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THIS WEEK IN PINBALL – 8/14/23: Dwight Sullivan Interview, Dutch Pinball Partnership, Bally Banners, Spider-Man Tutorial, Venom Streams & MORE

The Scoop

Free Play Pinball Interviews Dwight Sullivan

Free Play Pinball Podcast

The Free Play Pinball Podcast “comes out of retirement” to interview the one and only Dwight Sullivan about his latest game, Stern’s Venom.

  • Dwight is “nervous” for Venom as it’s a departure from more traditional mode-based games.

  • Venom represents Dwight stepping more into his comfort zone from a gameplay and rules perspective.

  • Notes that Corey Stup is the unsung hero on Dwight’s programming team – fast lock system was programmed by him.

  • Says his two sons, James Sullivan, and David Sullivan, both also helped with the code.

  • Talks about Spider-Sense mode, a new concept for the action button.

  • The code will be close to 1.0 by the time games start shipping.

  • Says the game is mostly kid friendly

  • Likes to add at least one new innovative feature per game; he’s particularly proud of the Speed Run feature in Venom

TWIP Mood Music

One of Dwight Sullivan’s earlier efforts, here’s the main theme to Champion Pub, with music by Rich Carle.

Dutch Pinball Partners with Lior & The Art of Pinball

In a bit of a surprise, Dutch Pinball announced a partnership with Lior Rajwan and his company, The Art of Pinball (it had been previously speculated that this partnership would be with Jersey Jack, instead). On his Instagram account, Lior says that “We’re now the supplier for all of the sculpts and toys in The Big Lebowski Pinball and for other future projects of Dutch Pinball.”

Congrats on the partnership, and we can’t wait to see his work in future Dutch Pinball games!

Stern Spider-Man Pinball Tutorial

Kineticist has another written pinball tutorial published this week, this time from James McFatter. Learn everything you need to know about playing the Stern and Steve Ritchie classic game, Spider-Man, from the best backhands to the best shots for multipliers.

Calling All Pinball Mod Makers

If you are a pinball mod or topper maker we want to know about your latest creations. We are building a database of mods and toppers so that our readers can find all of the best mods for their games. TWIP Pinball Mods and Toppers DB will also be where we pull the list of mods and toppers to be used for the TWIPY Pinball Awards voting in the future. So, make sure that you get your new items listed on our DB to be eligible for the TWIPY Awards.

Pinball Pimp Introduces New Bally Pinball Banners

Pinball Pimp, makers of pinball cabinet stencils and other mods, has introduced a new line of officially licensed Bally pinball banners. They are launching 24 designs. Banners are 18” x 62”, printed in vibrant colors using beautiful, razor-sharp vector art stencil files! Each banner comes with a holographic serial number approved by Planetary Pinball and costs $69 each (nice).

Pinball Pimp is currently offering discounts and free shipping on orders of 10 or more.

Knull Defeated on DRI374

MarcoTV has been partnering with DRI374 to get exclusive content. They interviewed Dwight & Brian, got the first recorded Knull Kill, and some fun battle sessions with the Stern guys.

Odds & Evens

  • Vermont’s pinball scene gets another writeup (VermontPublic.org)

  • Seattle repeals its fees and licensing requirements for amusement devices like pinball (Axios)

  • Timeline Arcade is building a replica of retro arcade chain Time Out Arcade (Facebook)

  • A pinballer gets philosophical after playing pins for six hours, while on LSD (YouTube)

Meme of the Week

Ain’t this the truth!

Make sure to check out the Latest Games and Rumors page.

Disclaimer: Any articles, interviews, or mentions of pinball manufacturers or pinball products is NOT an endorsement.

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