That's a lot of very desperate tweeting.
I think he linked to the wrong post. If you scroll up a bit, they're discussing how this Hodapp guy apparently pretended to work for a children's charity to get some Wii consoles (back when they were scarce), then resold them for a profit and gloated about it on SA.
What a remarkable piece of shit.
Uhmmmm. I'll just say this: the TouchArcade dude who's hating on NeoGAF now, not even last week was begging one of our iOS |OT| regulars to ask a mod/admin to get approved since he had been waiting to become a junior for a long time and really wanted to get approved.
So you can even add that to the OP, if you want.
There's proof this is true btw, it's all laid out in the Touch Gaming Thread 4.
Oh boy, where to begin with this one? Up until now much of the discussion in the 36 page long thread for the Republique Kickstarter has been overshadowed by the words of Eli Hodapp, editor in chief of Touch Arcade, the largest iOS gaming site in the world. His ongoing meltdown has now completely derailed that discussion and spun off into something with a life of its own.
This sad saga all started when NeoGAF poster Zeouterlimits reached out to Hodapp hoping to get some coverage for Republique, which was then an iOS only game. The initial response was less than enthusiastic, but people brushed it off and moved on. Hodapp, however, did not:
Just in case his position was still unclear after that, he followed it up with a bizarre rant that begins like this:
Note: He lied about how much Republique was showing in its pitch, and claimed that there was no gameplay in the video.
Kickstarter is everything that is wrong with the "millennial" generation, wholly concentrated into a single web site. Back in my day, if you wanted to open up a lemonade stand, you did everything you could to get the funding together to make that happen. If you couldn't finance it personally, you'd borrow money from whatever family, friends, and fools you can drum up, and be personally responsible for its repayment. You'd then take that money, open your lemonade stand, hopefully turn a profit, then pay everyone back. Alternatively, if you didn't turn a profit or couldn't get your lemonade stand off the ground for one reason or another, you still needed to worry about the money you owed everyone. This caused you to only ask for money when you really believed in your lemonade stand, or, at least, enough to risk your neck for it.
In this crazy Kickstarter-laden world we live in now, the scenario is totally different. You decide on the vague idea that you want to start a lemonade stand, you don't have the means to do it, so you jingle around a change jar with a line on it. You sucker people into giving money to you because they like lemonade, and you offer them some sort of commemorative sticker as "thanks." Meanwhile, while people might be filling up your change jar, you're free at any time to up and decide that you don't want to run a lemonade stand anymore, and instead you're going to sell Kool-Ade, fruit punch, or any other number of derivative things.
A dispirited Ryan Payton, no doubt bewildered by the venomous response, attempted to reach out to Hodapp and offered to fly to Chicago to demonstrate the game and prove that it was a real thing that they were working on. The reply?
Meanwhile, the Kickstarter funding floundered. In recent days Hodapp has been celebrating the difficulties that Republique is experiencing. As the iOS gaming press savaged the project, we bitched most diligently at Ryan (who posts here) to persuade him to put the game on PC. Finally, yesterday he did so in an extensive video where he promised to create a unique version of the game for PC and add extra features that would suit the platform after completing their original, unchanged plans for the iOS version.
Hodapp caught wind of this, and was not amused.
The result so far?
And this brings us to today, and Hodapp's complete meltdown.
Ultimately this is not a tale about Republique, or Touch Arcade's policies, or Kickstarter, or whatever remains of professional decorum in this industry. It's about one tragic figure and his misadventures on Twitter, where he is currently acting like a victim because some people don't seem to like him very much for some reason.
He's just misunderstood, guys.
Note: This thread was created because Hodapp sent one of his cronies into the Republique thread to pretend that people are complaining about Touch Arcade's lack of coverage and not their public rants. The topic was getting derailed, so a new one seems appropriate.