I got to play it the Golden Gate Pinball Festival a few weeks ago, that's when I pretty much made up my mind. I just needed the box to get here before I could really deal with it. Glad I got to play a production version before this arrived, made things a lot easier.
I dunno, it's hard to explain really how it all feels, it's such a mixed bag. I was pretty angry for a while, it really ruined my enjoyment of the whole hobby. I've managed to move past it, but just playing the game was like picking at the scabs. On the other hand I'm really proud of what was accomplished still, it's clearly a game made by people who love the theme, and that counts.
For sure. If it wasn't for the extra shit it might be different. For better or for worse I put more of my time and energy than was actually required into this, it became more than a contract gig or art for hire, and that magnified it all.
At the end of the day I think we made a great game, and I understand how people could think I'd want it. There's a good group working on keeping them running, I think it's a pretty safe bet, I feel good about handing it off to someone.
I thought about it. I can't redo the playfield, but if I wanted to do new plastics or whatever I have all the CAD files, be relatively easy to have my own cut. Redo the backbox however I want, etc. But at this point in my life I think I'd rather put my creative energy into new projects, and not pour any more of my time and emotions into this game, it's had enough.
I'm pretty busy with real life, but I'm trying to finish a pretty cool project for Metallica, I've got an in-progress translite for another game I've thought about doing for a while, I think for now I'm gonna just go back to my roots of doing some fun mods that I control that make people happy. Try and just stay in the positive lane.