93: It’s Not Pretty



September 2020

As the “year of strange” marches on, we try to get back a sense of normalcy with this month’s show and and spend some quality time with our listeners.  To that end, we embark on our first ever “mailbag” show and respond to some long-waiting feedback and answer questions posted to both our Facebook page and our Twitter account.  Somewhere along the line, we lost count as to just how many we read on-air (20?) and we’ve easily got that many still in queue for “mailbag vol. 2″ so let us know if you enjoyed the format and would like to hear us do this again!

We also cover off on our normal gameroom and hobby updates (shattered pinball glass, anyone?) and catch up on just a little bit of news and give our thoughts on the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Quest from Stern Pinball, the DeepRoot (non)reveal and the upcoming C64

We also feature another panel discussion from the 2019 Portland Retro Gaming Expo as we hear from the legendary Howard Scott Warshaw as he talks about his time at Atari and developing some of the most beloved (and one ridiculed – unfairly, IMHO) Atari 2600 titles.

Lest we forget, we also announce the winner of our LitFrame contest!

Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.

We hope you enjoy the episode – thanks for listening and GAME ON!


92: Wakanda Forever



August 2020 - it took a lot from us. 

The news of losing both Chadwick Boseman and Curt Vendell hurt and hurt badly as their contributions to the collective community are as meaningful in both number as they are in prolific and lasting impact.

With that, we reflect on the respective contributions from both and pay our due respects, then it’s back to business as usual with gameroom updates, spending some of Brent’s money, discussion on the new Pixel Planet Arcade that is opening soon in TN and we speculate a bit on the newest game release by Stern Pinball (Avengers: Infinity Quest).  Add to all of that and we feature a panel discussion (entitled “Dan Kitchen’s Goldrush”) from the 2019 Portland Retro Gaming Expo where Dan Kitchen talks about his upcoming game for the Atari 2600 (it’s a sequel to Activision’s Keystone Kapers) and is joined by his brother Garry Kitchen and prolific game designer David Crane.

Also – don’t forget to enter the Lit Frame’s contest giveaway!  We’re taking submissions until Midnight EST on Sept. 15th!

Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

But wait…there’s more! (more…)

Win a $159 Stern LCD-sized backlit translite frame – courtesy of Lit Frames!

Brad Hunter from Lit Frames has been gracious enough to sponsor our latest podcast contest prize – a white Stern-LCD-sized LED-backlit translite frame – valued at $159!
So – how do you enter? It’s easy – all you have to do is guess a number between 1 and 1000, get your guess to us and wait for the Sept. episode where Whitney will announce the winning number that is sealed in an envelope that sits in the coin bucket of Brent’s Tempest.
How do I enter?  It’s easy!  Do any ONE of the following:
1. Reply to this blog post with your guess.
2. Reply to our FB page post (with your guess.
3. Tweet your guess with the hashtag #BTLitFrames

We’ll keep the contest open until midnight EST Sept. 15th. so everyone has an ample chance to enter.

There’s only a few rules and caveats to abide by:

  • Only one entry/guess allowed per person
  • Prize is the actual frame as shown above – no translites or any other product is included.
  • Shipping is provided within the CONUS; If winner resides outside the CONUS, then they will be responsible for shipping to the address of their choosing.
  • Closest to the mark (over/under/exact) wins the frame
  • In the event of multiple winners, earliest entrant (by timestamp) gets the prize!

Best of luck!

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91: The Quarantine Chronicles



July 2020

Oh, it’s GOOD to be back!

I think that’s the best way to sum up this episode, as we are (socially distanced) back in for our first studio epsiode since the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing “shelter in place” situation went mainstream.  We spend some time catching up and talking about how we’ve been dealing with the pandemic and discussing our efforts during this “downtime” to keep ourselves occupied and productive.

Brent discusses his major arcade and pinball parts cleanup effort, some RC cars he’s been building and some general housekeeping going on at his place to stay fit and tidy.  Whitney gets into the homeschooling routine, shopping his pins and getting set up with both a Cricut cutter and getting his 3D printer up and going.  In fact, there’s enough discussion on 3D printing that we dedicate the show’s tech segment to further discussion and sharing of information to help get you as productive as quickly as possible in case you decide to take up this effort.  Don’t blame Whitney if you go out and buy a printer after hearing this show.. (pssst….Ender 3 Pro FTW).

We also discuss a bit of industry news that’s happened over the past couple of months and highlight a brand new Sega Dreamcast KickStarter as well!

Oh – last but certainly not least – don’t miss out on the wonderful Lit Frame giveaway! Winner to be announced on our Sept. epsiode!  More details here - http://www.brokentoken.com/contests/win-a-159-stern-lcd-sized-backlit-translite-frame-courtesy-of-lit-frames/

Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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90: LAX 2020 Livestream–Saturday March 7



JUNE 2020

With continued unrest all around us and uncertainty at almost every corner, there are two things that we can count on to make the world a smaller (and better) place – our children and inclusivity.  Both of those themes are front-and-center in this episode as we spend some good time listening to the “kids of the show” (Grace Roberts & Gareth Milwood) as they continue to grow up (way too fast, btw) and we get some fantastic insight from Elizabeth Gieske into women in pinball with a heavy focus on competitive play and how inclusive the hobby is and what works well and what could still use improvement.

We’re also visited by friends of the show David Corrigan and Dan DeBusschere as they sat in with us to talk gaming and their current projects.  A good time was had by all.

It’s our hopes that if you weren’t able to join the live broadcast (or if you want to re-listen) then this (and the previous Friday livestream show at ep. 89) will bring some cheer to your shelter-in-place regiment – whatever that may look like.

Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.

Enjoy the show!


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