Summary of The History of Pinball Part 4: Pinball in the Modern Era

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The video discusses the history of pinball machines, from the early 1800s to the present day. It features interviews with industry experts and innovators, discussing the rise of different companies and the introduction of new technology. The video ends with an update on current games and trends.

  • 00:00:00 In this fourth and final part of the history of pinball, we learn about Stern's acquisition of Capcom's pinball division, the development of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Steve Ritchie's work on Pinball Hall of Fame. Gene Cunningham recalls his own history in the industry, including his work on Sharky's Shootout and High Roller Casino for Stern. Finally, we see Farsight Studios release the Pinball Hall of Fame, and Steve Ritchie announce his plans to remake Big Bang Bar.
  • 00:05:00 The video discusses how, in the modern era, Stern has been making different versions of their games for different markets. For example, the "pros" version is made for tournament play, while the "premiums" version has a different art package and is a bit pricier. The news story discusses how John Papaduc, the designer of Magic Girl, has gone bankrupt and is facing lawsuits from customers who did not receive the game they paid for.
  • 00:10:00 This video discusses the history of pinball, including the origins of pinball machines, the rise of jersey jack, and the current state of the industry. It also features a discussion of two new pinball manufacturers, one from the United Kingdom and one from the United States.
  • 00:15:00 In the fourth video in the History of Pinball series, the company's history is discussed, including the development of their first game, and the rough development of their next project, Alien. In 2003, the company's focus shifted to remaking Medieval Madness, which cemented them as the remake company. In the following years, their other games fared poorly, but their newer games show promise. In 2017, American Pinball released their first machine, Houdini, which sparked controversy. Jon Zidware, the designer of Houdini, then moved to Deep Root Pinball in San Antonio to continue his planned designs, but we will have to see how that goes.
  • 00:20:00 The video discusses the history of pinball, starting with early games made in the 1800s. It goes on to discuss the rise of Stern Pinball in the 1980s and 1990s. Farsight Pinball, a smaller, British company, was eventually bought out by Zen Studios. In the 2010s, Jersey Jack Pinball released a series of games inspired by classic arcade games. Finally, Stern released Jurassic Park, which is widely considered to be their best game yet.
  • 00:25:00 This YouTube video discusses the history of pinball, including the introduction of new games, companies, and technology in the modern era. The video ends with an update on current games and trends.

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