Quoted from PinballMolly:
To me, if pinball is in trouble, it's because so many people are locking their games away and removing them from the public eye. Home collecting is great for the collector, but not for the hobby at large. I know most people don't agree and the last thing I'm trying to do is piss anyone off.
I couldn't agree more. The social aspect of pinball is being lost. Something that's been a part of our culture for more than 80 years now. Many of the new folks coming into the hobby will go to a show or compete in a fun tournament, but they don't play on location just for fun. Very frustrating. They're missing the best part of the hobby. Things are picking up slightly up here, but not nearly as fast as the home buyers flooding into the hobby. You people need to get out of your basements! Seriously. d