I’d love to have a league out here that would meet regularly to hold tournaments and to help preserve pinball in my area. These sorts of groups have popped up all over in the last 15 years as pinball has moved from a location experience to a private collection affair. Great job, Orange County Pinball League members!
Imagine my surprise when I was attending the Nintendo E3 press conference and I got a text message from Don and a Facebook message from Matt Riesterer telling me that “Jersey” Jack Guarnieri were going to be on the E3 show floor with the public’s first glimpse at The Wizard of Oz pinball machine. I was heavily booked up with appointments on Day 1 of E3, so when Day 2 rolled around and I had a few minutes, I made it my priority to meet up with Jack and Keith to see what they had to say about the soon to come Wizard of Oz pinball machine.
Playing Wizard of Oz was a treat, even if the game was running on a bare bones set of code. The playfield layout is fantastic, and it felt like I was playing a game from the glory days of early 1990s pinball. There was a slight similarity to Twilight Zone with the double ramps at the top middle, but the game had a smoother flow to it overall. The toys, art, and lighting all looked wonderful, even if without the GI being lit up on the E3 show floor.
The LCD runs in HD resolutions and it blends in beautifully with the backglass, proving to me that an LCD just might be the future for pinball display technology. The animations were very limited, as Jack was reluctant to show more at this time, but the screen looked great even in its limited state.
For those who are worried that Jack decided to pack the machine too much, rest assured that they’ve managed to provide something that is dense in regards to targets and toys, but that the ball flow is still satisfying and smooth.
Take a look below for our quick interview with Jersey Jack and Keith Johnson. It would have been nice to have spent more time with the game, but what I experienced was enough to make me hungry for more. Big thanks to Jack Guarnieri and Keith Johnson for showing the game at E3 and for taking time out of their busy day to accommodate my hectic schedule at the show.
Episode 8 is upon us and we talk about what’s been going on as we head into the summer season, we introduce a new contest, and we talk a bit of ball of a different kind. Listen to the show here or download it via iTunes or the RSS feed and start finding out what the buzz* is all about.
Show number 7 is here and it’s our longest yet. We’re not sure if you should thank us or if we should be apologizing yet, but we’ll figure it out soon enough. Here’s some of what we covered in this week’s show.
6 shows! I guess that means we’ve been at it for six months now, huh? Well, I guess there’s no reason to quit now. Take a listen as we take your recent feedback to heart and start molding the show around the things you’ve asked for. Here are the show notes:
http://pinballmap.com – Find pinball in your area!
March Madness bracket intro, see previous post for details.
New contest – Describe the dirtiest machine you’ve ever shopped or seen on location
Enjoy the show! Remember, you can contact as on Twitter at @pinballpodcast, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pinballpodcast, or leave comments right here on the site.
We’re not too proud to skip taking advantage of the March Madness trend. We’re running a tournament, hosted at Challonge, that will come complete with prizes for the most accurate bracket predictions. You’ll notice that we have more than 64 teams. Why? Because we can. This year it’s limited to modern pinball, but if this works out well, we’ll do three brackets next year (electronic, EM, and mixed). Yeah, it’s going to be a lot of work, but it should also be tons of fun!
Fill out the bracket with your predictions, including the 3rd place matchup (losers of the semifinal matches)
Either scan or take a clear picture of your bracket, and email it to email@example.com
Vote as the rounds open up for voting. We’ll post notices here, on RGP, Pinside, and KLOV.
Keep track of your bracket’s performance as each matchup is determined
At the conclusion, email the number of picks you got correct to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The highest number of picks wins a prize from The Pinball Podcast and bragging rights for a whole year! Any ties will be broken based on the most correct picks in later rounds (starting with finals, and going a round backwards as necessary). We will verify all final total claims.
You MUST have your bracket emailed to us before first round voting starts, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Voting will begin March 26th, 2012.
Voting will be held via email and will be a blind vote. You’re free to reveal your votes in forum threads, but it’s not required. Your votes will be sent to email@example.com, and instructions on how to do so will be posted with each voting round announcement.
Episode 5 is here and we recorded just hours after learning that Steve Kordek had passed away a the age of 100. We dedicate a good portion of our show to Steve Kordek and his innovations in pinball. We’d like to thank Steve Kordek for all he has done for this industry, for the hobby, and for all of the good and happiness he brought to millions of people in the past 100 years.
Episode 4 is the first podcast of 2012, and there’s plenty to talk about! Jeff is down and out recovering from ankle surgery, and Don has been performing surgery of his own on several pinball machines. The outlook looks good for both operations, but we’re going to focus on the pinball-related ones today. Here are the show notes: