BlahCade #183: Star Race Declared Brain Dead

Old games on location… 💀!

Jared Morgan
Aug 24 · 5 min read

The BPAC event at the Ekka is over and Star Race couldn’t quite make the distance. Listen to find out what happened to the old girl and the lessons learnt from operating old machines on-location.

We also cover some sentiment that is growing towards Zen Studios about their lack of release information and that this means they are struggling. 😆

There is also a session about craptacular “pinball” games on iOS including audio. I’ve left the audio and commentary in, but you might want to go check out the Twitch stream of this episode to see the games in action. A picture really does paint 1000 words here.

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And now… on with the show

01:00 — Star Race is Brain Dead

It turns out that old boards left on for 12hrs a day can sometimes have problems.

And Star Race suffered problems on the busiest day of The Ekka, which means I can kiss most of my planned revenue goodbye.

I go into the problems identified and what I tried to do to resolve them.

09:00 — Quick Clean Tips for Location Pinball

Here are some hot tips for keeping your games operating well and looking great while not investing a lot of time cleaning the whole playfield.

10:50 — K’s Arcade parts to fix the Star Race issues

17:00 — Star Wars Land feelings and how this relates to Zen Studios

People are complaining that ride queues are not two-hours long and therefore the area is a failure. Queues of 45 minutes are considered failure? If I had to wait for two hours for a ride, I simply wouldn’t ride it.


Also, if the attraction fails it will be rethemed to Aladdin. 😆

It’s a bit similar to the growing sentiment among fans about the lack of news from Zen Studios and how this means they are somehow in trouble. 😆

26:00 — What is Zen Studios working on?

It’s this…

27:55 — Craptacular Mobile Pinball Games

Chris shows me some terrible pinball (?) games on iOS.

Don’t try any of these: they are total rubbish.

Side Note: goldfish reminds me a lot of…

38:00 — Some good alternatives to the big-name pinball apps on iOS

These ones are worth downloading.

Not featured but good…

46:00 — Twitch Schedule

Chris does regular Twitch streams now to fill in your digital pinball needs.

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BlahCade Pinball

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

Jared Morgan

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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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