Quoted from o-din:
As a 20 year old with probably a fairly fresh outlook compared to those that pinball seems to be geared to these days, what would you like to see as far as pinball themes, and what could they do to catch the eye of other people around your age if that is even possible?
That's a really good question. I think that out of everything out there, released in the past 5 years, Dialed In!, hit the nail on the head as far as theming, gameplay, and entertainment for all. The smartphone app connectivity was a wonderful idea too.
Music themes are cool, and again, approachable for most. I think Iron Maiden is a terrible license, but AC/DC, Aerosmith and Kiss are all great themes.
I'd like to see some more. Prince, maybe Bowie.
Original IPs, for me, are always number 1. If I want to listen to a record or watch a movie, I'll do just do that.
I personally dislike the Marvel & Movie/TV licenses. Sure, they have mass appeal, but I don't think they are much more for the average person than a play or two.
Someone much smarter than me will have to determine how to reach the millennial market.
Quoted from tacshose:
Location pinball or barcade I disagree, as many people play from all demographics, but yeah be in your 30s and tell your friends you are dropping $25k on a pinball collection and they will think you are outta your fucking mind.
We have entire threads on Pinside on where we are afraid to tell people what a pinball machine costs, and this due to out of control pricing will only get worse.
We need location pinball to come back in a big way, and be the next bar Golden Tee like phenomenon.
Locations are out there. Well maintained ones are sparse. When one pinball machine fails on a novice - they think pinball sucks. Locations as a whole, as strange as this sounds, is keeping pinball alive and killing it simultaneously.
Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Why are you asking him?
20 somethings don't know what the hell is going on and have almost nothing to offer marketers at a modern pinball company.
If Stern had taken your daughter's advice and built a Suicide Squad game - you know that movie was a gigantic bomb, right, came and went in two weeks, and is now considered a joke if people remember it all? - Gary Stern would own one less Porsche.
Stern knows what they are doing and how to run a successful company. You have no clue. Your daughter has no clue.
Leave it to the pros bro.
You're exactly right Levi. Stern had managed to keep the train on the rails for 18 years. Whatever they're doing, they're doing the right things. We can all be fans and wish for certain themes, but if Stern keeps making 'em, I'll keep playing 'em.