Some very good points in this thread. I am at wits end with the code situation on new Sterns. I know us pinheads are a tough group to understand but we are just very passionate about the game we love to play. For me playing a pin with a layout and design I absolutely love that has inadequate/incomplete code for years after I bought it just grates at me like none other. This was one of the reasons I pulled out of my STLE pre-order and instead went with MMR. It is the reason why I am hopeful about buying pins from other smaller manufacturers that are more in touch with what us buyers want most specifically fun and polished code to come along with the pins we buy.
I really enjoy the gameplay of many of Stern's recent releases and want them to get the picture that home buyers want adequate code out of the box and communication on when we can expect the game to be complete code wise. I may buy one last pin in the ST Pro. However, if they don't come through on another solid update for XM and timely code for ST I am going to have to stop buying even the Pro models because buyers of these pins deserve better than we have gotten on the last few Stern releases. I don't know what it will take for Stern to come to terms with this and fix the communication issues and long delays on much needed code for all of their pins. I know this is not just a choice that Stern employees can make on their own and this decision needs to be made by the higher ups. I just hope they correct the issue before they alienate too many of their customers.