When I first dove into the collecting side of the pinball world, I was all about WMS/Bally...WMS/Bally...WMS/Bally. That was the gold standard and those were the games I targeted. It was almost like I had blinders on.
The Stern "feel" just didn't resonate with me. But somewhere along the way that changed and I began to appreciate the modern day "rock of the pinball manufacturing industry." And now I totally love em. I'm all for Stern. It has definitely been a flip-flop experience.
My first turn-the-corner buy was AC/DC prem, and the game is just so good and so fresh with its game/player experience that I really began to see Sterns in a whole new light (specifically Sterns from about 2009 onward). There's something about their playability and fun factor. They have really nailed. I find myself gravitating toward them just for the gameplay experience.
Anyone find themselves flipping? I'm curious. Perhaps it was total naivety on my part...or ignorance...but it sure feels good to embrace what Stern has done.