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COVID has changed the Pinball industry

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GAD adapts and expands across the Midwest

(Omaha, NE  November 17, 2020) With the continuing isolation and work from home imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic more and more people are repurposing space into home game rooms and arcades. This has caused a shortage of arcade games across the country. Greater America Distributing (GAD) is uniquely positioned to answer the demand.

Mike Dobel and Larry Bailey, owners of Greater America Distributing (GAD), are expanding personnel to meet the new demands.  With a number of recent retirements, Andy Dobel is welcomed as a new partner.  Armed with an outside perspective, Andy sees expanding opportunities in the markets they serve as the pandemic continues to heavily impact people’s lives, especially in the sales and service of arcade and pinball games for the home.

After a 16-year career in the railroad industry, Andy brings a new outlook to the distributor side of vending and games.  “Our role in our customer’s success has never been more important.  We strive to ensure we provide all the resources and expertise necessary to keep our line of products performing their best,” says Andy Dobel.  A strong background in logistics and customer service gives the younger Dobel a uniquely positioned skill set to slide into his new role quickly.

Homebound families are constantly looking for a fun break. This includes quick competition between people either in the same household or anywhere in the world.  “One of my goals is to provide unique remote gameplay to engage everyone in the family,” says Mike Dobel. “Many of our games come configured to connect via the internet to allow remote head-to-head or team competitions. With competition play in mind, we stock games for all ages.”

With the increase in demand, the industry is experiencing a strain on supply. “Thanks to our long standing relationship with the pinball manufacturers we are able to keep a large number of game titles in stock in the face of increased demand,” according to Bailey.  “GAD is also able to outfit any home with a complete game room from online darts and Golden Tee to pinball and even the nostalgic Multicade consoles featuring Pacman, Galaga, Space Invaders and dozens more.”

With offices and warehouses in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City, GAD is able to stock new and used equipment and parts. Our sales and service departments are working at full staff to keep our essential commercial operating at peak efficiencies while taking on the new residential demands. Curbside pickup is available for all our equipment and parts.

Hands Free Pinball: Creative Thinking…

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May not be for every player but a bit of creative thinking makes this vintage pinball game hands free.



Should you buy a new Stern Pinball Machine?

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Stern Pinball’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer George Gomez takes us on a behind the scenes look into the SPIKE™ electronics hardware system! Complementing the immersive themes and exciting gameplay experiences of Stern Pinball machines, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations. SPIKE™ reduces system complexity and energy usage, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing.

Ask questions on operations, pricing and inventory availability at GAD Vending. Sales and service in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

Stern Pinball Factory Virtual Tour

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Take a look behind the scenes at the Stern Pinball Factory in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Best ever filmed! Host Jack Danger of Dead Flip Pinball Streaming on Twitch shows you how we make pinball machines from scratch here in the worlds largest pinball factory! This content was originally shown LIVE on Twitch for the 2020 Chicago Pinball Expo.



Fox News: Coronavirus leads to spike in pinball popularity

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From Fox News: 

Pinball machines have become a popular pastime as more people look for non-conventional forms of at-home entertainment in the midst of the pandemic.

And with additional pocket money to spare this year due to the reduction in traditional expenditures like travel or dining out, pinball machine sales have surged amongst first-time buyers.

As the largest manufacturing pinball makers in the world, Stern Pinball has been a direct beneficiary of the upswing. The Chicago-based company has grown five-fold over the course of the pandemic, with its current backlog orders at record levels.

“It’s a challenge to entertain everybody when your options of going out have been removed,” board member, owner and Vice Chairman and EVP of Stern Pinball, Inc. Dave Peterson told FOX Business. “People quarantined at home are looking to entertain their families, and pinball is a terrific way to do that. Now our real challenge as a company is to scale our manufacturing up in order to work off those backlogs and meet that demand.”

Read the entire article here. 

Hot Wheels Review

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Last Chance: Black Knight Sword of Rage Pinball

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Featuring a custom sculpted, interactive, and multi-functional Black Knight bash toy, players go to battle directly against the Black Knight while rocking to a legacy sound package composed and performed by Scott Ian of Anthrax with Brendon Small, adrenalizing the audio experience for players on their pinball quest.  Includes custom speech by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies.

For pricing, more information, call GAD Vending.


Virtual Pinball Expo: October 15 – 17, 2020

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There is time to join the VIRTUAL Pinball Expo 2020! 


Dear Friends of Pinball Expo,

The Governor of Illinois mandated all events of our size to remain closed until the state moves to Phase 5, which includes having a vaccination for Covid-19. Illinois, like many other states, is currently in Phase 4. We knew we had to take matters into our own hands, and we did. In keeping with the tradition of having a yearly show, we are excited to announce that we will be having a free virtual event, to be held October 15th – 17th, 2020. Included will be virtual factory tours, seminars, vendor showcases, and much more! Stay tuned to our website (, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more information.

If you booked your 2020 room through our Pinball Expo block of rooms, the Westin hotel will automatically cancel your reservation and no charges will be applied. If you need to speak to someone at the hotel directly, please call them at 1-847-777-6500. In addition, if you paid for any event packages, tours, seminars, etc. through our website, you will receive a full refund.

We hope you can tune in for what will be a spectacular, action-packed, pinball fest! Thank you for your support and we wish you continued safety and good health.


Robert Berk and the Pinball Expo Team

GAD Vending sells Stern Netflix TV show Stranger Things Pinball

IGN Review: Stranger Things Pinball 6 Radical, Hi Tech Features

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We unbox Stern Pinball’s Stranger Things Premium machine featuring a projector, an interactive demogorgon toy, and a fancy Eleven telekinesis ball lock. This machine comes in several models, including the Pro model that lacks the projector. Under the hood Stranger Things also represents something special: Designer Brian Eddy, made two of pinball’s best games ever, Attack from Mars and Medieval madness, way back in the 90s. This is his first game in over 20 years, and it feature a lot of the same elements: Central interactive toy, fan pattern shots, and fast, smooth, fun gameplay. When it’s safe to go out again in your area, we hope you’ll get some quality time with Stranger Things. Until then, this Premium model is available now from Stern Pinball for an MSRP for $7699.99. So maybe you could land one in *your* garage and save some quarters.
See the entire review:

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Review: Stern’s Pinball Avengers: Infinity Quest

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Pinball News gave a complete review of Stern’s newest release – Avengers: Infinity Quest

Here’s an excerpt: 

Stern Pinball today announced their new ‘cornerstone’ game title, Avengers: Infinity Quest, designed by Keith Elwin with artwork by Jeremy Packer a.k.a. Zombie Yeti.

A ‘cornerstone’ game is an in-house design which comes in the familiar three variants; Pro, Premium and Limited Edition. In this case the Limited Edition is limited to 500 machines.

This isn’t the first Avengers game from Stern. The George Gomez design was produced at the end of 2012 with the usual Pro/Premium/LE full-size variants – with the LEs available in two versions – followed by a The Pin home model in 2013.

As with BatmanJurassic Park and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stern Pinball have returned to a previous theme for their new game title’s inspiration.

This new Avengers: Infinity Quest game is an all-new design, based on the Marvel comic book series rather than any of the popular movies. It is a six-ball, three-flipper game with the third flipper half-way up on the left side of the playfield.

Read the entire article at Pinball News