120 episodes

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!

Eclectic Gamers Podcast - Pinball & Video Games Dennis Kriesel & Tony Kurkowski

    • Games
    • 4.6, 19 Ratings

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!

    Episode 120 - Video Game Themes

    Episode 120 - Video Game Themes

    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.

    Episode Links:
    Polygon summary of the Xbox Games Showcase: https://www.polygon.com/2020/7/23/21335576/xbox-games-showcase-event-halo-infinite-game-pass

    Show Links:
    Roanoke Pinball Museum (EGP Sponsor): https://roanokepinball.org/

    Website: http://eclecticgamers.com

    EGP T-shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/eclectic-gamers-podcast

    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eclectic-gamers-podcast/id1088802706?mt=2

    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-465086826

    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=86805

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eclecticgamerspodcast/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eclectic_gamers

    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eclectic_gamers

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40Frd1Fep4u5bjrw3cvwoQ

    Discord: https://discord.gg/sgnrsBT

    Email: eclecticgamerspodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 119 - Tony Tackles Total Talking

    Episode 119 - Tony Tackles Total Talking

    Tony does this episode solo.

    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.

    Episode Links:
    Ubisoft: https://kotaku.com/top-ubisoft-executives-out-amid-me-too-turmoil-1844350972

    Evo: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/evo-2020-online-has-been-cancelled/1100-6479302/

    Smash Allegations: https://kotaku.com/over-50-sexual-misconduct-allegations-have-the-super-sm-1844328719

    Show Links:
    Roanoke Pinball Museum (EGP Sponsor): https://roanokepinball.org/

    Website: http://eclecticgamers.com

    EGP T-shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/eclectic-gamers-podcast

    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eclectic-gamers-podcast/id1088802706?mt=2

    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-465086826

    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=86805

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eclecticgamerspodcast/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eclectic_gamers

    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eclectic_gamers

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40Frd1Fep4u5bjrw3cvwoQ

    Discord: https://discord.gg/sgnrsBT

    Email: eclecticgamerspodcast@gmail.com

    • 49 min
    Episode 118 - Marketing 101

    Episode 118 - Marketing 101

    Tony and Dennis are joined by Travis Murie in this episode of the Eclectic Gamers Podcast.

    Pinball: The discussion is entirely around marketing and promotion in pinball, specifically focusing in on social media, influencers, and the value of video.

    Video Games: Topics include the shutdown of Mixer, Twitch's efforts against harassment, the (permanent?) ban of Dr. Disrespect on Twitch, and EA Play 2020.

    Episode Links:
    Travis Murie's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr80z2jt91eUdqkCkmmxvOw

    Gamespot article on Mixer shutting down: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/mixer-shutting-down-microsoft-partnering-with-face/1100-6478822/

    Polygon article on Twitch banning streamers over sexual abuse allegations: https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/25/21302983/twitch-sexual-abuse-assault-harassment-bans

    Polygon article on Dr. Disrespect's Twitch ban: https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/26/21304828/twitch-bans-dr-disrespect

    Show Links:
    Roanoke Pinball Museum (EGP Sponsor): https://roanokepinball.org/

    Website: http://eclecticgamers.com

    EGP T-shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/eclectic-gamers-podcast

    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eclectic-gamers-podcast/id1088802706?mt=2

    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-465086826

    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=86805

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eclecticgamerspodcast/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eclectic_gamers

    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eclectic_gamers

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40Frd1Fep4u5bjrw3cvwoQ

    Discord: https://discord.gg/sgnrsBT

    Email: eclecticgamerspodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 117 - PS5 Wheels

    Episode 117 - PS5 Wheels

    Pinball: Tony and Dennis discuss the JJP podcast interview with Brett Abess and the latest from American Pinball on promoting Hot Wheels.

    They also play Build a Bank!

    Video Games: The main focus is the PS5 event, but some time is also spent on the DMCA issues with Twitch.

    Episode Links:
    Jersey Jack Pinball Podcast: https://jjppodcast.libsyn.com/

    Straight Down the Middle unboxing video of Hot Wheels: https://youtu.be/xnXUd6mebhY

    Straight Down the Middle first impressions video: https://youtu.be/mubznrnqRsc

    Show Links:
    Roanoke Pinball Museum (EGP Sponsor): https://roanokepinball.org/

    Website: http://eclecticgamers.com

    EGP T-shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/eclectic-gamers-podcast

    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eclectic-gamers-podcast/id1088802706?mt=2

    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-465086826

    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=86805

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eclecticgamerspodcast/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eclectic_gamers

    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eclectic_gamers

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40Frd1Fep4u5bjrw3cvwoQ

    Discord: https://discord.gg/sgnrsBT

    Email: eclecticgamerspodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 116 - Turtle Power

    Episode 116 - Turtle Power

    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.

    Episode Links:
    Multimorphic's head-to-head Internet gameplay announcement: https://www.multimorphic.com/news/head-to-head-pinball-over-the-internet/

    Jersey Jack Pinball's innovation teaser trailer: https://www.facebook.com/JerseyJackPinball/videos/1035857633478636/

    TWIP deep dive on Stern's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball: https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-deep-dive-in-depth-overview-of-the-machine-features-rules-and-more/

    Show Links:
    Roanoke Pinball Museum (EGP Sponsor): https://roanokepinball.org/

    Website: http://eclecticgamers.com

    EGP T-shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/eclectic-gamers-podcast

    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eclectic-gamers-podcast/id1088802706?mt=2

    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-465086826

    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=86805

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eclecticgamerspodcast/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eclectic_gamers

    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eclectic_gamers

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40Frd1Fep4u5bjrw3cvwoQ

    Discord: https://discord.gg/sgnrsBT

    Email: eclecticgamerspodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Episode 115 - Jurassic Showdown!

    Episode 115 - Jurassic Showdown!

    Jeff Bakalar (CNET, Giant Beastcast) joins as a guest host in this pinball-centric episode.

    In the show Tony and Dennis quickly go over Episode 114's Build a Bank game results, discuss the This Week in Pinball promoter database, and the announcement that ReplayFX is cancelled for 2020.

    Afterwards, the guys discuss Jeff's top 10 pinball machines (as of 2019) from an article he wrote. Along the way they talk about what goes into their vision of a good pinball machine.

    Finally, a quick run through Stern Pinball's Stern Showdown, to determine which pinball machine reigns supreme (spoiler, Supreme Pinball did not win).

    Episode Links:
    CNET: https://www.cnet.com/

    Giant Beastcast: https://www.giantbomb.com/shows/beastcast/

    Jeff Bakalar's Top 10 Pinball Machines as of 2019: https://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-bakalars-top-10-pinball-machines-as-of-2019/1100-5963/

    Show Links:
    Roanoke Pinball Museum (EGP Sponsor): https://roanokepinball.org/

    Website: http://eclecticgamers.com

    EGP T-shirts: https://teespring.com/stores/eclectic-gamers-podcast

    iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eclectic-gamers-podcast/id1088802706?mt=2

    SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-465086826

    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=86805

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eclecticgamerspodcast/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Eclectic_gamers

    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/eclectic_gamers

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC40Frd1Fep4u5bjrw3cvwoQ

    Discord: https://discord.gg/sgnrsBT

    Email: eclecticgamerspodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

keriwing ,

My favorite podcast

I’ve been listening to every episode starting from the beginning. Even years later, the old episodes are informative and entertaining.

I like hearing Dennis and Tony talk about all of the boutiques and start-ups that have tried (and mostly failed) to make pinball machines. They take the time to research each topic and Dennis is good at giving a very listenable synopsis of all of the legal documents involved in the crazy antics of these companies.

It’s fun to hear their first impressions of each game as they are announced and then the follow up after they’ve played each game. They had such high hopes for Rob Zombie and those hoped were completely dashed a few episodes later.

At first I had intended to only listen to the pinball portion of the podcast, which is always after their opening intros, but I often find myself listening all the way through the video game section because it is just as interesting.

There are also some fantastic guest-hosts and one of the most insane interviews I’ve ever heard in the “Deeproot Interview” episode. I can’t believe how calm Dennis stayed as the owner of Deeproot was giving some very bold, weird, and sometimes insulting (to other people in the industry) answers to Dennis’ very well chosen questions.

I would recommend this podcast to everyone. It’s definitely worth a listen!

Zonrith ,

Pinball Galore (and Video Games)

Most of the episode time seems devoted to pinball (varies of course, but maybe 70% on average? A lot). A solid focus on key pinball news and more conceptual discussions. Dives into the more serious/concerning pinball hobby aspects (including breaking down legal happenings on failed projects and challenges faced by manufacturers). Video games is some news, but more discussion of whatever games the hosts are currently playing. Very consistent release schedule.

Callmesteam ,

Varied and knowledgable

I also came to find the show because of pinball, but enjoyed the fact that they jump to video games and tabletop games too. It's nice that they limit off-topic talk, and provide links to topics in their show notes. A fun, clean show and easy to recommend.

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