Quoted from rotordave:
I didn't listen to Garys Expo speech this year, but I have heard it before.
I know where he is coming from ... we were discussing it when he was down in NZ last year.
What he is saying (or trying to say) is the Barcades are introducing a new younger generation to pinball ... in the same way that arcades did back in the 70s/80s. He sees that as a great thing. He loves to see kids/teens playing pinball, he was surprised how many we had playing at Pincade when he was here.
The last thing anyone wants to see is pinball dying off with the guys currently in their late 40s/50s/60s, which is on the cards unless we bring the young guys on board in big numbers.
Yup. I have a ton of 20 something's coming into the cafe, eating and smashing beers, and playing pinball. 99% of them have never played before. Don't realize you can play more than 1 player on game! They get hooked, and hard. Lots of repeat business from the younger crowd.