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Will this be the death of mechanical pinball?

By Davidus56

3 years ago

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    #212 2 years ago
    Quoted from pezpunk:

    totally disagree. VR will be huge, but it won't hurt pinball. in fact, just like The Pinball Arcade, VR pinball will only stoke MORE interest in real live pinball, not less. it's probably physical pinball's best hope for hooking a new generation.

    This was more what came to mind when I saw the original post. Had I not stumbled onto Pinball Arcade (nostalgia/being reminded of how much I liked pinball), I wouldn't have ended up at TPF '15 (or the several shows after) and have 6 mechanical machines in my house right now (heck, the pieces weren't even in my face to figure out that owning a pinball machine was an option [more or less a forgotten game in general]).

    #213 2 years ago
    Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

    The same thing was said in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s regarding computers and technology. This is four generations of the same explanation for many that were not around to see developments. The 1950s and 60s were a bit different due to limitations.
    Pinball has lived on, and continues to return.
    For those that remain collectors remain around, they will see it again.
    "Pinball is not everlasting, but eternal. It is something that is physical and visceral, and has never been successfully replicated by other amusement devices in nearly 90 years since it's modern creation."
    - TBK

    You may very well be right, but the 2010s are a bit different than even the "2000s" to an extent. The amount of DIY help content on the internet has expanded greatly since the 2000s, partially due to the average person now having a capable camera that hooks up easily to a computer to load up to Youtube, etc. Thus, we now expect to find information on fixing just about anything. Owning a machine in the 90s seems as if it would have been quite daunting for the average joe, to the point of no chance of consideration. Now we have a greater sense of comfort with active forums and accessible videos to protect our investment (often times cheap/DIY).

    #222 2 years ago
    Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

    Do we?
    There is a pinball "trap" in your belief, no offense.
    Websites and videos are not the means to teach repair skill sets.
    You cannot learn how to properly solder via a video, it takes practice.

    Hence my use of the word "sense" It can most definitely be a trap, but that sense can be enough for someone to dive in (presumably with some similar repair experience if they plan to go the DIY route).

    My point was that many people that (re)discover pinball (as it continues to pop up in bars and video games) will have likely already experienced the help they can get from car forums or perhaps some other hobby forum, etc. It's more widely known that help can just be a click away. That "sense" alone may motivate someone to research the possibility and risks of owning a pinball machine in the first place (and the information...is just a click away these days).

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