After having this game on location for awhile, I thought I might report on what types of wear and tear and damage I’m running into, and what was wrong with the game. I think we’ve found a few “weak links” relating to parts that probably should last a little longer. Check it out:
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2008 Stern “NBA” – First Look and Restoration Series
This is a very cool game that is surprisingly rare. A 2008 Stern “NBA”. Rumor has it the game had a very low production and was mainly made for the Chinese market.
I had a chance to get one of these games that had been stuffed in the back of an operators office for many years. It needed quite a bit of work. Here is the whole video series from first look, to the repairs, to the showcase of gameplay:
Quick demo of fully-modded Stern “Trident” pinball with new rules and sound
After getting my Trident operational, I installed the BSOS system and have been working on fine-tuning the custom code and sounds. Here’s a short demo of what the new Arduino-based controller does to a standard Bally 18/35/Stern early solid state game.
Resources (courtesy Dick Hamill):
The code is all available on GitHub. It’s broken down into a base library and then machine-specific implementations. Rewriting other games requires a moderate knowledge of C/C++.
Here’s a suggested parts list. If you bought all these things, you could create 6 of these boards. If you don’t need that many boards, you might find cheaper ways to source smaller quantities. I haven’t done any work to figure out if this is the cheapest way to source any of this stuff.
Cheap Arduino knockoff x6 ($20.99) – needs CH340 driver for programming / has to be ATmega328P
0.1″ 40-pin connector (40 pieces for $7.99)
32-pin Prototype PCB (2 pack for $9.99) – this won’t work for Alltek or MPU-200 because they have a 34-pin connector
Wire ($7.99) – tons of wire
74125 – ($1.95) https://www.jameco.com/z/74125-Major-Brands-IC-74125-Quad-Tri-State-Bus-Buffer_49373.html
Boot switch – x2 ($8.99) this switch will work for activating the Arduino board and toggling the speaker (see the writeup here to find out why: https://ballysternos.github.io/install.html)
@RoyGBev has created a PCB and kit (doesn’t include the Arduino) here:
How to make a test bench rig for Bally-18/35 MPU boards using a PC power supply
I found this old video the other day and realized I didn’t have a post on my main site showcasing this video so I wanted to add it (also, this was before I learned the proper pronunciation of “Bally” LOL…. bah-lee).
Pinball Stories #24: Let’s grab a game by phone from an estate auction?
I’d never done this before and wasn’t sure it would work out, but this is the story of grabbing a game sight unseen from an estate auction in Arkansas.
How to install a shaker motor in a pinball machine
In this 2-part series I go over installing a shaker motor in a Stern Jurassic Park pinball machine. I also run into a few weird glitches with the hardware sent me. That’s the world of pinball… nothing ever goes 100% smoothly does it?
Jurassic Park (pro) – One Shot Pinball Review
We were lucky enough to get one of the first Jurassic Park pinball machines to our area, and thought it might be fun to post a quick video of gameplay. Our plan is to put this game right out in public on location so people can enjoy it while it’s brand new and nowhere else, so I was in a bit of a hurry to make the video – excuse the typos and verbal glitches (like calling the Pteradactyl ramp the Raptor ramp).
Anyway, enjoy my short review and first impression!
As a bonus, here’s another short video of additional gameplay where I pull out a really fun CHAOS multi-ball at the end of an otherwise crappy game.