Quoted from Rarehero:
It absolutely is. Follow the money = those center post kits have sold SOOO WELLLL!
Had the game shipped with normal flipper gap and maybe a center post, that would have been a start in correcting the design flaws. Any owner/op who felt it was too easy that way could have easily removed the post and/or added lightning flippers to widen the gap.
Word is that the gap was wider than Trudeau intended, but it was too late to change it...and Trudeau has been told to put a normal gap on his next game.
If you actually owned the game and put some decent time on it, you'd realize the gap is a non-issue. The center exit from the pops is what causes the SDTM drains, and those would happen even with the standard gap. SDTM is SDTM. The droopy flippers ARE an issue, as the make ball control much harder. The center exit by the pops is an issue. Airballs can be an issue. Lane jumping can be an issue.
The gap, however, is not.