I think part of this belief is the idea of getting their money's worth. Like for some people, pinball has to be loaded with features and toys and modes. I understand it, but at the same time, it doesn't apply to me, especially when I have such a vivid imagination and smoking weed certainly doesnt hurt either. In other words, I dont need all the bells and whistles or A-list Hollywood themes to get the experience of having fun with a machine that some may consider too shallow or basic.
For me, less is more. Especially when its an original theme and has a quality combination of layout, artwork, and sound. Plus good rules not too deep, not to shallow. Video screens do nothing for me.
Games that are fun but challenging, with short ball times are the best for me. I had mostly 90s machines when I started collecting Great machines. I still own a couple. But now I really dig the 70s and 80s stuff. They are also the best multiplayer games because you're not waiting around too long, but when a player has a good ball, it's exciting to watch. Centaur is my all time favorite, if I had to choose. Of course, there are modern gems here and there, like Rick & Morty.
If its pinball, i'll play it! I just no longer have the desire to own any modern pins that are loaded with features, when there are plenty of older pins with high quality at lesser prices.