I have a confession...
I was one of those close minded types that wrote P3 off. Too far from traditional pinball, too this, too that. This premature judgement was established at a couple of shows where I had briefly played a game or two after waiting in line, not being able to hear over the hundreds of other games, and being more smitten with whatever latest game one of the majors had there.
Then Atlanta happened. SFGE is a show that is busy, but it is spread out among other hobbies and interests. There were times I could walk up and play games without a wait...on Saturday! I started playing games that were a little "off the beaten path" in my mind. One of those, was the P3, and specifically, Lexi. One game turned into two, then 4, then 10, then... I lost count. The only measure I had of the amount of games I had played was my face started hurting from smiling.
I then interviewed Gerry for our podcast. He was accommodating, passionate about pinball...and humble. The interview went great. I decided right then and there... I'm in.
I ordered the works. I have had it a week. I try to refrain from making any hot take, knee jerk claims for a bit after the honeymoon wears off but I am loving it, still. As much or more than those games I logged at Atlanta. Not only that, but my son is ASKING me to play pinball. I have a pretty large collection...and that has never happened. I am thrilled with that as much as I am the machine itself. I wanted to officially join the ranks of this club and this is my official application. I come to you reformed, and enlightened.
I hope that people look a little longer at P3. I feel it is a hidden gem, that is sometimes dismissed by the misinformed, the "sheep" mentality of chasing what you are SUPPOSED to, or stubbornly holding on to this notion that pinball has to remain stagnant in its innovation to be "worthy" of our time. I like the machine so much, I have been yelling it from my little hill of a podcast, among other things, to let people know that this under rated game deserves their attention. I will continue to do so. Wish me luck, and enjoy your P3s. I sure as hell am.