Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 11:51:50 -4
Reply-To: Chet Simpson
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From: Chet Simpson
Subject: A Final note?
First, I would like to thank the many people here who have
voiced their opinion in support for the CoCo developers
still around, as well as the people who have made many
many comments about the high quality and excellent work
that Nick, Roger, myself and others have done:
Carl Boll, Jay Yepuri, Mark Martlett, Steve Secord….I’m
at a loss for the names of others.
I remember when I wrote the original Digger back in the late
eighties. It was an extreme feeling when it was 100% complete
and bug free. I remember spending entire weekends with only
a few hours of sleep working and pounding and waiting for 5
minutes while my assembler chomped away at the source code.
I actually spent 50% of the development time working on the
guard movement, just to make it a better game.
Unfortunatly, when it really comes down to it, this hasn’t
really happened in several years with the exception of Digger
and Pac-Man. How many people do you actually know that would
sit in front of the CoCo for a few months and really make an
effort to create something from scratch? Not many. How many
new software products have there been in the last 5 years?
People want software for the CoCo, but most of them just don’t
want to pay for it, or believe that we charge too much money
for out stuff. Then complain when we express our feelings
about the lack of support from the users. In order for
the fests to happen the vendors have to support it. In order
for the vendors to support the fests, the users have to support
the vendors. When Ron posted his message about the distressing
amount of people he received confimation from. For me, making
a trip across the US is not feasible, however I have already
made my pledge to support his fest with $75 and 2 copies of
Digger II as door prizes. I have also considered purchasing
a booth at the Chicago fest, even though I won’t be there.
I will most likely do this at the end of the month. I’ve
written articles for 68micros, I’ve written free software,
sponsored users for CoCO Preservation Society and now am
showing support for the fest. It’s a wonder why I feel
ill when people complain about a $30 game and make assumptions
that it’s all I want is money.
I am now in the process of revamping my ad and will be
sending it into 68micros and GCCC. I know that it sounds
cynical and I know that it might sound too harsh, but if
by July of this year, if the sales of Digger II don’t go
up, I will stop developing large projects on the CoCo
and stick primarily to those simple little routines and
test apps that are fun to do. In the event that I do stop
developing on the CoCo, I will still continue to support
the groups, vendors and users as much as I can until
there is nobody left.
What I and the other developers are asking for is not
totally unreasonable. A little compensation to go along
with our hard work and the satisfaction that people are
enjoying the stuff that we write.
Sometimes you just have to wonder how much is enough.