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How big is this hobby, anyway?


By Craig

6 years ago



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    #40 6 years ago

    We had a grad party for my sons last night (twins). Neither really 'wanted' to have a party and thought it was weird. Nonetheless, between the time of the original idea and now I suddenly got my latest obsession - pinball. In a couple of months have my first two (three if you count the one I shopped and sold) machines. Last night I'd say probably 200 games of BC and RG were played, maybe more. There were about 20 teenagers between 16 and 18 here and I'm willing to bet maybe only one or two had ever played pinball before much less seen one. I'm hoping their experience last night sparks some interest and the next time they see one, they'll know what it is and gravitate towards it. The more people that play, the more interest there will be. As for how many in the wild, the growth in pinball population is probably negligible versus the overall population of machines. In a decade or two, however, as more EMs and older SS machines go into dumps, if Stern and others continue to manufacture that population will depend on new production.

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