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Multimorphic Teases Open Source Multi-Game Pinball

timothy posted about a year ago | from the for-my-cousin-randy's-basement dept.

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New submitter ghops spotted Engadget's coverage of an interesting gaming machine at SXSW, writing: "Multimorphic shows off the P3, an innovative multi-game pinball platform. With a 27" 'touchscreen' LCD in the lower playfield and modular shot layouts comprising the upper playfield, the P3 delivers a 'one machine, many games' system where the physical pinball can interact with graphics on the screen as it rolls towards traditional, physical objects (ramps, loops, targets, etc) on the upper playfield. The system will ship with two games, one designed by famed pinball designer Dennis Norman, and it's an open platform allowing anybody to develop their own shot layouts and/or software. Because of its ball tracking technology, it can even play itself!"

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Fun (0)

colinrichardday (768814) | about a year ago | (#43129429)

That sounds fun.

Re:Fun (1, Offtopic)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43129451)

Because of its ball tracking technology, it can even play itself!"

me too!

Re:Fun (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43129483)

I want to feast upon that which emerges from your anus. What say you?

Re:Fun (-1, Offtopic)

asshole felcher (2655639) | about a year ago | (#43129495)

It was back a few years ago, I was cruising upstairs at the 315 over on First, and I came across this hot little blond surfer type. We started getting it on, and our hands both started going for the ass at the same time. He called a halt to go fetch the Crisco and poppers. Now, fisting wasn’t particularly on my mind I figured we’d trade fucks and that would be that. How was I to know that there were gay surfer types at Dice who got into handball?

Well, pretty soon we were busy finger-fucking each other while we sixty-nined. Then he called a halt and sat up and looked at me. “Wanna go further?” he asked. “As in what?” I replied. “Fisting man!” “You or me?” “Whatever,” he muttered. “Well I’ve never had it, but I’m up for trying.” BINGO!! The idea of a virgin ass really turned him on, so pretty soon I was on my back, sitting with my ass propped up on a pillow and him sitting cross-legged below me.

Your head’s gonna get it done for you,” he told me. “You gotta want me inside you. It’s just like taking a big cock. It’ll hurt like hell goin’ over the widest part of my knuckles, but then, once it’s inside, you’re gonna loose your fuckin’ mind!

Well, we smoked a little and I was getting pretty mellowed out and that dude wasn’t trying to hurry me. We talked about all kinds of shit, but all the while there was this insistent pressure at my asshole. “How much you got in?” I’d ask him from time to time, but he’d never tell me. “Don’t worry about it,” he’d say, “just relax and enjoy.”

Well, the whole time he was at it I kept playin’ with my cock, and that made my ass tighten up, so after a while, he pulled the rawhide laces from his boot and tied my hands up behind my head. Now I don’t usually do bondage with a stranger, but we were pretty into each other’s heads by this point, and I figured what the shit, my legs were still free to kick if he got radical.

He kept at this for about an hour, all the while there was a firm pressure at my asshole then he looked up at me and said, “Pull you knees back to your tits.” “Is this it man?” I asked, “I’m not sure I’m ready” “Oh you’re ready man, your ass is just beggin for my hand. Cummon, pull ‘em back.” He got up on his knees and started pushing my legs down with his chest until his face was right over mine. Then he gave me a mean smile and growled, “Take my fucking fist man, you can do it! Cummon!” He shoved the poppers under my nose, and I felt the pressure at my asshole build to an almost unbearable point then my ass caught fire! One firey bolt of pain and he was in! The fucker had his whole damm fist up my butt!

“Slow deep breaths man Take slow deep breaths. Get used to it, then we’ll play.” Now my cock was rock hard by this point, and I could have come if he’d just breathed on me. I didn’t think that it could get any more intense/painful/better, but it did. He shoved the poppers under my nose again, and started to make a fist inside me. Now I could really feel my ass getting stretched. “AARRGGHH ! ! !” I screamed, “take it easy man.” “Just makin’ the fist dude. Now I’m gonna do a little twistin’.” “Oh GOD!” I yelled as I felt the incredible pressure of his fist rolling over inside me. He leaned into it as he began to twist his arm into my ass, and I could feel his fist move a fraction of an inch further in. Then he did a little more twisting, and I did a lot of twisting, and yelling, but he just kept at it, slow and steady, stuffing my ass with his clenched hand.

I drifted into a semi-trance impaled on that hot little dude’s hand. Experienced bottoms say that there’s a good deal of yoga and meditation involved in stretching your ass enough to take a fist, and as he punch fucked my ass I began to understand what they meant.

After another few minutes of this he looked up at me and grinned. “Ready for a little depth?” “You’re running this trip man. You’ve got me tied up and held down so I can’t move anything but my eyelashes. Guess if you wanna go for depth I’m gonna have to go along huh?” “Fuckin’-a-right dude, you just slide on down my arm, we’re gonna go for the elbow!” Now that might sound a bit radical for the first time, but once he’d gotten in past the knuckles it was just a matter of degree. Actually his out-stretched hand was easier to take than his clenched, rotating fist. I laid back and tried to relax even more as he leaned into my ass, and reamed it with his fist.

Slowly, I felt his arm edge deeper and deeper. As his hand passed through the second sphincter it was like the initial entry all over again. After that though, it was twice as wild. His arm got wider and wider and I felt it stretching both rings at once.

“Can you sit up man? I want you to see, you’ve got my fuckin arm up to the elbow!” I didn’t believe him, but he pulled me up till I was bent like a pretzel and I could see my taut, red asshole stretched around the beginning of his bicep. “Oh God,” I moaned, “let me come please. I gotta come so fuckin’ bad!” This turned him on even more, and he began giving me long slow strokes with his arm all the way out to his wrist and then all the way back in to the elbow! “Oh, yea man, shoot your fuckin’ load, Cummon man, shoot it!” Finally he grabbed my cock, and it was all over, my cock exploded. I must have come for five minutes!! “OK, OK, ease out man!, ease out!” Slowly he withdrew his arm, and we both collapsed.

“Like it ?” he grinned. “Like it! Jesus, I loved it! You’ve got great hands man.” “You might be sore for a day or two.” “That’s cool,” I replied. “You wanna do me?” he asked. “Yea, as soon as I catch my breath.” We stretched out together and dozed for a while, then I started to get itchy to get into his ass. It only took about half an hour he was experienced, but I have fairly big hands.

He took my hand easy when I got it in, but he started to get worried when I started sneaking a couple of extra fingers up alongside my hand. “Hey, uh, I don’t think I can take much more” “I grinned and said, “First time for everything dude.” “Yeah, well, I guess, only go easy man, OK?” “No problem, just relax and enjoy.”

Well, it was only about another fifteen minutes and I was shakin’ hands with myself inside this dude’s steaming ass. Now it was his turn to beg. “Oh, Christ! Let me come please! Jack me off man! I gotta come !” Well that presented a problem since both my hands were busy, so I took his aching cock in my mouth. His back snapped into a tight arch, and his asshole clenched tight around my wrists until I thought they were gonna break. He shot so hard I thought I was gonna drown! “JJJJEEEESSSSSUUUUSSS! Take it out Please, take it out!” I slowly pulled one hand and then the other out of his exhausted hole.

We both staggered to the showers, and soaped each other down, then we crashed. We exchanged phone numbers and played a few times after that but eventually I lost track of him. I’ll never, never forget him though.

Re:Fun (2)

bpsbr_ernie (1121681) | about a year ago | (#43129581)

Umm... you promised to keep this a secret... :(

Re:Fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43130617)

Surprisingly fitting username

Re:Fun (1)

drkim (1559875) | about a year ago | (#43133415)

Surprisingly fitting username

I was wondering if he was one of the Boston Felchers.

Wantwantwantwantwant (2)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#43129453)

ZOMG pinball.

ZOMG touchsreen.

ZOMG programmable.



Re:Wantwantwantwantwant (1)

doccus (2020662) | about a year ago | (#43139479)

ZOMG pinball.

ZOMG touchsreen.

ZOMG programmable.



Very Funny, and yup, Very True!. Thing is, the only people who would be interested haven't got 15 grand for a pinball table,and either already collect old machines, or have built one of those visual pinball tables, which are pretty damn hard to beat, especially with a good playfield monitor.. Also, EVERY pinball project has gone bust from lack of wider appeal.. leading me back to the original quote ! ;-)

Re:Wantwantwantwantwant (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#43146343)

Yeah, the fine print does rather spoil things. That and my partner's likely reaction to me blowing 15 grand on something like this...

Ah well, fun while it lasted. Still need to find a really good pinball game for my Android tablet, though.

Meh (2)

virb67 (1771270) | about a year ago | (#43129493)

The video screen is cool, but the actual pinball looks pretty boring. They probably should've less time on the video screen and more time on how to make a kickass pinball game.

Re:Meh (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year ago | (#43129507)

exactly what I was thinking, its a boring pinball game with a lame video game attached in the middle


Re:Meh (1)

boing boing (182014) | about a year ago | (#43130113)

I think you'll be surprised by the end result. Gerry has been into pinball for years and has owned many of the best pinball machines, so I'm sure he'll end up making it a fun game. He has been thinking about this platform for 15 years, so I believe it'll surprise a lot of people.

10 grand... (2)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#43129511)

According to the article, "targeted at the home user" for $9,500 to $10,000 unit... Yes, I can see this thing really taking off!

Re:10 grand... (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year ago | (#43129531)

means it's built like crap and has limited appeal

Re:10 grand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43129597)

As opposed to those big ass tv screens that can be a magnitude more expensive ?

Odds are that they can't produce a large quantity of their product and/or haven't figured out how to make them cheap yet, so they chose a price they hope will maximize their profit.

Re:10 grand... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#43129655)

As opposed to those big ass tv screens that can be a magnitude more expensive ?

Which TV sets? Because Costco has an 80 inch TV for around $2,500. I'm wondering how big the $10,000 set is?

Re:10 grand... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43129749)

Try 110 inch for $300,000

Re:10 grand... (1)

justthinkit (954982) | about a year ago | (#43131185)

By my crude calculation, 120 80 inch TVs would take up an 8 foot high wall a football field long. I think the 80 inch TVs win.

Re:10 grand... (0)

mianne (965568) | about a year ago | (#43129605)

Not to mention for a couple bucks, one can download one of several Android or iOS pinball apps with multiple layouts, excellent sound and graphics, and spot-on physics. A couple seconds to load a different table vs. loading a new ROM & replacing the upper play field for this system.

If you gotta have an actual full sized pinball in your game room, you can probably find the machine you dumped countless quarters into during your misspent youth for sale online, probably for around $2K in decent condition.

Re:10 grand... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43129625)

iOS? Fuck you! This is open source we're talking about. Not some walled garden bullshite.

Re:10 grand... (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#43129643)

Your hatred is so great and unthinking as to automatically perform s/Android [and|or] iOS/iOS/g on everything you read.


and for less can also get a full size pc cab with (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#43130709)

LCD screens and it can run rom based tables and other tables

The android / ios ones are too locked down and the screen size is too small for pinball. []

Re:10 grand... (1)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about a year ago | (#43133757)

I've played Zen Pinball on Android thought the game was cool, but it needed a bigger screen.

As for buying an old pinball machine. Those things need a lot of maintenance.

Re:10 grand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43135791)

"As for buying an old pinball machine. Those things need a lot of maintenance."

Not really. If you buy a machine in decent condition that already works 100% then it doesn't take much to keep them going. You will need to occasionally give the playfield a wipe to remove dust, and wax it maybe yearly (depending on the amount of play). Once in a while you need to change some rubbers, or maybe replace a solenoid. It really isn't all that often you need to do anything.

If it is an EM (Electro-Mechanical) the points tend to stick if it doesn't get played a bit, and then it doesn't work properly so it doesn't get played. Oh no! Feedback loop! So it helps to play it reasonably often - so buy one you really like playing.

The electronic ones are generally fine until something goes wrong with a board - which can of course happen with electronics which are aging. If you aren't all that handy with a multimeter and soldering iron then there are places out there who will fix them for you if you send it to them. There's also lots of stuff on eBay and several good pinball parts stores online.

And there are still pinball repair technicians out there who will come and fix it for you!

Jr Pac-Man (1)

emag (4640) | about a year ago | (#43129551)

Sounds sort of like Jr. Pac-Man [] , except in reverse, along with "touch". I think I'll reserve judgement for now...

Re:Jr Pac-Man (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#43129691)

Sounds sort of like Jr. Pac-Man [] , except in reverse, along with "touch". I think I'll reserve judgement for now...

I think you meant "Baby Pac Man". Found this from your link... []

Re:Jr Pac-Man (1)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about a year ago | (#43129799)

Baby Pac Man seemed cool at first:"Hey, a video game/pinball hybrid game!"

Problem is there is no reward for playing pinball well, but if you play pinball bad, they take away power pills.

It is a penalty system, not a reward system. It made you feel bad if you didn't have perfect pinball play, and if you had perfect pinball play you didn't get any noticeable reward. This makes a person go,"Hey, I'd be better of playing the original Pac Man where I won't get screwed with less than 4 power pills." Then the next thought is,"Well that game is old and I didn't feel like playing it anyway." This is long hand for saying it had bad game design.

Re:Jr Pac-Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43129969)

Problem is there is no reward for playing pinball well, but if you play pinball bad, they take away power pills. It is a penalty system, not a reward system.

Sorry, that's incorrect. My father owned this game, among others, and the game starts with NO power pills. You have to earn them by repeatedly hitting the 4 targets at the top of the play-field to light up the letters that spell "PACMAN". Take a look at this scan of the original arcade flyer [] for full details. The pinball portion of the game was NOT a penalty system. Either your memory is faulty, you are thinking of a different game, or you played a modified version of the game.

Re:Jr Pac-Man (1)

emag (4640) | about a year ago | (#43139833)

This is what happens when I try to multitask. You're right, I was thinking Baby Pac Man...

Re:Jr Pac-Man (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#43140827)

This is what happens when I try to multitask. You're right, I was thinking Baby Pac Man...

Heh, for shame, doc, please calmly wait right there for the /. police...

I only wish that that was the worst mistake I've made here. :-) I usually blame it on my secretary not showing up for the past few months, and if she doesn't show up by next week, I'll show her! (By not paying her anymore!)

Lolz!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43129611)

Further proof that all you need to do is to mention open source to get a headline on Slashdork. This is lame and far from headline worthy.

I played this at expo last year and it felt like (3, Informative)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#43130729)

I played this at expo last year and it felt like a little to much was put on to the screen part also the lack of scores / displays on the head seemed out of place.

Layout did not seem as good as other games.

Re:I played this at expo last year and it felt lik (1)

fractalVisionz (989785) | about a year ago | (#43132259)

I played this at the Pacific Pinball expo this last year. I 100% agree that the too much focus was put on the under-ball display. In fact, during one of the games, I couldn't even see the ball due to all the explosion animations happening around the ball that I lost a ball. It was much too distracting. The rest of the play-field was just boring as well, symmetric and didn't invoke any reason or story to even play the game.

Why this is LAME (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43132171)

$5,000.00 - hundreds of pinball machines, traditional designs, all video, super-realistic, everything you always wanted in a pinball game except having to maintain the rubber/playing field. Many existing pinball machines playable, created using Virtual Pinball emulator.

So, tell me WHY this modular pinball HACK is better than Virtuapin?

Re:Why this is LAME (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#43133673)

because it has real elements that don't remind you of any good pinball games?

Pinball Construction Set! (1)

antdude (79039) | about a year ago | (#43132533)

That would be neat to use with this. I don't know about physical parts. That might be hard? Maybe you can do it like Lego does?

Ew. (2)

adolf (21054) | about a year ago | (#43134867)

I love pinball. Some day, when I grow up (if this is a thing that will ever occur), I will dedicate a large room in my house to nothing but pinball and perhaps a pool table. I like pinball games because they are tend to be visceral and real, and not at all related to modern video games, and that they're self-paced: I can hold a ball and plan a shot for as long as I want, at least until the machine resets after a half-minute or so of inactivity.

But I don't like many incarnations of modern pinball: Anything with a video display that I have to divert my attention to in order to score detracts (or distracts) from the physics of just getting the shots right.

The more I have to take my eye off of the ball to understand the progress of the game, the more the game tends to suck. I don't want to hit fictitious targets on a display; I want to hit targets that are mechanically interactive with the ball. Bumpers, pop-ups, magnets, traps, ramps, that sort of thing.

If there are cues that enable better scoring with different targets, then those should be plain so that they can be seen at a glance (such as playfield lamps) instead of on a twitchy-feeling, ever-changing video display with zero mechanical interaction.

I really don't want video eyecandy, at all: I just want physics, scoring, and cues. The big orange dot-matrix LED scoreboard display on seeming every pinball game released in the past twenty years is a nuisance that I never even see unless I'm waiting for the next ball to drop. (I'll check my score when the game ends, thanks, and I'll stuff my first quarter(s) in based on how the playfield looks, not based on how fancy the signage is.)

Otherwise, I might as well fire up the PS3 or 360, which I also enjoy, but not enough that I'd be willing to dedicate a room of my house toward gaming with one (or several). So when I grow up, I'm not getting one of these machines described in TFA.

(On the other hand: If there were a video-based pinball with a good basic mechanical layout and a way to bounce the ball around with non-distracting video targets (grids of electromagnets making linear motors of arbitrary orientation?) and predictable fake physics, I might be fully sold on the concept. But nobody seems to be doing that.)

What is the point of pinball machines? (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year ago | (#43136695)

I suppose they're fun if you're a deaf, dumb and blind kid though

Re:What is the point of pinball machines? (1)

DZign (200479) | about a year ago | (#43213405)

they're fun because the ball is wild :)
videogames are predictable, pinball machines always have some random element no matter how skillful you are

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