I'm putting more time and money into my Grand Prix than it's worth (and I can't find a spinner for it), I wish I just picked up a fully working one for a few hundred bucks more. It's the most complex EM I've worked on besides my bowler.
Basketcase High Hand that I got for a six pack of beer. Built a new cabinet, now going to have to make new plastics since the originals turned to dust (fortunately I got them scanned)... The backglass was more like a window... Got a new one from a good friend. Playfield faded to almost nothing... Now looking for that.
I should have known when the guy I got it from felt i was overpaying.
Quoted from Rarehero:
I don't have many purchase regrets...even games I ended up selling, I more or less enjoyed my time with them.
X-Men LE. Thought it was going to be a surefire winner as Borg was coming off a killer streak of games & it was the first Stern in a while with hand drawn art. I was excited at first but it turned into a never ending nightmare...from the horrible launch code, to the toys that broke or didn't function well, to the ear-rape of the terrible voice actors, to the auxiliary board blowing multiple times, to being a guinea pig with code updates that fundamentally broke the game....I consider it the biggest waste of time I've had in the hobby, and wish I had never purchased it.
The voice calls in SMVE take the cake for worst ever imo, they make X-men sound like gold.
I'll take a stab, Swep1 was horrible. I had regrets about DE Batman after it put me to sleep by the 3rd game. Plenty of other games I bought and quickly dumped but no regrets.
Quoted from OldSchoolBlood:
X-files - I learned never to buy a game based on theme alone. Sound and gameplay just did not hold up with the rest of my collection at the time.
Who Dunnit? - Really wanted to like this one as the Theme, sound & dots are outstanding. After a short time I could tell the stop-and-go gameplay was not for me. Got to the point I never wanted to turn it on.
I too had both of these and they are gone! X-files was worse for me than WhoDunnit!
I liked WhoDunnit but had an ongoing issue blowing a fuse on the driver board no matter how much work I did on those 3 stepper reel motors. The only way I could enjoy it without blowing the fuse was to not leave it on for more than 45 minutes at a time.
Who Dunnit. Like the game but the one I bought had wear, every plastic was broken and took a lot of work to make it right for what I paid.
The irony is, after I traded it away I bought it back! MUCH better deal the second time around tho.
gotllieb Counterforce. Really wanted it, liked playing it. But now that I have it not so much kinda meh on it. Not sure what i'm going to do with it at this moment.
Monopoly for me was such a let down. It was the first Lawler pin I bought for a decent price, spent a lot of time shopping it out, and as much as I enjoyed the layout and the ramps, that game has no depth, and it didn't do much with the theme (building Free Parking jackpot collects, make modes worth something) Such wasted potential. Some creative rules and stackability could have made Monopoly a much more exciting game. It lasted less than a month with me.
I've owned 2 TOTANS. Sold the first one a week after I did a complete restoration on it with NOS playfield. Just boring. The second one was a HEP restoration I bought from a fellow collector. He had it restored, but sold it to me and had it shipped directly from HEP before he ever got it. I kept it in the crate and sold it a month later still in the crate. Pretty bad when a new HEP game changes ownership twice before it's ever uncrated!
That, and Pistol Poker. Zzzzzzzz
TZ. It's been a dozen years but: Losing the ball for no damn good reason on the left hand side. The mini playfield seemed too random. My party guests avoided it like the plague because they couldn't figure out what was happening. The only thing I'm sorry about is selling it for $3000 (I paid $2700). Sorry if I slapped your god.
Sorry Ronn.Too bad you couldn't figure out the best pin ever.And I just don't get the hate for Rudy.It's not like he's alive....OR
Interesting... I've been curious about that one ever since my friend said he wanted it. What did you hate about it?
I used to own a JD. Although I didn't hate it like Dave, it didn't stay very long. The main guitar riff, while cool sounding, gets stale really fast cause it's only like eight bars repeating and you hear it every freakin' time you start a game. The game plays kinda clunky. The left outlane area is strange and no amount of nudging will save the ball on that side. With tons of things to shoot at, it's sad that one of the valid strategies to get a good score is to just hit the left ramp continuously. I would certainly play JD a bunch before you decide to buy one or not.
I had regrets buying Wipeout, a Gottlieb pin. However, after I softened the settings (major loosen up) it actually became fun. I think because ty he PF is pretty limited for tots and shots. The two main toys are the ski lift and the slalom. With tight settings you hardly activate those toys. Without them being activated the game is basically boring from ball launch to ball drain. Much better with the toys doing their purpose!
I had the jd, got the dm to go with it. Liked the dm alot but jd far superior in my eyes. Although not my fav, it's been in my collection the longest. Dm lasted 6mos.....Just proves once again not everyone likes the same thing.
TZ. I really tried to like it. Friends said I must persevere to understand it and then the enjoyment would kick in.
It was just like hard work. No pin should need that much effort to like it. Sold it and never regretted it once.
I did like Xmen LE and Hulk LE. Hard shots but rewarding.
SS got boring real fast as did TOTAN.
Kept ToM for a while but you know it's time to move on a game when you can get to wizard mode almost every game.
CV has just been moved on for the same reason.
Freddy Nightmare on Elm Street. What could have been one of the coolest pin themes ever instead one of the most boring repetitive games ever. Got to hate it quick and sold it at a loss after a month.
Kind of wish Stern would take a look at doing a new Freddy pin, maybe w Steve Richie designing it.
I bought a SWE1 NIB in 1999 and sold it at a loss a month later. I also bought an AC/DC Premium and sold it at a loss 2 months later. I just didn't like them as much as I hoped. I have friends that are buying most of the games I'd like to buy but can't afford so I'm hanging out with them (I like them for other reasons as well).
I regret buying and selling Waterworld. I bought a nice one but paid $800 for it. It had a problem with he crane that could never be fixed correctly. The game seemed kind of dumb at first so I sold it, after all you have to collect dirt. Now, I wish I had it back just because the game looked cool and it was my first pin.
Mostly when I played in dim lighting between modes, or when Multiball was starting. The game had LED's installed before I bought it, so maybe they used extra bright lamps. All I know is it hurt my eyes at times.....but I am getting old. lol
i was sure to read GB soon or later...
but this is just only (is it ?) because the inserts probs
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