Quoted from Yoko2una:
Video modes that are set patterns one must recognize can POUND SAND. Nothing is more annoying in a competitive setting when you're playing a game that you know some of the rules, but your opponent gets to Video Mode and knows the pattern with their eyes closed (looking at you BF and GnR).
When there's some skill & reaction timing involved, and they're brief, I think they can have a place in pinball.
This! I don’t mind video modes at all in a play for fun setting, but it’s frustrating to get beaten in a tournament setting because an opponent knows the left-right-right-left sequence of the game’s video mode (like the rail cart thingy in IJ). I’d rather be outflipped....