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Chuck Ernst is the Computer Graphics Art Director for Stern Pinball.

Around the Playfield with Chuck Ernst

The Start Button: How did you first get into pinball?

Played off and on since I was a kid. When the opportunity came up to work for Stern I jumped on it.

The Plunge: What was the first pinball machine you bought?

Mr and Ms Pacman

The Skill Shot: What is your best pinball achievement or favorite pinball moment?

Kicking Steve Ritchie’s champion name off my Elvis machine.

Good Shots, Bad Bounces: What is your favorite and least favorite pinball machine?

South Park… the sound clips from the show make me insane.

The Wizard Mode: What is your dream theme you’d like to see made into a pinball machine?

Hands down Blade Runner (original)

The Tilt: What is the dumbest mistake you’ve made in pinball (mishap moving a machine, messing up trying to fix a machine, etc.)?

Everytime I open a machine up

The High Score: Describe the pinball hobby in one word.


Match – Next Game: Where do you see the pinball hobby in 5-10 years?

Hopefully the equipment doesn’t change too much and the kids can’t get enough of it.



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