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How can so many people NOT give a crap about pinball?!!!

By Tuna_Delight

4 months ago

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  • Latest reply 4 months ago by Don_C
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    #1 4 months ago

    My wife, my kids, most of my buddies, nearly all of my co-workers, practically everyone I meet, and seemingly 99.999% of the world at large.

    Are we wired differently???

    It's beyond me ...

    #5 4 months ago
    Quoted from DudeRegular:

    Its almost like different people like different things...

    Different schmifferent! WHAT'S WRONG with these people?!!!

    It's almost like they have no means of understanding pinball is not only fun ... it's cool too!

    #11 4 months ago
    Quoted from Waldo:

    My GF / wife didn’t really like it till I went thru what some of the rules were on our machines. Now she’s kinda getting into it. Plus my ex Gf still has some of the high scores so there is also that . Girls are pretty competitive too

    Yeah ... yet pinball has and remains a predominantly male hobby. As Kaneda used to say - good luck picking up any woman in a bar after telling her you're into pinball.

    #14 4 months ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    Took me getting both SS (she liked it on location, never played at home) and EHOH (didn’t tell her, just appeared one day, she LOVED it). Wish it wasn’t a Stern but it is one of the best games in years. Blows SS out of the water.

    Funny thing is ... I owned a great SS, but no one else including my biggest pinball loving buddy, loved playing it besides me. I consequently sold it.

    I miss it and am tempted to go for a EHOH!

    #45 4 months ago
    Quoted from Blackbeard:

    For some reason, pinball has a dorky/negative stigma attached to it by the outside world.

    Pinheads (myself included) can be pretty geeky about the subject. This is especially apparent in tech related discussions on various podcasts and Youtube videos as well as on Pinside.

    #52 4 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Somewhere there is a guy who likes to clip a car battery to his ball sack in the garage while the family is sleeping ...
    Different strokes dude.


    Perhaps literally in this case.

    #60 4 months ago
    Quoted from captainadam_21:

    Because it's as expensive as hell. A new stern pinball machine costs more than mosts people's vehicles are worth and more then they have in their checking accounts.

    I think cost is definitely a factor in keeping some from getting into the hobby, but my original post was more geared toward why most people are not drawn to pinball like we are.

    Speaking for myself, the visual appeal (colors, lights, artwork etc.) alone is alluring. For many who enter my gameroom though, I might as well have a bunch of cardboard boxes stacked in it rather than a lineup of games.

    #62 4 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    It's not that they don't like it. It's just not what they are into.
    Do you encourage their stuff ?
    LTG : )

    Nah. Don't give a crap.

    #69 4 months ago
    Quoted from pinballOsp:

    "how can so many people not care about knitting???? it's so awesome!"


    Then again, there are some that dig both (that's a "knitted pinball" in the pic):

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    #80 4 months ago
    Quoted from gliebig:

    My mother always comes over and says "I don't know why you need so many, they're all the same.

    She's far from alone with having that view unfortunately.

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    #102 4 months ago
    Quoted from tracelifter:

    All my friends along with my daughter, son and granddaughter love pinball.
    My daughter is the one that wanted a MB to go next to TAF.

    You're fortunate.

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