Ok, I missed Thursday, but here is some info on the speakers."From Crazy Otto to Ms. Pac-Man" Steve Golson
Ms. Pac-Man was released in early 1982, so she turns thirty this year. Steve Golson, one of the original developers of Ms. Pac-Man at General Computer, will recount little-known stories about the creation of the game. How and why did it transform from Crazy Otto to Ms. Pac-Man? Using source code and graphics ROMs freshly extracted from his 30-year-old 8" floppy archives, Steve will show the evolution of game play and character design.
Steve will also discuss GCC's first product Super Missile Attack, and will reveal the SMA 2.0 version created during GCC's lawsuit with Atari.
Crazy Otto and Super Missile Attack 2.0 will be available for play."Stern Pinball" Gary Stern
Gary Stern knows a thing or two about pinball, and how to run a pinball company. He will join the show to tell us about his experiences and thoughts on pinball as a remarkably resilient force in the industry."The P3 Pinball Machine: In Deep"
with Gerry Stellenberg
Gerry Stellenberg invented the P-ROC (Pinball - Remote Operations Controller) to enable PC-controlled pinball machines, then designed the P3 pinball machine with a goal of nothing less than ushering in a new standard for pinball hardware. Join him as he explains his work and what it can mean for all pinball enthusiasts, from the most technically minded modders to the dedicated players of today – and tomorrow."Meet Zen Studios"
Zen Studios' digital creations for consoles and mobile devices have been described as "post-pinball pinball games," offering the ramps, targets, and flow of traditional tables with the animation and freedom of a purely digital environment. Meet the team behind Zen Pinball, Pinball FX 2 and Marvel Pinball and learn how they create their games as they discuss their theories on digital pinball in the 21st century."The Future of Pinball: Evolution or Revolution?"
Pinball has a rich and glorious past – but how will it face the future? Our panelists all use different methods to preserve pinball's traditions of the past, offer new innovations to the players of today, and bring its timeless appeal to the players of tomorrow. Join us as we explore their ideas and insights into the future of the art form.
Our panelists:Gerry Stellenberg
Founder of Multimorphic, Inc. and PinballControllers.com, inventor of the P-ROC, and lead designer of the P3 pinball machine. Gerry is focused on bringing new ideas and innovations to pinball and helping re-energize the pinball market. http://www.PinballControllers.comBenjamin J. Heckendorn
& John Popadiuk
A former graphic artist, "Ben Heck" currently does prototyping work, hosts a web show for DIY gamers, and builds his own custom pinball machines. Recently he's teamed up with legendary designed John Popadiuk to help with his new games, and will be featured in the upcoming Ben Heck's Zombie Adventureland pinball. http://www.benheck.com
John is the designer of several classic tables, including Theatre of Magic, Cirqus Voltaire, and Star Wars Episode I on the Pinball 2000 platform. His current custom pinball machines in development include Magic Girl, Alice in Wonderland, and Ben Heck's Zombie Adventureland. http://www.pinballinventor.orgWade Krause
& Tanio Klyce
Wade is a pinball customizer and creator of high quality playfield and backglass reproductions. Tanio is a video game and pinball programmer. Together with artist Dirty Donny they created the custom pins "Metallica" and "Beatniks Koolsville."Neil Sorens
Neil is Creative Director at Zen Studios, developers of virtual pinball simulations including the Zen Pinball, Pinball FX, and Marvel Pinball series. Zen's pinball sims are available for several major game consoles, handheld systems, and mobile devices, sparking new interest in a new generation. http://zenstudios.comT.J. Beyer
Operator/collector/insane Hobbyist, with over 400 games and 20 years in the coin-op industry. Standout roles include acting as a development consultant for multiple manufacturers as well as an emergency game technician on a national scale, shipping out to different cities to service games across the country. He's also the TJ of "Ken & TJ" that you see on so many machines here at CA Extreme."Twin Galaxies" Walter Day
Twin Galaxies has been working on a series of collectible trading cards to commemorate the history of the worldwide video game industry, honoring the iconic industry icons, world record holders, videogame personalities and landmark milestones & events. Walter Day will conduct an awards ceremony and unveil new trading cards, followed by a trading card autograph session featuring more than one dozen celebrities appearing on their cards."ColorDMD Update" Randy Perlow
After nearly three years of development, ColorDMD Displays released their first product in April of this year: a full-color replacement for the conventional orange DMD displays used in post-90's pinball machines. As they prepare for their second game release, Randy will discuss some of the recent features they have added and provide a sneak preview into their next work in progress. Samples of the ColorDMD will be available to try out on the show floor."Game Show Game Show"
returns with "Match Game CAX 2012"
It's time to match the "stars" once again as we play our version of the classic fill-in-the-blank game show, live! A panel of almost-famous members of the pinball and game community will match wits with participants from the audience for no cash and no prizes – but it will be funny. Well, it might be funny. Let's put it this way: If you show up and give us a few pity laughs, there's a good chance everybody else will play along."CA Extreme Film Festival"
will feature trailers and teasers, and a new full documentary.Anna Newman
will show the trailer for her short film Pinball Donut Girl
, starring Jane Wiedlin, begun last July at CAX 2011. With the help and support of Planetary Pinball, Jeri Ellsworth, PAPA, and the pinball community around the world, Anna not only created the film she planned, but also two additional pinball documentaries. Anna and other filmmakers from the projects will talk about the techniques used to capture Jeri Ellsworth's stunt play for Pinball Donut Girl and show excerpts from the doumentary Wade Krause: Pinball Artist
will preview of the upcoming documentary titled: THE VIDEO CRAZE "Where were you in '82?"
, a short film documenting classic video arcade collectors across North America.
I am a independent film maker who has a passion for classic arcade video games who loves film and photography. The film seeks to show that many aspects of today's gaming scene are firmly rooted in the arcade culture of the 1980's. I believe for this film to fulfill its destiny, it must focus not only on the games and the arcades themselves, but on the actual people who were the first to embrace the worldwide video game culture, capturing their memories and feelings on the film as an oral history for future generations to study. The film, in particular, documents the lives and shared memories of the classic arcade collectors who grew up in the arcades."The King of Con! the true story behind the king of kong, the perfect pacman and other arcade legends"
will be screened by its maker Dwayne Richard
(The views and opinions expressed in this film and presentation do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of CA Extreme. CA Extreme is not responsible for the views and opinions expressed in the documentary, which are the sole province of the filmmaker and his work.)
What is the highest score you can get on Pacman? Is this a Perfect Pacman score? The highest total score is 3, 333, 360. When you think of the superlative use of perfect, you think of something much more like characer then just the highest score possible. Davin Tarant and Dwayne Richard started out on a journey to de-bunk a lot of the misrepresentation in the documentary the King of Kong, but found a more radical and true story that will show why Billy Mitchell is a real villain and how his sidekick Walter Day made it possible.
Going back to the early 80s we follow the story of how the knowledge of what the highest score possible on Pacman was discovered. There was a progress and evolution that is quite remarkable and like most human achievement it was not a stand alone moment. The story traces the movers and shakers in the video game world, with the intense drive to get the highest score possible for the personal satisfaction of the accomplishment. The mystery player that is unknown to the masses has been found with the proof to show his accomplishment but was ignored.
What happens when one of the advantaged players sets up a historical revision to take credit for the achievement and get worldwide recognition for it. The lack of character and intentional misrepresentation of the facts of history show a willful arrogance and disregard for fair play and truth. How did they get away with the lie? Who was involved in the cover up? Would you trade friendship and integrity for fame? The documentary inquiry left us with the difficulty of deciding what to do with these facts.
We started off not knowing anything about the storyline that we actually found.