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  1. Just thinking back to his claims earlier in this thread that any indie game that was marketed properly could sell tens of thousands of copies. Hard to square that with the 5 downloads for his puzzle game in three months on the Google Store (as well as four, five star reviews from himself and three family members) and the 500 downloads of the poker game in that same time period, also on the Google Store.
  2. Agree strongly. I received the same e-mail and was pretty infuriated about it. Retro is long dead and the mailing list shouldn't be used for things that have no relation to the dead magazine. Moreover, as someone who used to have a small action figure collection, I can honestly say that these look poorly made. If you're serious about being in this business, you need to partner with an established company that makes high quality figures.
  3. This was manufactured by a company called Pleasant Valley Video in Ohio and it is just a reproduction, like all of their releases.
  4. I'm sorry, but at no point did I say you failed to respond. What I said is that your response was tone deaf. Your response was essentially, "we will get complaints no matter what we do, so we are going to just do what we want to do and everyone is free to support us or not". While that is an honest response, it's also a false equivalency. I don't know if you have ever faced bigotry or discrimination in your life, but it's not something that could or should be evaluated on a scale of popular opinion. If it was, this country likely would still have segregated schools and other discriminatory practices codified into the law as it did prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While I respect the fact that you may have a personal relationship with Mr. TenNapel, I find it hard to believe that he would openly engage in the bigoted language and conduct around you that he has around others in the numerous instances that have been documented online. Frankly, as far as I know, you are not part of any of the groups he seems to hate. The fact that you found one person who identifies in a particular way to support Mr. TenNapel is not evidence that he is not a bigot. Indeed, it's the logical equivalent of someone who is a racist saying they "have a black friend". That might be true, but it's also true that someone can still be a bigot and a racist despite such a friendship. Equally so, not every member of a group that is discriminated against will see the discrimination in the same terms. Indeed, there are some people who have objectively faced discrimination as a result of their gender or race but who would either not agree that they were discriminated against or simply see it as the way things are in the world. So, while I agree that this should not become a political thread, you and your company have made an openly political choice and taken an approach that I do not believe is consistent with anything I would associate myself with as a long time classic gamer. The impact in the marketplace of your choice is yet to be seen, but I think your further response here has made it clear that you simply don't understand the complexities of the position you have taken.
  5. Not really following how a "fact check" would help in this instance. TenNapel has never denied making the various statements and his columns on Breitbart make it pretty clear what his perspective is on these issues. I guess it's become the popular thing for extremists to attack journalists rather than to take responsibility for their own hateful rhetoric.
  6. Because you can make a great game without the "dirtbag" and since nothing has been done on the game yet, there is no reason to have Amico or the game associated with him. This also isn't the only incident involving bigoted and homophobic conduct from Mr. Tennappel who is a Bretibart contributor.
  7. You mean people who may actually be impacted by the negative impacts of such discrimination?
  8. As much as I have been impressed with what I have seen so far with regard to the Amico, the tone deaf response to the questions being raised about Doug TenNapel being attached to the new Earthworm Jim game are a real issue for me. It's not like the guy made some bigoted statements in private, he is someone who is very actively and publicly pursuing an anti-gay agenda. Very disturbed about this. http://mostly-retro.com/2013/06/02/on-doug-tennapel-bigotry-and-supporting-hate/
  9. I'm sorry, but you seem to be the only one of the pro-dumping without permission people making this argument that if the owner would just make it clear that something is safely archived that everyone would leave them alone. I know for a fact that's not the case as I knew a collector for many years who was big in the NES prototype scene and who always made it clear that everything he owned was backed up in multiple locations. Despite that, every time he popped up on various forums, he was mercilessly harassed by people demanding that he make what he had paid thousands of dollars to obtain publicly available. On a number of occasions, he even offered to dump the carts for reimbursement of what he paid and people became even more aggressive. Nowadays he is pretty far underground and I haven't seen him on any of the forums at all. I'm willing to accept that you believe what you are posting, but your beliefs are clearly not shared by the rest of the mob.
  10. I think you're getting confused by the other circular arguments in the thread. Nobody is arguing that some guy's private collection is a museum. The discussion was about the fact that a museum doesn't necessarily allow public or scholarly access to all of its holdings or collections nor will most museums allow duplication of materials under copyright. It just shows the absurdity of claiming that this is all about the need for preservation when the reality is that a lot of people in this thread really only care about public access, even if that means utilizing methods that are morally or ethically wrong to obtain that access.
  11. Not correct. To apply for and obtain non-profit status in the United States, the organization must show that they have a public rather than private purpose, but there is no requirement that such a non-profit permit unrestricted access to its archives or collections. Specific grants or funding may come with additional strings attached, but many museums are primarily individual donor and private foundation funded at this point and on average, government financial support of museums is less than 25% of their typical annual budget.
  12. Sure they are. There are literally people here admitting to engaging in shady activities to trick someone into leaving their game alone long enough to have it dumped without their permission and others that are perfectly fine with someone coming into someone else's home and stealing from them. Leaving aside the value to the individual collector, there is clearly a substantial premium in the marketplace attached to unique items and software. I'm actually someone who has contributed financially to group buys of things like prototype arcade boards over the years so they could be dumped and released and the difference in value between a unique board that has been dumped and one that has not been dumped can be thousands of dollars. I frankly find it fascinating and distributing that the people who beat the drum hardest for preservation and public access are often the ones who refuse to put their money where their mouth is and have a narrow view of collectors as selfish hoarders who may not feel that they have an obligation to release something to the public that they have paid substantial amounts to own. The reality is a lot more subtle and nuanced.
  13. It depends on the museum and what the deed of gift retrictions were. The point is that by perpetuating this argument that everything must be made available to the public for free, you're just driving certain collectors further underground. There is an appropriate way to approach the holders of unique items from a preservation and public access standpoint and violating trust and using deception to copy software without permission is not the way to do it.
  14. Sure, but the attitude expressed by many in this thread that anyone who collects and doesn't share their collection with the world for free is the very reason that we will never see some of the "lost" games that people are curious about ever released. Frankly, whether true or not, this story just reinforces the belief that a lot of wealthy collectors have that others are looking to steal from them and abuse their generosity and trust. With regard to your museum argument, it's just not accurate. Some items are donated to museums with specific restrictions in place and in some cases, museums and libraries act as archives and do not allow public access to those archives.
  15. This is a completely absurd argument. A good museum understands how to preserve items and data and will do off-site backups. How much have you spent on one-of-a-kind video games that you have then released for free to the world? As I said earlier, preservation is not the same as access and it is ridiculous to expect that you should have free access to someone else's property. Heck, many museums have at least part of their collections that are not accessible to the public for a variety of reasons.
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