You know, I would say opinions can also vary wildly too with time.
Case in point, yesterday, I had the opportunity to play a RFM. I remember how much I was completely and totally enthralled with AFM back in 1996, and when I first played RFM in 1999 - I HATED it. I absolutely in every single way imaginable detested it. I had such hate for that machine that when I saw B/W shut their doors, my opinion was something colorful like: "Well yeah, if P2000 was what was coming next out of your doors, I'd certainly shut them too." Absolutely loathed RFM , and my goodness, SWEp1 - oh gag me with a sewer-infested fork.
I, then had the opportunity to play RFM in summer of 2011, and I didn't hate it, but I simply couldn't get "into it." My hate had changed to indifference. Fast-forward to yesterday, I had a chance to play a very well-taken care of RFM, and man, that machine lit me up. I totally loved it - and I agree - I can't understand how Getaway is ranked higher than RFM. The engineering marvels that RFM represents are simply staggering. There's one reason why HS2 is ranked higher than RFM: Steve Ritchie. You take his name off the machine, and it would be just "another pin" next to LW3 and JP2/Lost World. No one would care about it.
Anyways, my point is opinions change with time. It took me 13 years to come around and enjoy RFM. I liked it so much - I'll be honest - I'm considering buying one down the road. Same thing could be said for these "hammered in stone" Internet opinions. People could change their minds about a game, go back to their opinions and change them. Some will, some won't - but they are just armchair internet opinions. Remember, people have a tendency to say what's on their mind unabashed ALOT more on the internet than IRL. Someone could totally bash MM, but then when they're over at your house.."Man, dude...like...MM..Dude...it's like DA BEST EVAH!!!!!" People get a lot more brave when their words carry a high level of anonymity. It's called being "too scared to speak your mind" syndrome.
There are probably some others that rate pins excessively low to "make a statement". For example, I completely and totally love AFM... from my childhood. It's a great and fun game with an outstanding and timeless theme - aliens taking over the world in a 1950's persona. I loved it, until I saw how market-inflated the price of the game has become.
** Personal opinion alert - if you have a chub for AFM, you might not want to read this! ** I am so sick of seeing AFM start at $8k; it makes me roll my eyes everytime I see the bids/selling price for it. Pin envy or price envy..? Yeah, I'll admit it - part of me is annoyed I can't afford something from my childhood that I love so much. Do I hate the game over it - no. It's kinda like crude oil. Do I hate crude oil - no. I hate all the factors that have driven the price of crude through the roof. Hence, why I have referred to AFM and certain other titles as "crude oil" pins. Just my opinion ** End of personal opinion **
See, that was my opinion, and everyone who has read it is still alive. Those who own AFM can go "well, that's nice - I have AFM and love it and your opinion is just that - yours." They weren't offended; they simply observed my opinion and moved on with their life. Like me, I own 3 machines, and JP is prolly the biggest childhood memory of the three. Do I get all poo-poo face when someone refers to the TREX as a "brachiosaur" or "the dinosaur that sneezed on the girl in the movie...!" ? I'll admit, I think it was fricking hilarious - and this is the main gimmick/toy in the entire game. Some people say it's a rip-off of Whirlwind in terms of playfield. Ok, so maybe it is - life goes on. Some people say it's one sided with a one trick pony in the TREX and only one ramp/habit trail - yet it's in the top 50. They are all opinions, and as long as I love MY machine - "WGAF?" - seriously.
Enjoy your games, play your pins, and laugh when someone has something rude to say. Could be worse - we could not own or have ANY pins to play. Now THAT would suck .