Just went to zombieyeti website. Wow!...just Wow!
Zombie! Make as many as people want! Don't leave money on the table...you deserve it!
Wow....I REALLY don't like that the OP can't close down a Thread when asked. I thought that was the rule.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Quoted from Aurich:
This might not be a popular opinion, but I don't want John to go to jail. It's not really a worry for me, because frankly I think it's utterly unlikely.
I'm totally not victim blaming here, at all! But you guys took a risk sending money to someone who never actually made pinball machines by himself. Turns out he was an artist flake, he dicked around for years, and you lost your cash. Totally sucks.
But you're all adults who should have known the risks going in. Do I think you have the right to sue him and make sure he makes right what he can and doesn't "get away" with anything? Hell yes.
But going to jail? Come on. That's just a horrible thing to wish on someone. And I get that people are mad at him. But he didn't take your money and go to a tropical island. He did what some of us thought he'd always do, he farted around with pinball ideas for years, and never finished shit. As lame as it might be, he did work on pinball this whole time. He did spend your money on custom parts and development. It wasn't a scam, or a ponzi scheme, it was just a failed business from a dreamer who didn't handle the reality of getting things done.
It wouldn't feel like a victory to me, but rather a really dark mark on the hobby if he actually did jail time for that.
...I'm sure his lawyer will be quoting from this...
Quoted from BackFlipper:
Whoever I help, I will keep your information private. I will not share your information on this forum or anywhere else in my life. You have my word.
My contact info:
You're a great guy and that's a nice offer...but if anyone here needs $500, they should not be collecting pinball machines...
Quoted from flynnibus:
and what does this have to do with the price of tea in China?
Not to be confused with a butterfly's wings flapping in China. This price is scientifically derived from numbers only tangentially related to the actual price of tea in China, which we have found is profoundly more accurate than actual prices paid for tea in China. How this affects you, your child, your pinball purchase or an acquaintance is derived, again, scientifically, by a patent-pending method we'd love to discuss, but can't, at this time. It has little to nothing to do with the technology behind the magic eight ball. A brief overview of the connections between the price of tea in China and pinball will be posted here soon....
Quoted from Artimage:
Max Bialystock: You were saying that under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit.
Leo Bloom: Yes, it's quite possible.
Max Bialystock: You keep saying that, but you don't tell me how. How could a producer make more money with a flop than with a hit?
Leo Bloom: It's simply a matter of creative accounting. Let us assume, just for the moment, that you are a dishonest man.
Max Bialystock: Assume away!
Fixed it for ya....
These poems are always real clever
There are some good ones I'm enjoying, you see
I'm gonna come up with a great one...
But hold on, I gotta go pee
Just saw Magnificent 7! Sheesh! ….it was ok, but nothing compared to the original! (YB/SM)
Quoted from frolic:
I've written jpop a script to open the seminar up. Somehow I don't think this is what he'll say, and somehow I doubt we are going to feel any satisfaction at the end of what he does say, and likely more rage. But here is what I suggest:
Hello everyone, thank you for coming. I just need to address something before we move along with this. I fucked up. Badly. I am going to own up to this now, belatedly, and I want to sincerely apologize to all the people I've harmed along the way from my actions. Every business can fail, but I treated my customers and friends terribly and I am ashamed of how I dealt with everything. I lied to you my customers, I lied to my friends and confidants, but more than anything I lied to myself. I lied to myself about the state of things, and kept telling those lies to myself until I didn't know what way was up. For this, I am very sorry.
I don't expect anyone to take my word for it, and I know I don't deserve any more of your trust or patience. But as they say, today is the first day of the rest of our lives, and starting today we're making delivery of the first completed Magic Girls. Chris from Cointaker has already taken delivery of the first one. He's over there. I treated Chris terrible, I'm sorry Chris. So I'm glad to start things moving forward today to repair things with him and everyone else.
I know everyone is tired of my smoke and mirrors, so there is a playable Magic Girl here at the show. Come see it. Everyone paid up for a Magic Girl is getting one. Then we start to make it up to the rest of my customers. Once they all are taken care of, we will then start taking new orders for my new Houdini game. In the meantime, it is here to play as well. I've got some great partners that are making this possible. So please let me introduce them...
You forgot one thing......"Oh, and SEND MONEY NOW!"
Quoted from applejuice:
Sucks doesn't it that us contractors were promised games as parts of the contractual extras, but we appear to be getting shafted again.
Do you know that you and the Zombie man are getting shafted? Has everybody who is getting one been contacted? If there are 19 people and they are making 20 something, maybe there is a machine in there for you guys....(hopeful)
Quoted from CrazyLevi:
I wonder if any of these dudes ever got it in writing that their "payment" was going to be a Magic Girl pinball machine.
I would have hoped they did as it wasn't a "free" project. Jpoop was collecting big money and could certainly pay these people.
Let's ask.....did any of you guys have a signed contract?
Yes, the game is a piece of shit! Er, if anyone wants to sell their MG spot for what they paid for it, please PM me.
Quoted from iceman44:
At least K is being honest about it and not trying to hide it and informing people
Yeah, just spoke to him to find out what's going on. He said…basic code, just like the one at the show. Ball hang ups, etc. But I'm sure a number of you pinball gurus can figure out how to make it work as long as all the mechs and stuff is in there……right?
Just got some news from Chris.
Arcade Mode works.
The machine can do 4 players.
It's got plenty of music and callouts,
An Owl hooted!
Gameplay Video being worked on now.
Quoted from 2Kaulitz:
Thanks Ted for posting the videos the game looks stunning. But as we all can see it has alot of issues on game play. Hopefully someone can get better code and fix some of the issues.
My pleasure. At least the game is playable. When I put a few games on it I'll give my impression. One thing is that most, if not all the MG owners have dough. They will find a way to make the machine better.
Quoted from rubberducks:
I have to say that I find the prospect of applejuice and zombieyeti (amongst others) not getting the machines (and payment) they were promised
Just so I understand....were you guys promised a certain amount of money and got paid NOTHING....or were you paid something and just weren't paid the balance?
Thread is now Officially ......
---John Popadiuk update thread……MAGIC GIRL, RAZA, AIW, HOUDINI…..KANEDA---
In response to Applejuice's statement here:
So, regarding the power playfield feature. I think we need to check the rear of the swirl ramp in greater detail. There should be a switch mounted on there somewhere and also a diverter of some kind to allow the ball to enter the upper playfield instead of continuing up the ramp.
This switch is the one we now need to check in arcade game play as to whether that progresses the POWER lamps. Please also pay attention to what the screen says after switch hits. If it shows the messages under the score i posted earlier then we are good. If not then its time to get the 'fix this' list out..
"Thank you Jim for all of you efforts. Not ideal to be chasing answers without a game in front of you. So I think I can put an end to this Magna Flipper chase once and for all. Switches and lighting POWER do not matter. After stepping back and just studying the ramp and the mech it's clear as day: there is absolutely no way for the ball to be diverted from the left ramp into the upper Magna Flip playfield.
There is one diverted located on the upper right portion of the clear ramp. This diverter works. The ball either goes up the ramp with the diverter open which lets the ball loop around the front of the ramp and then drops the ball down the left squiggly ramp return to left flipper. If the diverter is closed the ball goes down the right squiggle ramp to the right flipper. There is absolutely no entrance to the Magna Flip playfield from the left ramp.
HOWEVER there is one entrance to the Magna Flip playfield. Through the hole in the middle of that playfield. Yes, the ball can enter that playfield from UNDERNEATH it. Which makes sense now because that explains why there is a diverter flap (black plastic flap) that covers the whole ABOVE the Magna Flip playfield. If the ball continued UP that whole it would reach the Mystic Ring Magnet which sits at the very top of the whole mech (right under the Genie's head).
Originally it seems John wanted the ball to be fired from the playfield UP through one hole (magna flip level) and then through another hole (mystic ring capture) where it would be suspended inside a magnet. Looks like he ditched that seemingly impossible shot and decided to make the coil shoot the ball up through one hole, hit the black plastic flap and fall into the Magna Flip playfield.
I think what this means Jim is new code is needed to make the Magna Flip entrance come from the coil shot on the playfield, not a ramp diverter. This all makes sense now why John contacted you back in November to help out. He had made chances to the mech so that it could work but had nobody to code in the new approach.
Good news is this...I think the center mech will 75% work...which is fine. John only needed to have the ball go in 3 different directions to make the game fun. Just like TOTAN. Ball can go left, right, or into the GENIE fireball throw. With MG, it looks like the ball can go left, right, and be fired up into Magna Flip area...that would make for a fun mech. He really bit off more than he could chew and tried to make too much happen in one area of the game. Hence the mountain mech that blocks half the screen and still will never physically work."
If any of you have any more questions I'm happen to make more videos going over stuff. Your obedient servant...CK
Quoted from Borygard:
The simple fact is there are far more people with more money than they can spend, than there are MG games. Only around 20 games exist, there will always be more people that would like it in their game room, for whatever reason, than there are games to go around.
Like it or hate it, Magic Girl is part of pinball history.
Yes...it's like this in EVERY area of collecting. Baseball cards ...$1 each EXCEPT for that special one that only 100 were make...$1,000!
or Vinyl Figures. $5 each EXCEPT for the Limited PINK One....$2,000. Or Movie Posters...Mummy Half Sheet $400,000! No matter what, there will always be collectors out there with DEEP pockets that want the rare or Limited Version. WHY this is a surprise or shock to anyone is beyond me.....
I just picked up a Stellar Wars! (just now)! Damn those things are heavy! Up a flight of stairs SIDEWAYS because it wouldn't fit through the door! Guy bought it over 30 years ago and it hasn't been played for 10 years. I just thought you all should know.
Images of what's different in the protoypes that went out and the other 19 MGs. Most annoying difference is John removed the outlane posts which are SORELY needed in the game. Now it's as if you're playing a Stern with the outlane posts fully removed. Aka...no fun.
Images of 19 MGs on left, and Prototype on right.
You have a machine with people asking between $25 and $50k. I'm sure SOMEBODY will pump a few thousand more into it and get it to play right.....
Just to break things up...I'm still stuck in New Orleans. Over a week. Smoking cigars and eating oysters.
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