Jesus, I love this forum but the amount of bickering makes me think everyone here is a woman
Here’s the deal, everyone here is a little correct, and as a whole it completes the real picture. Pinball is popular precisely because it’s pinball, but virtual pinball certainly kept my spirits high when I registered 6 years ago and now have a pin in house and 3 more on the way; it helped. Kids do find it fascinating, for an hour, and that’s proof it’s largely nostalgia-run. That’s fine… we’d be pissed as 80’s kids if we were forced to acknowledge over and over how cool 8-tracks were.
There’s been innovation in pinball over and over, and it’s both unnecessary and won’t stop, which is the perfect mix. I’ve played pins since youth and fell deeper in love the older I got, and today’s kids once exposed will have the same little trigger built inside of them.
This thread is great cause everyone is low-T arguing and correct all at the same time. That’s what makes forums; (dis)agreements, banter and a shared love. But I often get the sense of butt-hurt “you’re really wrong and I’m really correct” that it’s a bit eye rolling, especially for such a niche and bonding love. How about if we disagree, we actually acknowledge the other persons opinion, or part of it, as valid.
Everyone complains about IG, YT and TTc with today’s youth, and with 5 kids of my own, I get it. But they also bond, don’t bicker, and address a lot of heavy topics in an approachable manner. They can seek out like minded individuals with shared passions, the same as we do here, and while gaming and YT comments can be toxic as fuck, they largely either miss it or take it on the chin in stride.
Maybe I’m the over sensitive one here, but Pinside often reminds me of bickering nerds on Reddit, where instead of building each other up within actualization of shared dreams, we tear each other down in the minutia of opinion. It’s all subjective - chill the fuck out!
/mic drop - love you all and pinball is the greatest of greats