Quoted from Whysnow:
In short, because it is super expensive to attend. I would like to go, but when you have to pick and choose the events to attend based on vacation budget and time off form work then more expensive the trip the harder it is to justify.
Trip for wife and I would be over $1500 easy and a large part of that would be to get entry into a show we would likely not do anything at besides play pinball, combined with a large portion of the entry being to make a large prize purse (I understand it, but hard to justify a donation to one of the same top 10 players each year.)
It is nice to combine pinball trips as a bolt on with regular vacation as Pittsburgh is not really a place to visit aside from the pinball aspect.
This is the post of ignorance. Please look at the payout page - there is A HuGE amount of money paid out to qualifiers and finishers across FOUR divisions... Not just the usual 10 people
If you think Pittsburg isn't a place to visit... You clearly aren't trying. Major sports teams within walking distance... Tons of history and museums, there is kennywood nearby, there is dining, a thriving urban downtown, etc
I know of several friends who brought their s.o. And some brought their kids.
Replay has lots of things going on besides pinball... But it is all geared towards the gamer democratic so You have to try at least that hard.
If travel is that hard... Do what most do... Go alone and Split costs. Split a hotel and travel expenses. Traveling to shows you can't drive to is expensive no matter which show you pick.... But expensive does not apply when you compare what replay and pinburgh gets you. Multiple significant tournaments with gaurunteed play, players from all around the world, pin-celebrities for those into that, a huge expo all around it, 800+ games around you, rare games, etc etc
For those who like to have fun, play competitive pinball, and who love the arcade scene all together.... This is the up and coming place.
Besides, where can you be out at 330 in the morning and find a bangerjay walking the streets in full face paint?
I think the earliest I went to bed my entire time up there was 230... One night. It's the Woodstock of pinball