Quoted from Whysnow:
umm.... you do realize that after you start a reactor you also need to hit the orbits in order to get to the core and over heat it?
The game uses the entire playfield and to progress even past reactor one an start a multiball, you are forced to hit each main shot. To score any points you have to do it well.
If you like hitting targets all over a pf, that is fine. Just say that. However, trying to make it sound like the playfield is unused is just silly and poor form.
I don’t think he said all the other shots were never used he was saying the shots we hit the most are in a close area: lock, grid, scoop.
I think it’s ok myself but for example TWD the mode start is in a complete different area than most other shots. Some games you have to hit the mode shot to start the mode. Games are unique so it’s not a rule that the shots have to be separated just a design choice.