So Kevin decides to speak with Martin of Pinball News.
Here is the synopsis (per Kevin)
* Kevin made the assumption that he had Fox's approval to move forward because Fox explained the Fair Use concept to him on a call
* The "license" was verbal. There was never a written licensing agreement.
* Even after getting notified by Fox that he needed to remove all Predator references from the internet, he still did not reach out to Fox to confirm his understanding of the "license"
* Once he found out about AG's involvement, he reached out to Fox and came away thinking that Fox was open to working something out, hence is cryptic email.
* Kevin's intentions were to provide everyone a game. He just was ignorant and naive about the proper way to do it.
* Kevin intends to refund everyone. The Paypal account is largely untouched, minus some small purchases for parts.
* Kevin is done with Pinside. It is not the pinball community.
There's more to the story. But that was my take on the story.
Here is a snippet from the Article that relates to Pinside.
Finally, looking to the longer term future, we wondered if Kevin sees how he can recover from this and return to play a positive part in the pinball community. He was upbeat about the possibility of continuing to develop pinball and other games products further down the line.
He told us, “There’s a handful of things to consider. First of all, the people who know me personally in pinball, they’re the guys who are calling me saying ‘What the Hell’s going on? You would never do anything like this.’ And that’s the general consensus of the people I know personally. Locally or far away, it doesn’t matter."
"So I’m not worried about, as you so unavoidably put it, rehabilitating myself into the community."
"But, when it comes to the rest of the community, there’s an air there now. There’s this weird deniability or believability. It’s all going to come down to what people believe at what time. You know, what information is fed to them and from what sources."
"And so as far as the pinball community goes, the biggest preface is; Pinside is not the pinball community. But people see it that way. And as far as that community goes, I have no interest in redeeming anything with the people who tried to post my wife’s phone number in order to harass me directly or indirectly, or suggested that I paid all the money to my mother, and whatever else was said."
And finally, my take. The following opinion is my own. It does not reflect Robin's or the Pinside Moderator Team's opinion. I am speaking as a pinball collector.
Kevin has to be the biggest, blundering Pinball Manufacturer of all time. The article makes him look completely incompetent. His failure to reach out to Fox to get a written license is just asinine.
While I do not believe he was a crook who had the intention of scamming Fox, the buyers or anyone else, I do believe he has proven himself unfit to run any type of pinball manufacturing operation.
I wanted to believe in the little guy so badly that I failed to do my own due diligence. I had plenty of close friends warn me about believing in Kevin. They all described him as a good guy, but a flake.
I was impressed by the prototype at TPF in 2014. I had fun playing the game, despite its flaws.
While the Pinball News article does shed some light on the incredible stupidity of SKit-B, it also convinces me that he was just some kid in the basement who didn't know what the hell he was doing.
But he is a bit hypocritical in my opinion. He was perfectly happy to use Pinside to get his 250 games sold. He was happy to participate in forum discussions while there was no money on the line. But the moment the venture turned into a real life business, he fled like a coward.
He then decides that Pinside is not the pinball community. And this is indeed the case. Pinside is not the entire pinball community. However, Pinside is THE Pinball Community that built Skit-B.
Since we brought Skit-B into this world, it is only fitting that we take it out.
I look forward to the day that Skit-B is just a bad memory.