Story dated April 5, 2005 .

Gary Stern today cemented his claim to employ the best game designers in the industry by recruiting another famous name to create games for his company.

Dennis Nordman has joined the engineering department to design pinball games for the first time since he left Williams in 1996 after producing Scared Stiff.

Since then he has been designing slot machine bonus systems for IGT which have been used in titles such as Marilyn Monroe, Drew Carey, Frank Sinatra, and The Beverly Hillbillies. In addition he's designed a number of redemption games for SkeeBall and Bromley such as Demolition Zone, Beam Bat Back, Tower of Power, Mars Mission, Monster Truck and High Voltage.

But now with 22 years in the industry he returns to pinball as a Stern employee creating both pinball and redemption games. “I am thrilled (yes, really!)” Dennis says, “to be at Stern designing pin games again. I feel very fortunate that Gary Stern called me. I’m looking forward to starting in on my first game.”

He's got a formidable track record with the silver ball, designing the original Elvira & The Party Monsters as well as its sequel, Demolition Man, Whitewater, Party Zone all the way back to 1986 and his first design for Bally, Special Force.

He joined that company as a cabinet designer after gaining his qualification in industrial design and approaching them with a futuristic tapering pinball cabinet.

You can read more about Dennis and hear him talk about his work in this Pinball News report of a fireside chat he did at Pinball Expo 2003.



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