According to Adam Welch my previous article was, “One of the poorest journalism jobs ever. Dude never contacted me and went with a slam piece based on his personal agenda. More than half of what he wrote is wrong” Yet he offers absolutely nothing to “correct” anything I wrote in my initial article. It is simple, provide proof of anything I said wrong and it will be corrected immediately and if bad enough, a public apology will be given- I have no problem admitting when I am wrong but I do have a problem being called a liar with no proof. I made this same offer to the RETRO Video Game System/Coleco Chameleon team and they never accepted it but were quick to call me a liar repeatedly. If I am wrong, prove it and I will correct it. Simple.
Apparently I asked to speak to Tom (Curtin? It is never made clear who this “Tom” is) when I contacted whomever is running the Second Dimension Kickstarter campaign. My screen cap of that comment seems to state I simply asked for information on Tom Curtin and his acquisition of the rights to Socks the Cat. Since I did not know that Tom Curtin was involved with Second Dimension, or this Kickstarter I find it rather troubling that I somehow specifically asked to speak to him (the screen shot below doesn’t lie but I apparently do).
Keep in mind, it does not state anywhere on their Kickstarter (as of this writing) that Tom Curtin is managing the campaign or that he is involved with Second Dimension in any capacity other than “owning” the game and apparently rights to release it.
Again on Facebook we have Adam Welch stating something rather interesting about the Kickstarter campaign – “It’s clearly states that I’m the publisher of the project, Tom is the owner, so he would be the one running the campaign.” This raises my next question in this series.
Who is actually in control of the Socks the Cat Kickstarter campaign? Is it Tom Curtin and not Adam Welch, the owner of the company whose name is being used on Kickstarter? That would mean that any money pledged would go to Tom Curtin and not directly to Second Dimension, correct? Am I missing something here? Shouldn’t this Kickstarter campaign be under Tom Curtin’s name and not Second Dimension (who is just “the publisher” as stated above?).
I have asked about Hiroshi Kaneko a few times now (Kickstarter private message, on Facebook and on AtariAge). This man apparently raises the ire of Adam Welch, Tom Curtin and Second Dimension (as they don’t label who it is responding). I am not sure why. If they have a contract in place with the man then why is it so hard to simply say they do? Instead they are dancing around the question and only raising more questions and calling me a liar (only stating they will address my article AFTER the Kickstarter is finished- rather convenient).
Also on the AtariAge thread he states that he released a video of the game in action and showed certain outlets private screen shots of Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill in action. I am not on an agenda regime here like they claim, I am simply wanting to know why those pictures and that video are not ON THE KICKSTARTER page where you are asking people, fans, to pony up their cash to you to help make this a reality. That is VERY odd to me. Very odd.
Update before hitting publish, they have updated the Kickstarter page with videos of the game in action and a couple more advertisements. Had this stuff been available from the beginning, rather than being kept private for certain media, then that whole part of the discussion would not have been even brought up.
Interestingly, dra600n didn’t even provide a link to the video he released last night (released to me means “public”).
It is also, as of this writing, not on the Kickstarter campaign page (update to say, there are now two videos on the Kickstarter page, congratulations there Second Dimension). Again, very odd. They want $30,000 in funding but cannot perform simply things like provide a video of the game, screen shots and the like. Why are you keeping screenshots and videos of the game that you apparently have the legal right to release, “private” and away from the very people you are wanting to give you money? Very odd. Not sure why it took over 10 days of this campaign in progress to get something that should have been there from day one.
My article is also accused of being a “slam piece” from start to finish by dra600n. Not a slam piece, just wanting answers. I stated early on in the first article, I smell something foul with the Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill Kickstarter and I am simply trying to find out what is going on. If that defines a “slam piece” then the Internet is full of them.
I do see that my previous article has forced them to update the FAQ section of their Kickstarter campaign. It now features a canned question about the nine month window for the game to be in the hands of backers. They have also updated the FAQ with information on who is doing what as far as this Kickstarter (since I did not take screen caps prior, I can only state that was not there when I initially wrote my article and leave it at that). They also have a small disclaimer about the roles of Tom Curtin and Second Dimension, on a Second Dimension branded Kickstarter campaign. I have now taken screen caps of the whole Kickstarter page (all discussions pertaining to this also) for verification later as this story develops and changes are made.
Look, I am just a journalist following a story. I cannot help it that that story happens to bother some people. I just want the truth, why is that so hard to obtain?