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#1 Noah Fentz

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Posted 28 March 2022 - 07:47 PM

Hi everyone!

 

I know it's been a long time coming! Here are the Upload and hosting guidelines for our community*. Some lists are what's allowed, some what's not allowed, so please note the difference ...

 

As of this writing, just about everything prior to April 2019 is fair game, with the following exceptions. The list will also evolve to include other manufacturers ...

 

WMS/Bally (Disallowed)

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Funhouse 2.0
  • Colorized ROMs - As per Rick Bartlet, licensor of WMS/Bally properties. He's not one to ignore, as he is pretty aggressive in protecting his interests.

Spooky Pinball (Allowed)

  • America's Most Haunted
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • Dominoes

Charlie asked me to first ask him if we were to recreate their tables. Some of these companies have licensing agreements we do not want to jeopardize! If you would like me to ask on your behalf, feel free to reach out, and I'll give him a call.

 

Gottlieb (Disallowed)

  • All Gottlieb ROMs

Jersey Jack Pinball (Allowed)

  • NONE - When asked if we could, he replied, "Absolutely not!" in no uncertain terms ... enough said, Jack.

 

Stern Pinball (Allowed)

  • Any title up to, and including, Black Knight, Sword of Rage

This will change as time goes on. The rule is 3 years out of production. To simplify, it would be easier for everyone to go by the release date on IPDB ...

 

 

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*Uploads of disallowed content will be rejected. Sites, sellers, drive services, etc hosting or selling disallowed content will be dealt with by the respective IP representative(s).

 

Thank you!


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#2 wiesshund

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Posted 30 March 2022 - 08:51 AM

 

 

Stern Pinball (Allowed)

  • Any title up to, and including, Black Knight, Sword of Rage

This will change as time goes on. The rule is 3 years out of production. To simplify, it would be easier for everyone to go by the release date on IPDB ...

 

 

 

 

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Does this mean that Stern is also OK with us looking at having pinmame be able to emulate some spike 1 and spike 2 systems?


It counts as a cabinet, right?

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#3 Noah Fentz

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Posted 30 March 2022 - 02:34 PM

 

 

 

Stern Pinball (Allowed)

  • Any title up to, and including, Black Knight, Sword of Rage

This will change as time goes on. The rule is 3 years out of production. To simplify, it would be easier for everyone to go by the release date on IPDB ...

 

 

 

 

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Does this mean that Stern is also OK with us looking at having pinmame be able to emulate some spike 1 and spike 2 systems?

 

 

Firstly, It's not so much 'OK', or allowed, as it is tolerated. We're here to preserve pinball history, not recreate the present. Tolerance only goes so far, and, as long as we stay within the realm of preservation, we should be alright.

 

With everything being open source, it's nearly impossible to emulate just older, and not all, games in a system. Before long, someone will make it possible for all, even the newest. This is why the SAM version of VPinMAME remained private and only given to particular individuals to test. The intent was to have it ready for when the time is right, not ripped off and hosted elsewhere as if it was some clandestine plot to keep it from the community.

 

That being said, it's up to the devs. I'd suggest against emulation of any kind until all the Spike 1 tables are all 3+ years old. That way, we don't see a table released literally days after the table is announced by Stern, e.g. Stern Star Trek. That wasn't good, at all.


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Posted 01 April 2022 - 05:48 PM

That being said, it's up to the devs. I'd suggest against emulation of any kind until all the Spike 1 tables are all 3+ years old. That way, we don't see a table released literally days after the table is announced by Stern, e.g. Stern Star Trek. That wasn't good, at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, are they still using the Spike 1 controller in some stuff?
Did not know that, i thought they went all spike 2 over 3 years back..

Then again, they might be selling those tables in virtual form in SPA?
which would technically count as still in retail production? sort of?


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Posted 01 April 2022 - 06:36 PM

I guess

 

 

That being said, it's up to the devs. I'd suggest against emulation of any kind until all the Spike 1 tables are all 3+ years old. That way, we don't see a table released literally days after the table is announced by Stern, e.g. Stern Star Trek. That wasn't good, at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, are they still using the Spike 1 controller in some stuff?
Did not know that, i thought they went all spike 2 over 3 years back..

Then again, they might be selling those tables in virtual form in SPA?
which would technically count as still in retail production? sort of?

 

 

Perhaps I should have stated it this way ...

 

I'd suggest against emulation of any kind until all the [system in question] tables are all 3+ years old.


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Posted 03 April 2022 - 04:56 PM

Noah, any clarity on Aerosmith?  IPDB says 2017 but not sure when it was out of production.


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#7 Noah Fentz

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Posted 03 April 2022 - 08:46 PM

Noah, any clarity on Aerosmith?  IPDB says 2017 but not sure when it was out of production.

It's been 5 years. I'd say it's safe.

That's why the 'out of production' rule is tough. What if they do a vault version?

From what I've seen in recent years, there's been little effort to honor our agreement, so if we do three years from release, it's at least effort toward that goal and much easier for everyone to comprehend.

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Posted 06 May 2022 - 05:29 AM

"Nothing beats the real thing!" ~ me!

I agree that we should protect pinball in all its forms. However, supporting my local arcade is becoming increasingly challenging as they simply no longer keep pinball machines. I have played with more new machines at private collectors than at arcades in the last two years. (Avengers, Godzilla, Strangers things and The Mandalorian)

Just last week, some kid swiped his card to play Guardians of the Galaxy before walking away without playing the game. I just arrived and was waiting for him to play his game before I jumped in. He walked away, and I stopped him, showed him that he had credits, and asked him why he didn't play the game?

He asked me: "Where do the tickets come out?"

When I explained that there were no tickets and that you were playing for a high score by keeping the ball alive, he responded with "oh" and walked away. This was a teenager, and he didn't understand the concept.

Pinball is dying, and there is no revival in sight. Only the people with nostalgic memories are keeping it alive. My kids love pinball because of my virtual pinball cab. Now and then, we go to our local arcade and blow a few hundred dollars.

These people "protecting" their IP are only protecting themselves. They don't give a hoot about pinball, and I would gladly give money to Stern for anything they put out there related to pinball. (Although the 3DFx titles are somewhat expensive and not ideal for my cab )

I want to do the moral thing, but they are not giving us much of an option. By restricting the creation of the tables, they are forcing the hobby underground. And there is no way anyone will generate money that way.

I respect Stern for its willingness to work with the community. One day, I will own my pinball machine; it will be Stern!



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Posted 06 May 2022 - 04:40 PM

In another life I managed an arcade or two, okay maybe three. There was a definite

progression pinball>video>redemption. When I left the industry all eyes were on redemption

as the money maker. So your observation about the teen isn't terribly surprising. I know a number

of teens and none of them have any interest in pinball even if you let them play for free. I think the

key is early exposure. If you expose a kid when he is 5-10, they go nuts on it and I think it flips

a switch that says, 'yah this is fun.' and they remember it. We have many generations now that

have not been exposed, so yes it's dying and only recently resurrected by longtimers that are

now flush with cash.

 

Agreed, Stern's position should be a model for others. It costs nothing and generates nothing

but positive goodwill towards the manufacturer.



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Posted 17 May 2022 - 12:44 PM

In another life I managed an arcade or two, okay maybe three. There was a definite

progression pinball>video>redemption. When I left the industry all eyes were on redemption

as the money maker. So your observation about the teen isn't terribly surprising. I know a number

of teens and none of them have any interest in pinball even if you let them play for free. I think the

key is early exposure. If you expose a kid when he is 5-10, they go nuts on it and I think it flips

a switch that says, 'yah this is fun.' and they remember it. We have many generations now that

have not been exposed, so yes it's dying and only recently resurrected by longtimers that are

now flush with cash.

 

Agreed, Stern's position should be a model for others. It costs nothing and generates nothing

but positive goodwill towards the manufacturer.

This. I have a makeshift V-Cab and hook it up every Friday and Saturday to play with my 4 year old son who absolutely loves it. My goal is to get him hooked early so that he ends up being a fan later on and carries it on into the future.


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