Pinball: We talk about Stern Pinball shipping Bond Pro models and soon ending their Home edition runs of Jurassic Park and Star Wars. We discuss CGC’s CCrLE finally shipping. We spend a brief about of time on the TWIPYs,and then we talk about the new third-party game Drained for the P3. We spend a lot of time answering a listener email on whether we’d pick the Pro or the Premium model of various in-production Stern games. We conclude with Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers some insider trading arrests tied to Square Enix, Blizzard partially reversing course on their SMS verification rules, Pokémon fallout, and impressive sales for God of War Ragnarök.
Note: The virtual mixing board lost connection to Tony’s microphone during the TWIPY discussion and so he will be quiet during that part (as you can only hear what Dennis’s mic picked up from him). This issue was caught and fixed after that segment but left in as most of the discussion was from Dennis anyway.
Pinball: We talk about CGC’s purported delay into 2023 for CCr LE and discuss a Patreon-requested topic about pinball machines themed around a specific movie/show/game versus a collection/series. We conclude with Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers Tony’s PS5 game recommendations, the PlayStation VR2, Overwatch 2 player counts, SE and their NFT project and latest blowback regarding Final Fantasy 16, a possible Horizon Zero Dawn MMO, the upcoming Awesome Games Done Quick schedule, and more information out of the EU regarding Microsoft’s plan to acquire Activision.
Pinball: We talk about a number of highlights from Pinball Expo (purportedly, since we weren’t there), Spooky Pinball bringing in a new programmer and more delays from CGC on Cactus Canyon Remake LE. We conclude with Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers Steam’s new record, Square Enix’s strategy, Call of Duty’s small disc size, Phil Spencer on potential price increases for Xbox, Genshin Impact’s data breach, and Blizzard’s latest Overwatch 2 happenings.
Pinball: We briefly talk about Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game, and then move into the manufacturing/business/development updates from Multimorphic. After that, we talk about the new version and renamed iterations of Legends of Valhalla from American Pinball. We conclude with a discussion about meaningful tier differences with pinball machines and of course Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers another sexual harassment complaint at Activision-Blizzard, the troubled Overwatch 2 launch, the chaos and information out of TwitchCon, Google’s not-quite-Stadia Chromebooks, and a legal update regarding Microsoft’s attempted purchase of Activision.
Pinball: We yet again discuss Stern Pinball’s James Bond, provide some small updates regarding Pinball Adventures and Spooky Pinball, discuss some layout information regarding Homepin’s Spinal Tap, and Rumor Corner (featuring two rumors due to demand from our Patreons).
Video Games: This segment covers Google’s impending shutdown of Stadia, a Cyberpunk 2077 reveal, an update regarding Skull and Bones, discussion of the Rockstar hack, and some major changes coming to Twitch streaming.
Pinball: We open with the game results from the last episode, and follow that with coverage of the re-release of TNA by Spooky Pinball. We follow that with an in-depth discussion of our rankings of ten pinball manufacturers in order of our perceptions of their ability to survive moving forward. Finally, we conclude with Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers new details of the Microsoft purchase of Activision, an update on Halo Infinite, Sony and Tencent increasing ownership stakes in From Software, the Playstation 5 price increase, Embracer Group confirming a Star Wars title, and a Steamdeck update.
Pinball: Coverage covers our Toy Story 4 thoughts now that we’ve played the game, a Q&A summary from Spooky Pinball, a topper update from Chicago Gaming Company, a Spinal Tap update from Homepin, a new theme reveal from the defunct deeproot Pinball, and we play a new game submitted by Matt Roberts. Of course we end with Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers a variety of movies being developed based on video games, a run-down on Embracer as the parent company of seemingly everything, and some Overwatch 2 news.
Pinball: Coverage focuses on Stern’s Home Team for Insider Connected, Pinball Brothers denoting Queen Pinball may come out slower than originally believed, Chicago Gaming Company struggling on what to do with their continued topper delays for the Cactus Canyon Remake, an update on Multimorphic production, and finally Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers financial updates on Activision-Blizzard, Square Enix, and Tencent, along with delays for Gollum and Knights of the Old Republic.
Pinball: Coverage focuses on more information coming out regarding Pinball Brother’s Queen, a release date for Homepin’s Spinal Tap, a discussion about JJP’s reported slow sales on Toy Story 4 LE along with their decision not to use the other films, Stern Pinball not revealing anything at Comic Con, a listener email with a proposed Pinside-themed pinball machine, and Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers how two different companies are approaching NFTs, FIFA 23 not having the Russian team, John Romero returning to the FPS world, Nintendo updating some eshop closure details on older systems, Sony confirming they now fully have Bungie, Bayonetta 3 getting a modesty mode, and Nintendo warning users that the Switch is not designed for use in high heat.
Note: We had some local gain issues so some portions of audio have an echo to them… our apologies.
Pinball: Coverage focuses on an email regarding our Toy Story Four pinball discussion, American Pinball’s claim to be getting ready to make classic editions of Legends of Valhalla and two new trademark names associated with the company, Multimorphic shipping Weird Al modules and continuing to search for assemblers to build games, Stern Pinball resuming production of Jurassic Park Pro, and Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers an email about our prior discussion of video game reviews, the ESA announcing they are working with ReedPop to produce E3 2023, Blizzard planning to bring back Blizzcon in 2023, Nintendo partnering with LEGO for a big ol’ Bowser, a controversy with Summer Games Done Quick 2022, and some Playstation store impact related to Purchased Studio Canal.
Pinball: Coverage focuses on Jersey Jack Pinball’s newly revealed Toy Story 4 Pinball and Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers Kojima working on an Xbox game, Starfield’s gameplay reveal, DICE staying committed to Battlefield 2042, Activison-Blizzard’s shareholder meeting, and the changing dynamics of critic versus user game review scoring.
Pinball: Coverage includes the Elwin walk-off, Stern Pinball soon ending Guardians of the Galaxy and Led Zeppelin production, Jersey Jack Pinball getting close to releasing their new game, Homepin showing a photo of This is Spinal Tap Pinball, Jon Norris revealing a street-level pinball design called Champs Elysees, and Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers thoughts on Diablo Immortal, Battlefield 2042’s season one, and the ESA announcing E3 will be back in 2023.
Pinball: Coverage includes Dutch Pinball’s consistent output of The Big Lebowski, Multimorphic’s status update on the production of Weird Al, deeproot Pinball’s website having a cryptic message, Spooky Pinball adding wizard modes to Halloween and Ultraman, and Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers thoughts on the Xbox Game Pass possibly having negative impacts on the video game industry, Stadia losing save files, the new Gollum game being a stealth title, some Activision-Blizzard updates, a new Jedi game, several video games getting movies or tv shows, and the Cyberpunk expansion.
Note: Echo crops up from time to time during this episode. Apologies upfront.
Pinball: Coverage includes Haggis’s Fathom Remake finally starting to arrive to buyers, thoughts on the viability of brutal and/or roguelike pinball games, and a discussion of the current pinball market and pricing.
Video Games: This segment covers Square Enix selling off studios, Genshin Impact hitting a major player spending milestone, EA moving forward with some new games and dropping the FIFA name, Bethesda delaying a couple titles, and Romero putting out a memoir.
Pinball: Coverage includes Ryan McQuaid joining American Pinball, changes to the Deluxe models at American Pinball, the fate of a Dragon’s Lair pinball machine, and Rumor Corner.
Video Games: This segment covers talk of Twitch dramatically restructuring their Partner payouts, Square Enix releasing a statue that costs more than a pinball machine, Sony temporarily blocking the ability for folks to extend their active Playstation Plus subscriptions, and the Overwatch 2 beta making a huge splash on Twitch.
Note: Several recording difficulties this episode. We attempted to balance the audio ahead of time but in actual recording it seems we still haven’t optimized the mics to capture just the people closest to them so there is some reverb, particularly on Dennis. Also Windows decided it just had to update and given Easter activities we could not wait longer and had to record while the install was running. Several audio sections failed to record and so edits around some discussions had to happen. Apologies upfront for the quality issues!
Pinball: We talk some about Fathom Revisited and 2022 game releases, have an extended discussion about P3 versus traditional pinball, and FINALLY catch up on Rumor Corner.
Video Games: We prove updates on Wargaming, Lego and Epic partnering, Elden Ring having a new super-fast speedrun, Hello Games planning an ambitious new game, and a slew of Activision updates.
Pinball discussion focuses on covering what we experienced at the Texas Pinball Festival (TPF) for 2022. In video games we talk about Summer Games Done Quick returning to in-person, E3 not happening, Nintendo announcing a Breath of the Wild 2 delay, Twitch pausing their boost train, and theft of crypto from Axie Infinity.
In pinball discussion we talk about the Weird Al gameplay reveal, the Fathom Revisited 2.0 reveal, a bunch of 2.0 pinball kits, some Texas Pinball Festival plans, and a review of the Pinside Top 10.
In video games discussion revolves around several emails we received, a new Pinball FX table, the New World MMO, Gran Turismo 7, the closed beta for Overwatch 2, Elden Ring setting records, Elite Dangerous leaving consoles, and a Dr. Disrespect legal update.
In pinball discussion we talk about the loss of Barry Oursler, an email about the prior episode’s game, reports that JJP will not to reveal Toy Story at Texas Pinball Festival, Stern informing distributors it is skipping the second cornerstone release of 2022, updated information on Homepin’s Spinal Tap game, Multimorphic’s reveal of Weird Al as their licensed theme, and the upcoming auction of deeproot stuff.
In video games discussion we cover Elden Ring, Street Fighter 6, some more Activision-Blizzard news, video game response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Nintendo’s newly announced Pokemon game.
Audio troubles mandated Dennis record the intro solo.
In pinball discussion we cover an email about the Pinball Industry Awards, then we talked about the Pinball Industry Award results, and finally we do Rumor Corner.
In video games discussion we read two emails (one on Microsoft and one on Ubisoft), we go over Sony acquiring Bungie, we talk some Activision-Blizzard news, we briefly go over the deprioritization of Stadia, the soon-to-ship Steam Deck, and a few other news snippets.
In pinball discussion we discuss the tragic loss of Lyman Sheats, talk about Haggis finally starting production on Fathom Revisited, cover the new P3 game Flipper Foxtrot Rhythm Explosion, discuss some Pinball Industry Awards Hall of Fame follow-up on the 2000-2009 category, and do Rumor Corner.
In video games discussion is entirely about the huge news of Microsoft moving forward with purchasing Activision-Blizzard.
The episode starts with a summary of the 2021 podcast statistics, as part of our annual tradition.
In pinball discussion focuses on three companies Dennis missed in the year-end review, a walkthrough of Pinball Industry Award Hall of Fame voting, Stern Pinball’s newest announced game based on the band Rush, and finally Rumor Corner.
In video games discussion covers some general NFT thoughts, then Yoku’s Island Express, the rumor of a new Armored Core game, Bioware refocusing its efforts on actually good games, the possible end to E3, and finally some Xbox nail polish.
In pinball discussion focuses on 2021’s year-end review of the pinball manufacturers, and a new Rumor Corner.
In video games discussion covers the Hugo Awards, an update on Amazon’s New Worlds MMO, an update on Square Enix’s FFXIV MMO, a new unsubscribe feature for Twitch, and Minecraft hitting a new view record. Plus we discuss our 2021 games played.
This is a discussion of the Pinball Expo 2021 experience recorded while at Expo. We used a remote recorder and a lot of background noise needed to be stripped out so the audio quality is subpar versus our usual episodes.
Pinball: The guys discuss Stern Pinball hiring Seth Davis as president, the new Jurassic Park Pin by Stern, and Jersey Jack Pinball announcing achievements for Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime Pinball.
Video Games: Discussion covers the major Twitch hack, EA looking to move away from using the FIFA brand, Avengers continuing to struggle and go back on prior statements, and the latest in the Blizzard legal saga!
Pinball: After a lengthy, pinball-related intro the guys talk about the quasi-reveal of Pinball Brothers’ upcoming game Queen Pinball, discuss JJP adding achievements to Wonka, and discuss Lyman Sheats and Josh Sharpe doing the new software for Chicago Gaming Company’s Cactus Canyon Remake.
Video Games: Discussion starts with a bit about Cruis’n Blast for Nintendo Switch, followed by a bunch of info from the latest Nintendo Direct. After that they discuss the memetastic Amazon MMO, New World. Finally, there is a (sorry folks!) Activision legal update.
Pinball: The guys spend most of the pinball segment covering Godzilla, Stern Pinball’s latest release. They also spend a bit of time critiquing the screen animations on Spooky Pinball’s Halloween at the present time.
Video Games: Discussion covers the Jagged Alliance 3 announcement, a delay on Battlefield 2042, Blizzard having yet another lawsuit filed against them, and No Man’s Sky achieving positive review status.
Pinball: The guys discuss Sorcerer’s Apprentice (the new P3 game from Multimorphic), Homepin announcing This Is Spinal Tap Pinball, This Week in Pinball going on hiatus, Stern Pinball launching their Insider Connected Platform, and a user-submitted question about video-game themes and interconnected options for pinball.
Video Games: Discussion covers several updates on Blizzard, talk about the new Saints Row game, and the day off Twitch protest that happened September 1st.
Pinball: The guys briefly discuss Chicago Gaming Company and its now-confirmed Cactus Canyon Remake, but spend most of their time on the SEC’s complaint against deeproot Funds and how it impacts deeproot Pinball.
Video Games: Discussion is short and covers more Skyrim coming soon, a new Ace Combat game, a new possible Saints Row game, and some more updates regarding Blizzard.
Note: Apologies for Dennis’s audio, a setting issue resulted in him not being picked up well by the microphone so there is a bit of an echo on his quality.
Pinball: The guys discuss Halloween and Ultraman: Kaiju Rumble, the two new pinball machines revealed by Spooky Pinball.
Video Games: Discussion focuses on a new iteration of the Nintendo Switch, the results of the Summer Games Done Quick 2021 fundraising effort, an auction for a Legend of Zelda game, and some highlights from Sony’s State of Play.
Pinball: The guys discuss a bit about the prior episode’s distributor talk, Haggis selling out of their Fathom Revisited Mermaid Edition, Spooky appearing to be close to revealing their next pinball machine, the continued explosion of complaints regarding Jersey Jack Pinball and subpar playfields with GnR, Pinball Adventures revealing an upcoming game called Elements, and the latest deeproot update on RAZA.
Video Games: Discussion focuses on Nintendo Switch rumors, the cancellation of Blizzcon and Overwatch 2 news, Twitch and its actions regarding the hot tub meta, and Ubisoft’s actions regarding sexual harassment.
Pinball: The guys discuss Haggis Pinball’s announcement of Fathom Revisited.
Video Games: Discussion focus on Activision-Blizzard’s CEO pay, the loss of Jeff Kaplan from Blizzard, Microsoft revising their cut of PC game sales, Valorant’s steps to deal with voice-chat toxicity, and Konami not being at E3.
Pinball: News discussion covers the thousand-dollar increase Jersey Jack Pinball has deployed for Guns N’ Roses Pinball. The guys also discuss the results of the Pinball Industry Awards.
Video Games: Discussion focuses on Blizzard not planning to release Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2 in 2021, Google Stadia closing its gaming studios, Gearbox Studios being acquired by Embracer, and information about the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
Pinball: News discussion touches on the upcoming Pinball Industry Awards ceremony and The Pinball Hall of Fame’s active GoFundMe, but the bulk of the pinball segment is discussing which John Hughes’s directed movie would make the for best pinball machine.
Video Games: Discussion focuses on Lucas Film Games, Microsoft’s price increase (and then cancellation of said increase) for Xbox Live Gold, and the game development at Valve.
Pinball: Discussion covers the new P3 mini-game Shoot n’ Scoot, the announcement of a Led Zeppelin pinball machine by Stern Pinball, the return of Alien Pinball (now by Pinball Brothers), and deeproot Pinball going live on its website for RAZA purchases.
Video Games: Discussion here covers the latest on Twitch and DMCA challenges and ends with a lengthy discussion on Cyberpunk 2077.
This episode has a wide-ranging discussion about Stern releasing another cornerstone in 2020, the cost of toppers, DMCA and Twitch, the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo’s sales figures, and capping donations on Twitch. At the end Tony and Dennis also choose if they could have only one, pinball or video games, which answer is correct (and there is a correct answer!).
Pinball: Tony and Dennis discuss some brief thoughts on Jersey Jack Pinball’s upcoming game reveal, cover the new P3 game Ranger in the Ruins, talk about Fun With Bonus transitioning to a new focus, and spend a lot of time on the deeproot Pinball infodump and thoughts about how the whole thing went down.
Video Games: Dennis and Tony discuss some backlash regarding Sony’s Spider-Man, dealys with Cyberpunk 2077, thoughts about Microsoft buying ZeniMax Media, and opinions on how the Overwatch League went in 2020.
Tony and Dennis are joined by Nick Greenup and Keri Wing of Solid State Pinball Supply. In this entirely pinball episode they talk about Avengers, JJP, Deeproot, routing games, growing a pinball venue in a pandemic, and play a challenging game of guess-the-fix-to-this-pinball!
Note: Skype had some audio latency issues so there are some strange pauses intermittently during the episode (editing helps but some of the breaks will be obvious, be forewarned!)
Tony and Dennis are joined by Jason Knapp of the famous Knapp Arcade Facebook page to talk games!
Pinball: The guys discuss Avengers: Infinity Quest from Stern Pinball, the reported price and limits on the Elvira House of Horrors topper, deeproot Pinball’s hammer test promotion, and they play a new hit-game: Fix-A-Bank!
Video Games: Discussion focuses on the new Nvidia graphics cards and Super Mario Bros. 35.
Pinball: The guys do a re-cap on the last Build a Bank game. From there they discuss the survival of location pinball in the protracted fallout from COVID-19. Finally, in a not-really-pinball but not-really-video-games transition topic they talk about the Mr. Jones Watches design that Ryan Claytor did: Step Right Up.
Video Games: Discussion focuses on exclusivity and the Marvel’s Avengers video game, the comeback of Dr. Disrespect, the 2020 World Championship for League of Legends, and Blizzard’s employee pay woes.
Pinball: The guys do a re-cap on feedback Tony received regarding books that would make for good pinball machines. They then do a joint exercise of trying to come up with unique video game concepts that could work in pinball. Finally, they play Build A Bank.
Video Games: The guys discuss the Xbox Games Showcase.
Pinball: Tony covers Jersey Jack Pinball’s hiring of Jim Patla and recent copyright strikes relating to Spooky Pinball’s Rick and Morty. Tony also expands on dream theme concepts for pinball.
Video Games: Tony covers the potential price hikes for next-gen console gaming, an update regarding Dr. Disrespect, a major shake-up at Ubisoft, the cancellation of the EVO fighting game tournament, and major sexual harassment, assault, and abuse charges throughout the Smash fighting game community.
Pinball: Tony and Dennis discuss Multimorphic’s Internet-based head-to-head gameplay, Jersey Jack Pinball’s teaser for an upcoming innovation announcement, and Stern Pinball’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball reveal (along with the drama that flowed with it).
They also tackle a discussion about what is a “grail” pin and play a new game of Build a Bank!
Video Games: Dennis provides a review of the latest updates to Zaccaria Pinball. Tony summarizes some new Playstation 5 announcements and the cancellation of BlizzCon.
Pinball: The guys speculate on themes that would make for interesting pinball machines (not your typical, run-of-the-mill suggestions!).
Video Games: There is some news here with coverage on the PS5, Games Done Quick, Valorant, and XCOM: Chimera Squad. We also discuss some games we’ve been playing (Shortest Trip to Earth, Doom Eternal, Periodic Deliveries, and Far Cry 5).
Pinball: The news is at a crawl thanks to COVID-19. The guys talk about the shut downs in production, the impact coronavirus is having on the hobby, and Dennis Nordman leaving deeproot Pinball.
Video Games: Being under stay-at-home orders means progress is possible in games! After covering some delayed titles the following games are discussed: Crackdown 3, Doom: Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Resident Evil 2 (remake).
Pinball: The pinball segment focuses on COVID-19 shutdowns, American Pinball’s new Hot Wheels game, and HEIST for the P3.
Video Games: In video games the discussions are around COVID-19’s continued impact on the Overwatch League, Overwatch’s new hero Echo, and the spec comparison between Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.
Pinball: The pinball segment focuses on Stern Pinball’s UV kit for Stranger Things and the announced Heavy Metal pin.
Video Games: In video games the discussions are more coronavirus fallout, an update on the Star Citizen vs. Crytek lawsuit, and some talk about an upcoming Diablo anime and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
Pinball: The pinball segment is all about The Pinball Network, from the fallout stemming from the launch trailer to the concept behind the idea and the various pinball transitions that were, and were not, related to TPN’s formation.
Video Games: In video games, discussion revolves around Sony deciding to skip another E3, Cyberpunk 2077 pushing back its release date, Crytek and their lawsuit with Cloud Imperium Games, Overwatch news, Google partnering with Activision-Blizzard, and how the Coronavirus is impacting esports.
Before the segments start, Tony and Dennis do their annual discussion of the EGP podcast specifics (obviously focused on 2019 this go-around).
Pinball: This segment opens with a brief discussion of Italian Bottoms in pinball based on Dennis’s recent article, and then concludes with a massive TWIPY discussion (including Tony and Dennis’s picks).
Video Games: This segment starts with a brief discussion of Nintendo’s Pokemon Direct, and then concludes with a massive discussion of Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2020.
Pinball: Tony and Dennis go over the latest news on Punny Factory, Rick & Morty Pinball, and Stranger Things Pinball. From there, they provide a year-end review on many of the pinball manufacturers, along with some 2020 predictions/discussion.
Video Games: Tony leads the way with a talk about his approach to gaming in 2019 and how that reflects on game time versus games completed. Dennis also discusses how the 2019 year has gone for his own gaming volume.
Dennis flies solo on this episode. He discusses the released image of the underside of Ricky & Morty’s playfield from Spooky pinball and then talks about the major winners and announcements at The Video Game Awards 2019.
An entirely pinball-focused episode, Tony and Dennis are joined by Nic Shell, Executive Director of the Roanoke Pinball Museum.
They start with a brief discussion about Spooky Pinball’s announcement of Rick and Morty as their next theme. From there, Nic discusses the Roanoke Pinball Museum and his recent focus on using game show tactics (modeled specifically around Fascination) to help promote pinball. From there, Dennis subjects Nic to a game of 20 Questions.
Later in the episode, Nic and Dennis surprise Tony with the true purpose to Nic’s visit: Roanoke Pinball Museum gifting a grail pinball machine to Tony, Campus Queen!
Finally, the guys have a philosophical discussion about modern pinball versus EM pinball when it comes to audio headspace and its role in the social experience of pinball.
Note: The audio has more echo than usual due to the need to capture three voices locally.
Pinball: In pinball Tony and Dennis go over a new podcast, The Super Awesome Pinball Show. Then, the only other news item, the Stern Star Wars topper gets a brief discussion. The segment is closed out with a discussion of pinball franchises the guys are thankful for.
Video Games: Dennis gives a mini-review of Red Dead Redemption 2 (now that he’s finally finished it), and then the guys talk about video game franchises they are thankful for.
Pinball: Tony and Dennis cover the Kansas City Pinball Championship. From there, they spend the bulk of their pinball time discussing deeproot’s Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) reveal. Finally, they play 20 Questions.
Video Games: The guys discuss EA having their social media hacked, some fallout Blizzard faced regarding their esports tournaments at BlizzCon, and the launch of Google’s Stadia.
Pinball: The pinball conversation revisits Celts (with the known price-point now), the rumor of Stern Pinball producing a game based on Stranger Things, and a deep discussion about retro displays in modern pins.
Video Games: The guys discuss the Universal Monsters Pack for Zen Studios’ Pinball FX 3, Raw Thrills’ The Walking Dead Arcade, and news coming out of the BlizzCon 2019 (namely Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2).
Finally, Dennis and Tony have a discussion about the podcast, covering things like highlights and lowlights, and the behind-the-curtain challenges various episodes posed. Placed at the end so folks can skip it if desired!
Pinball: The pinball conversation focuses mostly on news coming out of Pinball Expo. The guys discuss Haggis Pinball’s Celts, the new topper for Stern’s Black Knight: Sword of Rage, Chicago Gaming Company’s new Medieval Madness remakes, and the Collector’s Edition of Jersey Jack Pinball’s Willy Wonka.
Video Games: It’s all about Activision-Blizzard and their Hong Kong disaster.
Tony and Dennis are joined this episode by Jason Knapp, host of the widely popular Knapp Arcade on Facebook and other social media.
Pinball: The pinball conversation focuses on Stern Pinball’s new Comic Art edition of Star Wars, the Dead Flip reveal stream for Elvira House of Horrors, deeproot pinball’s plans for RAZA at Houston, and a discussion about Dirty Donny and his Stranger Things art. Lots of other topical transitions happen covering the pinball gamut.
Video Games: Discussion here revolves around information about the Epic game store, a Twitch stream of Pokemon Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and what is going on with Zen and their Williams-based pinball tables.
Pinball: The guys talk about Stern Pinball’s upcoming Elvira House of Horrors, an update regarding Dutch Pinball and what options exist for those who preordered, a Pinball EDU update regarding their compliance with Maryland law, and finally a discussion of the new code for Stern Pinball’s Ghostbusters.
Video Games: A large focus is on a French court’s decisions regarding the Steam platform, but time is also spent talking about the Nintendo Switch and struggles with the online ecosystem.
Tabletop: A segment temporarily resurrected, a discussion about 216,000 D6 spilled on a highway is followed by Tony’s examination of getting into Kill Team.
Pinball: Pinball discussion covers how Spooky Pinball addressed past clearcoat issues, an update to how Jersey Jack Pinball is responding to their ongoing clearcoat challenges, a discussion about Barry (of Dutch Pinball) and his interview on Pinball News & Pinball Magazine Podcast, and thoughts after getting hands-on experience with Jurassic Park.
Video Games: Video game coverage focuses on the return of Telltale Games (kind of), the massive Nintendo Direct for September 2019, some issues/thoughts about World of Warcraft Classic Edition, and a planned Homeworld 3.
Pinball: In pinball news, the guys focus on a small Skit-B update, a discussion of the latest information from Dutch Pinball, a discussion of Jersey Jack Pinball’s clearcoat issues, and a brief discussion on why Wonka CE still isn’t revealed.
They also play 20 Questions.
Video Games: Video game coverage includes Sony’s purchase of Insomniac, a new video game based on One Punch Man, the upcoming Kerbal Space Program 2, and fallout from famed streamer Ninja leaving Twitch for Mixer.
Pinball: In pinball news, the guys focus on the two big Stern Pinball announcements: Star Wars The Pin and Jurassic Park.
Video Games: Video game coverage goes over the Overwatch 2-2-2 lock and new hero (Sigma), Bethesda re-releasing Doom (and the controversy around it), the newest MechWarrior delay, and Nintendo Joy-Con repairs.
Pinball: In pinball news, the guys see a revival of a zombie topic: Dutch Pinball and The Big Lebowski (driven by a conclusion to the ARA lawsuit). Beyond this, they discuss Guns N’ Roses musician Slash confirming a new GnR pinball machine is being developed. The final news item is a brief discussion regarding rumors floating around that Chicago Gaming Company will be making more Alien Pinball (originally built by Heighway Pinball). They also play 20 Questions.
Video Games: Video game coverage goes over the end of the Elite Dangerous cross-galaxy expedition, some updates on EVE and their ongoing event, and the Nintendo announcement of a Switch Lite.
Pinball: In pinball news, the guys discuss Jersey Jack Pinball’s Wonka pin shipping, along with the decision to lie about its production status to This Week in Pinball. From there, the IFPA’s upcoming endorsement fee for women’s tournaments is discussed, as is Gary Stern’s comments to Head2Head Pinball that Stern Pinball’s Pro model is underpriced. Finally, there is a brief discussion about some of the artwork coming from deeproot.
After the news, the results of the poll for a 60s TV theme to replace Munsters is wrapped up, and a game of 20 Questions is played.
Video Games: Coverage focuses on chaos in EVE online due to an update, a TV show based on Final Fantasy XIV, and more reports about an upcoming Diablo 4.
Pinball: In pinball news coverage is on Cosmic Carnival’s production, Coast 2 Coast Pinball ending, and new details from deeproot pinball. From there, Dennis and Tony discuss different types of jackpots in pinball. Finally, Tony launches a game to determine what TV shows from the same era would have been a better theme than Munsters.
Video Games: In video game news coverage focuses on some more issues regarding the Big Epic game sale, Death Stranding, and thoughts on the upcoming E3.
Pinball: In pinball news coverage focuses on Christopher Franchi’s Superman 78 art package, gameplay on Suncoast Pinball’s Cosmic Carnival, and the purported Catman edition of Stern Pinball’s Batman 66 and color edition of Stern Pinball’s Munsters Premium. As a discussion topic, the guys talk about pop bumpers and the roles they can play in the modern era.
Video Games: In video game news coverage focuses on Minecraft Earth, a partnership between Sony and Microsoft, the launch date for World of Warcraft’s classic edition, a new trailer for Final Fantasy 7’s remake, and the backfire on the Epic Mega Sale. As a discussion topic, the guys talk about the role of controllers in PC gaming and their recommendations on the best ones to use.
Pinball: In pinball news the guys discuss the crowdfunding effort of The Pinball Company being cancelled, and Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA) having a video out of deeproot studios. They then have a broad discussion of mystery awards in pinball and also cover the results of their NVRAM giveaway. The conclude the segment with 20 Questions.
Video Games: Discussion revolves around Zaccaria Pinball’s new update on Steam and their announced progress towards their new mobile apps. The guys then walk through some major Overwatch changes, cover a bit of Minecraft news, and touch on several other smaller video game happenings.
Pinball: This guys discuss Jersey Jack Pinball’s reveal of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, followed by their hands-on experience with the Pro model of Stern Pinball’s Black Knight: Sword of Rage. They wrap up the news with a brief discussion on the Beetlejuice backglass art that was revealed and Dennis’ article with This Week in Pinball regarding the IFPA’s $1 fee.
Video Games: Discussion covers the rumor of a smaller Nintendo Switch coming out soon, positive review-bombing for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Gamestop’s new guarantee program, and EA’s Jedi Fallen Order.
Pinball: The guys discuss the release of the detailed TWIPY information, and then focus their time on Stern Pinball’s Black Knight: Sword of Rage. They also play 20 Questions.
Video Games: Multiple items regarding Zaccaria Pinball are discussed (their recent Xbox One release, their upcoming PS4 release, and the Starter Pack being available for PC players via Steam). Then coverage of the continuing saga between the Epic Games Store and Steam. After that, the dismal state of GameStop is reviewed, along with some recent layoffs at EA. The video game segment is closed out with a discussion of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and the combination with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.
This show is all about the 2019 Texas Pinball Festival!
Note: The show title is a reference to a Star Wars audio book we listened to during the trip (some of the cover art references this as well). We did not discuss the book at all and thus this only has context thanks to this notation. Enjoy!
Nick Baldridge (For Amusement Only: The EM & Bingo Pinball Podcast and Gaming on Ten Minutes a Week) joins us to discuss the new publication he co-authored with Ryan Claytor called Coin-Op Carnival: Electrifying Tales of Mechanical Contraptions.
Pinball: Discussion revolves entirely around the upcoming Coin-Op Carnival publication, with a hefty dose of EM discussion sprinkled throughout. Also, Nick plays a game of 20 Questions.
Video Games: The news features and update regarding Activision-Blizzard and also Bioware’s game Anthem. From there, another varied discussion ensues regarding video games in general.
Listen during the episode’s pinball segment to learn how to enter to win a copy of Coin-Op Carnival (worldwide) and/or an NVRAM chip (U.S. only)!
Dennis flies solo this episode (making it the shortest and maybe most boring show ever!).
Pinball: Dennis discusses Pinburgh going to 1,000 tickets, the four trademarks of American Pinball, the decal issues with Chicago Gaming’s Monster Bash Remake, and Stern Pinball’s decision to release the schematics to the SPIKE system.
Video Games: Dennis discusses Zaccaria Pinball’s loss of their Google Play game app, several Nintendo Direct announcements, the failure of Fortnite Live, and the details of the Activision-Blizzard layoffs.
Pinball: The guys discuss that Stern Pinball’s Munsters Pro models are shipping, Spooky Pinball’s talk about Killer Clowns from Outer Space, Jersey Jack Pinball’s indications about releasing two new pins in 2019, Great Lakes Pinball hiring artist Tom Deja, and Dutch Pinball’s latest negotiations with ARA.
Video Games: The segment covers EA’s stock impact from Battlefield V and Apex Legends, Epic and Steam battling it out and the fallout from Metro: Exodus, Microsoft Studios rebranding as Xbox Game Studios, Final Fantasy 14 being free for Twitch Prime users, Overwatch League’s upcoming return, and rumors of impending layoffs at Activision-Blizzard.
Pinball: The guys start with Dirty Donny joining up with Suncoast Pinball, John Trudeau pleading guilty, more Ben Heck drama, Chicago Gaming Company and their quality expectations on Monster Bash Remake LE playfields, and the rumor that Stern Pinball is working on a James Bond theme. Finally, 20 Questions is played.
Video Games: The segment covers the delay in Metroid Prime 4, an update on Elite Dangerous, and Tony’s plans to start streaming Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2.
Tony and Dennis start the show with some behind-the-scenes 2018 podcast analytics before hitting the main topics.
Pinball: The guys start with a discussion on Munsters, and follow that with their picks for the 2018 TWIPYs. Finally, they play 20 Questions.
Video Games: The topics include Awesome Games Done Quick 2019, Bungie’s decision to leave Activision, a big event in Elite Dangerous, additional gains for the Epic Game Store, and some Mario Kart activity in the Kansas City area.
Tony and Dennis cover the biggest happenings in 2018 in both pinball and video games. The pinball section orients around manufacturer, while the video game section is organized more around the major consoles. Discussion about the show in 2018 also occurs!
Pinball: In news, Dennis and Tony talk about the upcoming Munsters pin by Stern Pinball, deeproot pinball’s announcement that they will not be revealing at the 2019 Texas Pinball Festival, some discussion regarding Jersey Jack Pinball and the whole Wonka versus Toy Story plan in 2019, and This Week in Pinball’s upcoming TWIPY awards.
Afterward, Dennis spends some time reviewing Pinball Magazine #5. Finally, Dennis and Tony both play 20 Questions.
Before the video game segment, but after the pinball segment, Tony and Dennis provide a holiday gift guide (touching on both video game and pinball culture).
Video Games: Tony walks through all the new Fallout 76 issues, the announced Outer Worlds game, Epic launching a new gaming store to rival Steam, and Blizzard’s decision to scale back on their MOBA Heroes of the Storm.
Pinball: In pinball news, Dennis and Tony cover Primus Pinball, a bit about Munsters, and the announced reduction in run size for Mafia Pinball. After the news, they spend a lot of time on KCGameCON, namely the KCGameCON Pinball Championship. Finally, they play a game of 20 Questions.
Video Games: In video game news the focus is on Firewatch coming to Nintendo Switch and Mechwarrior 5 Mercenaries launching in 2019. From their Tony focuses on his recent acquision of a PS4 and the Spiderman game it came with. Finally, the fallout (ho ho ho) of Fallout 76 is covered.
Pinball: Discussion revolves around The Pinball Company’s crowd-funding initiative, the fallout relating to Todd Tuckey and the Pinball Adventures book, a discussion on single-level games in today’s pinball world, and of course 20 Questions.
Video Games: Topics are Microsoft acquiring Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment, various video game award shows coming up, and Sony’s decision not to attend E3 in 2019.
Pinball: The guys discuss the KCGameCON 2018 Pinball Championship, an article on Stern Pinball’s SPIKE system over at TWIP, the upcoming Stern Beatles pin, MonkeyGate, and the notion of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Pinball Adventure. Afterwards, they play 20 Questions.
Video Games: Discussions revolve around the host of announcements coming out of BlizzCon 2018.
Pinball: The pinball segment revolves around Pinball Expo 2018. The guys talk about Monster Bash Remake, Oktoberfest, the deeproot Pinball panel, and Scott Danesi’s Haunted House Party. Afterwards, they play 20 Questions.
Video Games: This segment starts with Zen Studios and the censorship on certain WMS tables. Then, Tony goes over an update on Telltale Games, the author of the Witcher demanding additional money from the success of the video games, crazy Diablo hype, and former President Obama’s dislike of Pokémon. Finally, the guys discuss reports that Microsoft’s acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment is imminent.
Joe Schober of American Pinball joins Tony and Dennis as a guest host on this episode (which is entirely about pinball).
In news, discussion revolves around the Monster Bash Remake (which had its topper revealed), a possible Yellow Brick Road edition of Wizard of Oz from Jersey Jack Pinball, a rumor that Stern Pinball may be releasing a pin about the Beatles before Munsters (flipping the expected order), a discussion of deeproot Pinball given the additional information from This Week in Pinball’s tour of their facility, and finally the upcoming KCGameCON Pinball Championship.
After this, Joe leads the guys in a discussion of pinball leagues. From there, the topic shifts to balance in pinball design and the pull between highly strategic games versus games that are all about flow and shot-making.
Finally, Joe is challenged to a game of 20 Questions!
Pinball: Dennis discusses his recent article with This Week in Pinball about early solid-state board sets. The guys then discuss American Pinball confirming Oktoberfest as their next game, and a brief discussion about two new pinball companies being announced (Suncoast Pinball and Great Lakes Pinball).
From there, Tony and Dennis talk about the new Orion’s Belt product and have a discussion about pop bumpers and their use in modern pinball machines. Finally, they play 20 Questions.
Video Games: Tony talks about playing Everspace and Super Mario Brothers. Dennis talks about Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia. Tony gives details from the most recent Nintendo Direct. The guys then talk a bit about the PlayStation Classic, and finally they close with covering the collapse of Telltale Games.
Jason Knapp, of the Knapp Arcade Facebook group, joins the show as a guest host!
Pinball: In the news, the guys talk about two pinball articles Dennis wrote, Spooky Pinball’s announcement of an approaching pause in Total Nuclear Annihilation production, and Deadflip’s gameplay reveal of Stern Pinball’s Deadpool Premium.
After the news, several pinball topics are tackled. There is a discussion of what makes for good location pinball, what are good pinball mods, and what goes into buying and selling pins. Finally, Jason is challenged to a game of 20 questions!
Video Games: In video games, the guys discuss Zen Studios acquiring the WMS licenses for digital pinball, Pinball Arcade’s release of Big Buck Hunter Pro and Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons, and thoughts on retro/mini consoles like the Neo Geo Mini.
Pinball: In the news, Tony and Dennis talk about their experience playing Stern Pinball’s Deadpool game, Jersey Jack Pinball shipping Pirates of the Caribbean, conflict between Homepin and some preorder customers, and Paul Faris joining deeproot Pinball.
After the news, Dennis and Tony play 20 Questions. This time both Tony and Dennis get asked to guess a pinball machine (double the madness!).
Video Games: This segment focuses on discussing the mobile game DR. MEEP and the latest Overwatch animated short.
Pinball: In the news, Tony and Dennis discuss Stern Pinball’s Deadpool reveal, more about the Spooky Pinball vs. Stern Pinball Godzilla drama, the Spooky Pinball stream of Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle on Deadflip, and the announcement that the Pinball Hall of Fame is moving.
After the news, Dennis tries to stump Tony with a pinball game of 20 Questions. The pinball segment concludes with a thought experiment put together by Tony: Pinball Drama the Pinball Machine!
Video Games: The segment opens with the guys discussing words and phrases that had a context (at some point) but are now widely used when playing video games. The segment ends with a discussion of Shadow of War.
Tony and Dennis were not at Pinburgh 2018, and so while all the other podcasts flood you with their bad beats and long monologues about each and every tournament game they played, we’ll talk about other stuff!
Pinball: In pinball news, Pinburgh is (very) briefly touched on. After that, the guys discuss Multimorphic fulfilling all their P3 preorders, Jersey Jack Pinball starting production of their Pirates of the Caribbean pin, Team Pinball emerging as a new pinball manufacturer with their first game: The Mafia, Stern Pinball acquiring the Godzilla license, Chicago Gaming Company finally announcing Monster Bash as their next remake, and the latest from Dutch Pinball.
After the news, Dennis talks a bit about an experimental video project he did called Creative Pinball Rules. The pinball segment concludes with a game of 20 questions (where Dennis tries to stump Tony in identifying a pinball machine).
Video Games: This segment begins with a discussion of the first season of the Overwatch League (what did and didn’t work). Dennis then runs through a number of games he’s been playing (Prey, The Evil Within 2, Dead Rising 4, Dragonball FighterZ, and Everspace). Finally, Tony discusses the update to No Man’s Sky.
Tony and Dennis are joined by Mrs. Pin (of Mrs. Pin’s Pinball Podcast).
Pinball: In pinball news, the gang discusses CPR’s new digital printing approach to creating reproductions, the launched GoFundMe to help Dutch Pinball, and beginner’s guide to manufacturers Dennis put together for This Week in Pinball.
After that, Mrs. Pin challenges Tony and Dennis to a game of pinball trivia! Dennis follows this with a sort of mini-update to Premier’s `street level’ series of games by talking about BOM differences between the first game (Silver Slugger) and the last (Hoops). Finally, everyone talks about the most fun elements to pinball.
Video Games: Mrs. Pin brings her WOMP philosophy to the video game arena, and each host picks two women worthy of the title.
Tony and Dennis are joined by Martin (of Head2Head Pinball).
Pinball: In pinball news, the guys discuss Dutch Pinball’s GoFundMe announcement, the U.S. Supreme Court’s sales tax decision and how it will impact new pinball sales, and This Week in Pinball’s giant information update on deeproot Pinball.
After that, Martin talks about streaming pinball for an audience, and gives his thoughts on what makes for good competitive pinball events.
Video Games: Discussion starts around VR (virtual reality) and whether it will become a mainstream thing. After that, Martin, Tony, and Dennis talk about their favorite console video games, going over all eight generations released.
Tony and Dennis are joined by Eric and Don to deep dive into the happenings at E3.
Dennis starts the podcast solo, answering questions about the show and bypassing the typical introduction segment.
Pinball: Dennis covers the pinball news alone, talking about Sandra Bullock wanting a Demolition Man pinball machine, Scott Danesi designing a second game for Spooky Pinball, Joe Schober joining American Pinball, and David Thiel becoming exclusive to deeproot Pinball.
After the news, Tony joins the show and wraps up the results of The Worst of the Fall.
Video Games: Tony and Dennis open with what they’ve been playing. After that, Eric and Don join as guests, and the rest of the episode is dedicated to E3, revolving around the announcements from the major press conferences (EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft, the PC Gaming Show, Sony, and Nintendo).
Tony and Dennis are joined by Zachary Meny, of Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show, to talk about the silver ball.
Pinball: In pinball news, discussion focuses on This Week in Pinball being open to donations, John Popadiuk filing an appeal in his civil case regarding Zidware, a leaked image of the Deadpool playfield from Stern Pinball, the rapid sell-out of the Supreme pinball machine, the announcement that Star Trek pinball is getting a Vault Edition, and Homepin indicating their second pinball machine will target the Chinese market.
After the news, Tony leads everyone into the final round of The Worst of the Fall. Zach then describes his approach as a pinball collector, and how SDTM handles reviewing pinball machines. Finally, everyone tries the SDTM approach and reviews Wrestlemania.
Video Games: Zach, Tony, and Dennis have a brief discussion on the best video game consoles of all time.
Tony and Dennis are joined by Bruce Nightingale, of the Slam Tilt Podcast and The Silverball Saloon, to talk a bunch of pinball and a bit on the virtual side.
Pinball: This episode has a huge focus on news-driven items. Discussion revolves around liquidation details for Heighway Pinball, that former pinball designer John Trudeau was arrested yet again, the pricing range currently proposed by deeproot Pinball, the Women’s International Pinball Tournament happening at Replay FX this year, Dutch Pinball’s announcement of litigation beginning between them and their former contract manufacturer, and a bit about the evidence regarding the growth of the pinball hobby as noted in an article with This Week in Pinball.
From there, Bruce provides some details regarding operating the Silverball Saloon (and how pinball integrates into that venture). Tony walks everyone through the next round of The Worst of the Fall (a tournament where you vote for the WORST of any given pinball match-up), and the pinball segment concludes with a discussion of code and what old games can be salvaged from being disappointments and transformed into winners.
Video Games: Discussion revolves around The Pinball Arcade and Farsight Studios announcing that the licenses to the Bally/Williams tables was lost and soon will be unavailable for purchase.
Pinball: After a brief mention of Stern Pinball’s Iron Maiden LE gameplay (provided by Deadflip), we move into a couple legal/business updates. The first is Zidware and pinball designer John Popadiuk’s legal defeat in a civil suit regarding his failure to produce pinball machines. The second is the collapse of Heighway Pinball, its ongoing liquidation, and the rumors/drama surrounding the failure of yet another pinball company. The pinball segment concludes with the results of the Slam the Top 101-200 and the setup of Round 4 of The Worst of the Fall.
Video Games: It’s BattleTech day. Tony walks through his hands-on experience with the latest game in the franchise. There is also a bit of discussion regarding Mad Max and Prey.
In this episode, Ryan C. (of Head2Head Pinball) joins in to talk about all sorts of pinball topics.
In pinball news, there is discussion of Spooky Pinball’s Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle at the 2018 Midwest Gaming Classic. From there, we talk about continued fallout regarding Jersey Jack Pinball’s Pirates of the Caribbean with changes to the spinning disc and treasure-chest ball lock for production models versus the prototypes. Finally, there is a brief discussion of Dennis’ Atari pinball article over at Pinball News.
After the news, a collection segment begins, where Ryan gives his thoughts on pin collecting from a player’s standpoint. Two data segments follow this, both involving Pinside data. The first examines game ratings versus category of ownership. The second explores the ratio of wishlist to ownership for the top 200 solid-state pins.
Pinball wraps up with some games. The first is Slam the Top 101-200, modeled on a Head2Head game. The second it the round 3 match-ups in our ongoing Worst of the Fall tournament.
Despite the intention to just do pinball, Ryan asks about some video games. We talk about Peggle, Gears of War, and emotional moments in game storytelling.
In pinball, Dennis and Tony discuss Stern Pinball’s recently announced Iron Maiden pinball. They also talk about Pinball Expo (it’s back on, but there are changes still versus prior years). They also briefly spend some time on the Trash Talker Invitational Podcaster Bloodbath. Finally, it’s time for Round 2 of The Worst of the Fall.
The video game segment consists of gaming updates, because updates are good!
Discussion revolves around the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival, the first round of our The Worst of the Fall Tournament, and a couple video game topics (Mad Max and Overwatch). A setting was wrong on Dennis’ microphone input so he will have more echo than ideal, sorry!
No interviews and no guest hosts, just Tony and Dennis talking about games. A big mix this time (even the tabletop segment makes a return!).
Pinball: Pinball topics consist of Chicago Gaming Company announcing they will no longer be revealing their third remake pin at the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival and the announcement of a Pinball Palooza in the Chicago area (due to a split between the two partners who put together Expo for years). Dennis also talks a bit about a project Laser War machine, and an article he co-wrote about Ted Zale.
Video Games: A huge mix of games gets discussed. Specifically: Subnautica, Dragon Ball FighterZ, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, Gems of War, Into the Breach, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, and BATTLETECH by Harebrained Schemes. We also talk some about the recent Nintendo Direct event.
Tabletop: Yes, a brief return, regarding the fallout of a long-ago mentioned project from Palladium Books for Robotech RPG Tactics.
In this episode, Tony and Dennis are joined by Taylor Reese (owner/operator of Reese Rails and one of the hosts of This Flippin’ Podcast). Given Taylor’s pinball background, most of the discussion centers on that hobby. The guys announce the conclusion of the “shame” pinball tournament, discuss Stern Pinball’s Supreme pin, provide a Skit-B legal update, talk about some quality issues that have arisen with the Attack from Mars Remake, and cover Ben Heck’s announcement that he has left Spooky Pinball. In addition, time is spent on collector aspects of the pinball hobby, and a fun discussion about pinball “conventional wisdom” and where the guys buck the trend on what they favor.
This episode kicks off with a lengthy interview Dennis held with Robert Mueller, Principal of deeproot Tech, who joined the show to provide additional information regarding deeproot Pinball and its plans on entering pinball production.
After the interview Tony and Dennis give their thoughts/analysis regarding what was learned in the interview. This is followed by setting up the fourth, and final, round of the “shame” pinball tournament, Spooky Pinball’s announcement that Total Nuclear Annihilation is their best-selling game to date, and some information coming out of the Head2Head Pinball regarding American Pinball securing a trademark for an Oktoberfest pinball machine.
In video games, a discussion regarding the Overwatch League and its impact on the future of eSports starts things off, and is followed by Microsoft and some of the acquisition rumors floating around to further enhance the Xbox’s first-party line-up.
Tony and Dennis are joined by Steve Bowden, top world-ranked pinball player and the mind behind Fun With Bonus (a website about all things pinball). As such, expect a pinball-heavy episode.
The pinball topics start with the third round of the “shame” pinball tournament, and wrap-up of round two. Then, the latest pinball news is discussed (focusing on Stern Pinball’s Luci AC/DC Vault Edition announcement, This Week in Pinball’s follow-up interview with deeproot Pinball, and the TWIPY pinball award results). From there, competitive pinball topics are discussed, including some talk of the IFPA’s new $1 fee (which went into effect at the start of the year), games that have fatal rulesets for competitive play and how they can be fixed, and ideas on what local pinball scenes can do to attract new players into competitive pinball tournaments.
There are a couple video game topics as well. The guys discuss the Nintendo Labo (cardboard + Nintendo = Profit?) and Dragon Ball FighterZ (the latest fighting game from Arc System Works).
Pinball: We cover Multimorphic’s P3 for our year-end review (as we did not in the prior episode). We talk a bit of Heighway Pinball’s Alien, Stern Pinball at CES, and Round 2 in our “shame” tournament.
Video Games: We talk about Nintendo’s mini-direct event, Halo Wars 2, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Quantum Break.
Pinball: We open with a couple news updates (Stern’s notices for SPIKE systems to fix node board and capacitor issues, plus Star Wars receiving its v1.0 code), following by the TWIPY awards, our “shame” pinball tournament, and the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival.
Video Games: Tony talks Breath of the Wild, while Dennis talks Rocket League. There’s also some more Star Citizen news!
Pinball: We open with the latest code update for The Walking Dead and Heighway Pinball’s announcement regarding Alien Pinball production. After that, we focus on The Week in Pinball’s interview with deeproot Pinball and Dennis’ latest Pinball News article on Harry Williams and the game’s he designed for Bally in the early 1970s.
Video Games: We start with the latest on EA and Battlefront 2’s loot boxes. From there, an update is provided on the long-awaited Star Citizen and news regarding Battletech. Finally, Dennis talks about about Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.
In this super-special episode, Tony and Dennis are joined by Nic (of Nic’s North American Pinball Tour fame) to talk all about electromechanical (EM) pinball machines. They start off with a basic discussion of the three primary manufacturers (Gottlieb, Williams, and Bally). From there, a general discussion of the three basic gameplay concepts employed by EMs in the 1960s and beyond. Then follows a deep discussion of both the IPDB and Pinside Top 10 EM list (we talk each game, but also the ratings systems as a whole). Finally, the discussion opens up into other good EM games and some of the more controversial restoration techniques (using LED lighting and whether or not it is okay to clearcoat).
Pinball: We start off with some news, move into a follow-up on “street level” pins, and close out with the results of our 2017 System 11 Tournament and some thoughts on games with that boardset (such as our Top 5!).
Video Games: We lead off with a loot crate update. From there, it’s EA’s acquisition of Respawn. Tony then goes into Bomber Crew, Dennis talks more Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Tony concludes with Endless Space 2.
Pinball: We open with the set-up for Round 5 (the final!) for our 2017 System 11 Tournament. After that is a short update on Heighway Pinball’s Alien games. From there, Dennis and Tony talk about Stern Pinball’s Guardians of the Galaxy reveal. Finally, Dennis presents his research project on the Gottlieb “Street Level” pinball series of games, an experiment by the company in the early 1990s.
Video Games: Tony leads off with his research project, the world of loot boxes. The show ends with a summary of BlizzCon 2017 announcements (Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Heroes of the Storm).
Pinball: After quick updates about 2017 Expo (and Jersey Jack Pinball’s plan to reveal game #4 there) and Heighway Pinball confirming an Alien Pinball shipment, we go on into Pinapalooza VI, the latest Project Pinball Charity sweepstakes, and the next stage of our System 11 tournament (poor Pinbot!).
Video Games: We talk Pinball FX3, Mafia 3, Cuphead, and Factorio.
Ah, the news. Mostly bad, a little bit good. Such is fate in these hobbies.
Pinball: We open with a few quick news items (Heighway Pinball and their maybe-shipping Alien pins, some Skit-B legal updating, and Spooky Pinball’s art on the upcoming Alice Cooper pin), and then go into the more meaty topics. The big one is John Popadiuk (JPop) being tied to deeproot Pinball, LLC. From there, we discuss the response seen in the pinball community following Homepin’s reveal in an interview with Head2Head Pinball Podcast that end users won’t be able to apply software updates to Thunderbirds directly (and a related discussion that Homepin’s board takes from the PinHeck design Spooky Pinball uses but without giving credit). Finally, we move into Round 2 of our 2017 System 11 Tournament!
Video Games: We talk fallout of PUBG vs. Fortnite (with PUBG accusing the latter of replicating their Battle Royale PvP model). After that, Dennis disses Dishonored 2 and Tony summarizes a mod for Cold Waters he’s been trying out. After that is the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta (Dennis played it, Tony watched footage from it). Finally, Dennis talks a bit about Zaccaria Pinball (as he finally bought the table pack off Steam and gave it a proper go).
No heavy topics this time, just enjoyable discussions!
Pinball: We launch our 2017 System 11 Tournament. Vote for your favorite System 11 pinball games (see link below). Then, we have a discussion about licenses in pinball during the 1990s, comparing the efforts of Premier/Gottlieb, Bally/Williams, and Data East/Sega.
Video Games: We mention Destiny 2 (really, we do hardly anything else regarding it). Then, Tony spends a lot of time on Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. Finally, we catch everyone up on Overwatch updates.
Don (formerly of The Pinball Podcast and The Link Cable Podcast) joins Tony and Dennis once more, to talk all about pinball and video games.
Pinball: The segment opens with an interview Dennis conducted with Terry of Pinball Life (mostly on Pinball Life as a company, but there is a bit about Terry’s efforts on the ScoreGasm Master project). From there, Don, Dennis, and Tony turn to the somber topic of famed pinball designer John Trudeau’s arrest on child pornography charges. The pinball segment ends with a follow-up on last episode’s “Is Pinball Too Expensive” topic, due to listener feedback, with a focus on new machines at lower price points from Homepin and Multimorphic’s P3 platform.
Video Games: No Overwatch (there’s a lot of upcoming news, but Don forbids Overwatch talk!). Instead, the guys tackle Mass Effect: Andromeda, Iron Cast, Cold Waters, Sonic Mania, Agents of Mayhem, Sniper Elite 4, Miracle Merchant, and No Man’s Sky.
Pinball: Tony and Dennis start off with the results of their ranking poll on best modern era billiards-themed pinball machines. From there, it’s some rapid fire news from Stern Pinball (an update on their manuals’ ghosting clause, a KISS code update, and a new Marketing Director). After that, a brief discussion of Stern’s Star Wars Premium pinball, as streamed by DEAD FLIP. The segment closes with a deep thoughts level of discussion on a major question coming up lately, “Is pinball too expensive?”
Video Games: Discussion starts off with the controversial decision to embed loot boxes into the upcoming Middle Earth: Shadow of War. From there, a discussion of Overwatch’s Summer Games, with a specific focus on Lucioball. Tony then rigs for silent running in a discussion of the finally-acquired Cold Waters. Dennis and Tony then share their experiences with The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (in which they played all the games in a group setting full of crazy nonsense!).
Pinball: Dennis and Tony cover Stern Pinball’s manual indicating ghosting on inserts is normal, the finalized details of Spooky Pinball’s Total Nuclear Annihilation, Dennis’ acquisition of Sharkey’s Shootout, a ranking poll the guys are running on the best billiards-themed pinball machine (solid state and later only), and they end the segment with more thoughts on Star Wars.
Video Games: A few games are up for discussion this time. Tony starts off with Navalia. After that, there’s a bit more on Overwatch’s new character Doomfist, followed by Dishonored 2, Reigns, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and Jotun. Tony also brings up Battlestar Galactica Deadlock and Cold Waters.
Tabletop: Tony and Dennis got a chance to play the Munchkin card game, and so now they talk about it (amazing)! Tony also provides an update on Planet Mercenaries and Threadbare RPG.
We’ve got three topic categories this time, though KantCon 2017 (a tabletop convention we helped sponsor) is the highlight.
Pinball: We open with a very brief Dutch Pinball update. Then, it’s on to the gameplay footage of Star Wars as presented by Dead Flip. Finally, we dedicate a sizable chunk of time on the recently concluded Pinball Done Quick and the announcement that the donations made to benefit Doctors Without Borders would be refunded due to a conflict between the official rules and the announced plans for the prize drawing.
Video Games: There’s just one topic, Overwatch’s new character: Doomfist.
Tabletop: It’s all KanCon 2017. Dennis and Tony played four games which get attention: a World War II miniatures game, Call of Cthulhu, Dungeons & Dragons 5e, and Z Gate Crashers.
While post-E3 exhaustion may reign, this is another longer-than-typical episode!
In pinball, Tony and Dennis briefly attempt to describe the Stern Pro Circuit (launching in 2018). From there, they dive into Dutch Pinball, summarizing a webinar the company hosted and also the latest newsletter’s contract manufacturer update. To wrap up pinball, there is a length update about Skit-B and the Predator Pinball fiasco (three hearings plus several legal documents are digested and reviewed and translated into human!).
In video games, the guys hit on a few news items, specifically the SNES Classic console, Pinball FX3’s announcement, and IO Interactive going independent from Square Enix. Tony then talks about Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Tyranny as games he’s currently playing, and Dennis talks about his playing of Dishonored 2, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, and a bunch of sale games he’s recently grabbed.
After a brief pinball segment (minor news updates regarding Heighway Pinball and Dutch Pinball), Dennis and Tony are joined by a roundtable (Mike, Eric, and Jake) to talk all about E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017).
The roundtable tackles the major presentations (EA, Microsoft, The PC Gaming Show, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo), plus anything else that caught their eyes and ears. Prepare for this year’s deepest, darkest video game dive!
Pinball: Dennis talks about the an interesting variant to Playmatic’s Space Gambler called Flash Baseball out of Portugal. From there, it is pinball news time! Tony and Dennis cover the investor group takeover of Heighway Pinball, the decision by Dutch Pinball to reject Nivoge’s offer, and Stern Pinball’s latest announced pin: Star Wars!
Video Games: Tony and Dennis talk XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization Revolution in the context of mobile games. After that, Dennis goes into a bit about Nidhogg, a fighting game he recently acquired. Tony and Dennis then finally get back to talking Overwatch, specifically some character updates currently in test. Finally, Tony speaks on his experiences with the Battletech backer’s beta, which launched recently.
Pinball: Tony and Dennis cover the latest Skit-B legal news, provide an update on Dutch Pinball’s most current update, talk about the Total Nuclear Annihilation translite, cover Stern Pinball’s encore edition of AC/DC, and have an interview with Gerry Stellenberg (the founder of Multimorphic, Inc.) who explains the P3 Pinball Platform.
Video Games: Tony talks NieR: Automata. Dennis covers XCOM 2, a game he recently started (and one Tony played quite a while ago!). Then, Tony supplies an update on the Battletech Backer Beta.
With special guest host Bowen Kerins, this episode is heavy on the pinball (and math!).
In pinball news, we cover two more Skit-B related hearings, the latest on Dutch Pinball, the IFPA’s announced Challenge Matches coming in 2018, and Total Annihilation being renamed Total Nuclear Annihilation.
From there, we get into the more theoretical pinball topics. We discuss what people can do to increase local competitive pinball’s popularity. We talk about what makes a good/bad pin for competition. We also talk about location pinball and what makes for a good, unique location. We also do a bit of a round-up with Bowen on recently released/now releasing pins and how good they are. As a final pinball topic, we explore some ideas for Bowen and upcoming tutorials.
In our special one-off math segment, we’ve got a number of exciting numbers topics! We cover the use of math in game shows. We discuss geometry and what it means for widebody pinball machines. In a nod to video games, we discuss the TrueAchievements website’s use of geometric mean to predict DLC rarity. And, we talk about the core statistical summaries of mode, median, and mean, and whether mode even belongs in that list.
Pinball: Tony and Dennis issue a correction about the P3 game Heads Up, talk about Spooky Pinball making Total Annihilation, and dive into more Skit-B legal happenings. From there they go over two Pinside specific topics: revisions to the Top 100 ranking system and the initiation of “The Purge” to clean up trolling and bad behavior on the forum.
Video Games: The guys talk about Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, ReCore, Hard West, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.
Tabletop: Tony talks a bit about an upcoming tabletop game based on the popular video game franchise Fallout.
Pinball: Tony and Dennis didn’t talk about P3 in their 2017 TPF recap, and so hit upon the cutting-edge in pinball technology this go-around. Dennis then gives some thoughts on Batman 66 now that he’s been able to play it. After that, an update regarding Dutch Pinball and ARA provides some additional information on the status of The Big Lebowski. From there, Dennis provides an interview with Keri Wing, second place finisher of the IFPA’s 2017 World Women’s Pinball Championship. Dennis has a small update on the Skit-B (Predator Pinball) happenings, and to wrap up the segment the guys talk about the IFPA’s plan to introduce tournament fees in 2018.
Video Games: Dennis talks about Battle Group 2 and Far Cry Primal. Tony talks about Renowned Explorers: International Society.
Tabletop: Tony and Dennis announce they will be at KantCon in 2017 and that the podcast is also one of the event’s sponsors.
A most straightfoward episode. Besides announcing the final results of the 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament, Tony and Dennis give a massive trip report of the National Videogame Museum and the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival. Fun times!