View Poll Results: Would you rather play/own all 90s or all Sterns ? Can't play the other group anymore.

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  • 90s - TAF, TZ, MM, MB, AFM, TOM, STTNG,CC, SS and all others

    37 67.27%
  • Stern - SPP,LOTR,Spidey,StarT,AcDC,Metl,Tron,Got,Gb + all other & future tables

    18 32.73%
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    90s vs Stern

    You know the drill. As it always happens you are offered a big collection of pinball tables for free but you can choose only one group. You are not able to play the tables from the other group

    We talk about Stern post 2000, so no Data East, Sega and other licenses

    This could also be interpreted as TPA vs SPA in the future but:
    A) I would rather talk about real tables
    B) both apps does not contain all the available tables, especially SPA
    C) with data east and sega tables in SPA this will make it confusing as they belong to 90s
    Last edited by PET3R; 03-02-2017 at 05:45 AM.
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    Thanks for the offer.
    I'll choose the 90s list.

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    things evolved - now it's not apples vs oranges, it became apples, melons and bananas vs oranges, so i voted for larger group as obvious win

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    I'm just not really impressed by Stern Pinball Arcade or the handful of modern Sterns that I have played IRL. So 90s

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    90s, with the Nostalgia Glasses (tm) firmly planted in front of my eyes.
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    Like everyone else, I'd like to cherry pick from both. But if I have to choose, I'll take the all Stern pin option.

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    stern for me - been enjoying the heck out of star trek and ac/dc - ghostbusters is going to be like xmas in march (hopefully march...).
    much love and respect to the past - got to go with the present.

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    I second DA5ID on the choice.


    Pro

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    Stern for me !!!

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    As much as I love the 90's tables, I get a lot more enjoyment out of the modern Sterns. Metallica and AC/DC are my 2 favorite tables right now. I like ST and Tron a lot and GB has really grown on me. Aerosmith looks like it's going to be a blast as well.

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    Undecided...a little bit more stern because of star trek.....for me the best table in the whole TPA and SPA-collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axlsgolden View Post
    Undecided...a little bit more stern because of star trek.....for me the best table in the whole TPA and SPA-collection.
    Totally agree. For me this became the only table I really need and play at the moment.
    Made a Thread about it (top 5-10 pins..), so really glad seeing I am not the only one who thinks this.
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    When the "golden age of pinball" occurred is open to debate, but few would argue that it was after 2000.
    Oops! Too much English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k88dad View Post
    When the "golden age of pinball" occurred is open to debate, but few would argue that it was after 2000.
    Many of us would argue that 90s have been a golden age for FPS with Doom being the best one ever. Similiarly here the gaming and FPS have evolved and probably less than 1% of gamers would rather play the original Doom these days than COD or other recent FPS.

    The way I see it, lot of 90s votes are casted because of the fact Eldar perfectly highlited:

    "90s, with the Nostalgia Glasses (tm) firmly planted in front of my eyes."
    Last edited by PET3R; 03-04-2017 at 02:16 AM.
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    The "+ all future pins" aspect really tipped me to the Stern pick. Star Wars, Iron Maiden and what ever else is coming down the pike is a big bonus.

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    I love everything from the 50s to the 2000s, just not all of them. My current favourites are Medieval Madness, Attack from Mars, ACDC. I some favourite Pinball FX2 and The Pinball Arcade tables too.


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    Definitely 90's and sure I include the 90's Sterns in that!

    I like mid 60's through early 90's fare more than the newest.

    Maybe i am odd, I like WPT from 2006, and ofc I want LOTR!
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    The 90's the golden age of pinball, considered the best tables of all time. or stern
    I'll go with the 90's

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    Considering my age demographic, I have to vote for the 90s tables. I also haven't played many of the Stern modern tables, besides Ghostbusters. Which is a blast so far. I'm looking forward to trying GOT, Star Wars, and LOTR in the future.

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    If you had a third option for all pre 1990 pins, then I would go with that.

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    90s definitely. Black Rose, Dr. Dude, Cactus Jack's, Medieval Madness, and Scared Stiff. Stern never made those....
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    Quote Originally Posted by k88dad View Post
    When the "golden age of pinball" occurred is open to debate, but few would argue that it was after 2000.
    Good point. It really depends on the criteria. The 60's-70's era was definitely the golden age in terms of popularity (it was the only time when every arcade was filled almost entirely with pinball machines, they were in every bar, mom & pop shop, etc.). So I think there was more than one golden age for pinball, as with video game consoles and a lot of other things.
    Last edited by Jeff Strong; 10-30-2017 at 04:13 PM.

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    I voted for the Sterns in this poll, but I was not into pinball in the 90s. It would be a shame to not be able to play those classics as well, though. Luckily we live in a world where you can play them all!

    There's no question in my mind that we are now living through a "second golden age" led by Stern, but also heavily influenced by the competition provided by the smaller manufacturers, especially Jersey Jack, and driven by a collectors vs. operators market. The newer Sterns keep improving, building off of the huge technical and gameplay innovations of the 90s. It may be a much smaller market, but the quality and depth of the new games is a step or two beyond say Monster Bash, arguably the last fully-realized 90s pin

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    Voted 90s. While I do enjoy various Stern tables, what it boils down to, for me, is that there are more tables I would miss playing if I eliminated the entire 90s decade, vs. the output from one individual company from 2000 on.

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    As much as I enjoy the modern Sterns, I really miss playing games not based on licensed themes. Many of my favourite WPC games were original IP - Bride of Pinbot, Theatre of Magic, Medieval Madness etc. Actually, it's more that I'm bored of superhero franchises... and heavy rock isn't my thing either. ;-)

    I can't fault the quality of game design with the Sterns though. The best of them are definitely a step forward from the best of the late WPC games.

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