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]).