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  • Blog Post: Stern Sees A Bright Future In Digital Pinball

    I've been playing pinball since the word "arcade" referred to a location, and not a style of game. Over time, the machines' presence faded into near obscurity. Manufacturers went out of business, and it became increasingly tougher to track down tables to play. That's why I've... More
  • Blog Post: Zen Pinball 2 On PS4 Gets Influx Of New Tables

    Zen Studios sent along word today that a number of the great pinball tables that have previously only been available on older platforms are now finally making their way to PS4. Moreover, if you previously bought the tables on PS3 or Vita, you’ll be able to import them to PS4 for no additional cost... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 3/7/14

    A good section of the office's weekend plans include playing Thief and South Park: The Stick of Truth – probably also as a thief. This office might not be the safest…What games are you spending some time with this weekend? Kim Wallace : I have some review games I'm finishing up,... More
  • Blog Post: Zen Studios Pinball Sale Raising Money For Typhoon Relief In The Philippines

    A new Humble Bundle sale offers more than 20 Zen Studios pinball tables for $6, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Red Cross to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. As all Humble Bundle goes, this is a pay whatever you want scenario, but if you want the most attractive tables... More
  • Blog Post: Dr. Strange Coming To Zen Pinball 2 In December

    Dr. Strange is getting his own pinball table for Zen Pinball 2, and it will be available to download this Winter. Developer Zen Studios says that more than 50 lines of dialogue based on excerpts from the comic books were recorded for the table. Dr. Strange is coming to Xbox 360, PlaySation 3 and Vita... More
  • Blog Post: Star Wars Pinball Tables Blasting Over To Wii U Next Month

    Nintendo fans can stop worrying that Star Wars Pinball is trapped in the sarlacc pit of porting. Zen Studios has announced that the bundle, which includes three tables themed to a variety of characters and eras, is coming to Nintendo's eShop this July. Star Wars Pinball will be available July 11... More
  • Blog Post: Pinball Machine Makes Modern Art

    An art student recently put a pinball machine to work making modern art. If cats can do it, why not pinball machines. Jackson Pollock eat your heart out. Graphic designer and art student Sam van Doorn put together an art installation built around a pinball machine for his graduation project. The installation... More
  • Blog Post: Marvel Pinball: Civil War Available Now

    Announced back in October, the Marvel: Civil War table for Pinball FX 2 and Marvel Pinball is available now. It's based on the six-part Marvel comic series of the same name that focuses on the conflict amongst the Marvel heroes. The conflict focuses mostly between Iron Man and Captain America, but... More
  • Blog Post: Marvel Civil War Coming To Pinball FX 2

    A new table is coming to Pinball FX 2 based on the 2006 Marvel Civil War comic book series. Players will be able to choose between siding with Iron Man or Captain America, and your choice will dictate elements of the board, like which heroes make cameos in your game. Picking Captain America will make... More
  • Blog Post: Insomniac Reveals Cancelled Pinball Game

    [ Update ]: It looks like Zen Studios, creators of Zen Pinball, may be in talks with Insomniac Games about resurrecting the project. The studio commented over Twitter, "Well, let's talk then! :-D RT @zen_studios: @insomniacgames We would LOVE to talk about it :D" ----------------------... More
  • Blog Post: Pinball Legend Passes Away

    Pinball may or may not fit into your personal definition of video games, but its an important part of our arcade roots regardless. Earlier this month, one of pinball's greatest and most influential creators passed away. Time reports that Steve Kordek died on February 19 at the age of 100. Back in... More
  • Blog Post: Zen Pinball Tilts The 3DS Next Week

    The greatest pinball game in history is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop next week, complete with new 3D visuals and some classic tables. Zen Pinball (also known as Pinball FX 2 on Xbox Live) is one of the great examples of a small studio thriving in the new world of digital distribution. By continuing... More
  • Blog Post: FarSight Studios Bringing 50+ Classic Pinball Tables In 2012

    With the relative popularity of Zen Studios' Pinball FX games, it's easy to forget that they're not the only company to have released pinball games over this generation. FarSight Studios released several Pinball Hall of Fame collections over the past few years, featuring a variety of real... More
  • Blog Post: Trailer Reveals X-Men Board Coming To Pinball FX2

    Zen Studios announced Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue back in July, but is still rolling out exactly what types of tables will be included in the package. Today, we get to see a trailer for the X-Men table, which features Magneto as the board manipulating antagonist. We've seen a Ghost Rider... More
  • Blog Post: Crazy Life-sized Pinball Video

    Aaron Hughes directed this clever little video called Person Pinball. As the title suggests, this video imagines a life-sized version of pinball where the balls and flippers are people and the street is a playground. Little Aaron and Friends recently posted this video on their site , but you can also... More
  • Blog Post: Play Spider-Pinball, Win Microsoft Points

    Zen Studios, the developer behind Pinball FX 2, is holding a tournament running now through August 12. The catch: You need to play on the Spider-Man table. You don't need to do anything fancy to register. Just complete a game on the Spider-Man table in Pinball FX 2 on the Xbox 360 (sorry, PS3 owners... More
  • Blog Post: Pinball FX2: Preserving An Endangered Species

    If you had asked me last January if a pinball game would have made my Top 10 year-end list, I’d have said you were crazy. However, that’s exactly what happened. Frankly, I wasn’t even familiar Zen Studio’s Pinball FX. All I knew was that, a few days after Pinball FX2 was released... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Pinball FX 2 Tournament Is Live

    Pinball FX 2 has become a bit of an obsession in our offices, fueling a lot of unnecessary and often hurtful trash talking and poor sportsmanship. In other words, some of the other guys are mopping the floor with my scores. Well, something is coming tomorrow that may offer a chance for redemption. The... More
  • Blog Post: A Konversation With Mortal Kombat's Ed Boon

    Ed Boon has been a part of Mortal Kombat since the series began. He programmed the first game, back when a team of four could realistically tackle such a project. As creative director for NetherRealm, Boon is charged with overseeing the latest installment in the series, which is simply titled Mortal... More
  • Blog Post: Town Shuts Down Heretic Pinball Wizard's Operation

    George Mansfield of Beacon, New York had a dream. That dream was to open up a retro-themed arcade that featured old classics, including the fading art of pinball. Much to his dismay, shortly after his arcade was opened the doors and windows were shuttered due to an old law that makes slamming metal balls... More
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