My wife has been on and off on this one. When I first got into it, she loved it. Then we had a lot of mechanical/electrical issues, and I stayed up into ungodly hours of the night (think 4am-6am) trying to figure things out. That (my obsession with trying to fix things) set a very stressful vibe in our home for a while. Then I got out for nearly an entire year with only TFTC more as furniture than a pinball machine. I learned a decent number of tricks over that year, and Terminator 3 got me back in. We had a thorough talk about "diving in too deep", and I promised to take my time and keep things in perspective. We jumped back in, and she did with me at first, but some of the games we bought really burned her out pretty badly (looking at you MetPro), and it took nearly another year to get her back into it.
Having just moved into our new home 09 Oct, we had a talk yet again, this time about what burned her out. I deduced it was that the rules were a bit too unexplained, and she thought she knew what to shoot for and how to progress, but ended up ultimately chasing her tail. This was confirmed just yesterday as she was playing ACDC on TNT mode. She hit the 3 TNT targets in sporadic moments with ball drains in between. The TNT lights kept resetting, yet she did not realize that was occurring as she had hit the TNT lights WAY more than 3 times, but it was over the course of 2-3 balls so she felt like nothing was happening. To help her, I observed her playing and made the connection. Once she hit all 3 on one ball, I had her cradle the ball, and I showed her the white inserts were now flashing on all the shots, and to start blasting away. She did, and she saw the appropriate "reward" animation for each shot. The key clicked in the lock right there; she now understood what to do, and it made the game more fun.
She is getting back into pinball, but it is a slow and cautious process. She comes down 1 time every week (Saturday) and plays for about 20 minutes or so, and then that is it until next week. It may be slow, but it is something, and with TWD Pro - a game based on a show we both really like - coming home in January, I want to make sure she doesn't burn back out. She has not touched IM VE yet, and I think it's better that way. Maybe she would like the game - I don't know, but she loves ACDC as a band (going to see them March 2016!!!!), and that's good enough for me .