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John Wickes Pinball by Stern

Lionsgate and Stern Pinball’s New John Wick Pinball Games Ready to Infiltrate Homes and Arcades Worldwide

Lionsgate and Stern Pinball’s New John Wick Pinball Games Ready to Infiltrate Homes and Arcades Worldwide 2048 2048 GAD Vending

CHICAGO, IL – May 7, 2024 – Stern Pinball, Inc. announces its newest line of pinball games featuring the world’s greatest assassin, John Wick. Created in collaboration with Lionsgate, players will experience the thrilling and action-packed billion-dollar grossing John Wick franchise with film-inspired mechanical features and artwork alongside Stern’s all-new dynamic AI combat system. John Wick pinball games are available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models. The John Wick film franchise is produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, along with franchise director Chad Stahelski through his 87Eleven Entertainment production company.

In Stern’s John Wick pinball games, players step into the role of the world’s greatest assassin as he fights to escape his past. As the titular character, players can engage in high-speed car chases and fast-action drifting across the playfield, which incorporates models and artwork inspired by iconic locations from the franchise, including the New York Continental Hotel and the Red Circle Club, all set against a dramatically edge lit New York City skyline. Players can also open John Wick’s weapons crate to reveal a hidden shot target path to retrieve an array of weapons. Players must use the sculpted Blood Oath Marker carefully – or risk the consequences. Players need to survive other assassins, complete jobs for the legendary Factions of the High Table, and eventually take on John Wick’s “Special Assignment!”

To raise the stakes, John Wick pinball introduces Stern’s all-new dynamic AI combat system, an innovation that brings the frenetic combat of the legendary films to the game. The Stern team has created a primitive video game AI system to control the enemy lights on the playfield, setting the John Wick pinball games apart from prior pinball machines, where all lights were controlled by player actions, timers, and random number generations. In this new AI combat system, enemy icons are responsive to player behavior and will illuminate dynamically around the playfield to challenge the player. The enemies move tactically with this dynamic software to counter player objectives, creating a unique challenge in each game session. The system also features a new action video player that dynamically reflects player action – as you defeat three enemies, you’ll see video clips of John Wick doing the same in the films!

Accompanying the high-quality film and audio assets woven into the gameplay, John Wick pinball games will include custom narration by critically acclaimed actor Ian McShane as Winston and an original score composed by Charlie Benante of Anthrax and Pantera fame. Additionally, pieces of John Wick’s iconic suits used in connection with the production of the films will be included as a franchise artifact in the LE models, courtesy of Lionsgate. The John Wick pinball games will feature original neo-noir style paintings illustrated by acclaimed artist, Randy Martinez.

“Inspired by one of the most iconic and thrilling film franchises of our time, we’re releasing John Wick pinball games with the most advanced technology we’ve ever created,” said Seth Davis, President & CEO of Stern Pinball, “We can’t wait for players to try out our new combat system and experience the action.”

John Wick pinball games include Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected™ system, which enables players to interact with the game and a global network of players in multiple ways.  Through Insider Connected, players can track progress, earn new game-specific Achievements, take on special John Wick Quests and complete Faction Contracts to increase their Assassin ranking.

Insider Connected also provides an operator-focused toolset to drive location play through a better player experience, game location discovery, location leaderboards, performance analysis, automatic code updates, and remote diagnostics for easier maintenance.  Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/ or in the Insider Connected App.  Download it today on iOS and Android.

Limited to 1,000 games globally, the highly collectible Limited Edition model includes the Expression Lighting System™ and Speaker Expression Lighting. These integrated lighting systems are synchronized to custom light shows specifically designed for every song and dynamically responsive to game events. The LE version also includes a full-color “Stained Glass” mirrored backglass, full-color reflective brushed silver foil high-definition cabinet decals with hand-drawn artwork by Randy Martinez, exclusive custom powder-coated pinball armor, a custom designer-autographed bottom arch, upgraded audio system, anti-reflection pinball playfield glass, shaker motor, a sequentially numbered plaque, and a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

Pricing and Availability: 

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”)*:

*MSRP for sales to USA end-users before any VAT, GST, Sales Tax, Duties, or other taxes.                                         

Pro Edition:                                                               $US 6,999

Premium Edition:                                                      $US 9,699

Limited Edition:                                                       $US 12,999

John Wick pinball games and accessories are available now through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers worldwide.

About Insider Connected

Insider Connected is a comprehensive technology initiative to connect the universe of Stern pinball games. The platform increases player engagement with the games across commercial and home environments.

Registration for Insider Connected is available at insider.sternpinball.com/ or in the Insider Connected App on iOS and Android. Players can also register at a connected game by scanning a registration QR code on the machine. Once a player registers, they are issued a unique QR Code that identifies that player at Stern pinball games anywhere in the world. When a player scans into the game, they can track progress, earn new game-specific achievements, engage with the player community, and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.

About Stern Pinball, Inc. 

Stern Pinball, Inc. creates compelling entertainment that inspires a lifetime love of games, sparks passion, forges friendships, and connects people everywhere through fun, innovative, technologically advanced pinball games, and experiences.  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 John Wick, JAWS, Venom, Foo Fighters, James Bond, Rush, Godzilla, 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 competing in high-stakes global competitions to novice players discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time.  To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.

About Lionsgate 

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a more than 20,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.

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Did You Know? GAD Has The Parts

Did You Know? GAD Has The Parts 940 788 GAD Vending

GAD has been in business since 1984 – over 40 years. In that time, we’ve developed a robust sales, parts and service capability.

GAD sells a wide variety of equipment:

  • Vending Machines
  • Pinball Games
  • Digital Darts
  • Golden Tee PGA commercial and home versions
  • ATM Machines
  • Money Changers
  • Breakroom equipment

With all the customers we support from commercial, hospital, arcades, vending route managers, pinball, home game rooms, break rooms and more – we need to be able to grab parts to support all of this equipment.

So, we have parts. Lots of parts. Over 13,000 types of parts. For all that, we have in inventory over 98,000 total parts.

If we don’t have your parts in stock (for some strange reason that does happen), we also have relationships with all the top manufacturers to get the parts you need.

Call us – we ship parts all over the place…

Pre-Order Pulp Fiction Pinball

Pre-Order Pulp Fiction Pinball 813 695 GAD Vending

Pulp Fiction is a retro-inspired full-featured modern pinball machine. Developed at the request of Quentin Tarantino who wanted an 1980’s style Pulp Fiction themed pinball machine for his home. Tarantino’s continued involvement throughout the project shaped the final game. Tarantino rarely licenses his intellectual property, it is a unique privilege to produce a game which pays tribute to this masterpiece.

Legendary pinball designer Mark Ritchie masterfully crafted a playfield which on its surface appears comparable to games from this era but outside of initial perception features more mechanisms and greater depth than most games produced today. David Thiel forcefully pulls the player into this world utilizing over 250 iconic lines from Pulp Fiction’s legendary cast, five licensed songs from the original movie soundtrack, and a number of original compositions. Josh Sharpe developed an approachable rule set that is both intuitive and deep enough to engage even the most skilled player. Scott Pikulski’s vintage inspired art package is both stunning and perfectly cohesive.

The game was developed in a collaboration between Play Mechanix and Chicago Gaming Company. It features original time-tested Williams standard pinball mechanisms and highly reliable Chicago Gaming Company electronics which gives us the confidence to provide the longest warranties in the industry (up to eight times longer than most manufacturers).

GAD has Pulp Fiction SE on pre-order from Chicago pinball and available to reserve!

Looking for Date Night Ideas? 3 At Home Date Ideas

Looking for Date Night Ideas? 3 At Home Date Ideas 940 788 GAD Vending

Date night can be a challenge to come up with something fun to do that doesn’t break the bank. These ideas can apply at home or at your local bar or arcade.

PINBALL

It is amazing how many young people are finding the fun in rousing challenge game of pinball. Easy to play against the other – and the playing field is relatively even between a wide range of people.

If you know a bit about your date – favorite movie, band or interest – there’s a pinball designed to impress your date.

If you are looking to go out to play, GAD knows where great pinball is located in and around Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. This is where our customers are and where we service games! Or, head to the Stern site for their pinball locator app.

If you are looking to start or expand your home game room, GAD has pinball in stock. GAD has free curbside pick up. We deliver free in a limited geography around our offices. We also offer affordable ship to home options. Check it out and give us a call for pricing.

GOLDEN TEE

Golden Tee has amazing courses coming online plus upgrades in avatars, equipment and challenges consistently. And, you have multiple options with this game as well.

Such an easy game for anyone to learn and be competitive in quickly.

Golden Tee PGA is available for online play at many locations to go out and have fun.

Golden Tee PGA Home Edition is an amazing game to have in your home. With an internet connection, you have access to the upgrades and to keep your (and your dates’) scores.

DIGITAL DARTS

Darts is also a great game that takes a small amount of floor space but has high impact for fun play!

The new, G4 Fire is digital! This makes scoring, game board change and fun light shows to help you improve your fun.

Ask GAD to come try games in our Midwest showrooms in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

 

What’s Your Jaws Pinball Rank?

What’s Your Jaws Pinball Rank? 1039 539 GAD Vending

Have you earned your official JAWS Stern Army Launch Party badge? Get out, compete, and conquer today! And check out this bonus livestream with Stern Software Engineer, Elizabeth Gieske as she takes you through some of the rules in the game on the Flip N’ Out pinball with friends stream. There’s blood in the water as our Insider Connected players are climbing the Bounty Hunter Rankings in JAWS! Fill out Shark JAWS, climb the rankings and become the apex predator of the ocean! What’s your rank?

What’s in your Easter Basket?

What’s in your Easter Basket? 2048 1365 GAD Vending

Normally Easter baskets are all about the eggs, chocolate and the cheap, plastic grass. Why not turn that boring about with a new game in your home?

Bring home pinball, digital darts, Classic-cade and Golden Tee PGA Home edition. Really!

We are always answering customer questions about what game is best for their family. Sometimes it revolves around the age of the kids. Sometimes its about how much space our customer has in their game room.

Here’s a few frequently asked questions: 

  • What games are best for my family? 
    • That depends on the ages of the kids. We have games like Toy Story 4 for young families all the way to rock ‘n roll band pinball games. Usually, one of our first questions is – what is the family’s favorite movie?
    • If the kids are long gone, the question becomes – what do you and your friends love to play?
  • How much space do you have for games?
    • You’d be surprised how little space you need for some games.
      • Darts, for example, don’t need much space – just free, safe air space to throw.
      • Golden Tee PGA console can fit under a stair case.
      • Stern Pinball offers a home edition in some of it’s games. These are a bit small to accommodate homes.
  • Do you deliver and set up to my home? 
    • Yes! We have deliver areas around our offices in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.
    • We also offer curbside pick up for those that are out of our delivery area. Plus free phone support.
    • Shipping in the continental US is also available on all our games.

LIFESTYLE Pinball Hall of Fame offers 25-cent family fun on the Las Vegas Strip, donated $1.2M to charity in 2023

LIFESTYLE Pinball Hall of Fame offers 25-cent family fun on the Las Vegas Strip, donated $1.2M to charity in 2023 1500 964 GAD Vending

Fox News has this wonderful Lifestyle piece on the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Read the full article here.

LIFESTYLE

Pinball Hall of Fame offers 25-cent family fun on the Las Vegas Strip, donated $1.2M to charity in 2023

‘Bunch of old hippies who like to raise money’ operate ‘world’s largest pinball collection’

Call it pinball for peace.

The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada offers a step back in game time amid the high-priced neon glitz and schlock of Sin City — and does it all for good causes.

“We’re a bunch of old hippies who are busted and just like to hang out and play pinball and raise money,” the Hall of Fame’s Tim Arnold told Fox News Digital. His title is “director of stuff and things.”

The organization donated $1.2 million to local causes last year, most of it to the Salvation Army, he said.

The Pinball Hall of Fame is Arnold’s 25,000-square foot arcade with 700 classic pinball machines, some dating back to the 1950s.

It’s free to enter, open to families — and games cost just 25 cents to 50 cents to play. The non-profit is staffed by volunteers.

The Best Bar Games to Keep Customers Coming Back

The Best Bar Games to Keep Customers Coming Back 662 751 GAD Vending

Running a successful bar is about more than just serving great drinks; it’s about creating an experience that keeps customers returning for more. One way to do this is by adding pool tables, foosball, and arcade games to your bar. Here are some reasons you should consider adding these games to your establishment (and GAD can help you determine the best mix for your place by demographic, floor space and income requirements). 

Increases Customer Engagement

Games in your bar give customers something to do while they enjoy their drinks. It’s a great way to break the ice and meet new people. Playing games together creates a sense of camaraderie and connection among customers as they cheer each other on and interact with each other. This, in turn, increases customer engagement, which can help boost profits.

Customers who enjoy their time at your bar are more likely to return.

Increases Foot Traffic

Having pool tables, foosball, and arcade games in your bar can help draw in more customers. People may come to play the games and then stay for drinks and food. This can increase foot traffic, leading to more profits and a sense of community that can lead to new friendships and repeat business.

Generates Additional Revenue

The games themselves can bring in a boost of revenue but also bring in additional customers who may have yet to visit otherwise. Plus, people tend to stay longer when engaged in an activity, so they’ll likely order more drinks and food.

Appeals to a Wide Range of Customers

Games like pool, foosball, pinball, and arcades appeal to many customers. They’re great for groups of friends looking to hang out and have fun, but they’re also popular among solo customers who want to pass the time.

Enhances Your Bar’s Atmosphere

Adding these games to your bar can enhance your establishment’s atmosphere. It creates a fun and relaxed vibe that customers will appreciate. Plus, it gives your bar a unique selling point that sets it apart from other bars in the area.

Provides an Opportunity for Events and Tournaments

Hosting events and tournaments centered around these games is a great way to increase business. You can organize leagues or tournaments, offering prizes to the winners. This generates revenue and creates a sense of community around your bar.

Top Games for your Bar

  • Darts is a classic bar game that can be enjoyed solo or with a group of any size. It’s a budget-friendly option that only requires some wall space for installation. A new type of dart game is Augmented Reality Darts. These systems take interactive darts to the next level. With a plain white dartboard, the gameplay graphics are superimposed over the board and surrounding area with an ultra-bright laser projector.
  • Pinball has a major resurgence – especially with the connection to apps. The apps from various companies allow different types of game interaction, player rankings and global game play. And, players are taking notice. The resurgence of pinball play adds loyalty to your establishment.
  • Pool is another crowd-pleaser and draws enthusiasts from near and far. While easy to learn, mastering the game takes skill and dedication, making it a favorite for patrons who want to improve their game over a few drinks.
  • Tabletop shuffleboard has transcended its traditional reputation and is now a great addition to any bar seeking to offer competitive entertainment without sacrificing space.
  • Foosball is a fun and relaxed way to enjoy a round of soccer without strenuous running. Plus, it offers the opportunity to enjoy a drink or two while playing.
  • Air hockey is another bar game that offers a chance to enjoy physical activity while holding a beer. It’s an excellent option for patrons looking for a laid-back game that doesn’t require too much movement.

Top Arcade Bar Games

BIG BUCK HUNTER® RELOADED™

Experience a faster adventure with a new player-friendly interface and eye-catching cabinet design that will captivate you wherever you are. Big Buck Hunter Reloaded, available in two distinct cabinet configurations, is the most content-rich Big Buck Hunter title of all time – featuring ten animal adventures, including Buckzilla and Zombie Deer, and fresh premium content, like Terminator Salvation™: Delta Mission and In Case of Monsters™: Lost Island. Features new player-demanded game modes, such as Showdown and Team Play, and a never-before-seen weapon, Bow Hunting.

Claw Machines

Patrons can test their skill and luck with the classic game of claw machines to win unique items. These are easy machines to add to a waiting area, foyer and by the restrooms. Anywhere there is foot traffic that has a place to stop and win! Keep your game stocked with unique items to attract the best players.

Golden Tee PGA Tour

Create a friendly competition among patrons with the new Golden Tee PGA Tour cabinet, equipped with LED lighting, cupholders, and a 55 “4K commercial-grade TV that will enhance the visual and audio experience.

Golden Tee cabinets are a great investment. Golden Tee is now on its latest PGA but all game cabinets can be upgraded to the newest courses, avatars, and equipment.

Golden Tee is now integrated to the internet to provide game playing with people your customers know or participate in tournaments globally. A very exciting way to play this game!

 

Skeeball

Customers can challenge themselves or play for fun prizes with the classic game of Skeeball. Toss the ball up the ramp and into the hole with the highest point value.

Basketball Arcade

See how many baskets you can make before time expires.

Pinball

Add excitement to your bar or restaurant with the timeless game of Pinball.

Pinball has changed rapidly with technology – and the popularity of pinball shows this to be true. This is a game that a solo player can enjoy just as easily as a few players can gather to compete. Plus the titles of pinball games in the last 2 years has amazing game play and variety. To get an idea of what works for you, contact a GAD professional to help you determine what fits your needs best.

  • Host pinball tournaments and watch your revenue skyrocket.
  • Focus on a genre of games – rock music, family oriented pinball or follow a movie genre.
  • Connect your pinball games to the internet to allow players to connect their apps.
  • Add pinball to a really dark corner to bring light and action to otherwise “dead” floorspace.

Boxing Arcade Machines

Boxing Arcade Machines are a great addition to any bar. Boxing allows customers to “flex their muscles” and punch out a little frustration. These are great games for all ages to work out.

Adding pool tables, darts, foosball, and arcade games to your bar can provide various benefits. They increase customer engagement, generate additional revenue, appeal to a wide range of customers, enhance your bar’s atmosphere, and provide an opportunity for events and tournaments. So, if you want to take your bar to the next level, consider contacting GAD to add these to your establishment.

Happy Pi Day! How are you celebrating?

Happy Pi Day! How are you celebrating? 2048 1152 GAD Vending

At GAD, we think Pi should be a national holiday. Why not? Such a great fun, education day – and a chance for every great game to get played!

Of course, darts is all about math. The throw is a function of aerodynamics with the math of force, distance and angles. Plus the amount of force to get the dart to stick in the board. All brought together in an instant. Then you get more math practice by keeping score – or cheat and keep score digitally.

And, pinball! Geometry to make your high school math teacher droll. The roll of the ball vs the force and angle to hit the targets to score more points. And, the points it takes to get a multi ball bonus. Pinball is all about math.

Same with Golden Tee PGA. Just a great game of math, skill and a bit of luck.

What could be more fun to celebrate a national holiday??

3 At-Home Date Night Ideas

3 At-Home Date Night Ideas 940 788 GAD Vending

With dining out becoming so much more expensive, date night takes a hit as well. Why not create your own date night fun?

PINBALL

Pinball is a preverbal favorite that everyone enjoys. It’s active. Competitive. Easy to play. Exciting to play.

And, Stern pinball is a game that you can play with others anywhere in the world through the magic of the internet. Just install Insider Connected on your phone and play!

Pinball is the game that keeps on giving. Great for date night. Family game night. Friends and family that are over to watch a game, holiday dinner or any gathering. This is the game that everyone is attracted to play.

GAD has pinball games in stock that are both made for commercial/home use and home edition pinball games.

DIGITAL DARTS

Digital darts games, like the G3 Fire, are amazing games to play with anyone. Simple rules. Electronic score keeping – to keep everyone honest! Easy to play multiple games.

GAD has digital dart game, both new and refurbished, in stock. Available for home, office or commercial purchase.

GOLDEN TEE PGA HOME EDITION

Golden Tee PGA is an incredibly fun game to play. Easy rules. Easy to play as a competition. Easy to understand the scoring.

The Golden Tee PGA Home Edition is specifically designed, and priced, for home game room purchase. GAD stocks the home edition and is available for pick up, shipping or delivery (in specific geographic areas).

The best thing – Golden Tee has consistently brought updates to the game. New courses. New avatars. New equipment choices. Makes this game changing and challenging for lots of date nights to come!