Again I saw the Tim Fife predator and I was really impressed with it. It had a nice finished look to it. It played well too. Kevin could do it. He just didn't have everything in the right order to make it happen. Licensing was a fiasco, but Kevin thought he had a handle on it. Apparently he was delusional though. But if The anonymous pair hadn't confronted fox, and then fox hadn't pushed kevin, it is my belief that predators would be in production right now. Kevin was convincing enough to pull this whole thing off. Yes there was a lot of sales pitch, potential lies and half-truths so on and so forth. But as long as the wall didn't come crashing down I believe he could've pulled this off. Again if you saw the Tim game you would know exactly what I mean. It was nice, really nice. And it proved that Kevin could make a game in its totality from beginning to end.
The best story to me about the predator was again the ramps. Paul, the cabinet guy, and Kevin went to to see Terry in Chicago. They stayed overnight at Terry's house and we're scheduled for an 8 AM meeting with the ramp manufacturer. This is the same company that makes ramps for Stern.
8 AM rolls around and Terry and Paul are dressed to the nines with nice shoes and button down shirts and nice pants. Kevin appears in torn pants, dirty T-shirt, and that goofy hat he likes to wear. Terry and Paul are like, "dude you have to dress up for this you can't look like that." Kevin says, "I have to be me and this is me."
Needless to say, the ramps were never made. Kevin would have had to cut a rather large check to the ramp company to make it all happen, and he never did that. Instead the only ramps that exist are the two prototype ramps that were made from a course crappy mold for low dollars.
Now that the bankruptcy thing has been declared, a lot of things have changed. The lawyer had to be paid and apparently he was paid in some assets (due to lack of money) from Kevin. The story goes that the assets then were bought by an unknown third-party to cash out the lawyer. So some parts to predator are available. Not enough to make a game, not even close. But My intention is to try and gather as much of the parts as possible and then attempt to make a predator.
Somethings are fairly easy. The cabinet for example is a standard Williams cabinet. The artwork for the cabinet is just black with red lettering that says predator. The back glass is just the DVD reissue box scanned. The playfield and plastics are out there as 10 sets were made. The metal ball guides are available as a local vendor made those and he still has the construction sheets so more could be made inexpensively. Most of the other parts for the top side of the playfield are readily available and used in other games. The ball trough is a stern ball trough. The lower ball arch is a stern ball arch. The computer is a standard PC. The proc boards are readily available. The dotmatrix display is a standard plasma display. The power supply for the DMD is available. The game uses a 48 V power supply for the coils. 12 V switching power supply is used for other things.
The wiring harness has to be handmade too. Kevin was doing that all himself by hand. It's very time-consuming to do it that way but that's how it was going to do it. There is only one assembly not available and that is the ramps. Unfortunately they are custom ramps made just for predator. If this problem can be solved then a predator could be made. This is my goal but I'm kinda up against the wall with these ramps.
As for the software, I've asked Kevin about that. He is not against letting somebody have it. But you need to have at least somewhat of a game before he will give it up. Right now the biggest issue is the ramps. I'm not sure that this problem can really be solved without some luck and hard work/time/money.