Introducing the new and more accurate TPP Featured Machine Rankings. We had several requests to rank our games, and for a long time it was a shoehorn routine (I like this more than that, so it goes here.) Now, Jeff and Don rated all the featured games on Pinside, then took the average of their Pinside ratings to determine the overall rank. Pinside allows the rater to determine how important various traits are to them (ie. art, sound, overall fun, etc.), so the rankings should be fairly ‘true’, based only on the opinions of two people though.
ANYWAY, here they are. A perfect game gets a score of 10.000, and then downwards from there. I’ve included our combined scores.
Here is the email we got from Dave about pinball collection rankings:
I like math and thought the discussion of the ranking of collections was interesting. But I didn’t really like the ranking algorithm. Try it again with my method. Which is (#machines)*( 1 /( sumovermachines( 1/rank)))
So if you have 5 machines that were the top 5 it is
5*(1/(1/1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/4 + 1/5)) = 2.18
And if it was 10-14
5*(1/(1/10 + 1/11 + 1/12 + 1/13 + 1/14))= 11.83
Or like a real collection with some low ranked games
5*(1/(1/1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/150 + 1/200)) = 2.71
So the low ranked games don’t dominate the result. But if you don’t have any high ranked games you get a much lower ranking.
Sparky Pinball (http://sparkypinball.com) has joined the mod scene recently and one of their coolest new additions to the hobby has to be the Micro Display Mod. Available for a growing number of games, I gave the Creature From the Black Lagoon MDM a test run, and I like what I’m seeing here. Read on for the full details.
Cost – $119
Install Time – 15 minutes
Install Difficulty – Easy
Fully Reversible Mod? Yes
No Additional Parts Needed – Complete Kit
For your $119, you get a DK Power Tap for drawing power off of the driver board to power the display, the Micro Display, an SD card with included video files, wiring, zip ties, and detailed installation instructions. For the price, this is a well packaged mod, and extremely simple to install. I spent about 12 minutes from unpacking the box to wrapping up installation.
The end result is quite charming. Yout get looping video of classic drive-in movie clips, including snippets from Creature From the Black Lagoon itself. The border around the screen looks like the Starlight Theater from the game’s art. It’s well executed.
The mod is available for Bally, Williams, and Stern games. More games are being added over time, so check out Sparky Pinball’s site for a list of current games and to follow what is coming out next.
King of Pinball Gene X. Hwang talked to Dutch Pinball earlier this month, and has an interview incoming. In the meantime though, TBL art! Painted caricatures, just like the old days (ie. STTNG)! Colors that actually fit a normal interior design scheme (not that its a priority in pinball, but that might help grease the wheels with the wife)! Donny! Maude! Weird swirly bowling-ball-skull-brain-with-wings thingy! Jeff Bridges arm pits! Color LCD! Exclamation points!
A YouTube video reveal!
And the White Russian toy/light/thingy prototype!
Thanks Dutch Pinball and Gene X. Can’t wait to see more! This thing is going to be GOLD.