Quoted from Tuna_Delight:
Understood - a lot of Pirates owners (on this thread anyway) seem to be new to the hobby and these games are very expensive. It's natural for anyone to want to take care of it as reasonably as possible.
That said, for your own piece of mind if nothing else, you guys should RELAX a little and not be concerned about every single possible wear or mechanical issue that might occur with the game. No offense intended - just passing on some friendly advice (FWIW) from someone who has been around a while in this hobby.
I'm glad you feel that way, I'm just at the point where I feel like too many technical questions are asked and then a "just play it, it's meant to be bashed" vibe is sent out there, almost daily.
Lest, (God I don't want or ever say "lest") I mention that people saying things to that nature, had as many issues as new owners might now, months back, and "cluttered" this thread with their own new user dilemmas and updates daily. (I know because I've been reading since then, and backtracked even further, to try and prevent redundant questions.)
Also, this game was blasted out with many JJP let's play style videos for months on end, prior to full release late late summer/early fall, so there's not a ton of new gameplay didcussion updates that can really occur at this point. I guarantee a year from now, new user woes won't exist, and we all might be griping about similar issues on Wonka/#6 threads about repetitive nonsense jabber.
All I can say personally, is that I've acquired new pinball knowledge mechanically, via this game, and that will help me in the future, and ideally give informed advice to others as well.
That said, I talked to Jack for a few minutes today, and Frank for a good while, discussing getting my game running in optimal condition. Jack seems a real and transparent person, and I'm really happy he's in the business at this level, and anyone that's works for JJP that I've asked questions of, seem genuinely pleasant and willing to help to the fullest extent. So for that, I'm pretty happy.
For me, I pummel most of my queries behind closed doors. vireland and LTG, among others, have gotten many questions, and always been patient, informed, and kind.