Couple of comments.
Those who know Mr. Vendel and have watched him for years on the Atariage forums know he's a solid upstanding guy. I don't think there's any need to start creating nightmare scenarios about the XM being vaporware. Give that this is a hobbiest project and the fact that there have been some setbacks due to manufacturers not coming through (including one disappearing with money already paid), some delay is to be expected. Remember that all of us hobbyists have day jobs. It's not like this is being produced by someone who is going to make money off of it (It's a project costing over $10,000 after all). Curt will be lucky if he breaks even. Given that fact, I think it would only be kind to cut him a bit of slack.
Yes, with several tentative release dates having come and gone, it would be nice to have some follow up comments from Mr. Vendel on the status of the project, but I'm not worried even though we haven't.
The Atariage community is easily one of the most civil online communities I've ever been involved with. It amazes me how helpful people are around here. As others have said, if someone is serious about getting into 7800 development, they will find help here. One need only look at the various game dev threads to see how many people make programming suggestions and the like.
I don't know Groovybee personally, but from the past year of watching threads and interactions with others, I can say that the allegations of arrogance are misplaced. He has been helpful to almost everyone who asks for help and has contributed more than most people to the 7800 homebrew community. HE's well respected by the community and with good reason.
Criticisms of the Xm certainly have their place. Like any homebrew, there will be people who like it and those who don't.
That said, this is the Status thread for the project. Given that most of the people visiting it are waiting eagerly for it to come out. It's no small wonder that negative comments about a project that has been in the works for over a year and is eagerly anticipated will be met with a bit of resistance.
Let me make an analogy: Imagine you are anticipating the next hypothetical Harry Potter book to which only basic synopsis has been released. For various reasons, the book has been delayed. An acquaintance comes over and starts trashing the book and the author despite the fact that he knows less about the book than you do, (you being an avid follower of the series) and hasn't even read most of the rest of the series. Don't you think you'd get a little irritated?
The XM project is finalized. Criticizing design decisions and such seems a bit silly given that what's coming out is what it is. It's not going to change into something else if we criticize how it has too much RAM or an FM chip. Heck, given that the 7800 was a third rate console that lost heavily to the NES, the fact that something like this is even being made is pretty darn amazing.
I'm a little surprised at Malducci's anger. So far as I can tell, almost everyone here has been more than civil in this conversation. No, they haven't agreed. Malducci acts as if the fact that people don't agree is some sort of sin. I don't get that. We all have opinions. But having one contrary to his own certainly doesn't make someone "close-minded," as he put it.
Malducci, I strongly suggest you calm down and back off a bit. Throwing accusations of close-mindedness and arrogance when you don't know the complete background and reasons for various design decisions, is a bit much. Get a bit better educated about the history of the XM project. Then, start a new thread about your complaints. Or better yet, wait til it comes out and see what people do with it, then make more of an informed opinion based on what it IS, rather than what it could have been.
Edited by Lendorien, Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:53 PM.