Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Not sure how that means anything.
You can tell a game has been at a show based upon the audits?
A show game may take a couple hundred games. That's NOTHING.
The first game I ever bought is an EM with a game counter. It's registered over 50,000 starts on it since I bought it in 2002.
It means from the standpoint of how many actual games have been played.
If a game is on route and only has 500 plays...should still be in great condition.
Quoted from sataneatscheese:
Well... my dumb ass just put a deposit down on Rick and Morty. The goal is to take it to the first pinball show after I get it. I'm order 1886 so maybe I'll get it before White Rose. I really enjoyed playing other's pins at the last show. If I take a hit when I sell it so be it, but hopefully this one will have traction and stick around for a while. If I take it to a show I'll of course mention it in any listing down the road.
Got my Rick and Morty order number... 374... Should have it in time to bring it to... the York show... Whoot! Non-HUO personal use at home after that.
Three comments (plus one):
1). I’m literal (and mostly honest) so I’m disappointed that only 77% of respondents think that HUO means Home Use Only. I’m in the camp that says if you haven’t owned it since it was in a box, you don’t know whether or not it’s home use only. And if it’s been to a show, you know it’s NOT.
2). Different sellers will use the term differently. Some mean it literally. Some stretch the truth. Some undoubtedly lie outright.
3). Anyone who pays a premium for a machine simply because it is described as HUO is a fool.
And one bonus: My favorite has to be “Possible HUO”. Literally true of any machine the seller hasn’t seen played on location.
I feel like the purpose of saying a game is HUO used to imply that it hasn't spent a huge amount of time getting beat on in an arcade or bar. I find the term somewhat useful for games from the 90s or earlier, since the home market was quite rare and there would be a premium on a game that hasn't spent +10 years on route. Compared to that, I could care less if a game was used at a show for a few hundred plays. I don't feel like a game has any more chance of developing issue if played at a show versus at home.
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