Quoted from pinnyheadhead:
Have others started out with BW's, then went to liking/owning newer games more and then settled back in with BW's again later on? Just curious
I find people tend to go through phases... and they buy up what they like, then get tired and need to move on to something different, which might be a new Stern, or AP, or JJP, or go the other direction and look at system 11 and older games. What makes sense to me is buy a little of everything, then play how you feel. I own a wedge head Gottlieb, a system 11, a Sega/Stern Whitestar, a WPC, a Stern S.A.M., and a CGC remake. I’m only missing a machine from the 70’s to have a machine from every decade. But when I play, I have to realize what the goal is, and how to gauge my fun factor. Playing an old wedge head may not sound that challenging or fun, but make sure and set your goals up in your mind accordingly. When I play Central Park, a EM that turns over at 1999, just getting a free game on points is a challenge. Now try and get one via special, or multiples and now it’s no longer can I turn it over but how many free games can I get in one game. This presents a challenge that can (and will) consume you just as bad as trying to get to Monsters of Rock in MB. And don’t get me started on South Park, because though an easy game to learn, way harder to win a game or get a high score on factory settings. Family Guy is way deeper than most are aware, and it continues to vex me. But I know how to bend my mindset to match the challenge of each machine, and so they don’t tend to get boring to me. People always ask, how can you play the old EMs after getting used to modern pins, and I say, well when I was 8, Central Park was fun. When I was in high school, Flash was fun. When I was 30, South Park was fun, when I was 40 something, Family Guy was fun. Why did my fun change on these machines as I got older. Well it didn’t. My goal was always getting that free game, or special, or extra ball (I grew up in Ohio, an add-a-ball state) and my goals are no different today, so my fun is the same.
At least in my mind