I haven’t held my thoughts back on the direction that I would like to see pinball take – it needs to get with the times if it’s going to make money for operators and excite the players, and not in terms of just using modern licenses. The game itself needs to be modernized and part of that has to do with the visual presentation of the game as that is part of what attracts people to a title. With Jersey Jack Pinball jumping into the game, we have been wondering if they would continue to use the severely outdated monochromatic Dot Matrix Displays(DMDs) that Stern uses and now we have an answer on that – no!
As the headline says, the upcoming Wizard of Oz Pinball will use an 26″ LCD monitor as a display. This is integrated into the backbox, which image you see above (don’t worry, the final artwork will be in full color) – that rectangular box in the lower 3/4ths of the image is actually where the monitor will be placed. It should be interesting to see what they do with it beyond that.
I’m sure that some will prefer the old dot matrix displays because they have been a part of pinball for such a long time now but I think it is well past time for them to be retired. I say that from both an operator and player standpoint. This will make Wizard of Oz Pinball stand out in any venue – place it next to any DMD pin and it will be obvious as to which game will attract more attention to draw in players.