Stern Pinball Brings Heavy Metal To Comic-Con International 2013
World’s Leading Maker of Real Arcade Quality Pinball Announces 3rd Annual Pinball Tournament with New Metallica Pro Machine
MELROSE PARK, Ill., July 10, 2013 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s leading maker of real pinball games and the American Amusement Machine Association (“AAMA”) Manufacturer of the Year, announced today their third annual Comic-Con International pinball tournament where players and fans will have the opportunity to play Stern’s latest Metallica Pro machine, celebrating one of the world’s foremost heavy metal bands.
San Diego Comic-Con attendees will be able to compete in a pinball tournament for the chance to win a cash prize and pinball backglass by signing up to play at booth #503. The tournament starts July 17th on Preview Night at Comic-Con. Qualifying participants will be selected to return if they advance in the tournament. The finals will be held on Saturday, July 20th. Stern is excited to offer game enthusiasts, Metallica devotees and comic fanatics a chance to experience first hand the highly sought-after Metallica pinball game.
“Since their launch in May, Stern’s Metallica machines quickly developed a massive following,” said Jody Dankberg, Director of Marketing and Licensing for Stern Pinball. “We are thrilled to ‘officially’ debut the Pro version at San Diego Comic-Con where our craftsmanship will be put to the test as players experience the unique features and addictive nature of Metallica pinball.”
In addition to the annual tournament, Stern Pinball will sponsor a few attention-grabbing giveaways, including a Kirk Hammett guitar, and will also host an exclusive autograph session with famed pop culture artist Dirty Donny Giles on Thursday, July 18th at 2 p.m.
Attendees can find Stern Pinball at the Nuclear Blast America and JSR Merchandising booth #503.
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the leading producer of pinball games in the world. Stern’s highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture popular arcade-quality pinball games. Recent popular Stern titles include Metallica, Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman and many more. All of Stern’s pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern’s expert team. Both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe enjoy Stern’s games. For more information, please visit www.sternpinball.com.
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Via Nuclear Blast:
For metalheads traveling to this year’s Comic-Con® , Booth #503 will be THE place to be.
After years of fans’ desperate yearning for someone to merge one slice of Americana with another, it’s the brilliant minds at Stern Pinball,Inc. who are credited with having invented something so unique, it perplexes even the brightest minds as to how global society will be impacted.
Stern Pinball, Inc., the leading maker of arcade-quality pinball in the world, has honored one of the world’s foremost metal bands with the newest addition to their rock ‘n’ roll collection and has hit a bull’s eye with METALLICA devotees, gamers, and consumer electronic connoisseurs.
Thaaat’s right: Say hello to the METALLICA pinball machine.
And where will one of these mechanically magnificent beasts be showcased?
At Comic-Con® International: San Diego’s NuclearBlast Booth #503 from July 18th – 21st.
Channeling the band’s aggressive musicianship and notoriously fast tempos, the METALLICA pinball game will set the tone for an exhilarating player experience by featuring 12 classic METALLICA hits culled from their over 30-year history including“Creeping Death,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Battery,” “One,” and “Fade ToBlack.”
“We are proud to release our newest music-themed game designed to capture the raw, rebellious nature of METALLICA,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.
The METALLICA game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old. The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games. Sam Stern subsequently became part owner and president of Williams Manufacturing, a pioneer in the pinball industry, and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary Stern who founded Stern Pinball. Today pinball remains one of America’s favorite pastimes.
The METALLICA pinball machine is available through authorized Stern distributors and dealers;it can also be ordered online.
Pro Version: $4,995
Premium Version (Road Case): $6,995
Limited Edition Version: (Master Of Puppets): $7,595
Features for all models are listed at: http://www.metallica.com/news/20130411-359099.asp
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, METALLICA have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s METALLICA (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which tops Soundscan’s best-selling album in history list by scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone. Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. METALLICA have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. The band recently celebrated its 30th-Anniversary with a week’s worth of fan club concerts at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA. In 2012, they announced the launch of Orion Music+ More, an annual two-day festival curated and headlined by the band. This past summer, METALLICA unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City. Later that month the band performed four shows on the same stage in Canada, two in Edmonton and two in Vancouver, during which they shot their upcoming Nimród Antal directed 3D Feature Film, Through The Never, which will be released in 2013. For more information, visit www.METALLICA.com
About Stern Pinball, Inc.:
Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the leading producer of pinball games in the world. Stern’s highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture popular arcade-quality pinball games. Recent popular Stern titles include Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman and many more. All of Stern’s pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern’s expert team. Both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe enjoy Stern’s games. To learn more about the METALLICA pinball game and Stern Pinball, visit www.SternPinball.com.
About Nuclear Blast Records:
Independently owned for 26 years and counting, Nuclear Blast Records is synonymous with the worldwide advancement of heavy metal & extreme music. Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987, Nuclear Blast boasts a roster of over 100 bands representing eighteen countries and over sixteen different metal genres. Their North American satellite office in Los Angeles has helped build the label’s trusted global reputation with high-profile tours, numerous Billboard chart entries, and continual signings of new & heritage acts to their roster.
All trademarks and product names are the property of their respective companies.
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