I make it a point not to down vote, but this statement comes very close to earning one. The longer I'm in this hobby, the more I realize that, while they may be cheaply made (especially now), Stern pins are some of the most fun ones out there.
An overrated game for me is one that I just sold that everybody else is suddenly saying is the greatest game ever.
I purchased a Bally Star Trek recently that needed a lot of work. The fellow doing the work for me said it's one of the most underrated games, and actually has a lot of great shots that you have to hit. He said the rating on Pinside does it no justice. He's supposed to be finished with the restoration in another week. Can't wait to get it back!
For me, T2 and HS2 are duds. There are many others that I like playing occasionally but don't want to own. I love Centaur but the prices on it are way out of bounds for what there is. If I get one it will likely be a full restore at this rate. Alot of the high end pins I'll let the hard-core collectors go after. To each their own.
Guys that have been in the hobby a long time all say this. Things like JD is a $1400 game. I don't think MM is a $10000+ game and think price is driven by it's #1 rating. Big money is thrown around on BBB and I think that is just silly. What I think doesn't matter since price is market driven. Everyone has their own tastes and reasons for owning a game.
Quoted from jawjaw:
Everyone has their own tastes and reasons for owning a game.
This. I'm on the hunt for a Sharkey's Shootout because it was the first game my wife ever played, and a TMNT because it takes me back to being a kid and playing in the local pizza place. I couldn't give a flying flip about what their ratings are.
Every game ever made is overrated...yet at the same time underrated...still.
I do find threads about which games are overrated and/or underrated to be a bit overrated.
Not from the people I talk to overall, the "market sets the price", not individuals regardless of number of years in the hobby.
Most older collectors are just watching the comedy right now.
There is just a better gauge on value based on changes within the market, and negotiations for sales.
JD is no longer a $1400 game, but at dealer unrestored price you can still get it for around $2200 in excellent+ condition.
Superb examples right now are at $2800 with proper, unbusted topper, you just have to be diligent.
People that are paying $4K or more, the game had better be full CQ or a HEP restore, and that includes the cabinet.
Wow, this is an old tread. 2 years ago I said LOTR.... still overrated IMO but these days the cake really goes to TZ. The game is just not fun enough. Amazing spectacle, possibly the best licensed theme ever for a pinball, but the awkward often slow pacing and rules you don't care nearly enough about just get so old, so fast. To me TZ is mostly a vanity piece like BBB or CC. In terms of play-ability TAF utterly destroys TZ.
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