We have a long overdue chat with Mike from Farsight Studios about what’s happening at the Studio. We also talk about pinball cabinet controllers.

Jared Morgan
Oct 10, 2018 · 4 min read

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.



And now… on with the show

  • 00:45 — Movie Pass is “profitable”
  • 07:15 — Zen Pinball FX3 Williams Pinball Released!
Freshly-squeezed Williams Pinball ready to buy.
  • 08:15 — Comparison videos between original and digital in Zen Studios.
Zen Studios Trick Shot Video
  • 09:15 — Spacey’s Screen Overlay Comparison.
Spacie’s Arcade Tricks Breakdown: Real vs Simulation overlay video
  • 10:35 — Live drops in the show.
  • 12:00 — Occulus Rift and Stern Pinball Arcade VR.

Popping the PinCab Cherry

  • 12:40 — Wolfson’s Digital Pinball cabinet.
  • 15:05 — Tuning help with Future Pinball.
  • 17:10 — PinballX Interface First Thoughts.
  • 19:05 — Older Versions of TPA.
  • 19:55 — Getting Visual Pinball working after a hiatus.
  • 22:50 — Getting into Future Pinball.
  • 23:40 — Cabinet gameplay thoughts.

Creating a MicroCab Controller

  • 24:30 — PinSim MicroCab boards.
  • 25:50 — Chris’ Article about PinCab on Medium.
  • 26:10 — Sourcing components through Amazon.
  • 28:55 — Handling Analog Input triggers with arcade fire buttons.

Mike Lindsay from Farsight Studios

  • 31:55 — Stern Pinball Arcade VR (Rift) (SPA VR)
  • 32:55 — Will SPA VR be on other VR platforms?
  • 34:10 — Purchase tables outright for real money.
  • 34:35 — Grind for free tables: 40 bars per table, 1000 tokens per bar.
  • 34:50 — Join and get a starting balance of tokens.
  • 35:20 — Complete challenges to earn tokens faster.
  • 36:10 — When will Whoa Nellie and Big Buck Hunter come into SPA VR?
  • 37:30 — Why do you need to adjust your height and position each time you play?
  • 39:00 — VR view is night and day compared with 2D.
  • 40:55 — How do Occulus controls work in SPA VR?
  • 42:00 — Room environment delayed release a bit.
  • 42:45 — Table claw is the loading animation.
  • 43:40 — What’s being done about UI disparity between SPA ecosystems?
  • 45:50 — What is happening with TPA?
  • 47:00 — Will we see more Gottlieb EMs in Pinball Arcade?
  • 47:50 — Is there any movement on Capcom tables?
  • 48:00 —So… when did you hear about the Zen Williams Pinball license?
  • 51:00 — What is happening with Arcooda?
  • 52:00 — What’s the work pipeline looking like at the studio?
  • 52:00 — What was your first gig at Farsight, Mike?
  • 54:00 — How many employees are fully dedicated to pinball?
  • 54:45 — Is the studio really still that busy?
  • 56:00 — Will Stern video screen tech be possible?

VR Pros and Cons

  • 56:35 — Sweaty heads.
  • 57:55 — General user fatigue.
  • 59:25 — No steam controller profile for TPA.
  • 60:40 — No flipper button mapping options in SPA VR.
  • 61:10 — VR pinball is a solo pursuit.
  • 62:10 — Navigation is not intuitive.
  • 63:00 — Re-alignment issues.
  • 64:00 — Screen-door Effect is a dealbreaker for Chris.
VR Comparison with that screen door look on the right.
  • 67:25 — VR perspective helped Chris get the skillshot in BTTF in Zen FX3
  • 68:45 — Frankenstein table can b-r-e-a-t-h-e.
  • 69:00 — Why was 3D taken off the table for digital pinball.
  • 71:00 — Destroying the VR 4th wall with peripherals.
  • 73:00 — Arcooda’s parallax 3D is the right balance.

BlahCade Pinball Podcast Gen2 Merch

  • 76:00 — Check out our wares!
  • 78:00 — Dry run shirt trial and thoughts.

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Podcast devoted to commercial digital pinball that occasionally veers wildly off-topic just because.

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Tech Writer with a Product focus | Podcaster | Pinball enthusiast.

BlahCade Pinball

Podcast devoted to commercial digital pinball that occasionally veers wildly off-topic just because.

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