This was original posted on the "One Born every minute" thread about how SS4U raked in $600 for Battlesphere. Thunderbird commented that the Diabetes foundation has probably receive less from Battlesphere sales than SS4U at this point.
I thought this message was worth posted on the Battlesphere thread because I believe it is a viable solution, if we really do still want at least part of the Battlesphere money to go to diabetes research and not in the hands of privateers.
QUOTE(LynxGod @ Nov 12 2007, 04:33 PM)
I wouldn't pay more than $100 for Battlesphere.
That is extortion.
But seriously shows one thing, that there are still people who want to play the game. I get comments to my Battlesphere videos on Youtube all the time "Wish I could find a copy of that..." There's a need or want and business people are looking to find what people or need or want and make a buck from it.
Either good intentioned people work to fill that void, or other people will.
Dispite how flakey Thunderbird can be as a friend/associate, I respect him and his crew for their work because I know their love and intentions for the Jaguar, and what they worked to raise money for. I have the means to make copies of Battlesphere, but would not sell for that reason.
Others, once again, see a need, couldn't give a rats ass about Scatologic's intentions or love for the Jaguar (since they are business people out to make a buck and could not give a rats ass about the Jaguar), and will do what it takes to fill that need. Or buy real copies, which aren't cheap to begin with, and sell at outragious prices. Why? Because they can.
Don't like it? Then sue them, accept you aren't doing something to fill that need and they are, or work to fill that need.
What I would like to see, to make one of the best games of the Jaguar possible, is subcontracting of building carts by Scatologic-Blessed people. Let people make carts, take in a partial profit above the cost to build to pay them for their time, and then the understanding that the rest go to the Diabetes Association.
People would jump at the chance to to pay $100 for a Battlesphere cart, right? I would, others have mentioned they would pay no more than that. So cost of building the cart (shell, modified board, eproms, label), 10% to the builder for their time, everything else off the top goes to the Diabetes Association. If in the end that is only $10-$15 per cart to the Diabetes Association Foundation, that is still better than what they are getting now.
Box and manual are extra. I would say most just want to play the game and couldn't give a smeg about the box or manual. Especially people, like me, who are looking to buy additional copies for a larger Battlesphere network. Why do I need 12 more manuals and boxes?
People WANT to play Battlesphere. Either we make a solution possible so that the Diabetes Association foundation will get at least some money, or people like SS4U will get loaded pockets and the Diabetes Association foundation will get nothing.