Stern is an interesting company. Although it is actually one of the relatively newer companies in the world of arcade and pinball, Stern has a rich and very colorful history dating back over nine decades before it became Stern. Other companies, such as Atari, Bally Midway, Nintendo, Sega, and even Williams have much longer histories and at least two of them were also involved in the pinball market. Stern came upon the scene, rising like a Phoenix, when Chicago Coin went defunct and was acquired by Sam Stern and his son Gary Stern.
With this acquisition, Stern would start to concentrate on both pinball and arcade machines. Their best-selling arcade game would beBerzerk (see my article in Old School Gamer Magazine dated March 2019) that was designed in-house. Most of their other arcade games would be a partnership between Stern and Konami and would include games such as Astro Invader, Super Cobra, and Scramble.
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