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Dear Lurkers: Why Play EM?

By Slade

2 years ago

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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by Boatcat
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    #1 2 years ago

    So I keep noticing time and time again reply post after reply post that some people on the EM threads lurk and lurk and lurk WONDERING why any of us even bother with playing or purveying mechanicals. I would like to try and answer some of the obvious reasons that may be overlooked by those of us who often take these reasons for granted.

    Most young gamers dislike the simple rules because they are used to video games, most modern pinball combines video gaming and physical gaming into a rather immersing experience. But as a great case for EM, some people JUST WANT TO PLAY PINBALL. In my case the cheapest and most effective way to [play the most pinball constantly and relentlessly] was to make a 6 hour drive and grab a couple of wedgeheads. For 1200 bucks total I am the proud owner of 2 nearly perfect pinball playing machines that work 100%.

    I am 35 years old, one of my games is a 68' Fun Park and the other is a '77 Team One. So its not an age thing or a nostalgia thing, its a PINBALL THING. I am not a collector, I have no desire for cosmetics or flashy lights, and I have no need to play pins that are 1/2 video game because I already have video games all over my house. I really wanted to play some pinball. I just want to be able to play 100 games a day when I come home from working my ass off and drink a few pints. I think that because the playfields of EM's are often one-level and not filled with 3d ramps and ornaments its more fun to focus on the mechanics of actual pinball techniques.

    There is more flipper manipulation in modern pinball, and there is more nudging and multi-angles in EM pinball. And since the "goal" of most modern pin comes down to multiball modes and its refreshing to find games [like the old ones] that actually rely on the game that is already taking place. I find that most goals in modern pins are a simple skill-shot away, and in EM's most shot goals are "you cant get there from here" requiring a few bounces. EM allows for more focus on actual pinball playing than just manipulating a video game with 2 buttons.

    6 grand vs 1 grand is a price difference that cant be ignored, the gameplay is simply more pinball than video game unlocks, and your friends and family will think either one EM OR MODERN....is absolutely fascinating at your next holiday BBQ or party. They wont care how old or new it is, because all they see is a pinball machine. All pinball machines look the exact same to non-pinball geeks...sorry to break it to ya, they will think its amazing no matter what.

    Kid friendly. The themes are amazing for kids and in an age where tablets reign supreme its nice to unplug and play a pinball machine. The gaming skills they learn from old pins not only translate to new pins, [nudging is a lost art imo] but in all games they will be sharper to react and play with more in-game mindfulness. Normal gaming requires TONS OF TIME, vs pinball, is usually over in a few mins. Its like the one-night-stand of all gaming ^_^ , instead of soul-sucking world of warcraft raids and insanity, either you got your high score, OR YOU DIDNT. There is no "continue" button, when it says game over, its a great lesson in this modern world of zero consequence-loss games.

    Cheers lurkers! I know you will join us soon!

    #2 2 years ago

    Preach on brother!!!

    #3 2 years ago

    I approve of this message.

    #4 2 years ago

    One thing I love about EMs is you can usually get them playing without new parts. It may not be optimal but most complete ems usually have enough to get them working

    #5 2 years ago

    This started out in one direction and finished in the opposite direction. Well done!

    #6 2 years ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    One thing I love about EMs is you can usually get them playing without new parts. It may not be optimal but most complete ems usually have enough to get them working

    Unless you get really unlucky you know what you're getting into $ wise, even if you rebuild stuff you can know that cost up front. No surprise bad boards or displays or anything.

    #7 2 years ago

    I'm going to take a trip to an arcade, that has nothing but Em's. I'd like to find one that has a good amount of drop targets,and other things to shoot at.Then maybe I'll try and find one for sale. I don't remember too many Em's growing up, except for Gottlieb's Flying Carpet. I really liked this pin when I was younger,but when I played it at the Allentown Pinfest,I didn't feel like I'd like to own it. Maybe because the flippers seemed weak to me,unless that's how they're supposed to be? I can't really remember how strong they were,when I played it.
    I bought a Williams Straight Flush,and I'm kinda surprised I liked working on it.I'm even more surprised when I actually fix something.

    #8 2 years ago

    Good post! I’m 29 and love ems. The entry price, art, and easy to understand rules keep me coming back game after game.

    I would much rather have a dozen ems than a stern or two.

    #9 2 years ago

    Let the lurkers lurk, more pins for us!

    #10 2 years ago

    Low end pin men, unite!

    #11 2 years ago

    EM is the only way to go! Preach on

    #12 2 years ago

    And just like that the price of EM pinballs quadrupled..........

    #13 2 years ago

    Reel Pinball baby

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from presqueisle:

    Reel Pinball baby

    Hey man you spelled...wait a minute! Well played sir, well played.

    #15 2 years ago

    This has been a public service announcement........

    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from presqueisle:

    Reel Pinball baby

    I have seen that on Pinside before.
    Profound, but not from myself

    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from Slade:

    Most young gamers dislike the simple rules because they are used to video games

    I think modern gamers like deeper rules thinking it makes the game better. To me, it makes it boring as the playfield is virtually the same dimensions as an EM, only now, I have to navigate through it for 20+ minutes to accomplish the objective. The saving grace is the sound and light show, but that isn't what pinball is all about.

    I'm like Slade, gimme 10 minutes, (3-4 games), of a simple mindless ruleset and a beer or 2 as I wait for my dinner after a grind at the office. For today's games, I have to be in a totally different mood to appreciate, and that isn't often.

    Great post!

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