Quoted from ASOA:
My decision for holding on my order of 10 GOTG Pros is very rational. If the code is not there my locations will not take to the game. Therefore money will not be generated. Also once you put a game on location if it does not play well because of lack of code most customers will not try it again once the code gets an update. All they know is they played it once before and it was not that enjoyable. I will not ruin that experience for my customers so I will wait. I'm sure it will not be long judging by how quick they were to release Star Wars updates. As for my LE I will still by this because I know what the game will be in the near future. I will enjoy it for what it is now and enjoy it even more when new updates get released.
your decision is VERY rational and makes sense. I think the point being is that you have a healthy level of hype for Stern but then people see a dichotomy when it comes to your own purchases. The healthy level of questioning around Stern is valid for all people (esp given the lack of code again, previous history, and of course the plethora of QC issues). I am happy to see you are pushing pause on your support of them and hope that they see both home owners and large operators are having second thoughts and the hype "must have every new game" is less than it was just a few games back with even lessor titles.
the more we show both out tempered support and influence with our wallets, the better.
I agree that I am very skeptical of putitng GOTG out in this current state. As you noted, many players will try 2 games on it, find the code lacking and buggy, and never return (even when the code gets polished in the future). Putting a game on route too early based on lack of polish can be a bad thing.
Stern used to take care of the operators first and they would get games before the homeowners and at least get a coin drop bump from the early worm philosophy. Now, regular homeowners are getting games first so not any real front end bump for the added risk of routing a half baked code game.
I personally cant imagine the thought of giving Stern 50k for 10 pro ames to put on route in this state. Hell, I have concerns with buying the 1 we are getting after seeing the current code (and hearing that BM66 is still un polished). The lack of a consistent trend makes it all so unpredictable... Is it coder team based (i.e. Dwight seems to crank out the code updates, but others are taking years)? Is it overall resource based? Is it sales based (i.e. if a game sells poorly > see WWE < then the code gets left for dead earlier in development)?
The inconsistency makes it as hard as anything.