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SDCC 23: Stern celebrating new Venom table with panel, hands-on time

The most famous of Marvel Comics’ symbiotic characters gets a pinball adaptation with Stern Pinball’s Venom table. It debuts at the Con this week.

We are pinball

Is pinball a forgotten part of the arcade experience? Not really, actually, because the biggest name in the art form is very much still making tables, and with some massive licenses to boot. It’s just that these tables are aimed more at home collectors, than the few arcades that still operate. Stern Pinball is debuting its latest too, that’d be the Venom machine, at Comic Con this week.

Adorned with splashes of classic Venom-related art, and with a play-field that should keep players very busy indeed, Venom looks like it would be an awesome addition to any comics fan’s game room. But before we get into the meat of this news, the Venom table is the real thing. This isn’t a digital, save for a few highlighted elements.

Here’s a look:

Now that you’ve had a peek, let’s talk about that SDCC presence. Entitled “Into the Pinverse”, and moderated by GameSpot’s Tamoor Hussain, the panel presentation will Stern Pinball’s Seth Davis (CEO), Brian Eddy (Lead Game Designer) and Zach Sharpe (Head of Marketing).

The trio will be talking about Venom for sure, but also looking into the overall Stern strategy, and how the company is “changing the landscape of the gaming industry as a whole.” Look for the show to kick off this Thursday, July 20th, at 2:30pm in room 29CD (in the convention center)

Take it for a spin

While the panel should be fun, especially for those who are really into the hobby, who can say ‘no’ to some actual play time? And as mentioned, you’ll be able to do exactly that, at the Stern Pinball Pop-Up Arcade at the Marriott Marquis. That’s right, this is outside of the convention center and not on the show floor itself. It also won’t stock solely Venom.

Fans will be able to find “other beloved Stern Pinball machines” set up as well, so it should be a darned good time. The arcade will be open all show long, except for preview night (tonight), and will run from 10am to 7pm (pacific time) through this Saturday. On Sunday, the last day of the show, it’ll still open at 10am, but will close early as the Con wraps up. So you’ll only have til 2pm to get your games in. Just something to keep in mind.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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