(Topic ID: 2119)

who is your favorite pinball designer?

By jespo_19

9 years ago

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    “who is your favorite designer”

    • Pat Lawlor 11 votes
    • Steve Ritchie 6 votes
    • George Gomez 3 votes
    • Other 4 votes

    (24 votes)

    #1 9 years ago

    well have at it! who is your favorite pinball designer? note:every machine has a definite TEAM working on it and making it awesome, the "designer" usually gets alot of the credit. across machines though a designer's influence is felt though so who's your favorite? mine is george gomez, lawlor a close second (curse you brian eddy games for costing so much!) sorry i couldn't add more names to the poll feel free to do so if you know how to moderators! throw down some reasons why or a fav game or something too.

    #2 9 years ago

    Lawlor here. Have had TZ and traded for a HUO LOTR. LOVE the LOTR but miss my TZ something terrible. Also have FH and I think that Im going to try and get all of Lawlors pins eventually. When I do, I think I'll change my username to LawlorSnob.

    #3 9 years ago

    Lawlor is da bomb! I just love his ability to think outside the box. I'm also a huge Popadiuk fan. All his games are fun. Even though I played a lot of Ritchie's games growing up, he's not one of my favorite designers. The one exception, however, is STTNG. That game is simply awesome!

    #4 9 years ago

    Other for me.

    Brian Eddy.

    A genius far ahead of his time, not just in pinball design & programming. His work in Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy still sends shockwaves through current video game trends and their implementation of physics manipulation (ie Half-Life 2 and others).

    Maybe one day after I win the lotto, I will own his opus, Medieval Madness.

    #5 9 years ago

    Put John Trudeau on that list.

    #6 9 years ago

    drbond I didn't know that Brian Eddy was into pins and computer games together...or even that he worked on Half Life 2. He really is a genius!

    #7 9 years ago

    Brian Eddy started doing pinball machine programming at Williams. He eventually got to lead design on some pinball machines. Many many years later around the time of Pinball 2K, Williams broke up into smaller divisions. One of them became the home video game developer we knew as Midway Home [Chicago office], who don't exist anymore incidentally. The studio was sold to Warner Brothers when Midway Home recently went bankrupt (no thanks to the financial mess we are in). Remnants of that team, who include video game design legend Ed Boon (aka Rudy from Funhouse), renamed their studio Netherealm Studios (the guys behind the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot for Xbox 360 & PS3).

    Midway Home was seperate from Midway Amusements (division who put out Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, and late 90's pins like Scared Stiff/Attack from Mars/etc). During the era of the console and the fall of the arcade, you probably saw Midway publishing alot on PS2/Xbox/etc. Brian Eddy was design director at Midway Home [Chicago office] and was largely responsible for designing a video game called "Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy" for the PS2 & Xbox.

    The 3rd-person action game was one of the first mainstream games to employ game world physics manipulation. Your guy had psychic powers and could levitate objects and use them to attack, traverse platforms, or solve puzzles (before Lucasarts ripped off the idea for "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed"). Much of the invention of using physics to affect gameplay (like the balance beam puzzles & gravity gun in Half Life 2) can be traced back to Brian Eddy's "Psi-Ops". Last I checked on my facebook & Linkedin friends list, Brian Eddy is still doing consulting work for tech companies after Midway closed (did some work for the guys behind Big Buck Hunter, Raw Thrills).

    He really is a genius. Shame we didn't see more pins designed by him. He went out with a bang with Medieval Madness, as far as his career in pinball goes. A nuclear missile really.

    #8 9 years ago

    Steve Ritchie,Spiderman and Sttng are the best!

    #9 9 years ago

    Tough decision..I don't have one designer in mind where I just love all their games. But since my new favorite game is SM, gotta go with Steve

    #10 9 years ago

    SM may be my favorite pin but I love every Gomez game I've played. Well, except NBA, but that wasn't bad.

    #11 9 years ago

    Popadiuk is the king(CV, TOM, TOTAN, WCS), followed by Lawlor. IMO

    #12 9 years ago

    At the moment Brian Eddy is my fav pin designer, this decision may change in the future......

    Have you noticed how many pins that he was involved with or designed are in the top 10/20 (I counted five). Not bad for a guy who only got involved in nine games as far as I'm aware.

    They're all great, cheers guys for making it happen.

    #13 9 years ago

    I vote for Stinky Whizzleteets

    #14 9 years ago

    I was playing NBA last weekend and while I really can't stand the actual league/sport at all, I thought the pin was a TON of fun. Not sure why it's so poorly regarded TBH.

    Otherwise, I like a lot of Lawlor's games well, a lot.

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