Lebowski definitely has an LCD monitor in there, not a DMD, but it displays a matrix of solid-color dots, akin to a ColorDMD. (Well, that’s what it looks like to me, but I’ve never seen one close enough to actually see if the dots are solid-color or if it’s a full-resolution image with a black DMD-esque mask over it.) I’m wondering why they went with the DMD effect and not make use of the full resolution of what the player can see. Is it for a retro effect?
I’ve also heard Episode 20. I so want something like a Super League around here, now that I’ve heard some in-depth description from someone who runs one. I keep an irregular schedule at work, and I don’t know when I’ll be available until pretty close to that day. Something like Super League would be so nice for someone like me.
I personally didn’t find much wrong with the visuals on the monitor for The Wizard of Oz except for the obvious CG clashing with the live-action cutscenes, but that’s probably due to budget and time. Given infinite money and all the time needed, one could hire some modelers and animators from a Hollywood animation company like Blue Sky, or even from a video game with a talent in convincing-looking computer graphics like Squaresoft, but it’s currently not feasible. (You’d be more likely to get fully-orchestrated background music before getting convincing CG.)
I had heard about the monitor right above the flippers in Full Throttle around the time I got into pinball, and, as a beginner, the first thought that came to mind was that this should be on every pinball machine from here on out. That’s the area I would most commonly be looking at, and if the information is conveyed clearly, concisely, and compactly, is what I believe would be the single biggest boon in getting a non-player into a machine: It shows them, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there are rules and scenarios going on, and it’s not just about not letting the ball drain. I then heard from some pinball veterans that the monitor being there threw them off, as they’re used to looking up.
I would be interested in seeing if this is something of an upside-down-glasses situation, where people accustomed to doing one thing becomes disoriented and thrown off when it changes, but for people used to it, it becomes the new norm and switching back disorients them and throws them off. (I’m referring to a psychology experiment where people wore glasses that caused everything they see to be upside-down. The subjects were, understandably, having trouble doing even basic tasks, but after a few days, seeing things upside-down became second nature. When it came time to take them off, seeing the world right-side up again made them clumsy and stumble around again for a few hours.)
I think I’ll start a new topic regarding use of monitors, as I don’t want to derail this any further.