Thanks for chiming-in here. I can't speak to the mechanics of the over-LCD pops, perhaps Gerry will speak here eventually (this is a pretty busy weekend for him with TPF).
Regarding your opinion about the P3 as "a video game with real balls hitting a few objects, that is not pinball..." I must admit, I shared similar sentiments before playing the P3 recently (2014 Chicago Pinball Expo with the code about 80-85% complete, from my understanding). However, once I played it in person I was absolutely astounded. The gameplay was fast, fun and challenging, the LCD playfield had a surprisingly fast reaction time and gave me the most intuitive first-time pinball experience I've ever had, and contrary to my initial suspicions it truly felt like there was A LOT to shoot for (a comparable # of shots to other modern pinball machines at the top 1/3, plus the "walls and scoops" mech essentially double that, an 8-ball physical ball lock(!??!), plus the side targets). Even without mentioning the virtual targets, already you have more physical/mechanical shots than the vast majority of pinball machines produced. Do you mind if I ask; when was the last time you played the P3? Not trying to be argumentative, just conversational, because I can relate to a lot of your concerns...prior to playing LL-EE this past October.
As a quick side note, I noticed that you have WH2O rated pretty highly. A fact that often gets buried in the amount of new information surrounding the P3 is that LL-EE is designed by Dennis Nordman(!!!). I don't know why that fact alone isn't making more people excited. He's well-known for building fun and untraditional pinball machines (WH2O, Pirates, Elvira [both], Demolition Man, Blackwater 100, etc, etc, etc) and this first P3 game is fun to shoot!
I know I may sound like a bit of a cheerleader, but I honestly have very little connection to Gerry aside from meeting him at a couple shows and being enamored with his product. After our most recent chat, we came to an agreement for me to illustrate a T-shirt design for the P3. (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/new-t-shirt-design-by-ryan-claytor-the-revolutionary-p3) That's really it. However, from the brief time I've come to know Gerry (through conventions, our client relationship for the new P3 shirt design, and observing his interactions with supporters and nay-sayers online), I have great admiration for his level-headed intelligence, his business savvy, his complete redesign of pinball, and his dogged determination to see this project through to completion. I can unequivocally say that this is the game, the platform, and the company I am MOST excited about in pinball right now.
I urge you to make the P3 a priority play next convention you're at. I see you're in IL. I can only imagine it will be at Chicago in October, assuming you don't plan on attending TPF this weekend. I think the gameplay alone will sell it. And if you have some time to chat with Gerry (he's easy to find next to the P3), it's hard not to understand the mammoth potential in this platform after learning just a few things from him.
Hope this finds you well, Toyotaboy! See you around the boards, here.
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