Mark sent us a link to a story that is simply too horrible to contemplate. In this day and age of economic trouble, where businesses are falling apart and the bottom line is falling out from underneath us all, certain things suffer.

RetroBlast.com has a post saying that Stern Pinball has laid off many of it’s line workers and a few designers as well. I guess with money being tight, the rich collectors and celebrities who buy their tables just had to make some cuts to their budget.

Stern Pinball is near and dear to our hearts here at Robot Panic and you can find a story we did on them here. Suffice it to say that Stern is the last bastion of true pinball in the world and that it’s loss would truly mean the end of pinball as we know it. And I mean the end.

My hope is that the company can see it’s way through this crisis. They’ve done it before when the videogame market crashed back in the 80’s. With plenty of market savy, Stern rose from those ashes. So let’s hope they can hang on.

You can find the story in it’s original form here.

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4 Responses to Pinball in Trouble

  1. John says:

    In a kinda/sorta/not-really related news story: Pinball FX is adding a Street Fighter II board this month. WOO HOO!

  2. D.J.I. says:

    Awesome about the Pinball FX. Time to piss Torgo off again.

    Lame about the Stern thing. I just played the Spider Man table for the first time and it isn’t bad. I like how these licence games are at least pulling stuff from all the movies instead of one chapter like things used to.

  3. Astronaut_Jimmy says:

    You know the most disappointing thing about pinball? It just doesn’t work in a zero G environment. Imagine having a table flat rather than tilted as normal and you get the idea. Stern should outsource it’s production lines to make a pinball table that is Zero-G ready. I’d suggest SpaceX for this. Surely it can’t be a bigger waste than pens that work in space.

  4. carrotpanic says:

    Cool article on Ars about pinball: here.

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