Power Button - Episode 95: The Force Is With Neil Sorens Of Zen Studios And Star Wars Pinball
March 08, 2013
Zen Studios has been releasing creative and innovative pinball tables for a variety of modern gaming platforms over the past few years. Working with famous properties like Plants vs Zombies, Street Fighter, and of course the Marvel suite of characters and storylines such as Iron Man and Civil War in addition to the company's own original IPs has exposed new and old generations to the wonders of pinball. Now the company has taken on its greatest challenge with a series of ten pinball tables based on aspects of the Star Wars universe. On this episode of Power Button we welcome Zen's Creative Director, Neil Sorens, to discuss the new Star Wars Pinball tables — The Empire Strikes Back, Clone Wars, and Boba Fett — to Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2. Neil takes us through the process of acquiring the Star Wars license, outlines the voice casting process, details elements left on the cutting room floor, covers how Zen chose which parts of the franchise to use in its tables, and so very much more. We even get Neil to spill the beans and share a little of what Zen has in the works for future tables for both Star Wars and Marvel, but if you want the details, you'll have to listen to the show! Join us for just over an hour of pinball action without any boring trade negotiations. Friend of the show and pinball pro extraordinaire Blake Grundman brings his unique perspective to things when he sits in this week as well. Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, or subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @aubradley84, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.