Once the marvel of the retro gaming community, the Coleco Chameleon has become nothing but empty promises and lies wrapped together in a ball of black electrical tape.
I think scam is a harsh word - it's definitely misguided though. Sounds like they don't really know what they're doing.
If it weren't for the falsified prototypes and the shells stuffed with captures cards I'd agree, but their behavior has done nothing but underscore a total lack of respect for their customer base.
scam or not I just want one of those cool colored shells to replace on my real jaguar.
"They wanted me to build them a bomb, so I took their plutonium and, in turn, gave them a shoddy bomb casing full of used pinball machine parts" - Doc Brown, Back To The Future Misguided? It seems that you are not too familiar with the Coleco Chameleon fiasco. The entire project has been nothing more than a devious attempt to siphon funds, via Kickstarter and Indiegogo, from unsuspecting games. Please read the article and check out these videos for more information. https://www.youtube.com/wat... https://www.youtube.com/wat...
Yep. Sad thing is I would've been one of the first one lining up to give them my money. I had my finger on the trigger until the bait & switch with the KS and IndieGoGO campaigns, and things have gone up like the Hindenburg since.
I've had my doubts when the price was hiked. This thing seems like it's turning into an experiment where the creators want to see how many uninformed gamers are out there. Rule #1. Don't prey on people's memories.
I agree with the article 100%. Although I thought something seemed fishy and very pie in the sky since jump street. I first heard about the VGS on the all gen gamers podocast and I could help but feel like there was a bit of snake oil sales going on. Mostly "we have an idea, but no idea how to execute, so we will market the idea, takes peoples money, figure it out later". The problem is instead of figuring anything out it was all a sham, smoke and mirrors. It's an absolute joke and everyone involved should be embarrassed. Unfortunately I am sure they are back to the drawing board trying to concoct ways they can separate people with there money for vaporware. I believe the found is also the owner of one of the retro gaming mags that is out, which I also hope goes under with this completely unethical way of doing business. WHAT A JOKE both the Machine and the people involved. If you read this, YOU ARE A JOKE.
It wasn't a scam until they basically put an older system and a bigger box and ran cords out the back. Wait, that's all they've done. Ok it's been a scam since inception. If I wanted to retro-game I play my SNES.
Even the freaking controller is a wii-u controller with some new logos on it.
http://n4g.com/news/1871594... This was already reported elsewhere earlier.
Reported? This is an opinion piece.
It doesn't really read like an opinion piece. It also relates these allegations as fact when it's not 100% certain they are yet. Just pointing it out that this was covered previously.
How does it not really read like an opinion piece, exactly? It's 1200 words detailing my change in opinion on RVGS's handling of the system since it was first announced. The fiasco at the Toy Expo last week makes up a whopping single paragraph of my nine paragraph piece.
>all but confirmed they used an SNES junior board crammed into a Jaguar shell to "showcase" the system >FB update had an old PCI capture card crammed into it to show "progress" >Deleted FB post and went full damage control mode when people started calling them out on it. >It's not verified so I won't really believe it till I see it. get_a_load_of_this_guy_cam.jp eg I don't think a company trying to swindle people out of money is going to verify that they are indeed trying to swindle you. I understand some healthy skepticism is good and all, but christ man, this entire project has been mired in controversy ever since it was called the Retro VGS and has only been getting worse.
Engadget has an update. Coleco may pull their name. http://www.engadget.com/201... "Chameleon Product: We are thankful to have a large group of passionate engineers and retro game enthusiasts who follow Coleco and other product lines. It has come to our attention that the community has certain concerns over the prototypes involving the Retro VGS model. The team at Retro remains confident that their product is developed to the extent as describe; HOWEVER, in order to confirm or debase these concerns, Coleco has demanded to inspect the prototype units within a seven day time frame. At which time, independent engineers will review their findings and determine if those units are up to our standards. We will report some or all of those findings to the community so as long as they do not interfere with proprietary information. We remain hopeful that the community's concerns are merely speculations, but if there is merit to the concerns, then we have no choice but to abandon the project rather than release a sub-par product. During this time, we ask that the community allow us time to complete these inspections. Time extensions will only be granted if requested by the independent engineer. Time extensions and results will be posted here."
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