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John Popadiuk update thread……MAGIC GIRL, RAZA, AIW…..

By iceman44

5 years ago

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Post #20523 Link to legal documents with allegations & responses Posted by DennisK (3 years ago)

Post #20526 Third amended complain document Posted by c508 (3 years ago)

Post #20532 Summary of complaints & responses in legal documents Posted by DennisK (3 years ago)

Post #20626 MG is now ready! Posted by TecumsehPlissken (2 years ago)

Post #20631 Scott Goldberg mail on MG completion Posted by TecumsehPlissken (2 years ago)

Post #21819 Information on webpage dedicated to Magic Girl Code Features. Posted by applejuice (2 years ago)

Post #22024 moderation notice Posted by Xerico (2 years ago)

Post #22304 Photos of every page of the Magic Girl manual. Posted by vidgameseller (2 years ago)

Post #22584 Lion Saw feature information. Posted by applejuice (2 years ago)

Post #22710 Very detailed review from a game owner Posted by ShinyNick (2 years ago)

Post #22817 Details on the origin of the driver board Posted by Borygard (2 years ago)

Post #22957 Comparison photos between a MG 'prototype' and another shipped MG Posted by spfxted (2 years ago)

Post #23045 Pinball News first look review. Posted by Pinballs (2 years ago)

Post #23392 Ebay Auction for NIB Magic Girl #007 Posted by fattrain (2 years ago)

Post #23611 Key posted, but no summary given Posted by dgarrett (2 years ago)

Post #23615 Interview with Linda Deal (artist), speaking about CV and TOM Posted by toyotaboy (2 years ago)

Post #23754 The Deeproot link. Posted by pin2d (2 years ago)

Post #23946 Result of civil suit against JPOP Posted by rommy (1 year ago)

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#5056 4 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

$7k worth of LED's at COST

That's a boatload of LEDs for a few prototype games.

2 weeks later
#5998 4 years ago
Quoted from Mr68:

what helpful suggestions might Pinside have for us?

1. Reset the schedule expectations and give John the time he needs. IMO, he's about 2 years from shipping a MG.
2. Get the games flipping and out where people can beat on them. There's a lot to be learned from free testing at shows. Getting flippers, pops, and slings working is trivial, you could even use EM hardware. Rules and scoring are not as important as testing the layout (shots, ball flow, and possible ball traps).
3. Try to get rid of the secrecy; it isn't working anyway.
4. Request periodic updates, but no more often than monthly. They should be simple and include the following:
A. What was accomplished last month
B. What are the upcoming checkpoints
C. What do you plan to accomplish next month

#6190 4 years ago
Quoted from DCFAN:

It would be a fascinating scenario if the owners got together and hired a programmer after the game was delivered with little code.

This would really depend on the hardware platform. I'm doubtful the source code would be made available, so you'd really be starting from scratch.

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#11506 4 years ago
Quoted from bounoun:

Did I scam people or just had a poor business plan to start with ?

Just a poor business plan. Pre-crowdfunding you had to have a solid business plan with a high chance of success to get funding. These days... not so much.

#12410 4 years ago
Quoted from puck:

Also do you think the video assets shown in the photo below from the Zidware Kiss pinball will ever see the light of day?

You'd certainly hope so to help recover the large amount of money that license must have cost.

#12921 4 years ago
Quoted from benheck:

They haven't slid it into the cabinet in that photo because it would reveal the "oh shit!" mistake of the ramps blocking the patented screen.

That's the patented screen "interaction".

1 week later
#14864 4 years ago
Quoted from pinball_keefer:

That display patent just got non-final rejected yet again, too, so good luck with that one.

Since they are trying to patent what P3 has being doing for several years now, it should be rejected due to prior art.

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#15755 4 years ago
Quoted from benheck:

If what Kevin did wasn't criminal, no way John's actions were.

Agreed. Ignorance and lying about progress are not crimes no matter how much one wants them to be.

Of course, if Zidware's accounting records are as disorganized as rumors indicate, that part could get interesting. Any court process will make MG development look speedy.

#15782 4 years ago
Quoted from TaylorVA:

How is lying about progress not a crime when the sole intent of the lie is to create more incoming capital and then that capital is diverted to something other than the intended purpose?

How do you propose to prove that was the intent?

10 months later
#18799 3 years ago
Quoted from TigerLaw:

My best guess is that JPop is hoping to get his patent issued involving the display acting in coordination with the switches that are in close proximity to the display,

There is only one main claim in that patent and it's invalid due to P3 prior art.

3 months later
#19085 3 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

and he might still be in business today.

I hope no one actually believes this; it's not true. Even at $17K per game, 26 games was not nearly enough to completely redesign every piece of a pinball game (e.g. right down to custom leg brackets).

8 months later
#23489 2 years ago
Quoted from DCFAN:

JPop just recently received a Notice of Allowance for this patent claim

P3/Multimorphic was demonstrating this technology well before any Zidware patent was filed. I suppose technically the P3 playfield isn't "proximal" since it literally IS the playfield.

#23492 2 years ago
Quoted from DCFAN:

Is that something that may be in a video from 2011 or earlier?

March 2012 at Texas Pinball Festival, written up by PinballNews.com.

#23497 2 years ago
Quoted from DCFAN:

JPop's filing date was Dec. 2011 so March 2012 is not likely good enough.

I could be using the wrong date from that web page, but I see "Filing or 371 (c) Date: 12-09-2012"

Here's the link to the P3 news article: http://www.pinballnews.com/learn/p3/

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#23533 2 years ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Any idea which can be duplicated easily having just heard of the idea, without even examining the patent (thus not stealing from it), ought not to be patentable.

I don't agree with this. Many things are obvious in hindsight.

I do think, however, that you shouldn't be able to patent something just to prevent others from building it. This is, you should only be able to collect for lost sales on a product you are selling.

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