Stern IS historically Second Rate and rip off other manufacturers designs. Always have been... Only time they weren't copying others was that period where there was nobody at all to copy from or compete with anymore. The early naughties certainly did see a few great titles from them, but that turned to unispired cutdowns by the end of the naughties. It's a pitty the reliability wasn't the best through history, because they seemed to consistently have the best themes, but somehow the crappiest games and poorer reliability. But also then nobody to compare with anymore in the naughties so standards started to collapse even more ....
Then JJP come out with full addressable RGB LED inserts ... so of course predictably Stern just went back to what they do best with competition, and went full steam copying that idea too. Lol
Nowdays you choose an LE and still don't recieve the full game, unless you pay More, again. Cheapskate corner cutters, and copycats.
The good games coming from Elwin almost make me want to... but I'd rather just play those titles onsite or somewhere rather than actually want to own any of them. *Had an ACDC Premium VE, got it NIB. Great game! ... pitty about the build quality.
I support that operator there instead, if I want to play any stern games. Stern can be onsite where it fits better, don't want any at home again thanks. Why? , waaaay too many Great non stern games out there (and coming out) that I'll never be able to play onsite which I'd MUCH rather fill the home space with!
If DR ever goes anywhere good, they might be at home.