The crowd who buys something like this is the same crowd who bought AIBO, the robot dog for $7000.00 plus. People with money to burn. No financial worries about tomorrow. Pinball is going upscale.
It all reminds me of 40 years ago when I was trying to make a paycheck by repairing and selling (trying to sell) vacuum cleaners. I had to deliver a repaired sweeper. I remember several things about that trip.
1) The guy was a county worker who drove a dozer or road grader. A poor man with a thumb and pinkie finger left on one hand due to an injury.
2) The ugliest woman for a wife I have ever seen before or since.
3) Two of the most beautiful daughters I have ever seen.
They lived in a ramshackle house that looked like it should have been torn down years ago.
He had a color TV. And he bragged and bragged that he paid $1000.00 for that color TV. He was proud that he could spend that kind of money on a TV. This is back when you could by a very good used car for $1000.00. This was back when a microwave oven would cost $600.00 to $700.00.
Here is a family struggling from hand to mouth and that the expensive TV was their major pride and joy.
So, imagine when there are many people in our society where money is no object.