Pinball Expo 2012: a pinball event in Chicago with Stern Pinball Inc.
An event completely dedicated to pinball and to its creation. It is the Pinball Expo of Chicago that takes place like every year with the presence of stern Pinbal Inc. On Thursday morning, the Expo kicked-off with the annual Stern Pinball factory tour. More than 250 visitors were able to see how Stern Pinball employees handcraft the games pinball enthusiasts love to play. All facets of production were shown and the show attendees thoroughly enjoyed the tour. On Friday night, senior Stern designer, Steve Ritchie, and his pinball-designing brother, Mark Ritchie, entertained a packed house and perfectly set the stage for the X-Men pinball tournament and party that followed. The tournament winner took home a nice cash prize.
At the Expo Banquet Saturday evening, long-time Stern designer, John Borg, was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame. Over his more than 20-year career, John has designed many highly revered pinball games including Star Wars, Iron Man, Tron, and many additional successful titles. Gary Stern, CEO of Stern Pinball stated, “This long overdue honor is well deserved. John’s dedication to his craft, his creativity and versatility make him an invaluable asset to pinball and to our company. We’re very proud of him.”
Stern Pinball and Marco Specialties were awarded the ‘Best Exhibit’ of the 2012 Expo. The Stern/Marco booth contained seven X-Men Pro pinball games with enhanced sound and monitors over the games to help fans easily follow game play. The Stern/Marco booth provided the ultimate pinball playing experience.
Who is Stern Pinball – Stern Pinball, Inc., located just outside Chicago, Illinois, designs and manufactures arcade-quality pinball games. Stern is the only maker of full-sized, arcade quality pinball games on the planet and has released many popular titles including X-Men, AC/DC, Transformers, Avatar, The Rolling Stones, Iron Man, Tron and many more. Stern’s games continue to be enjoyed by both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe.