A Different Kind of Pinball Podcast

Looking for a different pinball Podcast which isn’t about current events or pinball news? Silverball Chronicles is a monthly podcast for the true pinball nerd that enjoys learning more about the complicated dynamics, politics and characters that created their favourite pinball machines.


Join Ron and Dave as they stumble through pinball history mispronouncing names, chronicling designers, telling war stories, and digging up strange and obscure facts; all while paying homage to the hobby of pinball


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  • Silverball Chronicles Ep 20: Pinball Is Dying – Part 2: Bally/Williams
    The 90s saw the biggest leap in pinball mechanics and technology that the hobby had ever seen. The Dot Matrix Display and how Bally/Williams leveraged it, made the pins from the previous decade look like a horse and buggy. The purchase of Bally by Williams created a competitive shark tank, forcing designers and engineers to […]
  • Silverball Chronicles Ep 19: 80s Cheese Done Right – Gottlieb 80b
    Silverball Chronicle with Ron and David Episode 19: 80s Cheese Done Right – Gottlieb 80b Episode Summary  The early 1980s were a boon for pinball manufacturing. Bally and Williams had transitioned to Solid State early and evolved their platform. Gottlieb struggled with System 1, and as soon as they found their stride with the new […]
  • Silverball Chronicles Episode 18: The Mechs That Made Us – 90’s Bally-Williams
    The Bally-Williams Era has often been considered on of the most mechanically exciting times in the Pinball Hobby. In fact, many of the games of this era still carry a hefty resale price on the secondary market. The magic of pinball and the world under glass was brought to life by Bally-Williams. Many pinball personalities […]
  • Silverball Chronicles Episode 17: Steve Ritchie Part III: The Return…to Stern
    Episode Summary  When we last left Steve Ritchie, pinball was dead. It was done. Williams, gone. Bally, gone. Gottlieb/Premier, gone. The last manufacturer standing was Sega which ended up being sold to one Gary Stern and became today’s Stern Pinball Inc. Steve Ritchie was ready to make a return to pinball after a hiatus, but […]
  • Silverball Chronicles Ep 16: Millennium Moment- Pinball 2000
    Episode Summary Pinball was suffering in the late 1990’s. Home gaming consoles dominated households. In the decades that preceded the 90’s, people ate at home and went out for entertainment; society was changing. As a result, arcades suffered. Pinball needed something to jump-start sales. They needed to draw in a new video game that would […]


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