I'll update this list as ideas come in from the field.
Note: We are comparing pins and video games.
(Bear in mind video games have gone through various technology stages, and you might want to consider all 4 stages when responding.)
1. Original cabinet games like Asteroids and Pac Man (bring quarters)
2. Home consoles games like Atari 2600 through Xbox and Play Station with titles like GTA and Madden (that use a limited controller)
3. PC/Mac games like World of Warcraft, and other MMOs (that sometimes require you use an entire keyboard: 50+ keys to play at a high level)
4. Android/ios mobile device games like Candy Crush (games that require one thumb or less to play)
Android/ios games having the most marketshare, mostly played with thumbs while sitting down) and (vintage 80s/90s cabinet games having the tiniest marketshare)
How to pitch what makes pinball unique/more (special,interesting, or challenging) when compared to video games:
1. Universal skill set (transfers from pin to pin)
2. Very very long learning curve (to become a champ)
3. Randomness/Unpredictability (while ball movement itself is rather predictable, the upcoming sequence of "best reactions" is not)
4. Talking piece (just having a pin generates conversation, even a non-gamer can explore the art package and discuss it.)
5. Healthier (Other than playing Sony Wii and a few recent games like Dance-Dance Revolution (2 exceptions), it is infinitely healthier to stand up to play a game where you are not staring into a screen, than to sit down (like with most video games) and stare at something X inches from your head for Y hours at a time. Pinball actually is great for your eyes)
6. Physical Interaction (vids never have a physical dimension). (This physical dimension allows the novice to have an idea what the game is about and how to play at first glance, and allows the pro player to learn every nuance of how to manipulate the box and two buttons to achieve best results. It also "feels good" to make certain shots and feel the machine, when the pops thunder into a spasm.)
7. Easiest game controllers to learn (Two buttons and a box that "can" be nudged a little). (Yes, in 1-2% of the cases i pinball, there are 1-2 extra buttons to learn about or a firing mechanism like in T2.)
8. Hands-on Customization. (You get to invest your handiwork skills and design flare to every game you own -- I recognize this only applies to "owning" -- but it's still a great point. You can build up "pride" in each machine you own.)
9. Better Community than with vids. (There is no comparison here, people in the pinball community NEED each other for support in many ways, whereas with any MMO or mobile device game community, they do not, it's a "nice to have".)
10. Making "RL (real life)" friends. (beyond the benefits of having access to a great community online, you may meet some great people that become good friends in life, no video monitor or head-set required to interact with them.)
11. Playability in terms of becoming obsolete. (From a perspective of supporting the VERSION, video games are generally tied to other technologies such as operating systems, video hardware, or other dependencies that often make you want the newest version, or need the newest version. Pinball has them as well, but it's a much slower moving target, and thus, they don't require you to purchase "upgrades" to get the latest version every single month or year.