They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and one picture, more than any other, encapsulates this whole fiasco. But before I share that picture, let's look at the reality of the situation. Predator is one of the greatest movies of all time (for action movies that is). It's one of Arnold's greatest roles and millions of people all over the world have nothing but fond memories of the film. In steps Skit-B.
Kevin and team have a ton of passion for pinball but absolutely no experience making a pinball machine. But they have dreams of becoming a pinball company. You can't blame them. The time was right. People were throwing THOUSANDS at pre-orders and literally overnight you could raise a million dollars for your company just by announcing a new pin. HOLY SHIT! Let's do it!, must have been what they said.
So what did they do? They announce Predator. A truly incredible theme. They screamed from the rooftops about it. Were over the moon about it. Promised all sorts of amazing features for the pin. Then what happened? They announced mission complete and showed Predator.
Now this is where reality hit hard for everyone. The game wasn't anything special. They couldn't get the black light feature to work. No interactive toys. Just a very, very basic game. A game nowhere near worthy of this incredible IP. Just think, if you were Arnold and someone said, "Hey Arnold we're going to make a pin based on one of your best movies"...Arnold would want the best company in the business to make his pin. Not two guys in a basement. I'm all for starting somewhere, but Skit B never should have dived into the world of pinball manufacturing with such a beloved theme. And that's the catch 22, without the theme, they wouldn't have raised a dime.
Now back to my original point. One picture is worth a thousand words. If you are Arnold, sitting in your 35 million dollar house and you ask to see a picture of your Predator pinball machine getting made, you'd expect to see a pinball factory with pros working hard on your game. Instead this...This just says it all...One of Hollywood's greatest franchises is being built in an old kitchen by two guys who are not even close to being pros at building machines.
And like every other boutique that has flopped in 2014, he now needs someone to bail him out and get it done. Pinball is so complex, only the pros can do it right. It's that simple.