From Stern Pinball comes “Game of Thrones”

Written by: Cody Warhurst

HBO’s Game of Thrones is gracing the gaming world with a brand new pinball produced by Chicago’s veryown Stern Pinball. Earlier this month they released information and the first images of the three differentsetups and we’re excited to delve into the systems and how they stack up against each other.The idea behind the game is to pledge allegiance to one of Westeros’s seven families at the very beginning using the “action” button and then vie for control of the Iron Throne…or at least slay the otherfamilies in true Game of Thrones fashion. The game includes many noteworthy pinball features and several exceptionally rare functions for pinballs. Players can utilize an in-game economy where they acquire gold during gameplay that can be used to purchase items for later use in the game. This pinball also has an 8-bit “video game mode” throwback to retro gaming where players wield a sword using the top-and-center action button. There are several different kickback features including a dragon kickback, White Walker kickback, and a “battering ram” type kickback that lets you score major points by breaking down a castle wall. With boatloads of drop targets, standups, pins, bumpers, and ramps, this is going to be a great play.The pinball itself comes in three iterations: Pro Edition, Premium Edition, and Limited Edition which all differ by about $1000 from each other. The Pro Edition is the standard version of the game and is missingquite a bit of functionality of the Premium and LE.  Much of the missing features are either art-related, with Premium and LE having special side armor, different art, hand-painted backboxes, etc, or castle miniature-playfield-related.

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The Pro version doesn’t have quite the pizazz of the Premium or LE on the main playfield as it is missing some fantastic LED lighting and has a distinct lack of figurines and show-related hardware. Although the Pro lags behind in flashing lights and moving parts, it does have a few design elements that the Premium and LE don’t have, like a dragon kickback with motorized dragon, three pop bumpers, and a plastic return ramp on the right side.

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The big difference between the Pro and Premium/LE systems is the castle miniature-playfield that comeswith the pricier pinballs, equipped with two flippers, three standup targets, orbit shot, two exit lanes, “moon door”, motorized dragon, and Iron Throne all of its own. These two versions also have a White Walker kickback, missing from the Pro setup, that angrily spits balls back at you.

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The difference between the Premium and Limited Editions really comes down to how much you want to pimp out your game. With different art, additional lighting features, and quality hardware, the Premium and Limited Edition pinballs stand head and shoulders above the Pro in appearance. The LE features laser-cut side armor in glossy black featuring the Targaryan Sigil and the house motto “FIRE & BLOOD,” flipper button protection, and the coup de grace: a hand-painted backbox by Bob Stevlik featuring Daenerys Targaryen.

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Only 700 of the Limited Edition system will be produced and all will come with a CoA and a numbered plaque. The Limited Edition comes in at a hefty $8795, the Premium at $7595, and the Pro lags way behind at $5995.Once again the world’s largest and oldest pinball company, Stern Pinball, who has released amazing pinballs in recent years like The Walking Dead, WrestleMania, and Star Trek, has released another gem, and we at The Arcade Heroes have high hopes for their latest project: Game of Thrones. The system should be shipping sometime later this month and into October worldwide. Stay tuned as more info is released and start saving up those quarters!

MK X: Kicking ass and Taking Names

MK X: Kicking ass and Taking Names

By Joette Marie

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If you’re looking for a fun game to play with friends or online… look no further than Xbox One’s Mortal Kombat X. With clean, crisp and detailed graphics, this game is nearly flawless. In addition to the fun characters we grew up with in other MK installments… gamers are introduced to new, clever fighters. For example, one of my new favorites is the evil and frightening Jason Voorhees. Complete with his nightmare-inducing mask and bloody machete, Jason is just as bad ass as you’re imagining. However, my personal favorite is the flying-kick queen Mileena. She’s super quick and has pain-inducing moves.

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While playing online is always a good time, beware of cheap gamers who corner you and tap one button. My recommendation is to check out the “moves list” so you can master your favorite character and look like a pro instead of a chump. Another cool addition to this game is the ability to use items in the arena to help you win. There’s an old woman in the background you can grab and chuck at your opponent as well as a vine to swing across landing a kick to your enemy’s face to name a few.

I have one complaint about the game. In MK Deadly Alliance, gamers were able to side step an incoming blow and land a kick or jab to them by utilizing the 3D aspect of the game. MK X is, unfortunately, 2D! I, for one, kicked ass by dodging opponents by stepping around them. That’s it… my only complaint. Other than that, the game is flawless, fun, challenging and super addictive.

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Flashback! Bubble Bobble: Never gets old

  • By Joette Leshinski
    In 1986, gamers were introduced to two adorable dinosaurs (Bub and Bob) just trying to make their way through a “cave” by defeating enemies and trapping them in bubbles.
    Released for the NES, this game is fun, challenging and addicting. Players have to complete all 100 levels to make it to the final boss at the end. However, there’s a hidden gem in this game. In level 99, there’s a hidden door! Go through the door before it
    disappears and you will unlock even more levels. This puzzle action game is super addicting. Even after I’ve beaten it, I continue to try beating it without dying. Extra lives are granted after a gamer gets a certain amount of points or by spelling the word “extend” that will appear in bubbles (the word will show up in on the sides of the screen once the letter bubbles are popped).
    Although the game is beat-able, I challenge you to beat it without needing a continue/losing all of your points. I also challenge you to try to get to one million points. It can be done! But be careful because you are sure to die a few times in the dreaded and nearly impossible level 47. That being said, if you’ve never checked out this NES classic, I advise you to pop it in (you might have to blow in the cartridge first) and get playing.
    If you’re wondering if you should follow up with Bubble Bobble 2, the answer is no. While it is a collectible (so get it for that purpose only), rare and valuable… it is no fun. You play by yourself on the screen with not as fun levels and not as fun enemies. And if you were used to playing Bubble Bobble with a friend, you can forget about doing that in part 2. Your friend only gets to play once you die.  Enjoy!

Final Fight monitor problems

Super bummed about this! I had it powered on for a bit and then the red took over.  All of the other colors are still there…  But it’s just mainly red as you can see below. I tried adjusting the knobs in the back with no avail. Hope it’s an easy fix! Will keep you guys posted……..

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Too much red