Quoted from altan:
I'm personally surprised any man 45 and under would have any interest in the WOZ theme.
I'm 36, and I grew up reading the original L Frank Baum OZ books (now my 10 year old daughter is reading them herself). Nothing wrong with Oz. I suspect most people my age watched the movie as a kid, I know my middle school put it on as a play (I was the Munchkin coroner). I remember watching Return to Oz in the theater, I was maybe 10 or so, I'd have to look up the year to check. We took our girls to the new Disney Oz movie too.
There's simply nothing about the theme that's obscure or weird. Collecting the characters, battling the Wicked Witch, the house and the castle, it all makes sense as a pinball theme. Some insecure people seem to think it threatens their manhood somehow, which I don't get, and there are always a couple clueless homophobes who try and play some ridiculous "gay" card. They're easy to just thumbs down and ignore though.
All that said, the particular way the theme was done isn't really my cup of tea. It's mostly the music and sound effects. I find them somewhat grating. And that's a huge part of pinball for me. When I play Tron where I can't hear the music and sounds I don't enjoy it as much, I really love the whole experience.
I don't really care for widebodies, from any era by any manufacturer. The "more room to cram toys!" thing is basically a non starter, I don't care. They just feel different, a little slower and laggy and clunkier. Again, not about WOZ itself, it's just how wide games feel to me. Same opinion about TZ or Judge Dredd.
I think the LCD is clever and interesting. It's probably the future, and I'm okay with that. It's just a score display, like reels or segmented LEDs or plasma DMDs or ColorDMD LCDs. It does concern me though, because it takes so much time and effort to do the graphics, and your expectations can't help but rise with HD. I find the weird jittery witch animations really distracting for example, where she kind of "jumps" between different poses. It's just odd, it looks broken to me.
All that said, I think it's a fun and interesting game, I've really enjoyed playing it. But it's one of those "glad my friend has it" deals, where I'm happy to play his (thanks nimblepin!) but don't want it in my own collection.
What would have been 500% more interesting to me would have been doing WOZ as a non-licensed game. The stories are public domain, it's only the MGM specific version that requires licensing. Skip the more candy coated musical, drop the use of movie clips, and do it your own way. You'd still have name recognition without all the baggage and handcuffs. See current discussion over disappointing Hobbit art, and how most of what we don't care for is dictated by the movie studio.
It would have been more work. But it would have been a way bolder step, establishing a company where they do their own thing, and not just about being a "let's license a movie" pinball maker.
Also, on a final note, just because you can't entirely separate the man from the game, Jack can take his attitude where he walks around talking shit about Pinside and shove it up his ass. We're all your potential customers you big clown, be a man and accept that criticism is part of the startup growing pains and just do something about the issues instead of talking smack. I take it personally. Insulting your customer base strikes me as moronic.