Whenever I see "What year did you get (or back) into pinball?" threads, there is a definite surge starting at 2012.
Speaking for myself, I grew up in 80s arcades, but Pinball Arcade brought me "back" after 20 years off. Searching for "pinball" on the appstore, downloading that game, playing games like Medieval Madness (for the first time for me), and then continuing my search online which brought me to Pinside. By Sept 2012 I bought my first game (from a Pinside seller).
And honestly I've not played Pinball Arcade since "going analog", but it was a integral part of my journey.
So then this morning I looked at the Pinball Arcade wiki, and saw:
Initial release date: February 9, 2012
I'm willing to bet that there's not 1 thing that's as big a contributor to the pinball renaissance than PA. Sure, there's other things you can point to... Stern releasing better games, Jersey Jack and other manufacturers throwing their hats in, the "arcade generation" getting to an age of having money and houses to put stuff in, Pinball bring retro fun in a digital world. All of that has helped.
But I believe nothing has contributed more than Pinball Arcade. Without it, all the other things wouldn't have been enough to get us to where we are today.
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