Quoted from Pimp77:
Thankfully most people want to play their games, not "collect" them. Very few want to restore their own games. That's expensive and takes serious time. I just want to play them. Bring on the remakes!
It is somewhat a stretch to state that pinball collectors or restorers don't play what they own.
Who are the people that salvaged games and rebuilt them, when everyone else wanted to throw them into landfills?
Are these the players?
Not that I have seen.
If you don't have collectors and restorers that are dedicated to history, the games that are mentioned never would never even be considered to be remade, some even lost to history.
AFM is no exception to this methodology, many were ready to be "junked" back in the early 2000s for their WPC95 board sets that were worth big $$$, but not the complete games.
Players become collectors over time, but hopefully not hoarders.
The percentage of players to collectors is always higher for many reasons.
Income levels, space, life goals, time, and even the "cool factor" that goes with period fads.
The order of progression is always as follows:
This is based on time, not on money.
Sometimes you can go backwards and forwards in process.
Not playing games really defeats the purpose of owning the games in the first place, anyway.
It is not a stamp collection.
Musicians play their fine instruments.
Car owners drive their classics from their stables.
Bikers ride their motorcycles from their garage.
Wine owners drink vintage bottles.
Most long time collectors restore, rebuild, collect, and play every day, to some extent. We don't just look at them. We don't play as much sometimes, because we have played games for years. I don't play my TZ for example every day, because I have owned it for nearly 24 years, but it does not mean I never play the game. Unfortunately, I cannot play my backglass collection, which is another pinball passion.
Restoration is not always expensive, but it does require patience and willingness to learn new skills, and much more rewarding than simply buying a new game. It also requires effort to research and network for parts. This is part of the "quest". No doubt that players may initially feel daunted, but this can be overcome with mentorship. Personal restoration preference is now growing AGAIN due to market cost which occurs every 15 years or so, which results in larger amounts of reproduction parts. It also allows owners to avoid the speculation investment game that new owners play russian roulette with every time a new title is released.
If you want to play my games that I have set up and not in storage as you are very close, feel free to drop by.
They are not holy religious relics, or at least not to me.
Much cheaper than Ground Kontrol or Quarterworld.