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How big is this hobby, anyway?


By Craig

6 years ago



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    #18 6 years ago

    I can really only remember one time I met someone that had a pinball machine that I didn't already know was in the hobby. It was a High Speed purchased more to go with an automotive themed room next to the garage than any innate love of pinball. I like old System 11 games and most people are still shocked by the prices. The price of a new machine would be considered wasteful in the extreme.

    I said it in another thread, but I think once 3 or 4 companies are making games again, the market will top out really fast. The home market is carrying the hobby and I just can't picture it supporting the release of five $5,500 to 7,000 games a year (figuring Stern for 2, JJ for 1, and boutique manufacturers like Jpop and Heighway and SkitB for one every couple years). It almost feels like Stern is trying to swamp the market before anyone else gets rolling.

    #24 6 years ago
    Quoted from jrivelli:

    Stern makes its 2-4 games a year.
    JJP so far is on pace to make .3 games a year
    All others are on pace to make .0 games a year. It's only there to theorize as it is still fairly uncertain if the other companies pins will be sweet in the end

    I didn't look at JJ's release schedule for Hobbit, but I think they are over the hump on hardware.Their next releases are going to be able to re-use so much of what was done from scratch for WoZ, from OS to hardware to relationships with manufacturers.

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