Quoted from TigerLaw:
If the project was totally turned over (100%) to competent people I think more buyers could be attracted to both projects (and AIW). JPop needs to be fully out though.
I know there are people who can afford and want something better than Stern, PPS or JJP LE. Jpop games were in the $10K to $16K range. So, it's not unthinkable that a market exists.
The main culprit and why John is getting into trouble (besides not making any progress) is this:
1) payments far in advance of delivery. (will not work)
2) large payments without any proof of life (will not work)
3) no refunds (will not work).
if John could correct any of the above stipulations, he would not be thought of as a total loser. I'm sure some people want the games (just as some people still want Predator games), but John has 'trapped' others in who do not wan the games any more or who are tired of waiting. John may face lawsuits and bankruptcy and loss of reputation because of the above three caveats.
I mean, if there are lets say 40 people who want refunds (call $300,000), and John won't give them, then those 40 people can torpedo the whole project by bringing this to a head. By forcing John to go bankrupt essentially.
Now, if John was able to give his refunds, there might not be this constant drum beat, this constant demand for John to finish the games.
At the same time, by John not giving any refunds, he is able to drag these games out to 4-5 years development (which is not in anybody's interest). Time is money.
You think when Apple releases a product, that they are totally happy with it? Or do you think they could have done something more or better if they had unlimited time to build it? The point is, a company needs to push products out the door. Stern has it's faults but, failing to deliver products is not one of them. Stern may have an issue (like the Aux board on XMLE or the code) but they can work on them later. What a company can not do is simply fail to deliver a product for years on end.
Duke Nuke-em is a good example, or GNR album 'Chinese Democracy'. By the time they had delivered, no one really cared any more and they weren't any better because they had a super long development period.