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Eclectic Gamers Podcast - Pinball & Video Games

Dennis Kriesel & Tony Kurkowski

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Pinball and video games. We're a mixed gaming podcast, but pinball and video games are our bread and butter, and our two permanent segments. Pinball generally receives the most attention of the two. We also, on occasion, cover other types of gaming (namely tabletop games such as RPGs and card games). We aren't known as eclectic for nothing!
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Pinball: We go over a listener email, talk briefly about a black and white version of Godzilla Pinball, and spend the rest of the time going over the liquidation and demise of Haggis Pinball.Video Games: We (or at least one of us!) defends V.A.T.S. from listener criticism and then we talk Dr. Disrespect, the downtrend in video game hardware sales, …
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Pinball: We update regarding Stern bringing back Rush Pinball, JJP getting a new connected system, and we discuss the issues surrounding Haggis. Plus, we go over several listener emails.Video Games: We talk about the fall of Dr. Disrespect, Warthunder's creators apologizing for an image, a new Street Fighter live-action show coming up, the cancella…
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Pinball: We update regarding the Funhouse Remakes, ABBA, Spooky's big move, Stern's return of the Black Knight, JJP and Elton John production, and Stern's reveal of arguably the ugliest topper ever. Plus listener emails.Video Games: We talk about Valve getting sued, Sony allowing Discord integration, Sea of Thieves setting records, A Quiet Place be…
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Pinball: There is no news so we spend our entire time answering listener emails, including a lot about podcasting in pinball and why content creators do what they do.Video Games: We talk about Summer Game Fest, Playstation's State of Play, and some Final Fantasy 14 fate-tempting!Episode Links:None!Show Links:EGP Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ecl…
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Pinball: We discuss Pedretti Gaming's remake of Funhouse, talk about the Stern Pinball damage control tour, and answer some listener emails.Video Games: We talk about Helldivers 2 and its sales success, Atari buying Intellivision, video game industry layoffs, Microsoft adding AI to Minecraft, Playstation versus Xbox sales, and a Uvalde-related laws…
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Pinball: We spend the entire time discussing the reveal of Stern Pinball's John Wick Pinball, the drama about the lack of guns in the art, and also the marketing campaign and what pinball currently faces in the market overall.Video Games: talk about Critical Role having its own membership service, Steam being blocked in Vietnam, Sony reversing cour…
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Note: Light spoilers regarding vaults in the Fallout TV series (won't be spoilers to those familiar with the games).Pinball: We discuss Homepin's open-source Blues Brothers pinball reveal, that Dutch Pinball supposedly will reveal Back to the Future Pinball at Pinball Expo, and we discuss a variety of our ThemeDreams(tm).Video Games: We cover Doubl…
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Pinball: We discuss Stern building more Black Knight: Sword of Rage machines, the now-revealed ABBA Pinball from Pinball Brothers, Multimorphic's production plans for The Princess Bride, and DPX filing trademarks for RAZA and Magic Girl.Video Games: We cover Twitch Mike Ybarra talking some nonsense, Yuji Naka throwing some shade, Ubisoft shutting d…
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Pinball: We discuss several listener emails, talk about Pinball Brothers preparing a new game while losing a couple of founders, and Dutch Pinball launching sister company DPX and what we think of that idea.Video Games: We cover Twitch changing their rules, Larian moving away from D&D games, Xbox wanting to get into the handheld software space, and…
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Pinball: Technically recorded the last day of TPF (so quasi-post TPF) on this episode we focus on the new games (or at least new to us) that Texas Pinball Festival had to offer.Episode Links:None!Show Links:EGP Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/eclectic_gamersWebsite: http://eclecticgamers.comEGP T-shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/eclectic-gamer…
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Pinball: We go over some listener emails but spend most of our time talking about The Princess Bride for the P3.Video Games: We go over the games Balatro and Pacific Drive, talk about more video game layoffs, talk about Rockstar returning employees to the office, discuss another Nintendo lawsuit, talk about a studio breaking away from Activision, a…
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Pinball: We cover listener emails, note JJP's production of Elton John CEs, talk about the Jaws LE delay, talk about a Jaws Pro mod that can actually eat the ball, note the upcoming Princess Bride reveal, and spend a lot of time regarding the Haggis update on the state of production challenges they are facing.Video Games: We go over the delay of th…
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Pinball: We talk about the 3rd Annual Pinball Degenerates Awards, Pulp Fictions finally being built, Labyrinth toppers now shipping, and a long discussion about American Pinball's investor situation and continued reliance on original themes.Video Games: We go over Nintendo shutting down some old online play services, Overwatch having a new competit…
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Pinball: We go over Stern Pinball's Jaws and the No-Eat-BallGate that has manifested. We also spend a bit of time talking about Princess Bride and Little Shop of Horrors and use that as a springboard to talk about other 1980s themes that may work for pinball.Video Games: We go over a lot of industry layoffs, some Square Enix AI news, Ubisoft's subs…
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Pinball: We go over the Stern Pinball Jaws reveal and also touch on some other Stern information.Video Games: We go over someone "beating" Tetris, Twitch updating their nudity policy (again), Square Enix and their plans for AI, Baldur's Gate 3 and troubles with the Xbox version, and a $48,000 DLC pack of Star Citizen.Episode Links:Pinball News arti…
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Pinball: We quickly go over some more pinball award stuff, talk about Planetary Pinball granting Pedretti the ability to make WMS remakes, and then do our year-end review of the manufacturers.Video Games: We go over E3's cancellation, several Activision-related topics, a couple major hacks of video game companies, changes to the Epic store, changes…
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Pinball: We talk about Spooky Pinball's reveal of two new pinball machines: Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Looney Tunes. We also talk about changes to the TWIPY awards and why the toxic behavior around it is getting out of hand.Video Games: We go over The Game Awards (reveals and awards), GTA 6, Twitch leaving South Korea, Bethesda going back into pai…
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Pinball: We talk about Dutch Pinball moving on past TBL, Stern Pinball releasing their Insider Connected app and more Black Knight toppers, and Kineticist acquiring TWIP.Video Games: We go over the Game Awards, Baldur's Gate getting a physical edition, a delay for Space Marine 2, Gabe Newell having to talk lawsuits, and the end of the Overwatch Lea…
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Pinball: We talk about Stern's production line, the rumor Dutch Pinball has Back to the Future, a bit about The Princess Bride, and two listener emails that we discuss in depth.Video Games: We go over a Steam code recipient game review, talk about Baldur's Gate, cover the results of the Golden Joystick Awards, discuss Mortal Kombat 1 demanding too …
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Pinball: We talk about the upcoming 2023 Kansas City Pinball Championship, JJP's new game Elton John, Stern loosing the price requirements on some older titles, and CGC finally completing an official Pulp Fiction machine.Video Games: We go over Embracer reducing staff at Zen Studios, Paradox releasing Harebrained Schemes, Ubisoft delaying Skull and…
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Pinball: We talk about the new company Barrels of Fun and their new pinball machine Labyrinth, we discuss Stern Pinball basically re-releasing two games, we go over a new version of Pinball Brothers' Alien, we talk about the JJP reveal planned for Expo along with some other Expo expected happenings, and we go over why we love pinball and our curren…
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Pinball: We talk about a recent interview with David Fix from American Pinball relating to homebrew games and GTF!, go over Homepin's plan to reveal a pinball machine at Expo not designed for pinheads, and cover a new P3 game called Dungeon Door Defender.Video Games: We talk about Epic's layoffs, the latest on the Microsoft-Activision merger, Kamiy…
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Pinball: We talk about Haggis and Fathom Revisited, Stern's final run of Guardians of the Galaxy Pro games, and the fall of Circus Maximus and its attempts to make Pinball Circus and Kingpin.Video Games: We get a review from Dave P on Doom, talk about E3 limping along, Steam being around for 20 years, Charles Martinet as the Mario ambassador, some …
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Pinball: We talk about recent hires by JJP and Stern Pinball, Multimorphic starting to ship Final Resistance, and play another game of Rank Random Pins.Video Games: We get a review from Robert G. on Ice Age: Scrat's Nutty Adventure, talk about the loss of the Volition game studio, discuss Sony renaming its handheld device, chat about Starfield revi…
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We cover a lot about the podcast given this is the 200th episode. In pinball we talk about the new LE version of Jurassic Park by Stern, play a game, and do Rumor Corner. In video games we discuss Alan Wake 2, Starfield, Overwatch 2 review bombing, and some more details regarding issues at the Embracer Group.Episode Links:EGP Fursona merch: https:/…
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Pinball: We hit some quick news topics (Stern last call on Avengers and Iron Maiden, Stern hiring Jeremy Packer, Nick Baldridge joining Multimorphc), discuss a listener email about Dennis needing to believe in himself to achieve great pinball victory, and we have a discussion on the current state of the pinball market.Video Games: We address Baldur…
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Pinball: We discuss Stern Pinball's new Venom game.Video Games: We address the latest on the Microsoft effort to acquire Activision, the end of Gundam Evolution, Overwatch 2 joining Steam, and Xbox Gold changing to Game Pass Core.Episode Links:This Week in Pinball's deep dive on Venom: https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/stern-pinball-announces-venom…
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Pinball: We discuss Pinball Brothers reducing the price of Queen, Haggis Pinball revealing Centaur Revisited, and of course Rumor Corner.Video Games: We address Daedalic laying off staff in the wake of Gollum's failure, cover the Microsoft-FTC trial, provide a Twitch update, talk a bit about Starfield, go over Ubisoft and the blockchain, discuss Mi…
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Pinball: We discuss the rumor of a Ghostbusters Vault, Homepin's recent interview and decision to add a center post to Spinal Tap, and of course have Rumor Corner (Potter rumors this time!).Video Games: We address two Nintendo-related emails, go over the Xbox direct, the Nintendo direct, talk about an EA split, give the latest on the Microsoft effo…
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Pinball: We discuss the Stern Godzilla topper, talk about the recent reveal of HEXA Pinball and Space Hunt, and cover Rumor Corner.Video Games: We talk about the Mario movie getting a sequel, the buzz on Diablo 4, discuss a slew of Summer Gamefest announcements, talk about yet another Twitch blunder, cover Paradox refunds on a video game, give a sm…
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Pinball: We discuss Jersey Jack Pinball reportedly securing the Harry Potter license, talk about how we would have done a Whirlwind 2.0 project, and cover Rumor Corner.Video Games: We read a listerner review of a Steam game, talk about Overwatch 2 abandoning PvE, the return of BlizzCon, no planned DLC for Final Fantasy 16, do an overview of the Pla…
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Pinball: We discuss the Whirlwind 2.0 kit, Final Resistance's sales performance, a digression about Overwatch relating to the pinball homebrew, and an update on the enhanced code for Cactus Canyon Remake. We also provide Rumor Corner.Video Games: We read two listener reviews of Steam games, talk about the new Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom game, discu…
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Pinball: We discuss Pinball Adventures and their Punny Factory reveal, discuss the newly announced TiltBob Pinball company out of Florida, talk about the status of the expanded code for Cactus Canyon Remake, and chat a bit about an Overwatch homebrew project. We also provide Rumor Corner.Video Games: We read a listener review of the VR game Perfect…
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Pinball: We give a few quick updates on Stern's Foo Fighters, Homepin's Spinal Tap trailer, American Pinball's work to resolve issues with GTF!, and Spooky's new code for Scooby. We also provide which pinball machine "won" TPF 2023 based off a poll of a Patreon members, and have a discussion about which companies we think might get a second game ou…
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Pinball: We our thoughts on a bunch of the games we played at Texas Pinball Festival (TPF) 2023 and provide Rumor Corner.Video Games: We talk about E3 being cancelled and some updates on the Microsoft purchase of Activision.Episode Links:MechWarrior 5 Mercenary Pinball: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/mechwarrior-5-mercenary-pinballShow Lin…
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Pinball: We discuss Jersey Jack Pinball's Godfather Pinball, a little bit more about American Pinball's Galactic Tank Force, the reveal of Chicago Gaming Company's Pulp Fiction Pinball, Turner Pinball planning to be at TPF, and Rumor Corner.Video Games: We talk a bit more about the Microsoft effort to acquire Activision, a major Star Citizen issue,…
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Pinball: We discuss the recently revealed Foo Fighters Pinball by Stern Pinball, another teaser for American Pinball's Galactic Tank Force, the upcoming reveal of Jersey Jack Pinball's Godfather, and of course Rumor Corner.Video Games: We talk a bit more about tabletop (at the start of the segment based off a listener question), and then go over ne…
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Pinball: We discuss the teased module Project Carbon from Multimorphic, Spooky Pinball Scooby games shipping, American Pinball planning for a March 2023 reveal, we discuss a Patreon poll regarding possible remake companies PPS could turn to, and of course Rumor Corner.Video Games: Focus is on Activison-Blizzard's merger woes with Microsoft and some…
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Tony was unable to participate on this episode, aside from a small blurb at the start. As such, Dennis just focuses on pinball and goes over the results for The Pinball Awards in 2022, talks about the upcoming 2nd annual Pinball Degenerate Awards, discusses his thoughts on Spooky's gameplay reveal of Scooby-Doo Pinball, covers the announcement of S…
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Pinball: We briefly touch on some Spooky and Pinball Brothers updates, then talk about how we voted in The Pinball Awards for 2022, and finally we go over Rumor Corner.Video Games: Discussion covers the upcoming shutdown of Marvel's Avengers, the tech sector's recent layoffs, and some information on Google Stadia and Ubisoft.Tabletop: The segment r…
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Pinball: Coverage is entirely focused on Stern's James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition, plus Rumor Corner.Video Games: Discussion covers EVE Online, Microsoft's Activision purchase, Hitman games having a new name, and an update on CD Projekt Red.Tabletop: The segment returns to dive extensively into Wizards of the Coast and their new open…
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Aside from a very long intro covering their 5K adventure, Dennis and Tony focus on providing a year-end review of pinball and video game happenings.Episode Links:Knapp Arcade coverage on 12/22/2022 on Multimorphic: https://www.knapparcade.org/post/wait-for-new-multimorphic-pinball-machine-now-1-year-still-aiming-for-2-new-games-in-2023Show Links:EG…
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Pinball: We spend most of our time talking about Spooky Pinball's reveal of Scooby Doo, but we do conclude with Rumor Corner as usual.Video Games: This segment covers a lot of legal updates (Epic and Fortnight addiction, Riot against NetEase, and the FTC opposing the Microsoft purchase of Activision). The rest of the time is primarily focused on co…
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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 w…
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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 the…
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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 Spence…
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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 …
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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 Cyberp…
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Tony temporarily revives the tabletop segment in the introduction to talk about a "new" TSR.Pinball: We discuss Stern Pinball's delayed reveal of James Bond, Homepin's reveal of Spinal Tap, a bit about American Pinball, and of course Rumor Corner.Video Games: This segment covers Overwatch 2, the Sims 4, and a bunch of information out of Nintendo Di…
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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: Th…
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