Quoted from highwaygames:
Pinfest was the launch of the “samples”, machines that need to be tested in pinball environment by pinball players. It’s why the decision was made to send the machines to Pinfest.
From the very first game I played I could see the software was not finished/polished, and discussions with Mike confirmed that the software was being upgraded – that after the show, he was travelling to visit the programmer so that they can upgrade the machine code.
So Toxic Mike didn't tell you, the distributor, that the code wasn't finished until you played the game and found it out yourself? WOW
Then it takes you a week to come up with a damage control post yourself because Toxic Mike won't promote, defend, or explain his product.
I think your new idea that the games were sample machines sent for playtesting is absolute rubbish, no one is buying that. It was The Official Release and it went very badly.
Here is a quote from the Homepin Factory website.
"The official release date and place (approved by Spinal Tap LLC) will be Newcastle Pinfest Australia, 17 & 18th September 2022."
There is no update after that saying the games being sent were test games, and you admit yourself that you didn't know the code was unfinished until you played. OK maybe he can fix the code, but that was just one of the many things wrong with this game and there has been no mention of fixing anything else.
I guess these two "sample" games are now sitting in your warehouse waiting for code updates before going on sale to the public with the hardware unchanged.
I feel badly for anyone who buys one of these for over $14k, if anyone does.
I remember when Mike (before he became so toxic) first revealed that he was going to make his own branded pinball machines. He went on to attack all other manufacturers and any problems or issues that they had. He was going to do everything so much better and would never stoop so low to make the mistakes that the other inferior manufacturers had made. I felt embarrassed as an Australian to have him unveil his insane ego in public. But I was still hopeful he would succeed. Not so much now.
Now I just wish he would give up, he seems to be determined to undermine his own efforts and fail, and he will. Then both Mike and his mate Wiredoug will blame the "trolls" LOL. He would do everyone in pinball a favor if he just stopped trying to make pinballs and went back to focusing on making replacement boards etc.
I'm glad that we have a new Australian manufacturer showing the world that we can make a great product here and present it with a positive and friendly attitude