QA Podcast – Episode 49

QA Podcast - Episode 49

This episode of the podcast was recorded on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. For more information on our podcast, please visit our iTunes page at or our Stitcher page at All of our past episodes can be found at these locations along with review sections where you can leave us a comment on how we’re doing. On this episode, Tim and Jonathan answered your questions regarding…

  • An X-Men: Children Of The Atom with a white line going horizontally across the monitor
  • A Spy Hunter with power supply issues
  • A Primal Rage with a fuzzy screen
  • Changing the amount of quarters it takes to start a game
  • Tools you can use to crimp quick disconnect connectors
  • An arcade machine with isolation transformer wiring issues
  • A Phoenix cocktail with monitor adjustment problems
  • A Shinobi with a monitor that has burn-in and a burned up adjustment board
  • A Galaga where the screen has been compressed into a thin vertical line
  • Using a standard computer power supply with a 60-in-1 board
  • Moving tips for a KISS pinball machine
  • A PS2 King Of Fighters 2001 fight stick with joystick issues
  • Places we recommend for buying arcade parts
  • Converting a Dig Dug to a 60-in-1 multicade
  • Two Maximum Force cabinets with power supply wiring issues
  • Tips for adjusting the convergence rings
  • Places we recommend for buying arcade artwork
  • A Space Invaders with a floating image and horizontal wave on the monitor
  • An X-Men Vs. Street Fighter with contrast adjustment problems
  • Building a cheap, countertop cabinet using a 60-in-1 board
  • Using ground protection when handling circuit boards
  • An arcade cabinet with faded colors and a soft wave on the monitor
  • Tips for converting an arcade cabinet to a Hyperspin MAME setup
  • Adjusting potentiometers without a knob or that are missing the knob
  • A Sanwa PM1723C monitor with B+ voltage issues
  • And a Beast Busters Second Nightmare with wiring problems

We also talk about the upcoming KISS pinball machine from Stern Pinball and discuss the 15 nominees for the video game hall of fame according to CBS News. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below. As always, you can contact us when we are off the air by email at or by calling our voicemail line at (972) 8AR-TIPS or (972) 827-8477. Enjoy!

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    I am not sure if you just don’t like soccer like many in the US or are just unaware, but as lightly mentioned and overlooked outside the US FIFA soccer or Football is one of the most popular games in the world. As Soccer is the most popular game in the world undeniably. Madden is a well established (Top 10 All-Time in US in sales) and loved game in America , but it was three to four years behind FIFA in hitting the 100 million units sold mark globally and is five years older than FIFA. Don’t take it from me, but the makers themselves as they make both Madden and Fifa. Here is a quote from Forbes “FIFA 15 is more popular in Europe than in North America, where Madden NFL is the key title. FIFA has always been the highlight of the year for the company in terms of sales; the soccer franchise accounted for 27% of the company’s net revenues and 23% of the company’s gross profits in 2013.” People I know (including a ex housemate who was commuting to redwood city from my house) who work at their California and also Canadian offices confirmed this as well. And it makes sense. When FIFA was released in the UK in 2013 more than 1.23 million copies sold in the first few days. Meaning almost 2% of the entire UK bought the game right away. We are sometimes naive here in the US as to the popularity of soccer globally. Pro Evolution Soccer or Winning Eleven (same game) is ranked directly below Madden in Wiki’s list of greatest selling franchises of all time (not a super current list). Though Madden and PES have had sales problems in the past years FIFA never does. It is clearly a fair nomination for the Hall of Fame. Zelda, Tetris, Donkey Kong, and SM Bros are way more historic and impactful games though.

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