I visited a large fairly new amusement arcade yesterday afternoon (for those over this side of the Atlantic the rebuilt arcade on Weston-Super-Mare pier, rebuilt after the old one burnt down). This arcade is large and well equipped with an indoor go cart track, indoor rides, lot's of one armed bandits of course, lot's of video games though only 4 pins, Shrek, Spiderman, Batman & Big Buck Bounty Hunter.
It was fairly busy in the arcade, it was blowing a gale outside and you were pretty well sand blasted walking along the sea front so a lot of people were sheltering in the arcade. My wife and I wandered about a bit and played the pins, but we were the only ones, otherwise the pins were sadly neglected. All the high scores on the pins were set to 10,000,000 (which some one might be able to confirm is the default start up setting), if I'm right that means that no-one had really played those machines all day, still it meant I won 3 replays and my wife 1 and we could play what machine we liked whenever we liked. However, I was more concerned that this was a sign that pinball is just not fashionable any more and it's just us oldies keeping it alive!