I'm early 30s and didn't grow up playing pinball, even though I am probably around the age for it. I played home consoles and arcade games and am now a mobile games designer.
I recently got in to pinball from some overlapping influences. A friend makes mobile pinball games, an arcade nearby with a TAF and MM, visiting the Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas. I don't how, but as a serial hobbyist, I jut sort of fell in to it.
For me, playing and making fully digital games leaves something lacking. There's a tangible, tactile nature to physical games like pinball and board games that is appealing. I guess it's also like vinyl for some - as we move toward a digital future we fetishise the physical.