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JBerel last won the day on October 30 2019

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  1. Are you sure this isn't the Wade Rosen they mention? https://www.pcgamesinsider.biz/news/70615/new-publisher-ziggurat-sets-sights-on-remastering-old-games/ https://www.ziggurat.games/#intro https://www.facebook.com/zigguratinteractive/ Yup that's him... And in odd but somewhat related news..... https://gaminglyfe.com/become-a-modern-missile-commander-in-ataris-new-missile-command-recharged/
  2. Looks like board members are jumping ship to me. One would assume they have other investments and Atari is a poor performing entanglement they would be happy to be rid of while they attempt to secure their other investments amidst the downturn.
  3. May 22, 2018. Sorry for the delay in you getting this, if ever, but I'm still on moderator approval, still not following the logic on that one either.
  4. Understandable. That board looks to go for about $55 in moderate quantities, and one would expect the controller components to run $40-$50 each. With development costs, it's going to be challenging to keep it at an appropriate price point to remain marketable in comparison to similar, or more advanced options.
  5. But the Phoenix has risen and caused all kind of mayhem over there too. 🤣
  6. We do appreciate that and I apologize for any part I may have unintentionally contributed to adding hassle for the mods. I look forward to us all returning to the more civil discussion and levity we're accustomed to.
  7. I think we're all looking for answers on that as well. We already went over this and agreed that forum members were free to create another thread to discuss a topic free of bias or constant overbearing commentary in support of a corporate agenda. Everyone has been civil and tried to be sensitive to the mods' frustration, but in less than 24 hours we're right at the same place again because of one bad actor, and it's not me. Inevitably, the professionalism or capabilities of the company leadership involved will be compared to the AtariVCS or other projects which is more than fair. As it becomes evident that even Fred Chennais is looking better by comparison, how is anyone to expect valid dicussion will ensue? You have to see that some of us are doing our best to be more mature and take the high road. Then we have to be subjected to more of the same offensive behavior from the CEO of a company, and get lumped in with his behavior.
  8. So back to discussion without the interruptions...based on the released specs, the internal hardware will most likely be akin to the Banana Pi M3. https://bananapi.gitbooks.io/bpi-m3/zh/bpi-m3_hardware_spec.html
  9. If it has some really good in demand games on the shipped device that people can't get elsewhere, it could be a seller in stores. I've never believed you need state of the art electronics to be entertaining, but you've got to distinguish yourself from other consumer choices. There's a ton of competition in the space nowadays.
  10. God help us when we're not. Then it's nothing but Preparation H, the Sunday Morning show, counting our social security checks, talking into a mirror and falling for Retro game system telemarketing scams. 🤮
  11. I dunno. Of all the stupid stuff they've done, this ain't the worst. An Asteroid(s) or Space invaders room could be cool if done well. Though, thoughts of that Human Centipede room would keep me up. The question would be will people who care about the theme be inclined to stay there? Maybe?
  12. I'm not blaming him for it, just suggesting that doesn't get to be used as a presumption that all claims are valid and true just because he says so.
  13. Hey, I know I'm not well liked by some now, so I'll try to keep this brief. Folks love to get into their tribal thinking. They tend to assume things are either black or white. Either you are with us or against us. Either you're fully supportive of some new product pitch, or you're a "hater" assuming it's a scam. Why is it that anyone who expresses doubt about wildly optimistic claims from people selling you stuff is peeing in your punch bowl? Why is it that reasonable doubt is most despised when facts begin to justify those doubts that some people actively disregard? (i.e. when projected prices keep rising or pure, well intended information exchange gives way to appeals for money.) Historian has shown himself to be a pretty stand up guy over time, and I bet he's learned a lot about some of the folks he was working or volunteering for. He maintains a civil tone most of the time, has a sense of humor, doesn't expect anything he claims to be taken as fact just because he says it, and was able to make some well reasoned, evidence based arguments in support of his claims while he was working these boards in a commercial/professional capacity for Atari gameband and/or Ataribox. He had better, because if he comes into a community forum to do a commercial pitch, he better have more than his words or opinions to justify his claims to coerce folks into handing over money. Otherwise, the company has their own commercial venues for their deliberate sales appeals where they get to control their message. I suggested the notion of a site sponsorship being a factor, not because of a conspiracy theory, but because it would be the decent thing to do if one is intent on turning an open discussion into a sales pitch, and actually contributing in that case might lend some credibility to their claims and inspire more patience from the community. It sure beats using the community resource for commercial gains and soliciting allies or coworkers to participate in silencing or diluting any dissenting opinions. (By that I mean other, often brand new forum members hovering over the report button and whining to mods) Finally, while fans love to get polarized and declare anyone with doubts are assuming everything is a deliberate scam, let me point something out that should be obvious to everyone. What people with doubts have always been suggesting about all these retro "me too" product appeals is that they look to be a house of cards stacked up on computer renders, embellishments, wild claims, inexperience, and little fact or transparency. Until they can demonstrate legitimacy of thier claims, why do they deserve our adoration, faith or money? And for the record, the doubters have been consistently right with these retro startups. They are at least 3 and 0. 1. RetroVGS - Failure, deception, incompetence 2. GameBand - Failure, deception, incompetence, lost money 3. AtariVCS - Deception, incompetence, protracted delays, lost money and/or outright failure pending. 4. ???
  14. "Don't question or chime in on Tommy's style and mode of communication" and "If you don't like the way Tommy chooses to answer questions or address critics in this thread, you don't have to read the thread." doesn't appear consistent with the presumption of impartial moderation. I think that's what people are attempting to convey to you, and a number of long time members want to know what gives? I don't recall anyone complaining about being forced to read annoying posts. It sounds like the issue is having entire subjects of conversation censored, neutered or forbidden if it conflicts with support of a commercial product. If it's the aim of the moderators to have everyone who doesn't share unquestioning support of a commercial pitch remain entirely silent on the subject in all threads, then some reasoning should be offered. If there's a sponsorship arrangement in place, I think everyone would recognize that as supportive of the community and be happy to avoid the issue. Otherwise, the logic to forbidding mentions of yet another retro angled product launch is hardly consistent with this community's history or purpose. A number of us would like to know why the severe left turn.
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