All of this millenial-bashing is kind of tiresome. I can string sentences together and my attention span is more than sixty seconds. People should consider that the readership here is perhaps more diverse than they think.
Quoted from Pahuffman:
That's what hooked me. All of my friends were busy playing Call of Duty while I was at the mall on a pin. The physicality of it amazes me. I'm a young guy just out of college, and you can bet I'll have a pin in my house before a PS4. I know that puts me in the minority, but it'll be something unique for people to do when they come over.
Yeah, I picked up a pinball machine as my third big purchase after making it into the workforce. Laptop and a car came first. Not particularly planning on getting a PS4, although I'll admit I do have a PS3, PS2, and even the original PlayStation.
IFPA participation has been up 30% a year for at least the last four years. I'd like to buy stock in that. Internet presence and community has everything to do with pinball continuing to grow. I'd also go so far as to say if you're worried about your hobby dying out, you should make some effort to get people in your area jazzed up about it.
Pinball Arcade is also a boon, whatever people have against it. I've introduced a number of people to physical pinball and most of them go out and immediately find PA on their own and next thing you know they're asking me for tips on Medieval Madness. It's extremely accessible.