I worked in an arcade in the first half of the 80s and we had all the classic video games and no pinball. The owner was partial to Williams and ordered a Firepower and a Black Knight. At the time I was an avid video game player with Berzerk and Defender my favorites. But I will never forget when I started the multiball countdown on Firepower and was hooked ever since. Still think that is one of the best experiences in pinball even though it is not very lucrative for points.
After that, I started playing pinball machines anytime I found them and started looking for them. That continued on into college and my first job. I had a family and dropped out of the pinball scene for a while. In early 2000s I got back in and purchased my first game Firepower. Necessity of having a 20+ year old game taught me to fix them and I started to buy broken games and get them working for extra pinball cash. With the emergence of the barcade scene in Denver, I have seen my collection get smaller as I find plenty of games to play on location and don't feel the need to have as many. Look me up if you like to play in Denver. I go to the 1up Colfax which has 40+ pins right now and a few of the vids I like. I currently have like 4 pins and a multi-williams.