Dialed In: Meeting Jersey Jack Pinball’s Jack Guarnieri

jjp_headerIf you weren’t aware, there is more than one player in the pinball manufacturing business. Jersey Jack Pinball started in January 2011 and immediately took the pinball scene by storm, creating and releasing innovative, fun and quality pinball machines. This trailblazing pinball company was founded by Jack Guarnieri, an amusement veteran of some forty years and a visionary that understands that pinball must break new ground in features and technology to keep players interested and to attract new ones to this wonderful game we call pinball.

In their short history, Jersey Jack Pinball (JJP) has introduced a number of pinball innovations; the high quality backboard LCD-HD screen, RGB-LED playfield lighting, rich audio, QR codes with social media integration and exquisite playfield toys to name just a few. Keeping this ground breaking momentum isn’t easy, but JJP understands that it is crucial to their continuing success.

JJP definitely took a leap of faith with their latest machine, Dialed In – it is refreshing to see a pinball company take a risk and be at the bleeding edge of pinball design and technology! Pinball designer extraordinaire, Pat Lawlor jumped on board and has integrated a number of mind-blowing features, like Bluetooth connectivity enabling additional player capabilities through a smartphone and a camera that emblazons player selfies on the backboard LCD screen. You would think that Dialed In’s original concept may not attract players to it, but we reckon Pat Lawlor and Jersey Jack Pinball have absolutely nailed it! With the game being meticulously developed over a number of years, it shows that no stone has been left unturned for an engrossing and engaging experience. With only the software left to be completed (by the legendary Ted Estes), we can’t wait to see the final result!

Dialed In undercover! Waiting for the Australian unveiling

The unveiling of Dialed In! The anticipation was unbearable!

This past weekend, Mr Pinball and Bayside Pinball Club hosted the Jersey Jack Pinball event, with JJP founder and CEO, Jack Guarnieri as the guest of honour. Jack’s Australian unveiling of Dialed In drew a capacity crowd at the Sandbelt Hotel in south-east Melbourne. Eager onlookers could not wait to get their first glimpse of the machine and have a play. Once the machine was available for play, it was like moths to a flame – the queue to play the machine became longer by the second! We were glad that we waited for our turn, as playing Dialed In was a mesmerising experience that left us wanting to play it over and over again. The playfield was inviting, the ‘feel’ of the flippers felt right, the flow of the silverball was precise and that rich thumping audio was just so visceral! Dialed In is already a winner from our brief experience!

Meeting Jersey Jack Pinball’s Jack Guarnieri was both an honour and a humbling experience

The crowd is abuzz awaiting Jack’s inaugural Australian keynote speech!

The other highlight of the event was meeting Jack. Greeted by a warm hug, we knew that Jack was the kind of person we could immediately call our friend. Jack’s eagerness to get to know people, his intellect and humour made him very endearing. He made himself available for people to approach him, even going without food all day to ensure that he got to meet as many folks as possible. Jack’s keynote speech at the unveiling of Dialed In and the Q&A session were great insights into the man and the JJP company, from his fascinating beginnings in Manhattan and the Jersey Shore, to pinball operations, manufacturing and distribution. We hope that Jack returns to Australia in the not too distant future!

Many thanks to Wayne Gillard from Mr Pinball and Lucas Bardin from Bayside Pinball Club for putting on such a great event!

Jack introduces Pat Lawlor’s original concept game, Dialed In! And it’s a beauty!

The crowd gathers to take a closer look!

Always drawing a crowd – Martin Robbins gets dialled in!

Check out Marto’s selfies on the backboard!

Finally, it was our turn to play!

We were mesmerised by the playfield

The Hobbit – Black Arrow edition made its Australian debut at the event too!

Australian IFPA Co-Director, Luke Marburg is taken by The Hobbit

Getting ready for Jack’s fireside (Q&A) chat

Even with technical problems, Jack managed to power through and keep the crowd entertained!

Grant Levy shows off his Battle Pinny homebrew pinball machine

Always available for a chat

Jack and his magic TEXTA!

Last call of duty – autographs!

Bayside Pinball Club were raffling off this Judge Dredd beauty

There were other pinball machines to be played!

Stacey Borg (aka: DRC) and Martin Robbins go head-to-head

Pinball was the winner on this day!

We’ll definitely keep flippin & tweetin’

 

Atari ST Gaming: The AtariCrypt Magazine

Atari ST fans rejoice! We finally have an exclusive magazine we can all drool over (and tease our Amiga friends with)!

The ST Army Of Two, Steve Gregory & Darren Doyle (aka: Ataricrypt) have joined forces to bring us a very special Christmas gift for 2016: the ‘AtariCrypt Collection Volume One‘ magazine – packed with 70 pages of awesomely curated Atari ST content!

This “FREE” digital magazine can be downloaded from the AtariCrypt site. Although the mag is free, there is the (voluntary) option to reward Steve and Darren for their hard work in bringing us this brill mag!

source: AtariCrypt

 

Retro Gaming Christmas Gifts Under $50

Are you on a tight budget this Christmas? If so, we have put together a list of retro gaming gifts that won’t break the bank. No matter your gaming allegiance, we have something for everyone!

Get your Christmas gift ideas pad out and start taking notes!

Hit up Kmart (Australia) for some cool retro gaming inspired t-shirts for under $15!
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If you want to play your Sega Saturn NTSC games on your PAL machine, then you need this – Action Replay 4M Auto Plus
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One for the Atari Fans – the beautiful Art Of Atari book
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We can’t leave out the Nintendo book fans – Good Nintentions 1985 | Color Edition: The Definitive Unauthorized Guide to Nintendo’s NES Launch (Volume 2)
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One for the arcade junkies that love their history – Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics
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When it comes to attire, we got Sega Sonic fans covered – Sonic tank top (Kmart Australia)
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Stuff the Christmas stocking with some Zelda gear – Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Link Action Figure
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Get the family (or your friends) together for some friendly UNO Super Mario game
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May the force be with you this Christmas – Tomica Star Wars Star Cars Darth Vader Truck
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Not quite retro, but it is an awesome shoot’em up – SÖLDNER-X 2: Final Prototype
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Wanna use your PS3, PS4 or Wii U controllers on your NES? Then you need this – 8Bitdo Retro Receiver for NES
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If you prefer to use newer NES style controller, then you gotta grab – the 8Bitdo NES30 GamePad
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Keep your 3DS XL safe from pocket monsters – Pokemon Monster Ball
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NOTE: All items listed are under $50 and exclude shipping costs

Genius: A Beer-Dispensing Claw Machine

vb-claw-machineMark from Victoria (Australia) is a genius – he’s created a fantastic Victoria Bitter-dispensing claw machine. Watch it in action and be amazed!

Source: Markph01 on Rumble via Technabob

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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‘Majora’s Mask – Terrible Fate’

majoras-mask-featured‘Majora’s Mask – Terrible Fate’ by EmberLab.

‘A tribute to the legendary game, this short showcases Skull Kid’s dark origin story. Our take on how the Zelda Universe could be realized in film. A labor of love for all those involved, this is a gift to the fans.’

Source: EmberLab via Cheezburger

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Inside Lens: Game Preservation – The Quest

nhk_game_preservationNostalgia can be very intoxicating, especially when it comes to video games. That affection we feel for the gaming period from our past can be lost if we do not take action to preserve it.

Preserving old video games has invaluable cultural and historical value, not just for our generation, but for generations to come. We want future generations to be able to look at, study, learn from and most importantly, play these old games.

In Japan, two video game enthusiasts, a French citizen (Joseph Redon) and a Japanese surgeon (Takuya Fukuda), are on a mission to save our old video games from extinction. They founded the Game Preservation Society, a non-profit organisation whose goal is to restore and archive video games from the past. Check out the NHK World – Inside Lens documentary – it pays tribute to their preservation work.

* The documentary is available to watch till December 12 2016, so get on over here and watch it! *

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nhk_game_preservation_8source: NHK World Japan – Inside Lens

Thank you to our friend, Lane Myer for bringing this to our attention.

 

‘Army Of Darkness’ by 8-Bit Cinema

army-of-darkness-featured-1CineFix brings us an 8-bit interpretation of the awesome Sam Raimi classic ‘Army of Darkness’ – Hail to the king, baby!

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Video source: CineFix on YouTube

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

Follow Ms. ausretrogamer on Twitter