Quoted from vicjw66:
And this is why I have posted in several different threads about the matter. I want to be part of a growing voice of pinball enthusiasts to help dissuade Stern from continuing down their current path. If I wasn’t such a big fan of Stern’s I wouldn’t be talking about this.
Despite all the downvotes I got for expressing my opinion, which I think is very accurate one, I totally agree with you. I love JJP games I'm not going to hide that because they take their time, and every single time they're trying to make a piece of art! Stern is pumping these games out like there is no tomorrow rather than taking their time to do something original.
Can even one single person on these forums actually tell me they think Black Knight, looks like they slow roasted this game? Can even one person tell me they think Stern is trying to do something original? Seriously? C'mon! You spend virtually zero on a license so why not go all out and create the MM madness 2 rather than an empty playfield with virtually nothing happening and charge 9k for the LE?
When you look at Black Knight, tell me how that game is worth 6k or 9k for an LE. Show me how! Willy Wonka LE is 9k essentially how is a Stern BLack Knight worth dollar for dollar what a Wonka LE is? How can any rational human being make that argument?
So my point in replying to these comments is I agree with you 110%. I don't hate any pinball company I just want to buy an amazing pinball game, I want to play it and say WOW that has never been done before, look at the attention to detail, look at the new FX we've never seen before!
Why doesn't Stern even TRY to accomplish this? Some people are ripping on Deep Root for taking a year and a day to do anything, well maybe they want to set the pinball world on fire. Maybe they want to do what Stern should have already done and reimagine a pinball game. Maybe they will maybe they won't, but if I was Stern I'd be like
WE ARE THE BIGGEST COMPANY... we need to be the company leading the way! But they're not and no one can argue that fact. Sorry. JJP is the company leading the pinball to new levels, and adding features no one has ever seen before, and since JJP has come on the scene Stern still has made little to no changes to how they produce a game. I think from their perspective, we're here to make money, and since we have the most reliable machines, the best dealer situations, the best licenses, why should we change a thing? You should because you never want to leave a gap for a new company to come in and steal your thunder.
Do they produce the most machines sure, but that isn't leading the industry to the next level because they've left the door wide open for a swift kick to the nut sack. Maybe Deep Root does it, maybe JJP who knows, but I agree I'd rather see Stern reaching for the stars and the moon than producing games so fast or repeating things from older games. Lets see Stern just ONCE take nearly 2 years to develop one game, to blow our minds! What is wrong with that?
Nothing! When people stop buying the same thing that's when you'll see changes. Customers push changes not companies.