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— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —

1. American Pinball Seminar
At the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, Joe Balcer of American Pinball chatted about Houdini and gave several updates on the how things are going at American Pinball.  Watch the full seminar here.  Some of the highlights include:

They are currently building about 35 games per week
They’re out of space at their current facility
They have secured a new building, three times the size of their current building, which they hope to have up and running by the end of the year if not earlier
They’re now starting to send games overseas
For Houdini, they will probably come out with a topper or two, and a knocker kit

Game #2 discussion
In discussing game number two, Joe Balcer shared that it was a nice title and a nice layout, and that they are hoping to unveil it at Expo and start shipping a month or two after showing it.
Question from Pinball Magazine: The second game for American Pinball will be Oktoberfest. The theme has been suggested several times over the years and there has been some concern that the name may be limiting sales as it is aiming at October. As the game is most likely about beer and bratwurst, have you considered making the same game under a different name as well to expand sales?
Joe B: “Well to answer and not answer that question at the same time, we haven’t come out to officially announce an Oktoberfest themed game. Its all over the internet that it is…but, being Oktoberfest, if it is, there are so many elements to that festival – it definitely isn’t just a beer drinking bratwurst eating kind of game. One