Look, I have no doubt that you guys can follow gameplay on RFM. We are pinheads. I can follow the gameplay on a pin from the other room, by listening to the callouts and sounds. That's not the point. The point is that the there are many design elements of P2k which did not resonate with the general playing public, and the ease of being able to watch bright illuminated mechanical pinball action influences the earnings of machines greatly. People want to put their quarter in next because they saw Thing grab the ball, or they wanted to destroy the castle, or make the fish flop, whatever. RFM did not have that mechanical pull, it relied almost exclusively on the combining mirror video. It was cool at first, because it was different and new, but it didn't keep most coming back. And what a bore for spectators.
I also have no doubt that there are ops, like LTG if that's the case, who earned great with RFM. Many more did not. I was at the auctions, I saw them dumped. I saw the ratings in Playmeter, directly froms ops. I watched RFM sit vacant many nights at Rocky's Replay in Orlando, while there was a wait to play MB and CP.
P2k was not a success in my eyes, and there are tangible reasons for that. Is it innovative and pretty damn cool for pinheads like us? Sure. An amazing design, really. But it is not the answer to pinball innovation wrt earnings. Would WB make a great repro project for a manufacturer? Sure, and they'd make a ton of money repro'ing P2k in the form of a finished WB. I'd probably buy one. They'd sell like hotcakes to pin collectors. But those are two different conversations, and P2k's "success" as measured in the success of the time, street earnings as a ROI device, was not good. And even in the world of pinheads, if you ask for a preference RFM or AFM you'll get AFM 3.
P2k was different and interesting and pretty damn cool. But let's stop pretending that P2k was the answer to all of pinball's problems as some amazing design which wasn't given a proper chance. As you show with the sales numbers, it was definitely given a chance. It failed.