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Comment: Re:Pinball is too expensive... (Score 5, Interesting) 240

by zeromemory (#23204896) Attached to: The Last Pinball Machine Factory

I think the reason Pinball is dying out is purely the cost of playing it.

I mean you pay 50p for three balls. Or 20p for three lives in most other arcade games.
You don't spend much time around gamers, do you? I don't know of any gamers who spend the time thinking about how much a 'life' costs them. For gamers, it's about fun, convenience, and hanging out with friends.

Pinball fails on the last two qualities. A pinball machine is outside the budget of casual gamers, so most people have to go to an arcade to play pinball. On the other hand, a gaming console sits conveniently next to their TV at home, allowing them to game whenever they have time.

Pinball has no cooperative component; it's a "single-player" game. Looking at the popularity of multiplayer and online games, I'd say gamers these days value an experience in which their friends can participate. They don't get that with pinball.

I personally love pinball, but it doesn't provide what contemporary gamers want.

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