Warning: the following is my opinion and my opinion only.
I've read the tweets, I've watched Pat's video, and I could not believe my eyes.
I may not word things well enough to express myself fully, but I assure you that I'm giving here my honnest reaction.
This situation is mental, beyond surreal, and I won't be surprised to see it eventually get the attention of the mainstream media.
Some may not like Pat's vlog, but perhaps it's not a good idea to go after him and try to censor his free speech. I won't suggest to fill DMCA claims about his video either. Going after a video blog, when you think about it, is overreacting and may cause more reputation damage than anything else.
The only reason why we see the ColecoVision scene active is because WE MADE IT ! We are fans, we have nostalgia, we dreamed about "what if the videogame crash never occured?" and we made it possible. Every talent, resource, and time spent (more than 2 decades) to make all this possible is precious and should be appreciated, cherished, not in peril.
To the world, the ColecoVision market is long dead; the brand has a place in videogame history and in the heart of the fans, and I don't know what the heck the actual brand owner is trying to accomplish.
Wanna use Coleco brand for something new? something big? Go for it! I would love to see a new generation of Coleco products.
I do understand some concerns and legal terms, and the fan page is fair use and should get an apology.
And if you think about it, perhaps it wasn't a good idea for anyone to acquire a brand name refering to a vintage videogame system without any prior research, plan or respect to the fans. Do you realise that some ColecoVision homebrew games refered in the complains were made way before 2005, the year RWB acquired the Coleco brand?
All this could have been avoided easily, and I really hope I'm not the only one to see it.
To Chris aka "Coleco Holding":
You are not, in any way, representing the fans and the company and games that we love.
In life, especially in the Internet, we are exposed to positive and negative feedbacks. And the way we react to the feedbacks shows what we are as a person.
You can do your expo with any brand name, but you selected this one and try to capitalize on the effort of the homebrew scene while putting it in jeopardy.
Please, don't fk with us anymore; you are not giving yourself a favor by doing so.
This situation shouldn't have occured and I hope you acknowledge it.
We might not like or do the same things but friendship and respect was forged through time in this community, and that's beautiful.
I have my views about what should be done for our beloved vintage game system, and I think I've contributed positively to the games library and the homebrew scene in general, sharing my work for us to enjoy.
It's with regrets that I've decided to stop my ColecoVision activities during this turmoil time. I will focus on the ADAMCon convention (still time to register for it), and my life.
Continue to make our vision the ColecoVision that we want it to be, with our love and dreams!
I'm just a dreamer. I'm tired of this crap, feeling my energy sucked out of me the more I read about this, I'm going to bed.
Thank you so much to keep us informed, I really appreciate it.
aka The GodFather Coleco
Edited by newcoleco, Wed May 31, 2017 11:00 AM.