I recently got into the hobby and am currently stuck with a couple of beaten up system 80s. I think I'm ready to take another baby step towards the modern era. I'm definitely willing to blow $1k and maybe a little more for the right game. Ideally I'm looking for a difficult game featuring speed, long shots, short ball times, and depth. I will not care about appearance AT ALL if the gameplay is locked in.
Does anyone have a game for sale in this price range?
Does anyone have suggestions of games I should be looking out for?
Would anyone in the area consider parting with a "well-loved" machine that plays well?
Am I stupid to want a DMD without being willing to pay up for one of the more renowned titles?
Please share your expertise. I appreciate any and all feedback. Abusive responses welcomed.
I'm willing to accept various warts or even a total project. Working on these machines has been a ton of fun for me despite not knowing what I'm doing. (Special thanks to Ray from Gameroom Collectibles for his youtube tech tips, Clay for his guides and blog, and of course Pinside) The number of helpful people in this community is amazing.
Maybe someday I will wake up and find tons of well maintained machines available to be played locally so I can answer these questions myself. Until then, I eagerly await your responses.