Originally Posted by Leo_Ames
Digital recreations that are DRM locked aren't exactly going to have a huge amount of longevity.
They will be preserved, but possibly not be the end users. The bits FarSight is creating will live on. If they are smart, they are probably creating the assets at the highest resolutions possible to future-proof them in case we have displays even higher than the iPad 3 someday. Sure, we might have to buy them again, but FarSight will not be deleting these bits once the Xbox 360 is no longer current.
Also, don't forget there is a PC version coming soon. I'll probably buy that too, especially if they offer more configurations and camera angles. We don't know what kind of DRM the PC version will have (probably Steam) but regardless it will inevitably be cracked, so that would give a not-so-legal option for insuring it is playable long into the future as long as there is a Windows-compatible O/S to launch it from, and I think that is a given even if someday it's all emulated as well.
So I agree with you that my XBLA version will die before the physical tables are gone, but there are plenty of avenues for the bits to live, and the games to remain playable many years past the day the physical tables are too rare to consider them "available". In fact, for me that day has already come. The nearest Addams Family pinball that is in good shape in a public place that I am aware of is over 100 miles from me... and I've never been there... I just know about it: http://www.pinballzarcade.com/games-.../pinball-games
Will be interesting to see how far past they go. Have trouble picturing them getting $53,000 more over the next two and a half weeks. Wonder what they will do with the surplus if they end up short (Start another Kickstarter later on for the difference, fund a different licensed table in its place that's also desirable but more economical to secure the licenses for than Star Trek?).
My #1 is The Addams Family, and my #2 is Star Trek: The Next Generation. So I REALLY REALLY want them to make it, and if the come remotely close, I think they would probably do it... I mean they probably will save a few thousand since nobody has taken them up on their $5K (10 available) and $10K (4 available) tiers, and those would represent some significant expenditures on their part. So if they budgeted those into the $55K then coming close to $110K should be okay (I hope).
I do worry that people's generosity will be dried up by the time they get to Addams Family... but I hope that by then maybe they'll have more success than anticipated and recalculate their projected earnings so they may not have to ask for as much even if it technically costs more to do.
I too have wondered what would happen if they raised say $90K. I would hope the remainder would go towards TAF... or a retry of ST:TNG.
P.S. Their latest update really has me excited again:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...e/posts/238560
Just looking at the picture makes me want to play that table so bad. Also their committing to buying the table has my hopes high that they will find a way to make it happen.