Quoted from ab3:
It's more like a labor of love (and all the easy free games are too hard to resist), the great lineup, and my pin addiction keeps driving me back for more, despite their awful condition.
I know that addiction and I feel your pain. I play regularly at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. The maintenance on pins there is horrible. All the Stern's (which is what they mostly have left) are on older software. Flipper rubbers go missing for weeks at a time. I offered my services there to the manager a while back and never heard back from her. Very frustrating.
Still, the ambiance is unbeatable. The arcades are right on the beach. I try to go mostly in the off season, but I'll go in the middle of summer if they get a new game. This Friday, I'll play some AC/DC (2 switches reversed, but turned up really loud), then stroll downstairs to see Eddie Money play for free on the beach. Is it worth to play on mostly sketchy games? Hell yes it's worth it. To me, playing on location is always fun and playing alone at home is always just practice. Huge difference.