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  1. Hi @Jetboot Jack - sending you a PM to buy the boxed 800XL, boxed 1050 and 2x 1010s - and maybe the bag of software if you still have it (to be preserved on a8preservation.com)?
  2. @Mr Robot: I hope you're joking, but I'm taking the inference that you're not from your tone and use of emoji. Feel free to correct me if you were. I think you know that's not the same thing. I have respect for a lot of the work you produce, so a little respect for those of us who point out genuine cases wouldn't go amiss. Perhaps the author/publisher/artist of the Atari Color Graphics book got permission from Atari to create a design that was similar, perhaps they didn't. The difference here is that we know Darren didn't get permission, but was still going to go with it anyway. The cover discussion was the cornerstone of many of the further questions because it demonstrated a wholly unprofessional approach to what he was going to be doing with £30,000 of money that was not coming from his own pocket, and highlighted other errors and obfuscations. I don't understand why you're trying to undermine the evidence now.
  3. Kickstarter campaigns allow you to add voluntary amounts of money to your pledge. Often, creators encourage extra funding with 'perks' as was the case here. So those campaign page amounts only show the baseline pledge, not what an individual may have pledged over and above that.
  4. Backers are in for a real treat when this lanuches...
  5. If Darren won't be coming back to AtariAge, then I see no reason why this thread should be locked. It will be a useful place for backers to come to show examples of how Darren fixed the issues raised, within the context of the criticisms.
  6. I think that will probably be someone who has a certain level of involvement in the campaign getting it over. I hope all of the backers get the book they think they should, now.
  7. Darren said that on the 21st April, a day after the Kickstarter was launched. During the course of the Kickstarter itself, on the pages of it – as we have seen – he said the same thing. The bottom line is that despite what anyone wants to level at those of us raising concerns, Darren said that, not us – you're shooting the messengers. Darren blatantly copied artwork, not us. Look at the myriad other errors, lifted content, and indecipherable, unintelligible rhetoric. They are the facts laid bare. I would have backed the project were it not for all of those things, and I and many others have only ever been warning against the risks they exposed. Frankly, he is lucky that this discussion has been contained to this Atari Age thread, and not taken place within the comments section of the Kickstarter campaign.
  8. @Lost Dragon. Brenski has summed this up perfectly, but I'll respond too since you were directing it at me. By your own admission you have very little Kickstarter experience, and now you've looked into it you see it's exactly as I said it was. Your words: "So it's a huge risk, with zero guarantees in place.". That's what I've been saying all along. I said you were misleading people by saying there was no risk, which you were because you didn't know the rules. Only then did you bother to look into Kickstarter's terms and now your opinion has changed. You were much happier to jump on me and take that one word personally than you were to read up on it first. "wrong to imply there was any misleading being done on purpose by myself to backers" I didn't imply anything of the sort. If you inferred that I was saying you were misleading people on purpose that's not down to me. You said there was no risk, and people should only be concerned if it funded and the book didn't arrive. Many people could infer that there would be recourse available to them in that case. I said that was misleading (and you were the one doing the misleading) because at that point it is too late.
  9. @Lost Dragon - I'm indifferent to most of what you've posted, but I can't understand why you can't see the risk. Neither of us know whether or not this will be a Mastertronic Archives or not, but that's the point. There is risk already, and plenty of it, that's why Kickstarter exists. Saying that until it's funded there's no problem is true, but only in as much that by then it's too late as people will not get their money back if no book arrives. There is still an inherent risk, very definitely not no risk. There is only no risk if the project doesn't fund, so you are misleading people who may not really know how Kickstarter works. The 'spate of concerns' is because Darren has done nothing to address the issues raised, not least of all over the cover. I don't want to see anyone lose their money. They may not. Darren may have addressed the issues, the book may arrive and be everything the backers want it to be, but he hasn't shown anything that suggests that so far, and that's why we're concerned. Some of us are putting forward an argument that a lot of the community might stand to lose money, and I'll keep pointing out the red flags as I see them. The backers want the book as they've seen it, and I hope for their sake they get it and are happy if this campaign funds.
  10. Three and a half weeks have passed since questions started being asked. Nine days have passed since the cover-copying was brought to light. I don't think in all of that time Darren has shown any new artwork for the inside pages. Neither has he shown a new cover. Not only has he used it on Facebook adverts, but in the update on the campaign he posted yesterday, it's still there (although he did at least correct ITS to IT'S!). His broadband may well have been down (never mind that there is mobile internet, are coffee shops and friends etc.) but if I were a backer I'd certainly expect more tangible and thorough updates, and I'd be even more nervous about my money, now.
  11. @JoSch: I don't know why you are continuing to argue against people just for the sake of arguing. I'd already pointed this out in my earlier post, but Darren explicitly stated in this thread: If that were the case, why wouldn't he use completed layouts in the Kickstarter campaign, as Mr Robot already said? Ignoring facts and blindly defending the campaign, whilst simultaneously lambasting others for having an alternative viewpoint and expressing doubts, is making you look a little like a shill.
  12. I don't have a personal beef with Darren. I am a creative, yes, but I don't have to showcase my work, I'm not the one asking people to invest almost £30,000 in me. And let's be clear here, many people still don't realise how Kickstarter works. Backing something isn't buying something. The money is being invested in the creator, not the product (which may or may not arrive, and if it doesn't, Kickstarter won't help you get your money back). So when someone asks for that much money they need to be robust in their processes. My criticism and concerns are all within the context of what I have already seen of this project, and the responses in this thread. I think the A8 community deserves to be treated with a little more respect. I'm just trying to look out for people who are considering giving this project their hard-earned money, as someone with experience of design, print, and Kickstarter campaigns. If you see that as a personal attack on Darren, that's down to you. @Greyfox: I think you know what 'my issue with you and your work is' but for the sake of clarity – you passed off someone else's artwork as your own, standing to make a profit from that, and as a designer (your word for you, not mine) you know how very, very wrong that is. Saying sorry once you were found out in this thread and changing it is a quick mop-up, but if it had not been spotted, and the project funded, you were the one who had full knowledge of that. When you're playing with £30,000 of other people's money you need to be fully accountable. You can't expect to run a public campaign and not have people question you and your intentions, and AA is not an echo chamber, so you won't only have people saying how brilliant you and your product are. If you didn't want this level of scrutiny you should have risked your own money and self-financed the project, or tried to sell it to a publisher.
  13. Not cool. Not cool at all. There's no 'if' about it - it IS plagiarism. Not being able to contact the author or publisher doesn't give you carte blanche to use the art from that book. The original artist of that image may well still have copyright of it for all you know, as it wasnt necessarily owned outright by the author or publisher. I'd challenge that claim. It's pretty clear that the logo shown on the cover image in the campaign is a direct copy. The middle line is a hatchet job, and explains the incredibly poor perspective on the added letter L. More damning than that, though, is the use of the asterisk in the yellow square on the last line. If you were redrawing that logo you just wouldn't have bothered drawing an eighth square. The image of the computer is EXACTLY the same as the one on the ACG book cover, you've just put a different monitor graphic over the top of it. Claiming that you've not copied it is disingenuous, and an insult to the intelligence of many of us in the community. Its an even bigger insult to the artist who created that cover originally. If you're genuinely a designer as you claim you are you wouldn't steal another designer's work wholesale. That was a really shonky move.
  14. ultrasteve

    Mario box

    That's just down to each game, I have quite a few that are white, but I'm not sure that's a marker for them being PAL.
  15. ultrasteve

    Mario box

    @ongikong: I think I have seen them with and without the red square next to that line - but a good point. @sixersfan105: I have a couple of those (without the gold sticker but with a black and white leaflet on the outer) but this one was not sealed when I got it, unlike the sealed one I referenced earlier in the thread! @MrBeefy: Good thought, but this is definitely overprint.
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