Ep 11: We Decide the Best Beat-Em-Up Game of All Time! Bloodstained Curse of the Moon Review, Sega Mega Drive Classics, and Deadpool Pinball Leaked Pictures!

Game the System Podcast Episode 11 sponsored by 1989 Arcade Bar and Kitchen (1989.com.au). Marc, John and Matt battle it out and decide the best beat-em-up game of all time! Marc reviews Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. We talk about John's pickup of a Sega MegaCD, the newly released Mega Drive Classics, Matt updates us on his progress with River Raid Tournament Edition, and we talk about the leaked pictures of the new Stern pinball machine Deadpool!

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Podcast Episode 10! Bloodstained Curse of the Moon, Horizon Chase Turbo, Neo Geo Mini, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Kaboom, Battle of the Beat-Em-Ups!

Game the System podcast episode 10 now sponsored by 1989 Arcade Bar and Kitchen (1989.com.au)! Marc, Matt and John talk about the Castlevania inspired Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Out Run inspired Horizon Chase Turbo, more news on the Neo Geo Mini, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Matt's favourite game Kaboom, and the ultimate Battle of the Beat-Em-Ups - which is the best of all time!?!

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Grab the cast from your favourite podcast blaster - iTunes, Stitcher, and from the Podcast section of the site.

Podcast Episode 9! Neo Geo Mini, PAX Classic Games, Road Rash and the Sega Master System

They're at it again! Marc, John and Matt discuss the rumoured Neo Geo Mini, the future of the PAX Classic Gaming Area, Lord of the Sword and the Sega Master System, Road Rash and Daze Before Christmas on the Mega Drive, new Timezone arcade in Central Park reviewed, the new Elvira pinball machine, Afreeca Starleague and IEM Sydney, and more retro than you can shake a CRT at!

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Grab the cast from your favourite podcast blaster - iTunes, Stitcher, and from the Podcast section of the site.

Podcast Episode 8! Billy Mitchell, Total Nuclear Annihilation, and Ready Player One!

Marc, Matt and John sit down once again to talk a whole lotta retro. This time we get stuck into the Billy Mitchell controversy, Mega Drive Mini, Total Nuclear Annihilation, and Ready Player One.

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Available on iTunes and Stitcher, and where all good podcasts live (in the cloud somewhere?). Head over to the Podcast section of the site for full show notes.

Game the System Podcast Episode 7!

Episode 7 is here! Marc reviews the C64 Mini, Matt builds a custom PCB, and John gets all introspective and asks why we collect retro. Check out the podcast and full show notes over in the Podcast section of the site!

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Podcast Episode 6!

Game the System Podcast Episode 6! Join us as we talk about a bunch of modern games including Resident Evil 7, Halo 5, Burnout Paradise Remastered, and John's adventures on the Nintendo Switch including Stardew Valley. We also talk about the recently announced Iron Maiden pinball machine, and the Commodore 64 Mini.

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Podcast Episode 5!

Game the System Podcast Episode 5! Hear our thoughts on PAX teaming up with EB Expo, Thunderbirds pinball, P3 Multimorphic pinball, New Zealand Pincade, and the top 30 systems of all time as voted by RetroGamer Magazine readers!

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Game the System Podcast Episode 4!

Game the System Podcast Episode 4! Join Marc Bell, John Pansini, and Matthew Tolhurst talking about all things gaming.

We are on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/game-the-system-podcast/id1341961411

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpgamethesystemcopodcast/game-the-system-podcast

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Are You Dying to Talk About Games? Retro, Arcade, Modern, Pinball? People Like You Are Already Talking - On the Forum!

If you've been looking for a place to chat with people who love all types of gaming, the conversation has already begun and we want to welcome your voice!

http://gamethesystem.co/forum

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The Game the System Forum has been up for a little while now and it's already packed full of interesting discussion on retro games, pinball, arcade games, modern games, board and table top games, and more. You will also see running journals on projects such as arcade repair, and a rom hack creating a new version of the Atari 2600 game River Raid - turning it into a tournament edition!

It's also the best place to keep up with what's going on with the Podcast, and to ask your questions and provide feedback that we can cover on the show. We'd love to hear from you and talk about the things that you want to hear.

So head on over and join the chat. We want to hear about what YOU play, what you're working on, and what games are capturing your attention these days. That can be all the way back to Game & Watch, and all the way forward to Bayonetta 3. It's all games and we all love talking about them, all the time!

Game the System Podcast Episode 3!

Game the System Podcast Episode 3! Join Marc Bell, John Pansini, and Matthew Tolhurst where we talk about all things gaming.

We are on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/game-the-system-podcast/id1341961411

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/httpgamethesystemcopodcast/game-the-system-podcast

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New Podcast! New Forum! New Feature: Sydney's Only Bar-Arcade - 1989!

Game the System is very happy to announce that we have launched three new sections!

We've been a little quiet of late as we have worked on plans to shift focus from competitive pinball and to all things gaming: retro, modern games, arcade games, pinball, board games, table top, anything that people play! Additionally, we wanted to change our approach from news and events, to a connected gaming community. And what does that mean?

A Podcast!

Head on over to the Podcast section to listen to our brand new gaming podcast. Listen to Marc Bell, John Pansini and Matthew Tolhurst discuss all things gaming. We plan to release a new podcast every two weeks or there abouts, so subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher and join the conversation!

A Forum!

The Forum section does what it says on the box - a community discussion around all things gaming. Here you can keep up with the podcasts we release, the features, and all the things that the wonderful gaming community are up to. Don't hesitate to join the discussion, there's already heaps of content in there waiting for your opinion!

A new feature page: Play!

Expanding our view of people that play has always been our long term goal, and now are finally doing just that! The Play section is all about where people play, and the people that love these places. Our first feature is the one and only 1989 Arcade Bar & Kitchen in Newtown, Sydney - literally Sydney's ONLY bar-arcade!

Paul Jones - Your New Australian Number 1 Pinball Player

A big congratulations goes to Paul Jones, newly crowned Australian number 1 pinball player according to the international player rankings website: https://www.ifpapinball.com/rankings/country.php?country=7.

 Australia's new number 1 pinball player according to the international pinball player rankings.

Australia's new number 1 pinball player according to the international pinball player rankings.

Paul has long been dominating the Australian pinball competitive scene, usually winning or nearly winning in the last few years worth of tournaments. However, to climb to number 1 in the country rankings takes a very long time of consistent and exceptional play - the few that have reached this pinnacle previously have been there for a very long time indeed. To match and overtake those historical records is incredibly difficult and time consuming, especially because those up the top are still competing too! To say that this is a momentous occasion is no exaggeration, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new face take the top spot.

This achievement was finally reached by Paul after the latest major event: The 2017 Brisbane Masters. The competition held from Friday 21st July to Sunday 23rd included a number of side tournaments as well as the main event itself, where Paul took a 1st place in the 3-Strikes competition, 2nd in the Flip Frenzy, and 5th in the Masters.

Previous people to have reached the title of Australian number 1 included Peter Watt, Richard Rhodes, and Steve Edwards. We now welcome Paul Jones to this very exclusive list of people.

Australian Jordan Tredaway Wins the PAPA 20 World Pinball Championships B Division

Jordan Tredaway, the 16 year old from Melbourne who has been lighting up the local scene in the last few years, has just taken B Division in the toughest pinball competition in the world - PAPA 20!

 Jordan (left) poses for a photograph at the 2016 PAX Australia event - photo by    ausretrogamer.com

Jordan (left) poses for a photograph at the 2016 PAX Australia event - photo by ausretrogamer.com

Congratulations goes to Jordan, who adds this massive victory to a long list of wins including the 2016 Melbourne Matchplay Championship - one of last years major national tournaments.

In what will also be known as the year the younger generation put their stamp on professional pinball, Escher Lefkoff, just 13 years old, won the A Division of PAPA 20 just hours ago. The youngest player to ever win the World Championships. Congratulations Escher!

 Escher just moments ago holding the giant PAPA World Championship trophy - screen captured from the PAPA live stream.

Escher just moments ago holding the giant PAPA World Championship trophy - screen captured from the PAPA live stream.

We All Love Playing Pinball, But Why?

 Dr Jennifer Hazel, co-founder of    Checkpoint   .

Dr Jennifer Hazel, co-founder of Checkpoint.

When you ask this question you'll get a variety of answers from different people. Some might think of the sights and sounds that they like, others might answer in a more abstract way saying that they enjoy the challenge or the physical nature of the game. No matter what, I think we would all agree when I say that playing makes us feel good. There is no doubt that playing pinball, and games in general, has some psychological benefit.

In an effort to try to understand those benefits Dr. Jennifer Hazel is currently conducting a research project that aims to tease apart this complex interaction between humans and games. Hazel is the co-founder of Checkpoint, a charity that is investigating links between gaming and mental health. While their work is mainly oriented towards video games, I have no doubt that much of their research could be applied in pinball settings.

Their current research project is looking to identify the types of games that induce a flow state. A flow state is described in psychology as a total cognitive congruence with an activity. All pinball players have experienced it. Most commonly refereed to in pinball as being "in the zone", its those times when you just can't miss, or the ball just stays up with little effort. You can't be distracted by what is going on around you, and your actions just seem to flow without any thought. Research has shown that being in this state of ultimate concentration is psychologically beneficial and Dr. Hazel wants to learn more about how it happens in gaming.

Checkpoint has put the call out for gamers to contribute to their data to help them learn more about the psychological benefits of games. If you'd like to contribute to the research you can find their survey here.

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Paul Jones Wins the 2017 Timezone Cooly Pinball Classic !

Are we starting to think this man is unstoppable yet? Probably a good thing seeing as Paul is representing the country in the World Championships in just a few short months time!

 Paul Jones (centre) taking the spoils. Jason Lambert and Hollie Mills either side - organisers of the tournament including the Australian Women's Pinball Championship.

Paul Jones (centre) taking the spoils. Jason Lambert and Hollie Mills either side - organisers of the tournament including the Australian Women's Pinball Championship.

Two days of qualifying and finals - yet another massive pinball tournament held in Australia - and we have our winners and grinners. Paul Jones 1st, Russell Dagger 2nd, Richard Rhodes 3rd, and Tim Chapman 4th. Well done to everyone.

Congratulations to Esther Ahronheim - Your first Australian Women's Pinball Champion!

The inaugural Australian Women's Pinball Championship went for a very long time, until around 2am in fact. But endure the ladies did and Esther Ahronheim comes out on top! 

 Esther far right competes in her home country of Japan.

Esther far right competes in her home country of Japan.

Esther has been playing in the competitive pinball scene for quite some time and is no stranger to marathon events such as the Batcave Masters, Brisbane Masters, Melbourne Matchplay Championship, New Zealand Pincade, and let's be honest - just travelling in general - she's from Japan!

Top 4 below. Congratulations to all players and we can't wait for next years.

1st - Esther Ahronheim

2nd - Irene Watt

3rd - Hollie Mills

4th - Naiomi Goodwin

The Latest Game the System Player Feature Live! - Dana Pepcak In Depth on the Eve of the Australian Women's Championship

If you have played competitive Australian pinball in the last few years, or attended the long running Z Ball Pinball League, you would know the initials DNA - Dana Pepcak is arguably the most accomplished women's pinball player in Australian history.

 Click on the banner to proceed to the Player Feature, and remember to scroll down to see the in depth interview!

Click on the banner to proceed to the Player Feature, and remember to scroll down to see the in depth interview!

Click on the banner above or click here to see the full feature.

Dana has not only won various league championships such as Z Ball and the Australian Pinball League, she also finished 2nd in the NSW State Championships behind the then Australian number 1 Richard Rhodes, and ahead of Australian number 2 Steven Edwards (and made Gary Stern sign her trophy, of which he was quite chuffed to do so!).

The competitive aspect of Dana's pinball play hasn't been much of a focus for her in the last year or so however, with the Z Ball league her one exception. But the good news is Dana will be attending her first major tournament in some time, and will be at the inaugural Australian Women's Pinball Championship which is just around the corner - tomorrow night in fact!

We wish Dana and all of the players good luck, and we hope you enjoy this new Player Feature on Game the System - a small departure from our usual format with an in depth interview included!

New Zealand's Own Danielle Peck Wins the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival Women's Tournament!

 Danielle Peck - your new Texas Pinball Festival Women's Champion.

Danielle Peck - your new Texas Pinball Festival Women's Champion.

If you follow pinball competition you already know Danni - she is one of the worlds best female competitors in the pinball scene. Likewise if you attend Australian and New Zealand major tournaments you would have met her many times as one of the players you hope you don't draw in your round.

And now, just hours ago, Danielle took out the Women's Wizards Tournament at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival - not only beating a very tough field, but beating the current Women's World Champion Helena Walter!

Congratulations Danni from all of us here at Game the System and your Australian / New Zealand fans. Onward and upward to the PAPA World Championships just weeks away!