I spent quite a bit of time playing the machines.
They were not abused.
Everyone I saw was respectful. Those that didn't know the protocol about drinks were the closest thing to abuse I saw all evening.
My games made it through without any physical damage from abuse.
My Barracora had a pop bumper lock on and start smoking, but Evan Smith fixed it quickly.
While it did suck waiting 2.5 hours in line, I really enjoyed myself.
Based on my discussions with random people at event, I would say that this party was a great success.
In my mind, the best part was the spectacle. The boxing ring, sumo ring & arcade games were great.
There were plenty of great pinball machines at the event. WOZ, Tron, Star Trek, TSPP, Silverball mania, Paragon, Taxi, Flight 2K, Team One, Barracora, Lethal Weapon 3, TMNT, Genesis are the ones that I played.
That is a great line up IMO.
With all that, the greatest indicator of a great time was the feedback from my nephew and his friend.
Neither was aware of all the drama that surrounded the event.
Neither was familiar with the musical guests save Vanilla Ice.
Both had a truly Epic Night. They got past the waiting in line drama and had a terrific time.
Both enjoyed the diamond Jim the magician, boxing, pinball and concert.
Even though I did not pay but brought machines to get in, in hindsight, I would have not been upset with spending money to attend.
It made one middle age man and two 18 yr old kids very happy.
Congrats to Jared for pulling off a great event.