Novaxpress, I'm not trying to spar with you, but you're missing the point.
1.) The "license" we hope to coup would be little more than "permission" to use the Knight Rider name on the finished product, not as a money-maker. I have posted many
times that the KR2600 title will not generate a lot of revenue, and will be lucky to break even on the token cost of "permission" that we're willing to pay, in respect to the number of carts produced. 1,000 is the number of carts and Joypads we're shooting for, to offset the cost licensing, production, marketing, shipping, & customer service.
2.) I didn't say that a licensed 3rd party would have absolute control to grant a sub-license. I said that a 3rd party may
share our fondness for the product enough to task thier legal dept. to secure a sub-license for the "Hobby" market. This is entirely possible, but not probable, as said before.
4.) The current KR franchise is based on the TV program. If/When a motion picture is published, you can bet that it's two KR properties will be marketed as different entites in various media. Let's say that the Knight Rider property becomes a searing, red-hot cash cow circa 2005. (It won't, but stick with me.) As you mentioned, the Studio likes to make money, and I'm sure that that the Studio would be quick to license the TV & Movie rights seperatley to game developers, if the demand were there. That ultra-high demand probably won't exist, alas. (The TV video game rights are currently held.) My mention of LOTR is an illustration of how a hot property can be whored out though the gamut of media, once rights are secured by 3rd parties.
5.) As posted earlier, the hard-core fondness for KR and the 2600 are quite intertwined in the souls of our target audience. That's just one reason we're hoping to squeeze it onto the VCS. You probably weren't "feeling" that magical VCS/KR attachment in '83, so I don't expect you, Nova, to understand our motivation.
6.) Knight Rider is one of the few intellectual properties that could make a splash in the current 2600 user base. If Star Wars never made a 2600 appearance in its time, don't you think (today's user base) would be excited now, if such a game were coming? I think so. There are people (KR geeks ages 25-40) who do care
, and I'm convinced we can reach 500-1,000 of them through a bevy of innovative marketing tactics.
7.) I still dig Garfield as much as ever, but I don't remember chatting excitedly with my 1983 buds about the possibility of a 2600 game. A copy of Pac-Man Arcade
would be OK, and that's one game we did chat about at the time, next to KR2600.
8.) I never claimed to be either a lawyer, or an acccomplished businessman in entertainment media. I am a passionate game player, collector, historian, & designer. Most everyone who is registered at AtariAge.com can relate to this hobby on those levels. I'm sure in that respect, we're more alike than disalike. (Have you played Vectrex today?)
9.) Maybe we should have named ourselves Troll, instead of Savage! Bwa-ha-ha!!
Hey, I don't blame folks for doubting the end result, given the thin, fragile vector of destiny we tread. Give us the time & room to do our work. There's a lot on our plate right now, & I have better things to today do than argue with schoolyard bullies over legal jargon. I'm quite tired of discussing licensing, though it's a necessary evil, part of the (still maturing) Business Plan, and I would be much more interested in discussing issues related to the Game itself.
10.) I'm starting to like you, Nova, just for your passions alone.
All comments and sugestions are welcome, of course.
James "HardWork" for the Savage Team