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Absolutely. He bought the pin and quickly realized what an idiot he was for dropping that kind of cash on something that will never play. He hoped the price would go through the roof and he could gloat because he owned one, and all of the minions would have to bow to him.
Actually, he's been pretty honest about the "game" and self-depricating about how his one pin isn't really playable. Here's the thing about K's collection tastes....he values the "rare and special" more than the game itself. He has a "Kong Off' Donkey Kong & a Fix-It Felix because they have a "story" attached...not because they're worth what was paid for them or are worth playing. I love DK, but who gives a shit if it has Billy Mitchell's face on it? Well, K does...and if that makes him happy, why should that bother me? Fix-It Felix isn't a "real" prop that was ever really in a movie...I'd never pay more than a few hundred for one if I even wanted one...but hey, it makes him happy.
Quoted from Manimal:
The industry shuns him and he can't take it.
That's not really the case. He recently interviewed George Gomez, Gerry from P3, JJ from Game Exchange, and ...well, I'm not "industry" per se...but me!
I'll give him this...I think he's matured and grown. Will he always be more of a "personality" than a player? Yes...but hey, there are a million different ways to "do" this hobby, and no one is "right"...the way he does it makes him happy, and I feel like he's now more interested in learning about people and their way of hobbying vs. judging them based on his tastes. He's owned up to his trolling & personal witch hunts and has knocked it off, and has made his Podcast more positive & informative. Hell, I went on the podcast....and if I could do that with a former "Arch Nemesis"...I think that says something. I think that most people are incapable of change, and it seemed likely that K was one of those people....but I think he has become a bit more self-aware and introspective and has changed for the better.