Quoted from drfrightner:
Well we'll totally disagree there... look at JJP screens they're so giant you could be playing four of your buddies, showing their face, hearing them talk, its about FUN! No one is saying have online tournaments just finding people to play against connecting the World of pinball to all across the World.
There are zillions of games now that do the same exact thing from dart boards to racing games and well everything XBOX.
Tons of people will embrace this and look forward to seeing their pinball buddies from across the World while they shoot a game of Batman against each other.
If this “be with your friends online while you play” thing is so important... you can do that right now. It’s called FaceTime (or whatever the Android equivalent is). You can prop your phone up against the backbox and talk and laugh the night away.
Game over? Pick up the phone and show everyone your score.
Want to play with others that have the same game? Start a thread here on Pinside and make a “playdate”
The only, IMO, linked gameplay would work is if it two players start a game at the same time and work together to achieve objectives. Example, WOZ: player one has to lock a ball with monkey. Then, as a game play continues, player 2 is the only one able to open castle door and release locked ball.
Something like that. Ultimately tho, something like TNA’s co-op or 2v2 Mode wouldn’t be nearly as fun because the fun of that game’s head2head battle is contained on one table.
But “battling” others is just a terrible idea. If I have 1 hour to play pinball in my gameroom... I’m not going to spend 1/2 that time standing around and waiting for my opponent to drain.