August 2019 - Don Quick & Associates

A New Age of Pinball Machines

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Meet Multimorphic owner, Gerry Stellenberg

Gerry Stellenberg first got into pinball machines in college. Originally an avid pool player, he only gave pinball a chance because on one particular day he was tired of waiting for his turn to play pool. Now, he’s leading the charge on the new wave of pinball machines with his company, Multimorphic. Gerry and his team just brought the future of pinball to Austin’s Dave & Buster’s.

After graduating from college, Gerry began working in the tech industry; however, after years in the industry, he decided he wanted to take his own path in something he was interested in. Hence, the birth of Multimorphic.

At first, Gerry’s goal was simply to improve pinball digitally. Gerry first created the P-ROC (Pinball – Remote Operations Controller) which is a circuit board that enables a computer to control a pinball machine over USB. According to Gerry, this is an “evolutionary machine,” especially because it can be used to retheme existing games, including WPC, WPC-95, Stern Whitestar, and Stern SAM generations of machines – all of the popular pinball machines.

The P-ROC itself gained popularity in the pinball community; however, Gerry wanted to take it one step further. He created the P3, a pinball machine that a user can play different games on as if it were an Xbox or a PS4. All aspects of the pinball machine, from the playfield to the animated graphics on the built-in screen even to the side panel graphics can be changed. Instead of having one singular pinball machine with one unchanging theme, a P3 owner can change out their games easily as they please. Furthermore, the P3 also has a responsive playfield, that allows for increased functionality and customization.

Moreover, because the P3 utilizes a more advanced version of the P-ROC, the new age pinball machine has new features that normal pinball machines offer. For example, the P3 can be played head to head, allowing for a multiplayer type of game.

This past week marked a major achievement in Multimorphic’s existence. Gerry and his team finally got the P3 into the most popular arcade in Austin – Dave & Buster’s.

While Multimorphic has made headway in the pinball world with the P3, perhaps the hardest challenge is converting traditional pinball lovers to accept the new age design; however, the P3 is successfully growing the market beyond the traditional pinball community.

Check out the future of pinball machines, the P3, at the Austin Dave & Buster’s.

Multimorphic is currently running a promotion right now for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Dave & Buster’s. Just take a photo of the machine, post it on Facebook with your review, and tag Multimorphic

 

Learn more about Gerry and Multimorphic on their website or Facebook.

AND check out the P3 at Dave & Buster’s.

https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/austin

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