Mike Vinikour is an associate game developer at Stern with over 25 years of experience. He started at Williams Bally/Midway in 1993 and was there until 2001 when Midway exited the coin-op business. From there he did console video game design for 9 years and then returned to pinball a few years ago. At Stern his role involves helping with rule design, working on every game with the leads to make each game as fun as it possibly can be. Additionally, he’s also in charge of all of Stern’s software testing and releases, running the field test program, and appearing at pinball shows as a face of Stern, answering questions, teaching people rules to games, playing people in games of pinball in their booth where they can win prizes, and sometimes speaking on panels at the show.