Quoted from Tom_in_NoVA:
What started me on buying pinball machines--I could no longer find clean descent pinball machines on route near my home. For the last 20 years I have traveled (locally) for work. I used to be able to play 2 or 3 different pins a week at various places. Now, it is hard to find a pin in the wild. Rather than give up pinball, I bought my own.
Exact same thing for me. Played since I was 6... 40 years ago. Almost stopped when arcades closed and bars lost their pins. Took me nearly a decade to realize one could actually own a pin... or now 5... happened in no time.