Doing tech work on location machines for an operator in NYC I have already had numerous and sometimes repeat Node board issues with WWE, KISS LE and Batman66 LE. Not only are the machines down due to the boards failure they dont take in money, which is why they are on location in the first place.
Another aspect that field techs have to deal with regarding Spike is that it's embarrassing to show up for a repair on location only to not be able to repair the machine due to a Mode board failure and having to explain to the angry location owner why there is a machine down in a spot that could be making money with a dinner table.
A machine is down due to a non serviceable board. Said board costs up to $300 with what a $1 transistor could have solved. So now your not only down for the loss of income but also for the huge cost of the board.
A few times already, location owners have asked the operator to take the machines out due to the down time.
If Pinball is to return to the Public eye and grow again this system is basically suicide for the industry.
Its the same old small thinking. Build something cheap and fast for the quick buck and not made well and slow for the Big Bucks.
Penny Wise, Dollar Foolish.
If Spooky , American Pinball, JJP or any new mfg catch on and create serviceable systems they may slowly take over the Operator/Location Market.