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James Orbesen of Popmatters spotlights a book with an analysis of the arcade.

… as professor and author Carly A. Kocurek demonstrates in her latest book, Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade, arcades were once big business, expanding from a niche market into something major, and nabbing national attention throughout the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, until an economic crash in 1983 submerged many, …

Lucas Sullivan of Gamesradar suggests a quality game of virtual pinball as a palate cleaner from all those exhausting,  triple-A videogame titles.


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What you need is a chance to get back to basics; to narrow your focus on a set of challenging, achievable goals without being distracted by the clutter of sidequests, the excess of cutscenes, or collectibles numbering in the zillions. What you need is a way to test your hand-eye coordination in short, thrilling bursts, without getting ensnared in a web of upgradeable abilities or lost in the details of an epic narrative spanning dozens of hours. What you need, methinks, is a few rounds of virtual pinball, the best video game palate cleanser around.

The Daily Herald spotlights Stern Pinball’s decision to stay local when they needed a larger manufacturing space.


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Stern Pinball CEO Gary Stern is featured in Elk Grove Village’s latest TV commercial that aims to market the town as business-friendly. Despite pitches from three states — and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — Stern chose Elk Grove Village when the company decided it needed a larger manufacturing facility.

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