Quoted from nephasth:
It's not about turning a pin into a video game. The DMD era is over. LCD displays are keeping pins modern. It's pin evolution... Score reels, numeric displays, alpha-numeric displays, DMDs, Color DMDs, now LCDs.
You might be right. I mean, at the very least LCD's can look like DMD's. I'm less concerned about that as I am about the ridiculous degree jersey jack has taken it to. Do I really need real life actors or movie clips playing? It's preposterous, really. The only reason I think they are getting away with it right now is the novelty of it. It feels convincingly like "the future" (oooooooooooooo).
The big lebowski seems to get it a little more right so far... and I think that's a more realistic direction to take things. They seemed to get basic game design concepts. I don't have to wonder what my score is, and the focus is where it should be. This is probably realistic, especially for more expensive games. Compare that to something like WOZ... I don't know who was behind the wheel on their video/UI design, but i don't think they came from the pinball world.
In the meantime though, for a pin under $6k? I think I'm okay not having the full $10,000 game experience. Especially when you consider what you're getting in the big lebowski is repeating backgrounds, which while pleasant, isn't adding to the game play. It's making it more attractive. What about when the theme isn't a movie with all those wonderful filler clips to just cut and paste in whenever you need something wacky to happen (JJP?).
Now lets say Spooky decided to slap one of those LCD's in and made everything high resolution color animations. They pay an artist or team of artists to produce everything (because you've now gone beyond Ben Heckendorn's capabilities, he was definitely stretched doing low res art). Where I live that's a good 100k, maybe 150k in salaries, and it'll probably look like super cheesy flash animation. Spooky initially thought they'd sell 100 games I believe. That's $1000-$1500 extra cost per game. I just don't see how any of that makes sense.
On the other hand, Pin2000's put video-game type stuff in their pinball games. I found it tacky and offputting, although clearly it was keeping pins "modern". I suspect people who were into that "innovation" will also be into heavier focus on LCD's.