So if I'm understanding this thread correctly:
Some people really wanted to try making pinball machines (presumably because they like pinball).
They decided to do it themselves (presumably with loans), not with consumers money.
They made a simple game because they wanted to make sure they didn't bite off more than they could chew.
The game may be fun, it looks like it has the potential to be.
And other than bitching about theme and artwork (which you can find a group of people to bitch about no matter what the theme), the only complaint is the cost?
So...don't buy it. You are right, this game is not worth $7,500, not even close. But that is what they need to make it and be able to invest in a new game (again presuming here). So they decided to try to make it in a business where a lot of people have a lot of excess money to spend. They realized that it is pretty likely there are 100 people in this hobby, which is filled with people with too much money, who will happily pay that for a new, exclusive game.
What are you angry about? That you didn't do this yourself? Or that you too are one of these people with too much money and you realize you are probably going to get duped into buying something like this? You don't have to.
And all the people complaining about how they could buy so many used games for that much: that isn't the point. These games aren't meant for most of us. Stern LEs aren't meant for most of us. Hell, Stern Pros aren't meant for most of us. I think it is absurd the prices that some games sell for, but I know people much less well off than I am that most likely think it is absurd when they see my machines.
So really, how is this hurting you? Why do you care? I've read the argument that these new boutique companies are driving the prices up across the board, but I don't necessarily agree. They are driving up the cost of new Sterns for sure, but I find it unlikely that WOZ and TNA are the reason a Taxi costs $2000 instead of $1200. I'm pretty sure it's because there are a lot of people like me who are in their 20s or 30s, who have expendable income in a good economy, and who have realized that if they want it, they can go out and get their own pinball machines. I don't know where to find stats on it, but I would wager a guess that there is has been a statistically significant increase in the number of new people who have purchased machines in the last five years compared to the five or ten years before that. And really at any point before that most likely because the hobby has shifted heavily from operators to home owners.
But again, what good does complaining about it do you? What would you like instead of this? A new game like this that costs half the price I assume? It takes scale for that to work. It isn't possible for a company to pop up and make thousands of machines for only a few thousand dollars. A company has to build to get to that point. I don't know if that's what this company or any company plans to do, but if it is, it isn't going to happen without them squeezing money out of people who can spend it without a care so they can build some capital and experience. Maybe that never happens, maybe every new pinball that comes out costs $6000+. But guess what, that doesn't affect you if you don't buy it.
Wow, that was quite a rant. Thanks for your time