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The Pinball Podcast

Hard-hitting, soul-shaking, pinball pontification.

The Pinball Podcast - Hard-hitting, soul-shaking, pinball pontification.

The Pinball Podcast – Featured Machines by Rank 2.0

Introducing the new and more accurate TPP Featured Machine Rankings. We had several requests to rank our games, and for a long time it was a shoehorn routine (I like this more than that, so it goes here.)  Now, Jeff and Don rated all the featured games on Pinside, then took the average of their Pinside ratings to determine the overall rank.  Pinside allows the rater to determine how important various traits are to them (ie. art, sound, overall fun, etc.), so the rankings should be fairly ‘true’, based only on the opinions of two people though.

ANYWAY, here they are.  A perfect game gets a score of 10.000, and then downwards from there.  I’ve included our combined scores.

  1. Twilight Zone – 9.282 – Episode 2
  2. Judge Dredd – 8.866 – Episode 1
  3. Lord of the Rings – 8.863 – Episode 42
  4. The Addams Family – 8.518 – Episode 24
  5. Tales of the Arabian Nights – 8.38 – Episode 28
  6. Whirlwind – 8.2885 – Episode 23
  7. Elvira and the Party Monsters – 8.2775 – Episode 10
  8. Theatre of Magic – 8.228 – Episode 12
  9. Metallica – 8.112 – Episode 22
  10. Funhouse – 8.0995 – Episode 6
  11. Haunted House – 7.8925 – Episode 13
  12. Whitewater – 7.854 – Episode 18
  13. Medusa – 7.804 – Episode 25
  14. Champion Pub – 7.763 – Episode 37
  15. Congo – 7.736 – Episode 20
  16. Creature from the Black Lagoon – 7.7025 – Episode 35
  17. Revenge from Mars – 7.7015 – Episode 16
  18. Jacks Open – 7.6915 – Episode 32
  19. Bride of Pinbot – 7.6615 – Episode 3
  20. Taxi – 7.6615 – Episode 15
  21. NBA Fastbreak – 7.766 – Episode 9
  22. Doctor Who – 7.6195 – Episode 21
  23. Johnny Mnemonic – 7.5595 – Episode 29
  24. Mata Hari – 7.555 – Episode 19
  25. The Shadow – 7.3255 – Episode 7
  26. Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 7.2655 – Episode 40
  27. Scared Stiff – 7.1165 – Episode 10
  28. Iron Man – 6.9775 – Episode 30
  29. Maverick – 6.539 – Episode 4
  30. Shrek – 6.46 – Episode 14
  31. Fish Tales – 5.9235 – Episode 11

Episode 43 – Cheap Tackle Boxes and Numerous Rags

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Episode 42 – We didn’t talk about Bayonetta 2 for two hours. Happy?

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Episode 41 – Sitting on the Sidelines

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We recorded the show somewhere around three times.  We are trying to nail down these technical problems and only angered the tech gods even more!  We effed up: I checked LifeUnderGlass.net on my phone for a bit, and only saw t-shirts, but he also has other merch!  AND $2 from every shirt sale goes to charity.  I was fuzzy on it.  SORRYTHANKS.

Episode 40 – Thunderbats on Broadway

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Episode 39 – Ninety Minutes Without Talking About Destiny

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  • Here is the email we got from Dave about pinball collection rankings:
  • I like math and thought the discussion of the ranking of collections was interesting.  But I didn’t really like the ranking algorithm.  Try it again with my method.  Which is (#machines)*( 1 /( sumovermachines( 1/rank)))
  • So if you have 5 machines that were the top 5 it is
  • 5*(1/(1/1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/4 + 1/5)) = 2.18
  • And if it was 10-14
  • 5*(1/(1/10 + 1/11 + 1/12 + 1/13  + 1/14))= 11.83
  • Or like a real collection with some low ranked games
  • 5*(1/(1/1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/150 + 1/200)) = 2.71
  • So the low ranked games don’t dominate the result.  But if you don’t have any high ranked games you get a much lower ranking.
  • 5(1/(1/150 + 1/200 + 1/210 +1/230 + 1/250)) = 201.8
  • http://www.calculatorsoup.com/calculators/math/adding-fractions-calculator.php

Episode 38 – Mavericks don’t play by the rules

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Episode 37 – In a Row???

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Mod Review: Sparky Pinball’s Micro Display Mod

Sparky Pinball (http://sparkypinball.com) has joined the mod scene recently and one of their coolest new additions to the hobby has to be the Micro Display Mod. Available for a growing number of games, I gave the Creature From the Black Lagoon  MDM a test run, and I like what I’m seeing here. Read on for the full details.

  • Cost – $119
  • Install Time – 15 minutes
  • Install Difficulty – Easy
  • Fully Reversible Mod? Yes
  • Solder-Free Installation
  • No Additional Parts Needed – Complete Kit

For your $119, you get a DK Power Tap for drawing power off of the driver board to power the display, the Micro Display, an SD card with included video files, wiring, zip ties, and detailed installation instructions. For the price, this is a well packaged mod, and extremely simple to install. I spent about 12 minutes from unpacking the box to wrapping up installation.

The end result is quite charming. Yout get looping video of classic drive-in movie clips, including snippets from Creature From the Black Lagoon itself. The border around the screen looks like the Starlight Theater from the game’s art. It’s well executed.

The mod is available for Bally, Williams, and Stern games. More games are being added over time, so check out Sparky Pinball’s site for a list of current games and to follow what is coming out next.

The Pinball Podcast Episode 36 – P.I.N.B.A.L.L. Man vs. Shaolin

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The Big Lebowski Cabinet and Backglass Art Revealed!

The Big Lebowski Pinball

The Big Lebowski Pinball – Dutch Pinball

King of Pinball Gene X. Hwang talked to Dutch Pinball earlier this month, and has an interview incoming.  In the meantime though, TBL art!  Painted caricatures, just like the old days (ie. STTNG)!  Colors that actually fit a normal interior design scheme (not that its a priority in pinball, but that might help grease the wheels with the wife)!  Donny!  Maude!  Weird swirly bowling-ball-skull-brain-with-wings thingy!  Jeff Bridges arm pits! Color LCD!  Exclamation points!

A YouTube video reveal!

And the White Russian toy/light/thingy prototype!

Thanks Dutch Pinball and Gene X.  Can’t wait to see more!  This thing is going to be GOLD.