unrealistic delivery dates?
it's all part of the 80s retro micro nostalgia.
When it finally appears, it'll be much lower spec than originally stated, and need an expensive add-on to work properly.
Ah, the good old days
Elite Systems, the company that last year launched a crowdfunding campaign to revive the ZX Spectrum as a Bluetooth keyboard, says it will place an order for the devices on August 14th. The campaign succeeded after punters pledged £63,194 to recreate the storied microcomputer. Those who paid £50 or more were promised delivery …
you know, if you stand on a specific point on the righthand platform, and fire continually to the right, none of the aliens will ever hit you...
(Or was it on the lefthand platform, firing to the left? Need to dig it out and play a few games... )
It's incredible what a joystick and a couple of rubber bands could do to help your score...
How to get a really high Jetpac score...
Play to level three.
Stand on the middle platform.
Switch off telly.
Wait for a day or so.
Switch on telly.
Admire the high score.
The baddies on that level home in on your feet, and you get points every time one dies. Stand on that platform and they all just hit the platform and die.
I can still remember the sound of the things loading.
(high pitched hum followed by quick chirp several tones higher)
(same high pitched hum followed by succession of high-pitched chirps like crashing waves of sound, continuing till almost loaded)
Several minutes later - crashes at end of recording.
Repeat for several hours until bootleg game loaded.
A number of Dev's have been paid and had the contracts with Elite cancelled.
This does not of course mean all outstanding debts are paid but the above article gives quite a bit of detail on who has settled and the games involved.
This does leave a few questions.
How many people are still owed money?
What "Classic Games" will be available on launch?
Will it actually work as advertised?
El Reg should look into this. Seems Elite were quite happy to put out PR saying how they were sorry and would put things right but haven't seemed to make good.
As someone who was ripped off to the tune of 4 grand the other year by a customer, I can now recognise stalling tactics when I see them. Stall, make excuses, rob Peter to pay Paul and buy time.
Are the project delays a result of having to fire fight unpaid devs? How much of the Kickstarter money has gone on paying devs or fighting them off?
All stinks to high heaven!
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