SO I was just thinking about how much I love pinball. And I DO love pinball. A lot. I know when I first got into the hobby about 3 years ago I was pretty heavily involved in fixing and 'restoring' machines. Not so much restoring but buying cheap broken dirty games and getting them up and running as best I could. That was an aspect I enjoyed a lot in the beginning. But slowly I started getting frustrated with always having a project game, always having something that needed cleaned or a game that didn't work. Now we all know pinball dictates that some time needs to be set aside for repair and cleaning. Things get dirty and break. But I want to be spending at least MOST of my pinball time ( and my time is limited...sigh) PLAYING pinball.
So when I start looking at the divide that exists between playing and collecting pinball it seemed while there was a divide that some what it was still a bridgeable gap.
That said with these $10K, $15K, and $30k machines popping up it seems like PLAYING has become less and less important to collectors. Just an observation. I will admit that early on I wasn't HUGE into the competitive scene. But more and more because I like playing more than I do collecting, modding, or fixing that scene has become the one I differ to.
I get how cool it is to have something few people have or to have the best one. But if you have a game that you can't play or can only play 4 times a year, are you even a pinball machine collector? Or are you just collecting life-sized pinball art?
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