Quoted from flynnibus:
Remember, most of the time NSNLs were written by other people with his input. It wouldn't suprise me he wasn't quite on top of those, because most of the time (according to the retellings) the newsletters were dragged out of him as necessary.. instead of him pushing the news out.
That's kind of perplexing. Several times during the interview, Barry stated he is a serial optimist and always "very positive" and for btter or worse, you can get that sense from listening to him: he seems almost too casually relaxed and unaffected by the whole thing. In that guise, it's no wonder he seems convinced he can build 500 games in a year. Some optimists are ineptly immune to the cynical lessons of reality.
It's why I can almost understand and forgive where he's coming from with the white lie about the defective boards. Optimists say "eh this issue is but a delay, we'll work it out, just need a small smokescreen to stem speculation and panic". That's an entirely relatable scenario; I daresay many folks here have done similar when it comes to keeping family and bosses at bay while you're working on their projects.... HOWEVER, a more properly minded businessperson would have evaluated the risk/reward of the situation and tuned the message (smokescreen) differently. To that end, Barry says he regrets the white lie, as well he should. Tough lesson learned.
So how much of the NSL's were being forced out of Barry? Seems to me, if he was always be trying to "be positive" and tying to get others to remain that way about the scheme, he should have known EXACTLY what was being "tuned", and to what degree. Or was it all just BS on the spot?
Was Jaap the "brains" and Barry the "mouth"? From the ignorance he set forth in that interview it really seems like Barry took over a company despite having no clue what truly went on. I find that incredible when livelihood is on the line (OTOH Barry alluded to being financially secure enough that DP was not his bread and butter so maybe that didn't matter).
Regardless, there's being "positive", and then there's just being "incomprehensibly stupid" unless your "positivity" is a snake smile sales pitch. Incredibly, it seems hard to peg Barry as any of them exclusively.