I have to just add my own reaction to the artwork because I think there's nothing wrong with giving some feedback, especially at this early stage of the game. I started today off fully convinced I wanted to do whatever I could to get a hold of one of these machines after listening to Scott talk about it on a podcast. I had seen the youtube videos and thought the music and animations on the backbox were awesome!!! I LOVE the apocalyptic-industrial look of the cityscapes and the reactor shots. When Scott described the theme as a take on retrofuturism I was sold!
But...I dug around to find the picture of the backglass today and was pretty disappointed. The purple and pink colors (very similar to Magic Girl) and the almost anime style girl are so different from that wicked awesome monochromatic futuristic wasteland that's depicted on the backglass monitor. I guess I was expecting more of a sci-fi, computer, TRON meets Mad Max thing. Also, I unfortunately think I will have a hard time feeling like I'm "the girl" as I'm imagining I'm saving the world, even though I'm sure she's a badass girl.
I understand the game does not have to "please everyone", but I think the art may be a missed opportunity to really finish off what looks like a wicked intense theme. And, unfortunately, I think having a female heroine may tend to alienate a lot of pinball fans who are overwhelmingly male. It's one thing to be a guy and root for a badass female character to kick butt in an action movie, but it's an entirely different thing to try to immerse yourself in a game where you have to mentally assume that female character's role (o.k., Lara Croft may be a rare exception.)
I know I'm not alone, but I also respect those who think the art is perfect. And I definitely admire the incredible talents shared by Scott and others who are keeping pinball alive and growing with their incredible creations. I'm sure I'll still love the game. Please don't think I'm just nit-picking or trolling.