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What has caused the resurgence of pinball?


By rustybomber79

6 years ago



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    #201 6 years ago

    Annnnd I just bought a second pinball machine.

    Not bad for two weeks into owning my first

    Its an obsession, its like pokemon, gotta own em all!

    #202 6 years ago

    I think all of the above are right - money in demographic friendly, age group with nostalgia attraction, virtual pinball esp. Farsights "accurate" repros virtually on ipad have been great (The Sharpes are marketing pinball, helping farsight play-test games, Josh and Zach are making tourneys easy to run, the PGA style points system, the PAPA style chess rating system, the PAPA circuit) all of those tourneys are generating local leagures, local leagues are feeding good coin drop at locations (owners and operators are getting a boost) - then collectors are starting to have money, new collectors = new demand.

    You may see a bubble for a while on 90's williams - other 70-80s gottliebs and williams / ballys that are the nostagia rich era for 50-60ish with disposable income, are buying for themselves AND teens and grandkids. I don't know how many WOZ JJP sold just for the kids/womens interest in the theme and LCD coolness - but I've seen a ton of interest at Expo and PAPA from kids, teens and ladies that I've not seen ever for pinball as a tourney player and part-timei operator.

    So its cool to play pinball again. Add a few locations that are combining beer and pinball arcades (some offer free play, with pricey beers), These beer cades are doing well - and that just adds fuel to the tourneys and home buyers.

    Nice to see.

    Dan

    #203 6 years ago
    Quoted from dgarrett:

    I think all of the above are right - money in demographic friendly, age group with nostalgia attraction, virtual pinball esp. Farsights "accurate" repros virtually on ipad have been great (The Sharpes are marketing pinball, helping farsight play-test games, Josh and Zach are making tourneys easy to run, the PGA style points system, the PAPA style chess rating system, the PAPA circuit) all of those tourneys are generating local leagures, local leagues are feeding good coin drop at locations (owners and operators are getting a boost) - then collectors are starting to have money, new collectors = new demand.
    You may see a bubble for a while on 90's williams - other 70-80s gottliebs and williams / ballys that are the nostagia rich era for 50-60ish with disposable income, are buying for themselves AND teens and grandkids. I don't know how many WOZ JJP sold just for the kids/womens interest in the theme and LCD coolness - but I've seen a ton of interest at Expo and PAPA from kids, teens and ladies that I've not seen ever for pinball as a tourney player and part-timei operator.
    So its cool to play pinball again. Add a few locations that are combining beer and pinball arcades (some offer free play, with pricey beers), These beer cades are doing well - and that just adds fuel to the tourneys and home buyers.
    Nice to see.
    Dan

    AS long as locations have games that get fixed. There is a place right near me I don't play as the games don't get worked one but I go to other places that do fix the games.

    #204 6 years ago

    For me, the pinball feeding frenzy (or resurgence as you call it) has come about because the only way to play the games we love anymore is to buy them. And to buy them before somebody else does.

    #205 6 years ago

    as all ready stated by some others there is no resurgence.... very few people outside our circle/ gen public are into it. even most arcaes have less than 10% pins in them and a couple places this number is shrinking. for every pin played there is proub 1000 plus slots played.

    i think were just becoming more of a nation of hoarders, pin lovers are getting bigger collections- and i guess im cool with that.

    imo

    #206 6 years ago

    Ok, just figured I'd set the record straight. It was me. I did it. For whatever reason, people see me do something and figure it's what the "cool kids" are doin'. Yep. Posers.

    #207 6 years ago

    I blame all the gender changing operations.

    Some people really miss playing with their balls. And have diverted their attention to pinball where they can still bat them around.

    LTG : )

    #208 6 years ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    I blame all the gender changing operations.
    Some people really miss playing with their balls. And have diverted their attention to pinball where they can still bat them around.
    LTG : )

    what tha?!? hahaha

    Ok everyone conversation over. We solved the riddle.

    4 months later
    #209 5 years ago

    Simple .... What was once old is new again.....

    #210 5 years ago

    don't know why, but just glad it did! I'm having fun collecting, and visiting others that collect too!

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