So much grief in the pinball world regarding code updates yet so many pinheads are technically inclined. Millions of dollars of machines waiting for better code yet most will never see code improvements. Even if they do receive some updates, many will never reach their full potential.
So I had a thought...
What if Stern, at a certain point, just released the code for the world to improve?
+ Surely this is possible and would save Stern a lot of hassle and $$$ as the pressure would be off to keep improving code.
+ There would always be the official last Stern version which everyone could use as a baseline (say for competition).
+ Pinheads would be happy as they could choose the version that they like and improvements could continue indefinitely.
+ The community could choose a standard for competition since surely the best would rise to the top.
+ Over years of refinement, it's possible that many games would reach new heights of pinball magic that would normally be impossible.
- But operators could abuse this.
- Software can affect wear and hardware failure so bad code could end up costing Stern (this could be worked out though - limited warranty etc)