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    Lost the pinball passion

    Not sure what's going on lately. Haven't played a pin at home for a couple months and have no interest in it AT ALL.
    I walk to the pinball room and don't even want to press the start button.
    Maybe after 25 plus years of playing and collecting pinballs I'm done.
    Not sure if I want to have a firesale or just a long timeout from the hobby.
    Either I'm broken or need a reboot. Help! What to do ?
    Lost the passion.

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    I've done this soooo many times I've gone months without playing machines.. mind you when you only have a couple at home they can become a bit stale. Then all of a sudden after a long break I'll be interested in the hobby again.

    Rotating games is a good way to stay interested but if you have machines you don't want to let go then it's a matter of having a break until the bug bites you again. Sometimes extended breaks are a good thing.


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    Happens to us all. I would just stop for a while and donít look at them. Maybe 3 months. Then go have a game on a hard machine. See if the spark comes back. If no then consider selling up


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithy View Post
    Not sure what's going on lately. Haven't played a pin at home for a couple months and have no interest in it AT ALL.
    I walk to the pinball room and don't even want to press the start button.
    Maybe after 25 plus years of playing and collecting pinballs I'm done.
    Not sure if I want to have a firesale or just a long timeout from the hobby.
    Either I'm broken or need a reboot. Help! What to do ?
    Lost the passion.
    I’m calling fire sale, will be around on the weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithy View Post
    Not sure what's going on lately. Haven't played a pin at home for a couple months and have no interest in it AT ALL.
    I walk to the pinball room and don't even want to press the start button.
    Maybe after 25 plus years of playing and collecting pinballs I'm done.
    Not sure if I want to have a firesale or just a long timeout from the hobby.
    Either I'm broken or need a reboot. Help! What to do ?
    Lost the passion.
    Maybe you just need some pinball hugs?
    live between the flip and the tilt

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    Have a break

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithy View Post
    Not sure what's going on lately. Haven't played a pin at home for a couple months and have no interest in it AT ALL.
    I walk to the pinball room and don't even want to press the start button.
    Maybe after 25 plus years of playing and collecting pinballs I'm done.
    Not sure if I want to have a firesale or just a long timeout from the hobby.
    Either I'm broken or need a reboot. Help! What to do ?
    Lost the passion.
    Saturation in any hobby (pinball, arcade etc) leads to things becoming stale for sure. Too much of a good thing, etc

    I feel the same way about arcade gaming, just over it now after 20-odd years of playing since MAME came out.

    Maybe the CBA factor also (can't be arsed) Like Arcade, Pinball is fun but can be pretty stressful

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    Do you host houseball? I have a comp on every Sunday (social with drinks and $2 shop prize) and get at least as much enjoyment out of watching others play as playing myself.
    I find that i don't sit even if others are playing a one player game, just love to watch.

    I also love the art on the machines and will walk by and just appreciate them for the art object they are, i choose machines on this basis.

    Look for other things you enjoy about them besides racking up scores i say.

    I also say if you have a Sorcerer, PM me....

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    we change as we get older, pinball can be a PITA sometime, a hobby should be fun

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    When I have talked to my wife about our long term financial goals and plans I have stated that I can't imagine that I will be into my arcade games and pinballs at 60+yrs old so I imagine I will be out of the hobby and have sold most of them by then. (I only have 4 pins and 5 arcades)

    But we have been together for over 20yrs and she knows me well and said "that's only 9yrs away how much are you going to change in that time?" hmmmm she may have a point. I just always imagined my collecting of games would come to an end one day and I would just move on. I would always keep one or two and some artwork for memory sake, but when I'm older and want to downsize the house do I really need a bar and arcade / pinball room?

    Time will tell
    @Smithy there has already been lots of good advice here and I would agree with just giving them a break for a few months. But then evaluate what you do with the time that you gain, are you having productive fun doing other things? or is something missing? If you still don't feel the love then sell up except for a few little keepsakes to remember.

    In the future we will probably all be able to relive Pinball and Arcade on VR units that hopefully emulate the experience with tactile controls better than playing the real thing
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