Quoted from TomGWI:
IO Bar: out of 12 games, 7 are Sterns (why is Beatles listed as BumbleBear Games?)
Pooley’s: out of 4 games, 2 are Sterns
Maria’s: out of 11 games, 5 are Sterns, 1 Data East
Alt Brew: out of 7 games, 2 are Sterns, 1 Sega
Schwoeglers’s: out of 13 games, 3 are Sterns
Holy Crap, you own 19 Stern titles. You might actually have more than me.
Challenge is to remove all the Sterns and see what happens. I’d actually be interested to see the results. I think you might be okay [quoted image]
trust me, we would be just fine
We do this as a hobby and have put every single quarter back in to the hobby for over 5 years now.
Many MANY sterns have major issues and the cost to maintain is often much higher than any other game. Since this is a hobby, the time suck is a big part of the equation. The point I was making is that IME (5 years and over 90 games cycled through in those 5 years) route pinball would be just fine without Stern. In conjunction anyone doing this for business is likely calculating cost of game, coin drop, time to maintain, and resale value when computing what games are worth putting out.
With that list of 47 games, it is likely worth asking why you think we have ONLY 19 sterns...
Of that, look closer at how many are recent Sterns (5k+) and note how we have and continue to buy games made by other manufactures and many are outlasting Sterns that cost more...
People like to say Stern saved pinball. IME, that is complete BS. Stern is in this for the business and they have shown that time and time again. Individual people of course have passion and it is commendable, but Stern is a small part of 'why' pinball is strong again.