Quoted from ChadH:
Original video mode scoring was bad. Do nothing and get 13M or try really hard and get maybe 18M.
New video mode scoring actually rewards you for trying. Do nothing and get 10M or try hard and get 40 to 50M. Giving player incentive to actually play the mode.
Also, if you hate Video Modes, you can now turn this one off in the Adjustments.
Yeah, speaking just for me, this is the best part about the code.
Now, I HATE video modes in general (NOT always, just usually) and I have been holding onto Tommy forever in the hope that I could one day play it without the stupid pointless video mode. While I argued to just eliminate it and be done with it, especially because of how random it is, Chad wanted to try to fix it. In the end, you get the best of both worlds...
A video mode that is not quite as wonky as before and you get punished for not trying on - or - no video mode at all. Tommy's a pinball wizard, after all, not a video game guy.
As for the scoring, unlike the earlier DE games that Chad and I worked on together, Tommy does score higher. JP and TFTC are each worth 30M for a successful completed mode (generally), but Tommy is closer to 50M and has more variation based on difficulty. The video mode used to not just be pointless but used to be worth FAR less than the other modes. Scoring was brought up in it if you play it to make it worth the "correct" amount if you play it.
...and, like I said, you can turn the stupid thing off if you still hate it.