Our continuing coverage of Stern's newest game CSI continues with the press release from the company about the game.

The press release comes with the usual official picture which is shown below.

The game itself
The game itself

The picture reveals no new information, however the press release does give us a few nuggets of detail.

Firstly, Anthony E. Zuiker - the show's creator - is a big fan of pinball and he no doubt helped with the game.

His involvement would seem to have led to the speech calls in the game coming from a mixture of custom recordings by the show's Coroner - played by Robert David Hall - and recordings by the original actors taken from the show.

Rather more intriguing is the quote from Gary Stern where he says "‘Mystery’-based pinball is going to be the story telling mechanism of the future." This suggests we can presumably expect any future titles to be skewed towards mystery themes of one kind or another.

Anyway, here is the press release by Stern Pinball.


November 11, 2008 -- Stern Pinball, Inc. solves another mystery with the new CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION pinball machine.  Designed by Pat Lawlor Design and Stern Pinball, the CSI pinball machine adapts CBS’s original Las Vegas-based CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION® television series into a pinball machine.  The CSI pinball machine will surely appeal to fans of all three CSI television shows, as well as homeowners and street operators alike.

Now in its ninth season on CBS, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is the No. 1 program on television in the U.S., averaging 21.4 million viewers and has spawned two additional hit shows, CSI: MIAMI® and CSI: NY®.  CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is an international phenomenon, having been named the #1 rated series in the world by Mediametrie at the 2008 Monte Carlo Television Festival for the second year in a row.

Anthony E. Zuiker, a huge pinball enthusiast and creator of CSI, also assisted in the design of the pinball machine. “Gary Stern is the Godfather of pinball.
CSI is the Godfather of crime.  ‘Mystery’-based pinball is going to be the story telling mechanism of the future.  Stern and CSI are breaking new ground,” Zuiker said.  

The CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION pinball machine, licensed from CBS Consumer Products, offers many exciting features, including: a mechanical Skull that loads pinballs into its eyes for release as the Skull rises above the playfield thus starting Skull Multi-ball; a Microscope mechanism that captures the pinball on a magnet for examination and release into Microscope Multi-ball; a Bullet scoop shot that catches the ball and propels it back into gameplay; a mini-flipper that flips the pinball into action; a Centrifuge Spinning Disc that captures the ball and thrusts it into play; and many ramps, drop targets, spinners and multi-ball play.

The CSI pinball machine features original speech from Robert David Hall, who plays Dr. Al Robbins, the coroner on the Las Vegas television show.  There is also speech from the major characters, including Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows.  CSI pinball features music from the television show, as well as David Thiel.  Pinball Hall of Fame artists John Youssi and Margaret Hudson created the artwork.  

Gary Stern, President of Stern, says, “CSI as a title lends itself to a great game with great features and devices.  And CSI is such a popular title worldwide, with both men and women.”

To get your CSI pinball machine, contact your nearest Stern Pinball distributor.  You can also contact Jolly Backer at 1-708-786-7039 or by e-mail at [email protected], or Shelley Sax at 1-708-786-7030 or by e-mail at [email protected]

To learn more about Stern Pinball and the CSI pinball machine, visit www.sternpinball.com.

About CBS Consumer Products

CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Entertainment, manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company's extensive library of titles.  Additionally, the group oversees the CBS Retail Store and online sales of programming merchandise.  For more information, visit www.CBS.com.


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