MELROSE PARK -- Stern Pinball Inc., the world's only maker of real pinball games, said game designer Greg Freres has joined the company.
With 34 years in the industry, Freres brings a rich and diverse background in pinball, the company said in a release. A member of the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame, Freres has created artwork and helped design over 30 pinball, video and arcade games. Among his most recent works is the co-creation of the custom "Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons" pinball game. Other notable games from his design portfolio include Medieval Madness, Revenge From Mars, Fathom, Elvira and the Party Monsters, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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In 1978, after earning a degree in Studio Art, Freres began his pinball career at Bally Manufacturing where he worked as an artist, designer and art manager until 2008. Since 2008, Freres has worked as an independent freelance artist.
"Greg is a great fit for our company and we're confident that his diverse talents and background will help us create the future of pinball," said Gary Stern, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Stern Pinball.