Quoted from T-800:
I just hope the programmers don't tune into this forum too much, and if they do, I hope they have thick skin, as a lot of the topics and comments have to be really demotivating.
I think anyone on Pinside needs to have thick skin. Just the reality of a passionate group always wanting more.
I would be more afraid as a coder if people were not talking about his games at all.
This tread was started as I was genuinely curious if Dwight "finishes" his games. The trend I think we have all seen is that Stern has upped their level of commitment to having games release with better code, hiring more junior programmers, and more regular releases to update and polish code. They often then get a final big release followed by a "finished" polishing for any bugs that crop up in the big release. With Dwights 3 recent games, we have not seen that bog final relase and follow up polish. He was super defensive when politely asked some questions at Expo 2 years ago and it game me the impression he really does step onto the next thing with little concern about ever giving a game a final polish.
This seems different from the other coders on Sterns lead team, so I think it is valuable for everyone to talk about and set proper expectations.
This below input form him on Tilt is exactly what I was hoping to see/hear in regards to the posed question...
Quoted from JustLikeMe:
No, he doesn't. In September 2017 he posted the following on the Tilt Forums re GB code:
'I want to be clear. I consider the game to be finished. I think that the game is fun and interesting as is. But there is always room for improvement.'
So it's complete, but there are two inserts that don't relate to anything in the code - including the final wizard mode?
Don't see myself buying another game coded by him for this reason alone. I have faith in Lyman, none in Dwight.
It seems to me the vast majority of pinheads would say that if you compare across all current pinball lead programmers and specifically Stern programmers, that Dwight games lack that final polish (e.g. GB has been on the Stern blasts for over a year)
Lonnie used to be the guy with unfinished/polished games but then KISS finally got that last big push.