Among the old pinball manufacturers one name that enthusiasts will easily recall is that of Gottlieb. Gottlieb got started in 1927 making early pinballs and created many different kinds of tables all the way up to their last release, Barb Wire in 1996. Some may also recall that they made video games for a while as well, the most famous of which is Q*Bert although they did produce a couple of others that I particularly enjoyed (such as Krull and Reactor).
Now classic Gottlieb tables are on their way back in virtual form due to an agreement that newcomer Nanotech Entertainment made with the existing Gottlieb Development LLC (personally I had no idea that they were still around). The pinball tables are being recreated for Nanotech’s Multipin video based pinball machine which states that it uses a special engine to recreate the feel of bumping and nudging a table to move the ball around accurately. According to the company website they have two flavors of the MultiPin machine, with the much more expensive MultiPin Gold table suggesting that it will be the one to support more classic tables (Gottlieb isn’t mentioned specifically but I doubt that they would go to all of this trouble to release these tables on a limited edition unit). Pictured is the standard unit, the Gold one has a different color layout.
Hit the post break for the full press release but what are your thoughts on this? Are these video pinball tables a good thing or a bad thing for pinball in your view? Since I have not had a chance to play one yet I won’t pass judgment on it as would like to see how the motion engine works first.
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NANOTECH ENTERTAINMENT GETS A REPLAY WITH GOTTLIEB
Classic Pinball Tables Featured in New NanoTech products
SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 24, 2008 – NANOTECH ENTERTAINMENT, a newly formed innovative gaming technology company, today announced it has entered into a license agreement with Gottlieb® Development LLC. NanoTech will feature Gottlieb pinball tables in their newest coin-op and consumer products devoted to video pinball enthusiasts around the world.
“NanoTech’s recreations of Gottlieb’s pinball tables are truly remarkable.” stated Robert Fesjian, of Gottlieb® Development, LLC. “The ability to nudge and bump the ball combined with the life like graphics of the tables provides an astonishing pinball experience.”
“The mere mention of the Gottlieb name immediately brings to mind pinball,” stated Robert DeKett, founder and CEO of NanoTech. “Gottlieb is iconic, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight Gottlieb pinball tables as part of our new consumer and arcade products.” NanoTech will be offering recreations of Gottlieb tables in its MultiPin product as well as bundling PC recreations with its Pinball Wizard desktop controller.
For more information, go to www.nanotechent.com.
About NanoTech Entertainment
Headquartered in San Jose, California, NanoTech Entertainment is a technology company that has a unique business model operating as a virtual manufacturer. NanoTech develops its technology and games, and then licenses them to third parties for manufacturing and distribution in order to keep its overhead extremely low and operations efficient in the new global manufacturing economy.
With an ever-expanding lineup of technology and products, NanoTech is redefining the role of developers and manufacturers in the Gaming market. More information about NanoTech Entertainment and its products can be found on the web at www.nanotechent.com
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