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Most important factor for you when buying a pinball machine

By Hawks

1 year ago

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    “Most important factor for you when buying a pinball machine”

    • Theme 19 votes
    • Looks (art, playfield layout) 2 votes
    • Toys and gimmicks 3 votes
    • Playability (fun to shoot, good code) 55 votes

    (79 votes)

    #1 1 year ago

    Not sure if a poll has been conducted before in relation to the most important factors you consider when buying a pinball machine
    For example, theme, looks (cosmetic and layout), toys and gimmicks, playability/fun factor
    I was thinking about this whilst pursuing my current collection and I must admit that theme seems to take priority
    Maybe because I’m more of a collector rather than player
    Would be interesting to see what the majority of other pinheads think
    Cheers and stay safe

    #2 1 year ago

    That it keeps getting money into the cashbox.

    Means my players like it.

    LTG : )

    #3 1 year ago

    Fun factor
    Im not after deep rule sets or museum pieces

    Games that are easy to understand will get my $$

    #4 1 year ago

    Playability, although I've bought games I've never played

    #5 1 year ago

    Definitely fun factor for me. For instance, I was't even interested in an Elvira pin, then played Elvira's House of Horrors and loved it. 6 hrs of playing later...and well you know, i was thinking what do i sell to get it

    #6 1 year ago

    I could care less about code. if it's fun, pretty, and good sound , we buy it. Then have to sell something to make room

    #7 1 year ago

    it's a mix has to be a theme I like with good gameplay that I enjoy.

    #8 1 year ago

    Needs ”all the above" in the poll

    #9 1 year ago

    Buy a twilight zone pin you'll stay busy modding it

    #10 1 year ago

    Voted Theme, really important to me.
    Also important that I can let my mind run wild with full blown customisations .....not just bolt on mods.

    The availabilty of awesome gear like pinsound and pin2dmd etc helps. Sounds are so cool to me when playing.

    Example love monster bash but the cab, translite and playfield art and full blown colours I hated.
    So Im buildimg a custom one.

    I really dislike the americana hillbilly vibe pins, even though they may be fun to play...White Water, Fishtales, Roadshow. .....Also Im really set on my music tastes so hate cock rock bands like metallica, iron maiden aerosmith etc.. etc. Maybe fun to play but cant get into them.

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from Hawks:

    Not sure if a poll has been conducted before


    that was over 2+years ago.
    judging by changes in attitudes since then, theme [especially], art, lightshow, and immersion should be up; at the expense of layout and gameplay.

    an option missing from both polls: having enough money.

    #12 1 year ago


    #13 1 year ago

    For me it has to have a least one shiny metal ball rolling around inside of it. I got burned once by not asking that question, that is the least popular game I own now during parties...

    #14 1 year ago

    Condition, condition, condition, then location, then price.

    #15 1 year ago

    I agree 100% with PRICE being the number one factor with pretty much everything I buy. I always look for a great value - buy the item - decide if it is for me or not - then sell stuff I don't like - typically being able to pick the "best fit" for my liking and making a few dollars in the process on stuff I decide not to keep. After all it is the "thrill of the chase" most of us like the most anyway.

    #16 1 year ago

    Well regarding price, we all know what they are for each manufacturer. Otherwise you are talking about second market.

    The playfield layout is really important for me as I need originality with shots. For example I can’t get a Met and a GOTG even if themes or codes are way different.
    Games are so expensive that in fact I need all criteria you mentioned to buy a game.
    Hard to combinate all factors but I found 3 games that I have all I’m looking for: Alien, Medieval Madness and Walking dead.

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