CHICAGO, IL – August 26, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc., announced today the launch of Insider Connected, a comprehensive technology initiative to connect the universe of Stern pinball machines. The platform is designed to enhance and extend player engagement with the games across both home and commercial environments. It also presents professional operators of the pinball machines with a robust set of tools to drive location play, build player loyalty, analyze performance, make adjustments remotely and maintain the machines.

Registration for Insider Connected is free; players can either scan a QR code at the games or go to the Stern Pinball website where they will need to enter an email address and create a password. Once players register for Insider Connected, they are issued a unique QR Code that can be used to identify that player at any connected Stern pinball machine, anywhere in the world. When a player logs into the machine, they can track their progress, earn new game specific achievements, engage with the player community and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.

Challenge Quests can be issued by operators to drive play at their locations and build player loyalty or by Stern Pinball to highlight a game title or engage the community. When players complete quests, they receive loyalty rewards.

All Stern Spike® 2 LCD games produced after the September launch will ship with the Insider Connected system installed; this includes new runs of previously released titles. Any existing Stern LCD game can be added to Insider Connected by installing a simple, inexpensive retrofit kit available from Stern distributors, dealers and the Stern Store®.

By the end of the year, all 17 Stern Spike 2 LCD system titles will be added to Insider Connected.  At launch seven titles will be supported.  Over the next year the full system with added features will be rolled out.

“Insider Connected will transform how players interact with pinball machines, and operators will benefit greatly from new tools,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball machines and accessories are available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors like GAD and dealers around the world.

About Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball, Inc. is a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball.  Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise.  Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.

Recent Stern Pinball titles include The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man.  A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time.  To join the fun and learn more, please visit

Want to know more about how your Stern Pinball Machine is made?

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So many great articles have been written about Stern Pinball. And this article by Riot Fest is definitely in that category.

Written by a true pinball enthusiast, Bailey Davis, you can just feel the passion for pinball. And the review of the Stern Pinball manufacturing line is impressive.

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Vending Route as a Business: Learn More from GAD Vending

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GAD Vending has a long standing reputation of providing top of the line vending equipment, ATM, claw machines and more to our customers who own vending routes in the Midwest.

Coming out of COVID, if you are interested in starting a new vending business, we are happy to meet with you and help.

Been in the vending business awhile and looking for a new equipment partner? Need to learn how to defend your base locations? Looking to expand to new vending opportunities? GAD can help with training, quality equipment and service to back you up.

Equipment Inventory

GAD has an incredible inventory of machines ready to deploy. Need an ATM for the weekend? New vending machines for an opening up location? Coffee service machines for breakrooms? GAD has that.

On our website, we update our equipment inventory so you know too. While this list is only updated once a month, it will give you an idea of the scope of machines we inventory in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

Design Services

GAD has helped design many types of services. From specifying the deployment of vending machines with a mix of drinks and snacks to an entire micro market, GAD assists our vending route customers with expertise.

GAD trains our customers how to use the automated features with cashless vending and inventory reporting.

And, we can complete the breakroom. From coffee vending machines to condiment stations. Freezers to microwaves. GAD can procure an entire commercial breakroom.

Equipment Service Department

GAD had complete parts and service departments in each of our locations – Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

Need to reconfigure a vending machine? We have parts for that. Want to just get the parts mailed to you? We do that. Need to fix a pinball machine, vending machine and ATM? Call GAD.

The Mandalorian is Sweeping The Pop Culture Scene

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What else is there to say? Star Wars started a completely different force of pop culture when the movies started coming out in May 1977. Everything has sprung from the original IV – including this new generation of The Mandalorian.

Stern Pinball is the one to accept the challenge. Having innovated pinball for Star Wars multiple times, The Mandalorian just gave the designers so much more to work with. And the results are amazing.

From the July Stern of the Union:


The Mandalorian:

Mandalorian mania continues across the globe as games make their way on location (check out your local Stern Army location to play) with a continual onslaught of press and media exposure!  Check out these exclusive Mandalorian features from Yahoo!Old School Gamer MagazineAusRetroGamer, and Shacknews featuring Gary Stern and Jack Danger.  The Mandalorian pinball was also featured as GQ’s top picks of summer and was a spotlight in the official Star Wars Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Guns ‘n Roses Pinball

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GAD is an official distributor of Jersey Jack Pinball – and with their newest Guns ‘n Roses Not In This Lifetime game there is just pure fun.

Check out a few of the reviews:

Pinball News

After much trailing over the past few weeks Jersey Jack Pinball revealed their sixth title, Guns N’ Roses, based on their Not In This Lifetime… world tour which ran from 2016-2019.

The company had avoided revealing the title of their new release although it was widely known to be a music based on the popular band featuring Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese.

As shown in the tease images, the game is designed by Eric Meunier with assistance from GnR guitarist Slash who is a well-known pinball fan and collaborated on the original Data East Guns N’ Roses game.

As with previous JJP titles, there are three models of the new title – Standard, Limited Edition and Collectors Edition. There will be a maximum of 500 Collectors Edition machines produced while the Limited Edition is limited to 5,000 units. There’s no limit on the Standard Edition.

The Standard edition features cartoon-style cabinet artwork, while the Premium shows arrangements of tour posters. The Collectors Edition, meanwhile, returns to a cartoon design. The Limited Edition includes red cabinet trim while the Collectors Edition has a purple finish. read more

This Week In Pinball

Reviewer 166

Extremely impressed at overall execution. JJP has redefined the rock pin.

Reviewer 65

This game has really impressed me! I thought how much more can pinball have added to it that seem doesn’t seem like a gimmick or something bolted on for the sake of claiming an industry first. The introduction of Hot Rails, and seeing them implemented was amazing.

Eric Meunier has out done himself with his second game! What the entire team has put together is one of the most theme integrated games I have seen! Having a licensor that is passionate about the product has really made a difference. I really like the wire forms looking like bass strings or the drum sticks being implemented as a ramp!! There was a lot of creativity that went into this design.

Keefer and team, as always, has provided a deep rule set that will give players from all backgrounds enjoyment!

GnR has gone beyond my expectations! This is innovation done right! Congrats to all involved!


Review: Big Buck World

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Big Buck World Review! Check out what @cooltoy has to say about Big Buck World Arcade Game.

Greater America Distributing is a Betson Authorized Dealer for the Midwest. Big Buck World is available for commercial arcades and home use.

See Raw Thrills.

CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future

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[] WELCOME TO OUR CES 2021 liveblog archive! The WIRED crew wasn’t in Las Vegas this year; the show was moved online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But even a global health emergency can’t stop the march of consumer technology. There were still plenty of gadgets, apps, electric vehicles, smart-home appliances, brain-training headsets, and sex tech to tell you about. These are all our musings from our team during the show, including photos, written dispatches, trends, and, of course, more than a few lulz.

Stern Pinball Shows Led Zeppelin a Whole Lotta Love

The last of the great pinball manufacturers, Stern makes machines with modern themes like last year’s Stranger Things and old-school classics like that campy Batman show. But the company’s real forte is music machines. Whether it’s the Beatles or Iron Maiden, each machine is chock-full of meticulous details that’ll make any fan swoon.

Stern’s latest entry is a triple threat of Led Zeppelin nostalgia. There are three editions, each complete with real concert clips and all the glamor and bombastic lighting of a live show. Rock along to classics like “Immigrant Song” and “Kashmir” as you roll through replicas of the band’s iconography, including a prominent winged Icarus logo and the legendary Zeppelin itself.

Boone Ashworth

Why keep your game room lights out? For the NEW Baytek HyperNova

Why keep your game room lights out? For the NEW Baytek HyperNova 600 600 GAD Vending


Ready for explosive fun? 

HyperNova, named after a powerful star explosion, is a burst of fun for players around the world.

Pull the handle to launch the rotating propeller, aiming for the bonus target on the nine-foot-tall matrix display. How hard you push determines where the propeller peaks and how many points you win!

The large planet-shaped marquee utilizes a persistence of vision (POV) display that’s sure to be a big bang in any game room! Keeping up with the kinetic theme, the POV display is made up of four rapidly rotating blades with LED lights that are choreographed to draw a crowd with a lively galaxy celebration.

With its novelty propeller, intuitive gameplay, and eye-catching presence, HyperNova is the next star of your game room. Available for commercial game rooms or home game rooms.

GAD is an authorized Bay Tek dealer.

Product Specifications

Product Dimensions:
Height: 9’3″ (8’9″ without crown; 11’11” with marquee)
Width: 2’9″
Depth: 6’3″

CNET Stern Pinball showcases new games at CES 2021

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Stern Pinball showcases new games at CES 2021

Review: 6 Cool, Goofy Features of Stern’s New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine

Review: 6 Cool, Goofy Features of Stern’s New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball Machine 896 502 GAD Vending

(IGN Dec 8 2020) We unbox the new Stern Premium TMNT machine (2020) and check out all of its new features. There was a turtles machine way back in 1991 by Data East made it, but other than the art, the old machine is not great. Stern’s new machine has a lot more going for it, but it still keeps that tradition of cool comic-book-y Ninja Turtles art as its best feature. At the center of the playfield is a spinning disc with a magnet in its center. In Ninja Pizza Multiball, the magnet catches the balls allowing the disc to fling them like so many pizza slices out of a pizza box. There’s also a pizza eating contest mode lit by this little target that has you mash this button on the lockbar as fast as possible to up your slice count. Ninja Turtles features three ramps, including one only accessible via the upper left flipper. Two of the ramps can be fed back to either flipper thanks to the Raphael glider diverter, which switches position based on a press of the lockbar button. You can use this feature to loop fast ramp shots — it feels great. The backglass features an HD screen with custom art and animations that are based on 3D models — while there’s no original vintage cartoon scenes here, the original theme song is used to full effect. There are of course four ninja turtles, and you can choose to play as any of them. They each have unique bonuses, and also unique skill shots. Nailing the right ramp qualifies Turtle Power Multiball. This multiball spews 4 balls onto the playfield out of a little door in the miniature van. We can’t wait to spend more time with Turtles, and we hope you get to play it, too, when it’s safe and everyone is healthy and playing pinball again. Until then, you can add this to your home arcade, this Premium model with extra features, like that glider diverter, has an MSRP of $7699.