A battle from the transition from the 80s to the 90s
If you were paying attention to the technology shift from the 80s into the 90s, you remember when the first dot matrix displays were used in pinball machines. That first machine was Checkpoint (1991) by Data East. Dot matrix and vacuum florescent displays both date back to the late 60s but the alphanumeric (vacuum florescent) display was what was mostly used since pinball machines became solid state in the mid 70s.
About the Dot Matrix vs Alphanumeric Display design
This design combines humor and old school display technology into one. Not for the light-hearted or trendy types, this design is specifically designed for uber geeky, dead serious individuals that are all in on dot matrix displays.