Quoted from Taxman:
A Real Estate agent gave me advice a long time ago. Don't make a major renovation unless you are planning to stay in the house for a long time to enjoy it and don't expect the next person to love it or pay for it. Then gave examples like a sauna.
Too many people get a new game and go mod crazy. Then realize it is not a keeper. If you love a game, are going to keep it for a long time and make it fit your tastes then more power to you. If you are one of those people who constantly rotates your games then leave it alone.
House example nails it.
I subtracted money from a house I bought once because IT HAD a pool. Literally, the first day there, before anything was unpacked, a railroad spike and sledge were taken to the sides (above ground, obviously), any aluminum was thrown on the trailer for a scrap run, and the area where that some'bitch sat was re-graded and seeded.
Same goes for Harleys; people are nuts if they think someone is going to pay extra for that comically oversized billet front wheel (because you yourself paid $6k for it!).
Game wise, I see this constantly, and it prevents me from being a buyer for a number of reasons.
First, I'm not sure of the quality of the install, and I don't trust many people with intricate mechanical work. How many times have you torn a game down for a shop out, only to find a bunch of hardware missing or incorrect or hacked together? It's annoying.
Second, your tastes probably don't match mine. I'm a warm white led, cliffy, white-rubber-with-color-appropriate-flipper-bands-and-that's-it kind of guy on my games. I like stock looking games. Powdercoating and dolls add nothing for me except extra work to un-mod the game.
But since we're on the topic, Taxman, what do you feel about the shooter rod on the Incredible Hulk that we both play?