He's looking to grab a game now, not wait three years or more for another remake. Or speculation thereof. He'll probably be way over it and on to something else by then anyway.
I would rather smash my nuts with a hammer than pay the going price for either of these "gems". But come back later and I'll tell you how I really feel.
Quoted from delt31:
sounds like a really bad decision to not buy them at 3k.....
Not really, when these games were released $3K was a lot more than it is today. Using gold as a standard of measure ... the purchasing power of $3K in 1995 was the equivalent of $9900 today. Why does this matter? Let me tell you a little story that involves myself as a much younger pinball enthusiast and a certain Pinball Machine....
It was 1990, and a new Williams Pinball machine arrived at my local hangout where I had my lunch everyday...it was a Funhouse with this amazing talking head named Rudy! Wow, what an amazing game and it was so addictive to play, by far the best pinball machine I had ever seen and I wanted one bad! I had $2,000 saved up and was ready to buy my first pinball machine! I found the phone number for my local Williams distributor (pre-internet) and gave them a call; I was told that a new Funhouse would be $2800 + tax delivered coming to a total of $2940. Wow nearly 1/3 more than I had, no matter how I tried...there was absolutely no way I could budget the extra $940 for this ... I had to shrug it off as it was just not meant to be and 28 years later, this machine is still #1 on my wish list. The thing you have to keep in mind here is that in 1990 that $2940 Funhouse is the same as paying $10,457 today...and as a young 20 something, that extra $940 I couldn't budget for, and is the equivalent of finding an extra $3343 that you don't have today.
Gold today = $1252/oz
Gold June 1995 = $387/oz
Gold June 1990 = $352/oz
I own SS. Would have bought TotAN and ToM years ago for $3k each but didn't have the money, bought SS instead. 15 years later I'm glad I did. SS is funny, and because the shots are fairly easy to hit, your lesser skilled friends will love Crate multiball. For more of a challenge, Spider Wheel is very tough to complete. And ToM has problems with trunk damage and that damned tiger saw. I've played ToM many times and don't get why it is so highly rated and commands such high prices, the game is pretty to look at but is shallow. It's still good, but top 3 (IPDB)? No way. #16 here on Pinside is more believable. SS is just below it at #18.
SS all the way for me.
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