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2021 Speaker Lineup
« on: October 09, 2021, 12:17:25 am »
Sessions will be on Saturday, in the Cedar room on the second floor, at the far end of the exhibit hall.

12:30
How to Play Pinball
Andrei Massenkoff (ANM), Michael Mattsson

Schoolteacher and 2011 World Pinball Champion, Andrei Massenkoff, will show you how.  How do you think they do it?  I don't know -
what makes them so good?  From basic to world-class methods, learn the art of pinball techniques and strategies so you can play your best
and have even more fun playing pinball!  Q & A session will follow.  Michael Mattsson will help us all see what is going on with his pinball camera setup.


2 PM
Baby Pac-Man
Chris Kuntz

Baby Pac-Man Is Fun And You Should Play It.
or I Learned To Like Baby Pac-Man And You Can Too
or Baby Pac-Man: Okay Once You Get To Know It
or Maybe This Will Get People Playing Pinball Again
Hear what Chris has discovered about this unusual hybrid pinball-video game that makes him like it.
What appears to be a desperate attempt to get noticed turns out to be a real game worth learning.


3 PM
Micropin - advanced, artwork-free bartop pinball from 1979!
Matt Walsh, Ken Sumrall

A Southern California company set out to build and operate a half-scale bartop pinball called Micropin Pentacup.
In the process they challenged everything we thought we knew about pinball - like, um, should it have a coin slot?
Some of the results are visionary, others unfortunate but all interesting.
We will have at least one example at the show and in this talk.


4 PM
So you want to buy a pinball machine: Acquisition, Feeding, and Basic Maintenance
Tim Showalter

In this Q&A session, we offer advice on how to find a pinball machine, what to look for in a used game, a little bit about how much to pay,
some maintenance advice, and the single most important maintenance tip. (Spoiler: That tip is to remember to change the batteries!)


5 PM
Special screening of the SXSW 2020 Documentary "Insert Coin"
Josh Tsui

INSERT COIN is the amazing behind-the-scenes story of one of the greatest video game studios of all time – Midway Games.
Led by the “Godfather of Videogames” Eugene Jarvis, the company pioneered the concept of live action gaming, kickstarting a new arcade
boom and grossing billions of dollars in the process with massive hits like Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam.

Through intimate and often hilarious interviews with the people who were there, we witness how a small, tight-knit group of friends deal with
next level success and the roller coaster ride that comes with it.

"Sometimes the right subject finds the right person behind the camera...and that's what makes Insert Coin much more than your average video
game behind-the-scenes documentary."
Best 15 Films for 2020
Ars Technica
"With entertaining and fascinating nuggets throughout, ‘Insert Coin’ is a lot of fun. It’s a wonderful companion piece for a very significant era in
gaming history."
James Swirsky
Co-Director of Indie Game: The Movie
"Superbly told. A love letter to the wild west era of game-making, where—with just a keyboard and joystick—the outlaws broke all the rules
and in the process made some of the greatest games in the 80s and 90s.”
Blake Harris
Author of Console Wars, The History Of The Future
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