I'm sad to read that Irrational Games are closing down their business as we know it. Without them there would have been no BioShock and most definitely no BioShock pinball.
"Seventeen years is a long time to do any job, even the best one. And working with the incredible team at Irrational Games is indeed the best job I’ve ever had. While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before. To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers. In many ways, it will be a return to how we started: a small team making games for the core gaming audience."
This is by no means a death sentence for the studio as it is reshaping its core. Hopefully they'll keep making awesome games, as I'm sure they'll do!
You can read more about it here:
This does not affect my pinball machine, in case you're worried!