Quoted from jimwe5t:
Okay show us the evidence that Dwight was suppose to make a shallow no depth throwback game to last in the home environment? Who at Stern told him this: prove it! Suppose some people believe this nonsense because it’s been repeated enough times. John Borg never said or indicated this to be a so called throwback game, nor did Dwight. At no point did Munsters fall into the category of being known as a shallow no depth game, till Dwight suddenly announced the game code was done. Then a “worst code ever” thread was created here on Pinside. No other Stern game as ever had a thread created like that. No consumer of Stern products wants to pay the same price as all the other well supported Stern games and be ripped off code wise, i.e., making a so called “throwback” with today’s prices is absurd and Stern knows this.
Munsters was simply abandoned by Dwight and he didn’t even have the decency to clean up and fix various bugs, etc. Well acknowledged Dwight is a top programmer, but his flat out lackluster coding for Munsters is almost criminal. For Stern to charge the same high prices on Munsters as let’s say SW or TMNT that has code galore is criminal. There is no excuse that Dwight has not increased the value of Munsters as he’s done on all his other games.
All you Stern/Dwight apologists need to stick with your day time job, because all Munster owners are not buying your propaganda excuses that it is suppose to be a simple game. Simple is fine, but simple does not mean lackluster, no significant show material, rinse repeat Munster Madness 3 times, the list of lazy coding goes on and on by Dwight. He literally put so little time and effort into Munsters is a shame of the nth degree.
Obviously not a Munsters owner so you continue to support the lies about what Stern’s so called intentions were. If Stern actually said this from the beginning, this was going to have such shallow code and no depth, because we want to do a “throwback” simple almost no depth at all game, no one would have purchased Munsters and most everyone knows it. Stern has badly treated any and all Munsters owners and has not given them their monies worth. Tragic, as many have pointed out, it could have been one of the great machines, if Dwight would get off his lazy behind and fix the code bugs, add some modes, make distinctions between Munster Madness 1, 2, 3. Give Marilyn, Eddy and Lilly actual modes and increase Herman and Grandpa to a more significant level that they deserve. Do this and Dwight will save his reputation. Ignore this and his reputation will continue to suffer no matter what project he works on. This will continue to haunt him the rest of his career. He did this same nonsense on GB and now he’s done it again on Munsters. Dwight has a history that is well known amongst pinball. He’s a top coder, but needs to finish the job on Munsters and then the stench will fade away on all his other projects too. Stern needs to support him in doing this, with other coders help, if need be, like they did on GB. If not, refund a portion of everyone’s money on Munsters, since they didn’t get their monies worth.
Don’t tell the owners they should just sell at a big loss and move on, that is hogwash too!