Quoted from pinballonthemark:
3. Steven Bowden was scammed in his hopes and dreams to code RAZA realizing it would never get played by anyone. Feel really sorry for him.
How was he scammed? He chose to go work there... and if I'm not mistaken, he was hired in 2018, which means he willingly stayed there for THREE years. Based on the results we've seen, not to mention years of missed deadlines, you don't think he had a clue that something wasn't right? I'll agree that his employer is turning out to be a total shit show... but there's no way that red flags weren't popping up at every turn, especially with the "media day" where they had nothing to show but a half working game.
When they started selling games and promising a delivery date, did he and the others not see that manufacturing was non-existent?
Folks that were on the inside quickly become part of the problem when they make statements that signal to the larger community: Everything is ok. Just wait and see what's coming...
Dennis Nordman certainly dropped a huge hint of issues when he left. Hats off to him!
People in our community frequently have few data points to make high-dollar decisions (especially in a small ordering window). That's when voices like this become especially dangerous.
Am I the only one that looks at this whole mess with a level of disgust across the board? I've heard Steve is a nice guy and I hope that's true, but from a pinball company persepective, I don't have a shred of evidence to indicate whether he's a good rules designer or a bad rules designer. And as of now, his association with DeepRoot has been rather quiet, aside from pumping up the company and practically promising that amazing things were coming. For me, his words were definitely weighty. I beleived him... and I sure wish he'd been more vocal as the ship was sinking. People have lost a lot of money.