Quoted from Rarehero:
Do you really want to sit there and watch someone else play on a different machine with different setup? I dunno, that sounds horrible...wouldn’t you just want to spend your time playing vs. waiting? It’s one thing when you’re waiting on the machine in front of you - but waiting for someone somewhere else while your game is just sitting there saying “play me”?
Pinball is not a video game, people...but I guess we’ll keep seeing people try to will nonsense “online play” into existence. Enjoy pinball for pinball.
I could tolerate it, it would be similar to playing any tournament now. You play your ball and wait for the others to play theirs and then you get ball 2. However at home you could wander over to another machine and play during others turns and just come back when needed. But when you play in co-op mode you are playing together as a group to accomplish the end goal. So you kind of want to watch the other players to keep up with what is happening and that is where having a camera pointed at playfield with sound would be appreciated. . Granted if you played with 3 strangers, you'd have to question the benefit, but if you know one of the people you'd have a good reason to care. Online pinball could add options for enjoying pinball in new ways.
For instance another way online playing could work is to have 3 online people controlling flippers on one man's machine using a hand controller and 1 guy playing the physical game directly. Stern will have latency issues to work out as well as nudging, but it could be a fun too.
Houdini has a good reverse flipper mode and an inverted reverse flipper mode. Oktoberfest has a right-handed mode. These are novelties but fun ones. Today you can find the following: split finger tourney's, 24-hour endurance tourney's, stall-ball tourney's, pinball Olympics (unconventional) and other variations of playing a pinball machine that aren't really pinball. Remember this is all for fun and no gambling is required and there is nothing to win.
But in co-op mode your are working toward a collective goal and are either going to get there or fall short and will maybe try again. It's not something I would use a lot but would sure like to see what's possible with on-line playing and give it a go. Regardless how on-line play comes out in the beginning, if you had the option of playing anybody in the universe directly and could go against Steve Bowden, Escher Lefkoff, Raymond Davidson, Karl Deangelo, Bowen Kerins, Keith Elwin or Zach Sharpe in a game - that would be plenty THRILLING. It is easy to unplug a camera when you don't want to be online.