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[[caption-width-right:350:Stern - Now and Then]]

Stern is the name of two separate but related American companies known for manufacturing [[ArcadeGame arcade]] {{Pinball}} and VideoGame machines.

'''Stern Electronics''' was started when the Stern family, led by former Creator/WilliamsElectronics' president Sam Stern, bought and renamed the troubled Chicago Coin pinball company in 1977. Though overshadowed by competitors Creator/WilliamsElectronics and [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally/Midway]], Stern was fairly successful in the pinball and jukebox industries.

When video games became popular in TheEighties, Stern entered the field by licensing games from Creator/{{Konami}} and creating their own games. Their first in-house creation was ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'', an instant hit that grabbed players with its MachineMonotone voice. Stern's other video games (including ''VideoGame/{{Scramble}}, Pooyan,'' and ''VideoGame/{{Tutankham}}'') were only moderately successful, however. Their pinball line fared no better, partially because Stern almost completely avoided licensed properties, unlike their competitors. The company left the arcade industry in 1985.

'''Stern Pinball''' was started in 1999, during the implosion of the arcade pinball industry. Gary Stern, son of Sam Stern, was serving as the President of [[Creator/{{Sega}} Sega Pinball]] when the company decided to close the division; he bought the assets and spun it off as Stern Pinball. At the same time, [[Creator/WilliamsElectronics WMS Industries]] closed its pinball division to focus on casino gambling; this effectively left Stern Pinball the only company in the industry for over a decade, and many notable pinball creators started working for Stern as a result.

Today, Stern Pinball continues to thrive on a modest but steady market, producing around a dozen new LicensedPinballTables a year. While they sell well to bowling alleys and game centers, the majority of their pins are bought by individuals and collectors; Stern produces [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition multiple limited versions]] of their games to cater to this crowd. Although they no longer have the market entirely to themselves, Stern Pinball is well positioned to remain relevant in the field.

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!!Pinball machines produced by Stern Electronics (pre-1985) include:
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* ''Pinball/{{Ali}}'' (based on the boxer MuhammadAli)
* ''Big Game''
* ''Catacomb''
* ''Cheetah''
* ''Cosmic Princess''
* ''Cue''
* ''Disco''
* ''Dracula''
* ''Dragon Fist''
* ''[=FasTrac=]''
* ''Pinball/{{Flight 2000}}''
* ''Freefall''
* ''Galaxy''
* ''Grand Prix''
* ''Hot Hand''
* ''Hypnox''
* ''Pinball/IronMaiden'' (no relation to the heavy metal band)
* ''Laser Lord''
* ''Lectronamo'' (gameplay video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=04ceoFowEuM here]])
* ''Lightning''
* ''Magic''
* ''Memory Lane''
* ''Pinball/{{Meteor}}''
* ''Nine Ball''
* ''Nugent''
* ''Pinball/{{Orbitor 1}}'', Stern's last pinball.
* ''Pentogram''
* ''Pinball'' (no, really)
* ''Quicksilver''
* ''Rawhide''
* ''Seawitch''
* ''Split Second''
* ''Stampede''
* ''Pinball/StarGazer''
* ''Stars''
* ''Stingray''
* ''Trident''
* ''Pinball/{{Viper}}''
* ''Wild Fyre''
[[/index]]

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!!Video games produced or distributed by Stern Electroncs include:
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* ''VideoGame/{{Amidar}}'' (licensed from Konami)
* ''Bagman''
* ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}''
** ''Frenzy''
* ''Cliff Hanger'' (laserdisc game)
* ''Pooyan'' (licensed from Konami)
* ''VideoGame/{{Scramble}}'' (licensed from Konami)
* ''VideoGame/{{Tutankham}}'' (licensed from Konami)
[[/index]]

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!!Pinball machines produced by Stern Pinball (1999-present) include:
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* ''24''
* ''Pinball/{{ACDC}}''
* ''Austin Powers''
* ''Pinball/{{Avatar}}''
* ''[[Pinball/TheAvengersStern The Avengers]]''
* ''[[Pinball/BatmanStern Batman]]''
* ''Big Buck Hunter Pro''
* ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation''
* ''Elvis''
* ''Pinball/FamilyGuy''
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** ''Good Morning America''
** ''Pinball/{{Shrek}}''
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* ''Harley-Davidson'' (2nd and 3rd editions)
* ''Pinball/HighRollerCasino''
* ''{{Pinball/Indiana Jones|Stern}}''
* ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]''
* ''Pinball/TheLordOfTheRings''
* ''Metallica''
* ''Pinball/{{Monopoly}}''
* ''Mustang''
* ''Pinball/{{NASCAR}}''
** ''Dale Jr.''
** ''Grand Prix''
* ''NBA''
* ''Pirates of the Caribbean''
* ''[[Pinball/PlayboyStern Playboy]]''
* ''Pinball/RipleysBelieveItOrNot''
* ''The Rolling Stones''
* ''[[Pinball/SharkeysShootout Sharkey's Shootout]]''
* ''[[Pinball/SpiderManStern Spider-Man]]''
* ''Star Trek''
* ''Pinball/StrikerXtreme''
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** ''Pinball/{{NFL}}''
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* ''Pinball/TheSimpsonsPinballParty''
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** ''Pinball/TheBrain''
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* ''Pinball/TheSopranos''
* ''[[Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines]]''
* ''Pinball/{{Transformers}}''
* ''[[Pinball/TronLegacy TRON: Legacy]]''
* ''Wheel of Fortune''
* ''World Poker Tour''
* ''X-Men''
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