This is a great article posted up by PinballEric. So if anyone missed it, I wanted to add it here along with my comments on the thread.
Stern Pinball also does a lot more PR and outreach nowadays — partially just to let people know they’re still around, and partially to expose pinball to new players. The gaming landscape has become far more competitive and crowded in the past couple decades, so pinball needs more evangelists than it used to.
“That’s why we’re here talking to people like you,” he explains. “We’re here to promote pinball, because life would exist without pinball, but a little bit of the fabric of life would be gone if pinball didn’t exist.”
*This is the main reason Gabe and I are doing the Pintastic Pinball Show for New England. We really want to see the hobby grow and get stronger so it gets passed down to future generations.
We are specifically targeting people who think pinball is dead. You know who they are. The people who loved playing pinball at the arcades in the 80s and 90s but think they aren't made anymore since most arcades have closed down. We want to get them into the hobby just as we all are.
We believe that once they hear about this this giant pinball show here, they'll come out, fall in love all over again and then buy into the hobby like we all have. This is what will not only help to keep pinball alive, but thrive! That's what we care about most.
Very encouraging article and I thank you for posting it up Eric.
**To add here...
I'd just like to thank everyone here who has been getting the word out about the show. Getting new people into this hobby is what the whole thing is about. New people means more money. More money means more games being sold (Both new & used) and parts being made and sold. It's about strengthening our beloved hobby and seeing it grow.
So thanks again and keep up the great work guys. We'll be sending our proofs out to the printers soon. We're having lots of posters and postcards made out and we'll be sure to get them into the hands that want them so you can get them out there too. We're also happy to get posters to people who would like them just to hang up in your game room or whatever. Just let us know.