WMS was in a heap with pinball. Neal Nicastro saw the writing on the wall.
Let me break it to you that we live in a world were shockingly yes run on money. Neal saw fit to let them go to give it a try with pinball 2000 while the pinball division was being funded by its gambling cousin, slots.
on the other hand, had Williams not purchased Bally and let them die off then it would have saved their rear end but no, williams go too big and they failed in the pinball market.
Jpop was the designer of starwars had he listened to gomez and lawor he wouldnt crashed the ship.
Neal was a buisness man and sometimes you have to balence the books and order to keep WMS afloat he had to trim the tree and the most sense to do it where they were loosing money and that was pinball.
Listen up williams fanboys and cultests williams stepped on their own rakes but they cant unglue thrmselves from their rear to see the choices that killed them.
They got too big and it crashed them, the only thing that kept Bally alive was just a name on a pinball machine.
Neal was the only one that kept the WMS name from sinking but this hobby were so drunk on williams pinball they cant see straight and the hobby crucified the guy that had to make that choice.
At the end of the day the books and the acountants have the final say in all things pinball including today.
Stern and williams produced unispiring fans layouts with themes on them and you guys lap it up like its the greatest thing in on the planets.
The only other company Gottlieb did get creative but the community was cruel and cold as ice and killed them so they could have godesses. but now she's gone the hobby is left with Stern, no matter how much crap layouts stern throws onto a playfeild all they need to do is wave a theme and everyone just ask "how much" Stern could put a pop bumper with two flippers with a paid license and someone would sink thousands into that.