Quoted from jgentry:
I am 35 and had not played a pinball machine that I can remember growing up. I just thought it would be cool to have one in my den (something different) and found a place about 2 hrs away that had several. With pretty much no research and no experience I ended up buying a Tron because I thought it looked cool and I somehow started multiball while trying it out. So that was my first game in late 2011.
New hobbiest learn how to do their hobby. Some find it rewarding and stay in the hobby and others leave. It is the same across all hobbies. As complicated as this hobby seems it is nothing compared to the learning curve of saltwater aquariums! It is a daily biology experiment. You are god running an ecosystem with one small mistake leading to catastrophic failure and costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on the mistake. Online forums similar to pinside (reef central is bigger than pinside) keep that hobby going. I had both hobbies going at the same time for years but having two very expensive hobbies that are both complicated and time consuming was just too much. I gave up my 125 gallon reef tank to go back to my oldest love which is pinball. I miss my tank sometimes but I don't miss the daily grind of it and I'd miss not playing pinball more!