"Well then I'll stop following his blog and cancel my trip to the Zoo."
If you don't go to the Zoo you could always come to the Ann Arbor show. The LL#2 won't be there, unfortunately though. We tried to buy it... But that's Ok. We do have a lot of other one-off custom games though. And the Williams Firefly will make its debut at the show. If that's any consequence to this whole thing.
On the pay vs not-pay situation, personally i would pay the $500. It's not worth this "drag thru mud" consequences. I mean we're all rich dudes, to some extent (we collect a totally non-needed asset known as "pinball"), what's $500 ? To ruin your reputation over $500 seems silly to me. The whole LL#2 game was a gamble, one personally i wasn't willing to go "balls deep" on (hence didn't get it.) I was willing to go $1500 straight up cash, but that's the most i would gamble personally. Obviously someone was willing to go deeper. Just ya gotta know your comfort level, and not stray outside of it.
i think making a deal pending on if "the roms are good" was a silly idea. i mean there's so much that could go wrong with that situation. both parties seem a bit greedy... i mean i can see both sides, but i can't understand why these two can't just figure something out. i thought the $250 compromise was reasonable. i mean the whole idea behind a compromise is that no one is happy. is all this really worth the $250 (or $500 depending on how you look at it?) I get that the ROMs aren't custom. And i get that the ROMs are good. Isn't the middle ground a good position for both parties? Or i guess they can continue to beat each other up to the end of the world over a little money.
I will say i have learned something from this... neither party is one that i would ever want to deal with!