I can't believe I am about to say this - to a non-participant, competitive pinball isn't exciting to watch. Not live. Not with all the fluff time and foundation building that happens. Not with all the jumping back and forth and catching up announcers have to do, leaving the audience without a clue (what ball is this? I don't know. Who is player 4? I don't know.) What we need is personality. We need excitement. We need a story. We need something special. Then maybe a random non-player will tune in.
What we do takes a crap-ton of skill and years of experience to do - the nudging we don't even think about - the drop catches we do in a multiball while nudging to make a save on an outlane. None of it looks like we are doing anything - or at least - none of it looks like that to a non-player. But the story of Josh Sharpe, X time runner up (x increases by one every 2 years) just trying to win his first major, or Keith Elwin, the player who didn't play qualifying and had to win umpteen matches before losing 2 to win Pinball Expo -- those are the stories!
Let's sell the stories. Let's sell the drama. And cut away when someone is plunging 19 times on CFTBL to get the M. Let's have some excitement from the booth instead of whispers. (It may be necessary to move the booth more than 5 feet from the machines).
OR LET'S ACCEPT WHAT WE HAVE. But, we aren't going to sell pinball the way we have been producing it to the non-pinball people.
Example: I feel like there was a documentary being made in 2002 at Pinburgh (now PAPA)? Someone wanted to interview me because I ran up the 8 flights of steps just to get a ticket on Sunday before they stopped selling them. They said it was a story (I didn't want them to because I was a bit of a bad player and didn't really think I would make it). Does anyone know what happened to that? Was a documentary ever made? They had the right idea in my opinion, just the wrong guy (I should have done it, because - that would have been so cool).