I'm a big fan of pinball, but won't be able to afford a machine for a year or two, so I am limited to location play.
Most locations around here have a few Stern pros and no code updates, ever. So whatever it ships with is what you get and it has really soured me on playing Sterns out in the wild (unless I am in Portland where they have awesome operators who keep the machines in great condition and update the code within a week of its release). The release code is enough to have fun for a few games, but after that I don't feel the any draw towards these machines even months later. I'd much rather play a B/W game with a wizard mode to shoot for.
There has been a lot of positive buzz around TWD recently due to recent code updates. I have played the game a few times at 4 different locations and it was underwhelming every time. Only one of the machines ever got code updates and I only played it when it was first released. It feels like a really stripped down 24. Apparently the code changes that, but not for me
On a positive note, GOT feels fleshed out enough to be fun to play in its unfinished state, but would get stale if there was one near by.
For the casual player, the release code is fine. But for the enthusiast, it gets old fast. How are we going to draw more people into the hobby, when the games out in the wild are so shallow?
One of my favorite pinball memories growing up was playing TAF at an arcade with my dad. We always wondered what would happen if you lit all the mansion inserts and on one amazing ball my dad did it and started the mansion tour. It blew our minds and that experience stuck with me and made me a pinball fan.