For me pinball is both nostalgic and also completely not... What I mean is, I never, ever played pinball at the arcades when I was a kid. I loved arcades and when I was about 12-15 is when the arcades starting to die out and vanish. I was born 1984 and I was lucky enough to have an atari, nes, sega genesis, ps1, ps2, I think then I bought an xbox, and xbox2... Then I bought a ps4 for myself. That is my console history... Only reason why I mention that is to let you know that I loved video games and played them my whole life.
At the arcades I'd play a few fighting games, but since I sucked , I'd mostly focus on beat em ups, and light gun shooters. I always liked the concept of pinball, but it was always too expensive and I always thought that too risky to play.
As I sucked at pinball and didn't get the rules(didn't know what they were at the time), and so I never dared to play pinball.
My father loves pinball.
And he would time to time put a few bucks into a machine and have me and my brothers all play against him. Of course I always lost. But, I enjoyed watching him play. And he always enjoyed it.
So part of me when I take my father to play pinball, it is a bit nostalgic, and also part of me remembers when I was just too poor to play it, but wishing I could.
So that is why its a mixture for me.
Now, when I see a pinball machine I want to play I play it. Good fun.