midway, which brand do you think produced better games in the late 80s into the 90s?

    Also, if anyone knows, how did William's decide what game would be branded as a Bally or as a William's title?

    Just curious to see what everyone thinks. Bally had amazing classics like Addams Family and Twilight Zone, whereas William's had games like Tales of the Arabian Nights and Medieval Madness.

    #2 5 years ago

    50/50 imo

    #3 5 years ago

    From what I understand, they just alternated names with each title going out the same door.

    #4 5 years ago
    Quoted from Starwriter:

    From what I understand, they just alternated names with each title going out the same door.

    Yes. That's why it's not really worth talking about.

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    #5 5 years ago
    Quoted from Starwriter:

    From what I understand, they just alternated names with each title going out the same door.

    Lame. I was hoping for some cool inside industry knowledge. Oh well.

    #6 5 years ago

    No Sega option?

    #7 5 years ago

    If you have a preference for Steve Ritchie games than the answer is most likely Williams since he didn't release any titles under the Bally name.-I think this stems from bitterness over the Flash Gordon design in the early 80's.

    #8 5 years ago
    Quoted from Starwriter:

    From what I understand, they just alternated names with each title going out the same door.

    Was my understanding of the situation. All of the games used the same parts, coming off the same assembly line the only difference was the designers (and some of them made games under both labels).

    #9 5 years ago

    I believe I have 3 of each. Answer is: TIE!

    #10 5 years ago

    If I added a Sega option, then I'd have to add a Gottlieb option, and it'd be the same as any other poll "vs" thread out there.

    I assumed that when William's bought out Bally, that naturally they'd have acquired all of their factory spaces and warehouses and such. I thought that even though Bally and Williams were now one company, that they possibly would've continued to manufacture games in their respective factories--thus having different engineering teams working on them. Evidently not. It looks like everything was consolidated into William's HQ and everything was done from there.

    #11 5 years ago
    Quoted from mbaumle:

    If I added a Sega option, then I'd have to add a Gottlieb option, and it'd be the same as any other poll "vs" thread out there.
    I assumed that when William's bought out Bally, that naturally they'd have acquired all of their factory spaces and warehouses and such. I thought that even though Bally and Williams were now one company, that they possibly would've continued to manufacture games in their respective factories--thus having different engineering teams working on them. Evidently not. It looks like everything was consolidated into William's HQ and everything was done from there.

    No worries. I was just bustin' your balls.

    #12 5 years ago

    Some designers had preferences - Popaduik always wanted his games to be Bally.

    But yeah, after WMS dumped the Bally-specific cabinet there was zero difference between the games.

    #13 5 years ago

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