My husband and I have been lovers of pinball for over 40 years. We really enjoy the hobby and for the most part, the great people in it. We look forward to all the happenings, conventions, tournaments, etc. and we listen to most podcasts regularly. Today, I finally have to step up and speak about one podcaster who I believe is oftentimes more harmful than helpful to the hobby. Yes, I am speaking about Mr. K, the so called number one podcaster and his #400 podcast. Many times I find him and his incessant boasting nauseating. Does he ever listen to himself? I find it sadly amusing that he claims "I get $300. an hour" but then he asks pinsiders to make donations so that he can take his wife to dinner. He tells the manufacturers that they cannot run their business without his help. If they don't accept his offer he then proceeds to bash their product; he admitted he has a vendetta against American Pinball because they slighted him by not calling him. What are his qualifications for running a company? a marketer? I doubt he has ever built, designed or created anything mechanical in his life, especially a pinball machine. Batman 66 is his self proclaimed number one game. Why? because that's the ONLY one he has (except for his TBL 'speculation in the box'). To be clear, I'm not saying he is a terrible or 'mean' person (though I do understand why others may think so). What I am saying is that what he says is often needlessly sarcastic and overly critical. Besides ripping manufacturers, have you heard him describe other podcasters' efforts? And yet, he wonders why no one will come on his podcast. He just needs to listen to himself. He also badmouths people in general on Pinside and questions why people spend so much time on it. If it is such a waste of time, why then is it that he is very much aware of everything on the site? He says people are getting angry, and they are. It seems to me though that he is instigating much of it by 'role modelling' the bad behavior that he decries. If you don't build a game the way he wants it, all he does is bitch about it. I am listening to episode 400 right now and he has finally provoked me enough that I feel compelled to make this post. His comments today have so much insincerity and wallowing in alternating bouts of self aggrandizement and self pity that they are hard to ignore. The only value of his podcasts to me are his insights as to what may be coming 'down the road' in new machines, etc. But for that, I would choose to simply ignore him and his antics. I find it hard to believe that he is the TWIP winner for 2 years now and he is the only podcaster that is already actively campaigning to be number 1 again. I do hope the voters send a message by not voting for him. He could really benefit from a dose of humility.