Best Zen Pinball podcasts we could find (Updated May 2019)
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The BlahCade Pinball Podcast’s primary focus is digital pinball on mobile, PC, and console from the industry’s leading game developers. Real pinball machines get their due too as we play them in arcades, leagues, and our own homes.And then there’s the episodes where we get completely distracted and talk movies or some yummy food we just ate. Amazingly enough, we tend to find a way to relate it all back to pinball.The show originates from the East Coast of Australia and the West Coast of Cali ...
 
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Here we go, folks. It's the moment you've been waiting for when Mel Kirk joins Chris for his regular Williams Pinball release announcement chat. This time there are three tables on offer: Hurricane, Roadshow, and Whitewater. So pull down the episode and listen to what's in store for you all with Volume 4, and in the future. Check out https://bl ...…
 
There’s not much news to report in the week that was in digital pinball so Chris and I use this opportunity to exercise our right to randomness. Check out the show and get ready for an interview in the next one. See https://blahcadepinball.com/174-volume-4-announcement-eve for a pile of links to great videos in the show notes.…
 
In this episode, we open with exciting news about a Magic Pixel Zaccaria Pinball table remake that features the voice of one of your favourite co-hosts. We then give props to the excellent Buffalo Pinball reveal of Jersey Jack’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory pinball machine. We round out the show with some discussion about what it would ...…
 
Chris was about ready to drop this really helpful document for folks new to Zen Pinball's Williams Pinball app on iOS and Android. But as you'll hear in this episode, these best-laid plans were thrown out. We spend this episode discussing what has changed in the freemium model within Williams Pinball and offer some suggestions about what you ca ...…
 
If you’ve ever tried to diagnose a fault on a Pinball machine, you’ll know how frustrating it can sometimes be. Jared had just such a problem last week with his Star Race. Chris has been diving into the stats side of Williams Pinball more and has yielded some interesting insights from the data collected. There’s some interesting movie talk in t ...…
 
Chris has had the opportunity to give Campaign Mode on Zaccaria Pinball a go, and he's got plenty to share about the gameplay and features. Stern has also dropped a new Black Knight table on us and we go into a little bit of detail about our thoughts about the overall package and our hopes for balanced gameplay in the title. We round out the sh ...…
 
Plenty of hardcore pinball app folks on Android and iOS have been complaining about how much grinding you need to do on Williams Pinball to get ahead. Zen Studios will be releasing a table pack approximately every 8–10 weeks. We know that those all-important table parts are randomly dropped across tables. Because you now have seven tables to sp ...…
 
In predictable fashion, Zen Studios released Williams Pinball Vol. 3 across all platforms today after announcing the game a few weeks ago. We got early access to a press copy of the latest release just before the weekend (yeah, not a huge preview but we'll take it), and recorded this episode so we could push it out on the day of release for you ...…
 
Yep, this is a bit of a weird episode, because it is out of sync with the timeline leading up to the release date announcement for Williams Pinball Volume 3. That doesn't mean there's nothing good to be had in the episode. Far from it! There's news about Zaccaria, Farsight, Zen, and a bit of front-loaded movie banter to ease you into the weeken ...…
 
Now that the Williams Pinball Vol 1 and Vol 2 Beta has run its course on iOS and Android, it's time for Zen to channel their inner Ariana and say "thank u, next" for the latest Williams Pinball DLC drop across all platforms. Hear Mel Kirk and Thomas Crofts (apologies from Akos Györkei who had to bail early to get Zen's Twitch stream set up) lay ...…
 
There was an update recently to the iOS Williams Pinball app from Zen Studios. Chris gives us an update of what changes were made in the app, and what clues it gives for Android users still suffering from the 10x mark-up on IAP in-game currency pricing. We also clarify a few things said in the previous beta coverage podcast about graphics and s ...…
 
Akos, Thomas and Mel take time out of their work evening to chat with us about how Zen goes about engineering their tables, and the experience that goes along with designing the premiere mobile pinball experience. It's a short but oh so sweet interview and will fill the gap you have between the slightly longer episodal gap we've been having of ...…
 
In today's mobile gaming world, freemium models are often the only way developers can earn a crust in a crowded game market. Getting the balance right between playing for free to level up (grinding) versus playing outright can be a tough balance to get right. It seems that Zen might have made a misstep with pricing on their Android release of W ...…
 
In software development, running experiments to test out hypotheses is an important part of product management and product development. We've already worked out that Zen Studios has been doing this for a while on mobile. They were testing out their free-to-play models on mobile, so they could gather the data they needed to implement it correctl ...…
 
Chris took the drive from La Habra to Banning, CA to visit one of the finest collections of pinball on the West coast: the Museum of Pinball. Open only three times a year, the museum flung its doors open to pinheads for what was an amazing couple of days of pinball action at the It Never Drains in Southern California (INDISC) pinball tournament ...…
 
We're back for another year of commercial digital pinball coverage! Because 2019 is going to be a very exciting year for Zen Pinball FX3 fans, we wanted to get ahead of the curve and talk about the holy grail titles we'd love to see appear in the new kid on the block's pinball universe. Because Christmas is all about tradition, Chris insisted w ...…
 
This will be the final episode for 2018. Both of us have some great news to share about projects that have been running throughout the year, and we also have some great news for Zen Pinball fans on Mobile. We will return in 2019 for another year of the latest commercial digital pinball news. See https://blahcadepinball.com/159-farewell-2018 for ...…
 
Zen Studios released their highly-anticipated Volume 2 collection of tables into the app stores early in December, and we recorded an episode to discuss what we thought about it. We've held onto it until now because we know that the festive season can be a bit boring, so having a few good podcasts to listen to can break the boredom a little. Th ...…
 
The folks at Zen Studios have punched out another beta for Williams Pinball Volume 2, and Chris gets some hands-on time with it. There's plenty of iterative improvements over the first beta, so we go into some of the juicy details. Then we get our thinking caps on and try to do some extrapolation about what titles Farsight Studios could theoret ...…
 
Zen Studios released a Twitch video right after they announced the Volume 2 packs. It let everyone get a look at the tables, which means that we can talk freely about the tables. Join us for a deep-dive into some of the aspects of the tables in Volume 2, and listen to us speculate on what appeared to be a co-ordinated visit between Stern (Gomez ...…
 
We told you didn't we! When news is quiet, there are things-a-brewing. And sure enough, we get a huge announcement from Zen Studios about what to expect in Volume Two of FX3 Williams Pinball. Join us for a session with Mel Kirk from Zen Studios. This is a pure interview and nothing else so sit back and get comfy: you've got a lot of great thing ...…
 
When it’s a quiet news week like this one is, we know there are things happening behind the scenes in digital pinball that are sure to blow up. The festive season is typically a busy season for games developers, and pinball game developers are no different. With a mixture of topics this week, you’re sure to find something you like the sound of, ...…
 
When you play a video game, you do it to have fun. What is fun to one person differs, but in general you usually want to either complete the game or unlock everything in it. So what happens when your experience is interrupted by a game funding model that sucks the life out of your enjoyment of the game? You get a bad case of the Smurfberries. W ...…
 
There's a point at which you just shake your head and say "nope, that's too far". For some, it is when you change even the slightest part of an original item to meet today's censorship laws. For others, it ranges from "a bit is OK" to "hey, I really couldn't care less". In this episode, we focus on an article in Ars Technica that documents the ...…
 
After covering some brief news items we dive into some first experiences with virtual pinball cabinets and then have a great chat with Mike from Farsight Studios about the new Stern Pinball Arcade VR release on Oculus Rift. We round out the show with an announcement about our new merchandise: it's not just Tshirts this time. See https://blahcad ...…
 
It’s been a MASSIVE month for digital pinball fans. So many forum posts, podcast episodes to digest, posts to read, and beta builds to play (if you’re on Steam). We take a step back from the hamster wheel and talk about some questions that we’ve been thinking about from when the FX3 Williams Pinball announcement went public. If you’re wondering ...…
 
In this podcast, we have a huge chat with Mel Kirk from Zen Studios. Nothing is really off-limits in the interview and we use that to our advantage to ask questions that have been burning a hole in our minds for years now. There's nothing more to say really, apart from getting on with the job of listening. See https://blahcadepinball.com/149-me ...…
 
In this podcast, we'll dive into some speculation about how the evolution of the Williams and Bally licence properties changed hands over time. We're also going to focus in on some evidence-backed timings that are critical in understanding how the changeover between Farsight and Zen may have happened. There's also coverage of the FX3 Williams P ...…
 
You need to head over to https://blahcadepinball.com/147-zen-studios-wms-license for the summary. It's just too big to fit in the editor. OMG, its epic!By Chris Friebus and Jared Morgan.
 
Out of the blue, we get a request to talk digital pinball with a game studio. Of course we're going to say "hell yes" to that. The Community Manager from Magic Pixel gives us some welcome news about what's in store for fans of Magic Pixel's Zaccaria Pinball. We round out the show with some fun from the Netherworld Sideshow and a surprising turn ...…
 
It sucks, doesn't it? There really isn't a lot happening in the world of digital pinball at the moment. When this happens, we always seem to find stuff we can put into a show. So get your glass filled with the lemonade of what lemons are around: it still tastes good. See http://blahcadepinball.com/145-did-you-miss-us for show notes and the usua ...…
 
Still no news about what's happening with WMS, so in this episode, we go back in time to one of the first table releases that Zen Studios published: El Dorado. We delve into the history of releases that Zen Studios have produced and how their table design DNA almost marry up with the history of pinball table design in real life. See http://blah ...…
 
How can four little words spark so much rumor and speculation? We investigate the four little words show friend Brad Baker from VPCabs uttered about WMS Licences. We also check in on Zen and how they freely allow commercial use of their games (for the right price, of course). Farsight have released the re-organised pack structures, and people a ...…
 
Because the Pinball Arcade Fans forum has evolved over the years, we are at the point where we need a name change. If you can give the community a leg-up with that, then weigh into the thread. The main event this week is the leak from Steam that reveals the most downloaded games, based on titles with Steam achievements. There are some surprises ...…
 
Well, it's official. You can no longer purchase WMS tables from Farsight. It's a bit of a sad day and an end of an era for Farsight Studios, but it could be the beginning of a brand new phase for the studio. Time will tell. We shirk the bad vibes and have a chat with Greg Holden from Spacies Arcade, who did a great YouTube Vlog on the Arcooda V ...…
 
We get straight into the thick of it this week with a deep-dive into how the Kinect Views on the Arcooda Video Pinball cabinet actually work in reality. There are some definite caveats to the feedback Chris has about the cabinet version Farsight have, and we're pretty transparent about these in the show. If you're on the fence about putting mon ...…
 
We have a mixture of things to talk about on the show, but the highlight is news about the cabinet pricing for Arcooda. We also think about what it would take for us to re-purchase a table in TPA if it was re-released by another company (we still live in hope someone has picked up the license). See http://blahcadepinball.com/139-fully-sicario-b ...…
 
Chris found a new thing on Steam this week that shows a lot of promise for platformer fans who like a pinball aesthetic. Arcooda have got their Arcooda Pinball Arcade product into the hands of cabinet enthusiasts. It's early on, but there is definitely the framework for an excellent product and development is rapidly progressing. Check out http ...…
 
This episode we’re joined by Mike Lindsey from FarSight to talk about Arcooda and a bit more about what you might see in the future from FarSight. See http://blahcadepinball.com/chat-with-mike-wms for show notes and segment times.By Chris Friebus and Jared Morgan.
 
It’s time for the inevitable speculation podcast after news as big as the one in the previous episode. We explore which companies could theoretically take over the WMS mantle if Scientific Games renegotiate the WMS property. Come along for the ride and you may get the bug like we have after exploring the possibilities. See http://blahcadepinbal ...…
 
With news as big as the cessation of sale of Bally Williams tables, we could only really do one thing: get someone from Farsight on to explain exactly what the heck is going on. Bobby King joins us in this bumper episode to explain everything. We then offer some commentary after the interview. Of particular note to cabinet owners is that Arcood ...…
 
After a longer than usual break we return with some calm before the ensuing storm. This episode was recorded two weeks before the WMS licensing issue announcement went public. So this episode doesn’t cover that. There’s some news about us then some news about Zen and their Star Wars: The Last Jedi release which is a breath of fresh air. Farsigh ...…
 
It’s been a very eventful week for us. Brain surgeries, changes in working arrangements, and lots of pinball. Jared is doing this on an Android tablet so please understand that there is very little post production in this, and future episodes until he gets a MacBook again.By Chris Friebus and Jared Morgan.
 
We’re baaaack! After a long break because life happens, we return with a long show full of pinball. You’ll get news about Zen tables on the horizon, some more gameplay thoughts on the iOS Pinball Tournaments app by Farsight and Skillz, and some IRL pinball tourney action to round out the show. Check out http://blahcadepinball.com/life-and-pinba ...…
 
It’s a bittersweet episode this week, where we learn in the newsletter that TPA are no longer releasing monthly table packs, and that a key member of the Farsight team has retired. As you can imagine the show mostly revolves around these subjects, plus a few other surprises in what turns out to be a very interesting Farsight Newsletter. Lets ge ...…
 
We really get into some serious pinball talk this week, and it feels good. Reaal goood. There is talk about the next phase in Chris’ fixing of Eight Ball Deluxe, a good chat about Banzai Run now Jared’s had a chance to play it, a huge brain dump about the excellent Total Nuclear Annihilation by Spooky Pinball, plus a warm-up that was actually a ...…
 
After a week playing Zen Studio’s new fossilrific releases, we have some thoughts on each game in the Jurassic world under glass. Farsight Studios has been busy as well getting one of the most requested tables ready for cross-platform release: Banzai Run Then there’s the Warm Up, which is actually at the beginning of the episode if you watch it ...…
 
There isn’t much official digital pinball news this week, but there’s plenty of stuff to talk about. We dive into how some folks’ passion about a game platform can manifest into something unproductive. Then we talk about strategies you can use as fans to change the tide back to positivity by speaking up in a constructive way. Netherworld held a ...…
 
Zen Studios has dropped a killer license on us all with the announcement of the Jurassic World table packs, coming February 20, 2018. Farsight have also got some great tidbits floating around which we want to highlight in this episode. It’s your weekly pinball fix from the digital world we live in. Check out the details of the episode at http:/ ...…
 
We’ve got a huge episode that centres around news from Arcooda Video Pinball. There is also news about the recent Pinball Arcade release of Sorcerer on all platforms. The cat is also out of the bag with the next table release from Farsight, which will be music to many System 11 fan’s ears. http://blahcadepinball.com/arcooda-video-pinball-news h ...…
 
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