Quoted from Eskaybee:
If Lyman, Dwight, or Mr Ritchie aren't apart of the code; I wouldn't expect more than a dozen lines of changes in the upcoming update. I lived this headache when I decided to buy TFLE, Avengers & STLE instead of TRON, ACDC, & MET. Luckily, Dwight Sullivan was brought on board to work with Steve Ritchie and save STLE.
But my first real big pin purchase was TFLE, it was goin to be sterns most expensive pin to date. I thought for sure they'd support it with a passion considering $ amount, plus the theme was a top notch winner. What happened? I sat there playing my TFLE with practically the same code it had since release and just sat there watching update after update after update after update roll in with acdc. Lines and lines of code and changes for acdc. Then, TFLE update comes in and it's like 8 lines of code adding super pops and super spinner but nothing addressing any of the issues we owners wanted. We raised hell; meanwhile acdc got more updates. Then we were finally promised a XMAS POWERPACK! Woo hoo! ....and then 3 mos AFTER Xmas they finally dropped an update with 4 or 5 lines of code. Too little too late.
Then theres Avengers; and the hulk! It would be their most expensive LE released to that date. For certain they would not let another TFLE disaster happen, and this is gomez's final pin, for sure he'd want to go out on a bang and support this pin, right? Nope again. How's that Thor flasher bug going stern? Lol
Bottom line; learn the team that is developing a pin you want. And after that research is done, it's still best to wait until you see the code is at a satisfactory point for your desire. And If it's a pin you must have early, then research and find if it'll have the team that did TFLE, xmen, Avengers, ST (before Dwight), KISS; if so, you may want to wait. Also, it's always always best to wait even if it is Lyman - if a pin is good, and coded good, it'll sell. And sales = production. TWD is a prime example; it was a turd out of the gates but Lyman was on it so people didn't worry - then Lyman got yanked and the game was abandoned. Then, Lyman literally locked himself in his basement for months so that sterns injustice to our community could be reconciled, and today - TWD is amazing, sought after, and going back into production because of LYMAN!
Good points all. I'd be sorely disappointed if Kiss doesn't receive the same kind of attention as other Stern offerings, but time will tell. It's tough to accept the bitter truth that certain games may be abandoned vs. having faith in the same fluff from the Stern PR team.
If Stern wants to regain credibility with some of their titles, they need to perform. Money talks and bullshit walks. How they treat Kiss 100% affects my next game purchase.