The recent Black Knight SOR and Wonka showdown has reminded me that I have a long-running theory that there are basically two types of pinball fans: Pat Lawlor fans and Steve Ritchie fans. Now a Pat Lawlor fan can like a Steve Ritchie pin and vice versa, but you can NEVER like them equally. Therefore, you can only be one or the other.
Some characteristics I note in the two (and only two) types of fans are as follows:
Pat Lawlor fans are drawn to the "world under glass" aspect of pinball. Great theme integration is important to these people. They crave new and innovative toys and mechs. Flow and speed are not as important to these fans; they like interesting shot geometry and choice instead. They tend to prefer games with deep code and extensive rule sets that can take a long time to dig into. Suicide pop bumpers and baffling mechanical issues are all just part of the experience.
Steve Ritchie fans hold speed and flow above all else. Mechs and toys are completely optional. Stop and go games are likely to put them in a coma. They prefer high energy soundtracks/ themes and own a lot of black t-shirts. These fans played Twilight Zone once back in the 90s and have never forgiven themselves for the loss of those two quarters. They prefer dodgeball to chess and this is reflected in their choice of pins.
Now remember: this is a binary choice between these two types. If you came here to say you are a George Gomez or J Pop or Dennis Nordman or Steve Kordek (who taught you how to use a computer, anyway?) fan, that is not applicable to this theory and you should probably just make your own poll. (Likewise, if you came here to say you are a John Trudeau person, you probably need to clear your browser cache out. Now.)
So everyone, which of the two exclusive types of pinball fans are you?