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They do seem to be better at lawsuits than games. A significant chunk of their last reported income was from suing manufacturers of "counterfeit" t-shirts that infringed on Atari's copyrights. 

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I'd love to see them get bitten by their own practices and get sued for using other people's content for their faked screenshots and faked gameplay videos among other things.

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note the carefully crafted wording of this post from the 'Official' VCS account on Reddit.  This was posted today (9-28-19):

 

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'products are headed into production very soon'.   i read this as 'Backers, don't expect it in December even though we TOTALLY told you the backer consoles would be out then'.  Here's the Indiegogo quoted blurb:

 

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@digdugnate The part of that announcement that I find interesting is the following: "Funds have been allocated to Atari VCS development and the products are headed into production very soon." [emphasis mine]

 

There's a few ways to read this:

  1. Funds are only just being allocated to this now?  Well, shit, no need for following product planning methodologies when you've got a life-sized complicated drinking game to fall back on, I guess.
  2. Atari SA has been borrowing from Peter to pay Paul up to this point by way of the Indiegogo funds.  Whatever stupid financial decision they made that required them to dig themselves out of it by way of those funds is over now.  Well, for the moment, anyway.  Quick, release the funds before the next round of creditors swing by and / or lawsuits are filed.
  3. They're not going to tell you what percentage of Indiegogo funds have been allocated to Ataribollocks(tm) development, but it's at least some of them.  It might not be enough to get lunch at the taco stand down the street, but, hey, no matter how many leading decimal places that percentage may have it's still a percentage!
  4. Ferrari, hookers, and coke fund for the execs.  Doubtful given their E3 performance last year, but you never know.

In other words, it's an attempt at sounding authoritative and forthright that still manages to come off as less than the sentiment that's trying to be conveyed.  It also doesn't prevent Atari SA from experiencing manufacturing delays, shipping issues, meteorites hitting the factory, etc. and just never shipping.

 

Late edit: looks like this is a 🌮 copy & paste of a post from last June 🌮, so presumably Sparky the Wonder Intern is hard at work trying to bury all the of the recent posts that reflect poorly upon Atari SA.

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Has this been updated that we finally have a visual on the first prototype board? Not seen to be working, or even if it fits in the case?

 

This is very significant in the world of Atari.

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On 10/1/2019 at 9:43 PM, MrBeefy said:

Has this been updated that we finally have a visual on the first prototype board? Not seen to be working, or even if it fits in the case?

 

This is very significant in the world of Atari.

Might be an old video card epoxied into a shell.

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One of the responses to the Medium post is someone wondering how the special numbering for collectors will be implemented.

 

I mean, if that's your main concern... maybe ol' Mike Kennedy was right after all, and I was the idiot. Imagine worrying about the number of unit you receive. 

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10 minutes ago, TACODON said:

The rules are made up and the points don't matter...

At least when Whose Line Is It Anyway? does it, it's usually just comedic, not tragi-comic.

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Hello.

Hello.

HELLO.

Anybody here?

 

Thought there would be more action here with the release to backers being so close.

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3 hours ago, noclafirata said:

Thank you posting the link.

So a matter of weeks for the backers, sweet.

If someone was foolish enough enough to believe anything coming out of the mouth of Michael Arzt, sure. 

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Hey, can I borrow $1,000?  I've got a great idea for a new product, and I'll let you in on the ground floor. You're guaranteed to double your money within a month of the check clearing.

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6 hours ago, noclafirata said:

Maybe, but I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt untill I get burned. That doesn't happen all that much, most people do try to live up to expectations.

Well I hope they come through for the backers who are in various stages of love or hate. They should be able to.

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I'd like to get something for my money but I feel like that won't happen. Even if it does release. It will be a cool little box with little inside to do anything meaningful with. 

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I think it has potential to be a neat TV box. I do think it is overpriced and a TV PC is not how they first 'advertised' it.

 

Where is everybody? This is the non-taco thread where all love and positive VCS vibes can flourish.

 

So @TACODON assuming it can boot up fine how do you see yourself using this thing?

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1 hour ago, TACODON said:

@MrBeefy light gaming and streaming. I will admit the case is nice looking. I never expected to be able to play the biggest baddest games.

If the device does come out, I'd be interested in seeing some pics and your experiences with it.

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@digdugnate To be honest I think I am just going to flip it after I get it. I mean it really doesn't do anything else that I don't already have a device for. That is the biggest issue to me at this point. It doesn't bring anything new to my living room. If you really want it for looks, buy an empty box and put it on a shelf.

 

Atari really dropped the ball on not making this something exciting. I can't justify why I should make room for this thing in my living room.

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