Quoted from jimwe5t:
Don’t you think the modern day games should all be ranked much higher? They are simply higher tech and design in every way than the old machines of long ago. Just about everything improves over time, or people would not be buying pinball any longer.
Unfortunately, no. People buy new games based on license and wanting something new to play. Nothing to do with ranking! The notion that high tech correlates with ranking is misguided (to be polite).
Modern tech hasn't dramatically impacted gameplay in many instances (if we are comparing WPC/WPC-95 games with today's SPIKE2 games). The SPIKE2 board set is wildly simpler than WPC/WPC-95 (as you would expect), however it hasn't resulted in many player benefits. Sure, it enables better audio/video and more complex rules, however the fundamental mechanics of a pinball machine "under the glass" haven't changed much over the years.
WPC era and Stern games are all built from the same mechanical components. They have ramps, wireforms, switches, slings, pops, cannons, VUKs, optos, spinners, flippers, gates, drops, magnets, diverters, posts. PF's are still wood. Cabinets are largely wood. Pin specific toys are "hit or miss" in both WPC and Stern era games. JP2's recent TREX is awesome, Herman on Munster is a joke. Again, "hit or miss"...depends on the title. Toy tech between the era's hasn't changed much due to cost cutting on many games. At the moment, the R&D budgets are more focused on adding fancy graphics to the LCD instead of mechanical toys. From the players perspective, this is mostly "meh", since it's tough to admire the images as you are playing For spectators, it's cool...no doubt.
As RareHero pointed out, the success of CGC's remake business is proof of the demand for games that are 3 decades old. Modern electronics, same old mechs/toys.