YMMV: Pinball

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Although it has its fans in Japan, the fanbase there is a cult following at best. Pachinko machines, which share a few similarities to pinball, are far more popular there.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Both the machines themselves and to compete. To buy a brand new Star Trek Standard Edition from Stern would cost as much as buying a PlayStation 4 and 110 games. PAPA tournaments allow players as many attempts for the high scores on the machines as long as they are willing to keep paying the fees, which leads to arms races where players throw large amounts of money into the competition to one-up their rivals. Averted with IFPA tournaments, however, where each player gets a finite amount of tries for a fixed fee.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: So many, we put them on their own page.
  • Dead Horse Genre: First, it was because video games were cheaper to maintain and took up less space at arcades. Later, as arcades died out, pinball machines all but disappeared. Of all the major pinball machine manufacturers such as Gottlieb, Bally, Williams, etc., only Stern Pinball remains today.
    • It could be argued that pinball has more of a Popularity Polynomial, as it is staging what appears to be somewhat of a revival in the last few years. Second-hand machine prices have surged. As an example, the value of Medieval Madness has gone from about $4,000-$5,000 in 2007 to over $7,000 in 2012. And as of 2013, a new pinball manufacturer, Jersey Jack Pinball, has sprouted up and released their first pinball, based on The Wizard of Oz.