New! Dark mode!

Browsing Pinside at night? Getting tired of all the white? Switch to dark mode using the button in the top right (or CTRL-B)!

(Topic ID: 273577)

When to accept "you're just no good (at pinball)"?


By curban

4 months ago



Topic Stats

  • 68 posts
  • 56 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 3 months ago by SPeD66
  • Topic is favorited by 4 Pinsiders

You

Linked Games

No games have been linked to this topic.

    You're currently viewing posts by Pinsider curban.
    Click here to go back to viewing the entire thread.

    #1 4 months ago

    My wife and I both started in the hobby at the beginning of 2019. We've definitely been sucked in, accumulating 14 machines and spending probably an-hour-or-more playing five days a week.

    We have 6 modern Sterns (GB, SW, Aero, BM66, GOTG, IM) and haven't 'completed' any of them yet...and that's with moving the outlane posts in on all of them. I'm wondering how normal this is?

    Interested in opinions:
    - How common is it for owners to have not 'completed' their games with standard 3-ball games?
    - What's the learning curve for pinball, in general - do players typically keep improving year-after-year - or do you pretty much plateau after X years
    - What's the typical learning curve for a modern game - how many plays are typical for typical players before they 'complete' all of the goals on a modern machine?
    - We both just celebrated 49th bdays. Is pinball like other sports where natural skills/abilities begin declining after peaking in 20's or 30's? Why?
    - Maybe sexist-loaded question: I know tourneys are split between men & women. Do men statistically score better on average than women? Why would this be the case? Is it just a larger pool of players? Women have more important things to do than play pinball all day? Something else?

    Sure would like to complete a Wizard mode on one of these Sterns some day!

    #13 4 months ago

    Yeah, I still have a lot of fun playing, but I just can’t help but keep thinking ‘I should be better than this by now’.

    #18 4 months ago

    Star Wars just about completed all of the planets...think I got as far as completing all but 1 scene...but didn’t complete all of the other challenges

    Aerosmith...got within two shots on last song

    Others...maybe 70%, at best.

    #55 4 months ago

    Wow. Lotsa tips and encouragement in this thread. Thanks everyone.

    Laid off the Sterns and let Getaway kick my ass tonight.

    I could probably spend some time on videos and learning a bit more technique, but seems the consensus is to ‘just enjoy’ and don’t worry too much about where I’m at on the scoreboard.

    #58 4 months ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    On a side note. I see you are from York Pa. If you didn't know we have a pinball league in Harrisburg at the River City Blues club. It's down at the moment do to Covid but when it opens it's good way to learn to play better.

    River City Blues Club is a great place. Wife and I visited a couple of times and were thinking about joining the league. Maybe we will when things get back to normal...

    Promoted items from the Pinside Marketplace
    $ 3.00
    Playfield - Decals
    Doc's Pinball Shop
    $ 54.99
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 15.00
    Playfield - Plastics
    Pinball Haus
    £ 31.00
    Lighting - Led
    PinballToys
    From: $ 33.00
    Gameroom - Decorations
    Rocket City Pinball
    $ 7,599.00
    Pinball Machine
    Classic Game Rooms
    $ 29.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    The MOD Couple
    $ 239.00
    $ 109.99
    From: $ 100.00
    Cabinet - (Alt) Translites
    Maple Street Sign Shop
    $ 69.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    From: $ 149.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Sparky Pinball
    $ 54.99
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 7,999.00
    Pinball Machine
    Classic Game Rooms
    $ 15.00
    Playfield - Decals
    Metal-Mods
    From: $ 99.99
    Cabinet - Other
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    From: $ 5,899.99
    Pinball Machine
    Pinball Pro
    € 25.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Creo Pinball
    $ 55.00
    Various Novelties
    Pinball Photos LLC
    $ 159.99
    $ 14.99
    Hardware
    Chroma Pinball
    $ 999.00
    From: € 30.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Creo Pinball
    $ 35.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Back Alley Creations
    $ 6,300.00
    Pinball Machine
    Pinball Pro
    $ 34.95
    Playfield - Plastics
    Hookedonpinball.com
    From: $ 19.99
    $ 8,999.99
    Pinball Machine
    Music City Pinball
    $ 249.00
    From: $ 9.99
    Eproms
    Matt's Basement Arcade

    You're currently viewing posts by Pinsider curban.
    Click here to go back to viewing the entire thread.

    Hey there! Got a moment?

    Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside