Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Most people reach pinball maturity in their early 30s now. I think it coincides directly with drop off in sex drive.
This actually made me laugh out loud and sadly might be true.
Separately, I actually think the biggest benefit (drawback depending on your POV) to online pinball will be to the home owners in the form of paying to update the same game with different modes, music and other features. DLC is the main motivation for Stern et al to go online because it is a potential direct extra revenue stream for them. The indirect potential revenue from increased sales to operators because you’ve built a better mousetrap is too much of a maybe to be their biggest motivator here. Plus as the glut of available games continues to grow and outpace the number of collectors and the space they have for machines, there is a stronger drive to Stern making more money on each individual machine they sell especially if it is money related to selling more software and less hardware.
As for myself, I will probably be fine and even glad to pay extra money for new modes, though agree I’ll also be hypocritically wistful for a time where games were cheaper and less connected and annoyed at spending even more money.