November 17th 2012, 10:13 PM MST - Arcade Culture, which will recap the first day's action, is airing NOW.
I will be working on updates here, meanwhile, go check it out.
[Stream ended at 11:30]
Well the first hour was good!
But the rest...
Those of us on the stream just heard some very interesting things about Twin Galaxies, its new management, their plans for the organization, their policies for the future, and what their priorities are.
Things that might be, shall we say, decisive with regard to the future of this blog. Things that I wish I hadn't heard until after the Kong Off.
Listen for yourself and decide what you think. (The discussion begins at 32:15. If nothing else, skip to 42:30. It's a doozy!)
I sure hope that all of you who, like myself, went out and bought a Donkey Kong machine in order to live out a silly, modest little dream of seeing your name in the official Twin Galaxies Top 20 are good enough to beat Hank's world record, or the perhaps two to three submissions that will succeed it before the game is maxed out and the leaderboard goes inert. It appears that $1 is all that matters now.
(Oops! I mean #1, not $1. Sorry, typo. Those keys are so close!)
And I hope you won't miss the Twin Galaxies forums, or the years of strategy, theory, history, and friendship that they contain, because it's all gone now. It's not important.
After all, "a forum and people's opinions doesn't do anything to help us build the brand." (47:30)
It has been a long day, and sometimes we say things we don't mean, but I wonder if an apology will be forthcoming to the two people who were viciously and baselessly accused of conspiring to "steal Twin Galaxies" to start their own scoring system? (37:50)
One of those people was in the chat at the time, and went to Facebook in total shock to defend himself to those watching the stream, pasting the very e-mail cited in the show. Unless he did a quick editing job, or it was written in a secret code, this was not an overture to join forces to "attempt to steal" the database.
From the way the new Twin Galaxies is sounding though, we soon might be wishing that somebody had.
Problems notwithstanding, I miss the "piece of shit" you purchased already.
You have some damage control to do and some plans to rethink, and you'd better get started real quick. Your community (or are we customers now?) is not going to be happy about any of this.
For now, I will move forward with my coverage, albeit far less enthusiastically than I was a few naive hours ago.
Or maybe I'll just post updated standings a few more times and be done with it, knowing now a little more about the people behind this event. I was having fun, but I suddenly feel ill.