I'm overjoyed to hear this!
Quoted from Manimal:
With all due respect Aurich, have you actually seen a check or money going anywhere? Have you seen the business plan? I am not asking you to disclose any details, but what concrete proof of anything do you have other than talking to someone? "new management" alone is not going to fix this mess...it will help, but this needs a real cash Band-Aid to succeed.
Anyone that has listened to a JJPs interview on Kanedas today will realize that it takes millions to get out of this hole.
In was floored when I heard the numbers laid down by Jack
Quoted from Whysnow:
be enthusiastic about pin, sure... guilty as charged. Outspoken and opinionated, yup. That is part of the fun. If we were all just lurkers, then it would be pretty boring around here.
Feel free to put me on ignore if you are tired of it. Best part about the user interface is the ability to create your own experience.
I personally think this is all GREAT news. Aliens is an AWESOME game! Seriously, like one of the best ever made. New life being put into this is a good thing!
You could not have picked a better image for your avatar if you would have tried.
I read all of your posts in Homers voice and it is great
Its nice to see that one is now allowed to discuss public records here on this forum without repercussion.
4 owners, from 3 countries. Not one local, not one wanting to give up their current lifestyle to relocate to England. But that is what it will take. An OWNER that is present 24/7. On top of it two of the four owners are longtime friends which will lead to tension amongst all four down the road.
My experience tells me that this will not work.
And from what I heard Andrew already has his eyes set on his next business "adventure".
Quoted from TigerLaw:
He can answer it if he wants to. He's a respected attorney in his community.
Quoted from Whysnow:
is it corporate law and specifically dealing with mergers, acquisitions, and take overs?
If not then that is like asking a gynecologist to check out the wart on your foot
Well, at least he is respected in his community....
They were far from cranking then out and them not making any changes stemmed from noone caring over there.
There are many things that need to be addressed with Full Throttle. I for one shared all my concerns with them over there years. No shits were given.
Where should I begin.....
Im at the pool with the family, typing and swiping on the cell phone. List short and definitely incomplete.
Lighting is too dark, ad more spots and lighting. This game looks terrible next to the competition. It is too dark stock.
Left GP bike. The hinge bolt does not match the hinge hole. Over time it wears, then seizes and locks and stopps working.
GP bike jump is too short, modified mechanism in order to allow the bike to wheelie, not just bounce
Buy Loctite and hand it out at the assembly line. When my Full Throttle was still working and mind me, it has been bricked and useless for over half a year now, the following simply feel apart:
Both flippers came off and fell into the cabinet
One of the platform screen mounting screws feel off
One pop fell apart
One LE wire came undone from the driver
The sound amplifier is unfit, it fell apart at the clamps and I replaced it out of pocket
The coin door controls came loose
Do not use foam in order to adjust height of the platfield screen. The foam loses its bounce, sets and then your screen pops up. If you do not catch that you will start having airballs and chipped screen
Adjust the wheels at the factory. Is that too much to ask
Had to adjust sensitivity on all three pops. Out if the box one of them fired 80% of the time, the other two hardly registered. Quality control
Two target at ramps create airballs. One so bad that your pinballs hit the platfield glass HARD
Software crashes at times when I open coin door
Shaker not implemented
Skillshot is terrible. Add a real narrow center spot that gives you added reward. Think some of the swing mechanics in Golf video games
Pops are way too weak and underwhelming
Same for flippers and slings. The setup is wimpy in comparison. I thought I had bought a racing game. This is powerless.
Implementation of the main toy, your rival drivers bust, is lackluster
But the worst is that I was not able to play in ages and that I have a 230 lbs brick of a Full Throttle LE right now
It may as well be that my game was build by a disgruntled coworker who swiftly got fired by Andrew the next day.
Mine was one of the few from Cointakers first shipment. You may know it from one of the factory videos. I have the LE with the dark chrome package, one of a kind. It was a prototype finish that never saw production. And that is a good thing.
As it rusted to hell where your palms touch the platfield glass frame....
Just my luck, hahah
Nah, I'm not angry, I'm heartbroken
I love this game, spend a good 100 hours on fixing and modding it. But without a working computer unit I am stuck
Once I have that replaced and Heighway start working on new code I'll be back in Full Throttle heaven
If you could only see me type here on Pinside. I'm always smiles, having a blast with you all.
All that gets lost due to the limits of us not hanging out, face to face, having beers
This is why I do not understand why Kaneda wants to get back on Pinside.
Aurich has so much positive stuff going on in his life....Aurich, why do you wear yourself out on this forum? Its just not healthy.
I truly believe that you owe no-one, if anything you are being owed to at this point.
I feel so bad watching you come back again and again with a new found positive attitude, only to be torn down again and again by some strangers on the internet for their entertainment purposes.
Guess this should have been a PM, oh well....
Well, it is not.
I am the guy you are referring to. I cannot even do any of the tests suggested if I wanted to. My Utilite physically broke.
At first it seeming to be a software issue. Memory leak or something like that, I am no expert in the matter. The game would randomly start spitting out all the balls at once.
A rewrite of the SSD card (Heighway were kind enough to send me their image file, not just the update code which you would write to that USB stick) would allow me to get a few good games in, then the Utilite/code would go belly up again.
And then, one day, I woke up to
"ncq stag pm led clo only pmp pio slum part"
My SSD card is firmly in place, it seems that the slot broke. And this happened after a few good games. Not after I removed the card, wrote to it, and placed it back in the Utilite. It happened at random.
If you google "ncq stag pm led clo only pmp pio slum part" you realize that this is a typical problem with this cheap Utilite.
So, at this point I am not even interested in replacing the unit with another one of the same kind. I would like to get the new style unit that is in Alien, the Full Throttle files preloaded, so that I can swap and hopefully play again. Heighway, please PM me if you could.
BK, I am now fully aware of that now. Trust me, I woke up to reality the hard way.
Hence I need that new style computer from them. Not only do I hope that it is sturdier, I hope it is less exotic.
Right now the scenario that you described as a future threat is happening to me. Not in 2027, in 2017
Quoted from libtech:
Thanks man, this is my alien though - it has a SSD in it. Shows the drive in the bios, but wont boot. Thinking a bad sector/corrupt data or something.
Uhhhhhh...... its most likely the SD slot, just like for the rest of us with bricked Heighway pinballs.
And I thought the new Alien Utilite was an upgrade, of better quality?
Your findings have me deeply concerned, this is terrible news.
Quoted from tslayer71:
And I thought someone here said it wasn't this easy - huh? Why would you need to get down to the componet level on a PC or pcb? Have Highway send the replacement and let them deal with fixing it....
Either your are being sarcastic or chime in with your 5 cents while being oblivious to what's going on.
Do you think I had a bricked Heighway pinball for over half a year for fun?
No one made it right, no-one send me a replacement unit, they would not even tell me where i could buy one myself, out of my pocket.
Heighway would not help me and once i lost all trust in them i contacted my distributor, Cointaker.
But they did not give them the time of day, either. I'm on my own.
Quoted from tslayer71:
Ok, not being able to get parts sucks and is a different issue. If heigway would be able to send you complete assemblys could you fix it yes or no? The argument is would it be easy to fix if you had parts available. It was said it's not as easy as just switching out a board
100% true, a 2 minute swap job, no question
In Homepins defense, his post was in reaction to the suggestion that I become a Utilite expert and do developer level deep diagnostics.
I believe that we all agree, Homepin included, that a simple swap would be the appropriate consumer level fix.
But what good is it as we just learned that the new generation Utilites fail as well.
This is a huge concern to me ad there seems to be no fix, only bandages
Quoted from Whysnow:
I am here. I am not banned. I told anyone dumb enough to prepay post Predator that they are stupid and deserve what they got If they take the risk. Did u lose money on this, if so then you are a moron. I liked and still like the game Alien. Does not change that you are a complete dumbass if you prepay for any pinball post what the community as a whole learned from skitB and jpop.
Well, if you kiss ass and get to cut the line you don't have to prepay, Hilton.
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