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Thread: It's Jan. 7th 2018 & SPA for iOS still has a huge, ugly joystick overlay from Nov. 2

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    It's Jan. 7th 2018 & SPA for iOS still has a huge, ugly joystick overlay from Nov. 2

    Over two months and there has been no update for Stern Pinball Arcade to fix this glaring and, frankly, embarassing error.

    Of course, Ghostbusters is still totally borked with missing textures and mode lights not working and such, but this stupid joystick overlay effects ALL the tables, which I'd already bought.

    And btw, Don't Cross The Beams, the video mode for GB, is UNPLAYABLE because the framerate drops to 1fps and inputs lag severely.

    Where is the respect for the customers that support Farsight and digital pinball?

    Oh, but I hear that Switch version is great so I guess I should spend another $40 on that one instead of playing on my iPad.

    Look, I don't know what it costs to issue an update on iOS but when you do something dumb like this just eat the cost instead of forcing your customers to deal with your mistake for months because you want to wait until you have another (broken) table to sell in the patch.

    Then, maybe next time you'll catch something as obvious as leaving a joystick overlay toggled on before rushing out your content. Does FS even have QA?
    Last edited by HotHamBoy; 01-07-2018 at 09:18 PM.

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    I'm starting to feel the same way - how many MONTHS do we have to wait to get this <relatively very expensive> game fixed? The joystick overlay is a pro feature that they apparently accidentally turned on and left on in the release. It can't take more than FIVE MINUTES TO FIX THIS.

    The horked up colors in Ripleys is annoying, but I have that table in TPA as well so it's not killing me. Just irritating that it got deployed this way in the first place. And making us wait 2+ more months for Ghostbusters to be finished, well what's a few more months when everyone has already been waiting for over a year for any new content.

    But the joystick overlay is something that should have, in my opinion, been fixed a day or two after the Christmas break when they were back to work. I understand that doing even a simple release to the app store takes time and effort, but it's not like Farsight has a time-consuming internal QA cycle to go through, they clearly don't have one.

    Sorry if the frustration is showing, I'm just starting to feel like the iOS platform is getting disrespected. And my investment ($20 into SPA) has been a mistake. At what point do we start asking for refunds? 3 months broken? 6?

    I spent the first few months with SPA on iOS playing AC/DC and Mustang obsessively, I absolutely love them, the implementation is fantastic. For the last few months, I don't even play anymore because I have to put my left thumb in an awkward position to avoid hitting the joystick overlay, it messes up nudging, etc.

    Maybe only the squeaky wheels get the grease - in that case, please consider the iOS SPA to be officially squeaking.

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    They don't have any incentive to fix GB when many of the people who bought it got it through the bundle A YEAR AGO.

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    They won’t just do a fix for that is my guess. Probably fix it when they finally fix the Ghostbuster issues. Hope it’s soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak357 View Post
    They won’t just do a fix for that is my guess. Probably fix it when they finally fix the Ghostbuster issues. Hope it’s soon.
    As I said in the OP, it's obvious they just don't want to pay to patch the game if they can't bundle as much as possible with the update.

    At this point I'm convinced they are either really struggling with getting GB running right (hence the 9 month delay for its release) or they are just going to make us wait until the next SPA table(s) are ready to release.

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    There is no extra cost to update iOS apps. It just has to go through store approval once submitted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyche View Post
    There is no extra cost to update iOS apps. It just has to go through store approval once submitted.
    Correct, but they don’t submit an update every time they fix something. That’s what we were getting at.

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    Hmmmm... I am getting really fed up now, quite frankly. I have an iPad and I think this issue should have been fixed almost right away, or at the very least update the game with a notice or something. I am having doubts about the integrity of FarSight now... sorry guys
    I guess when specific issues relating to the tables you play continue to affect you, you then start noticing the lack of support. As a pinball fan I am forever tied to their games.. but I feel disrespected. From now on I will spend my money more carefully. Maybe FS strives for a bigger picture, maybe in the end all will come right. But right now, I’m not particularly pleased to be honest.
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    Yes, I have an itunes gift card for $25 that I have been holding on to for purchase of the Ghostbusters pack in SPA. It expires in June, so I need to use it, but at this point I'm starting to wonder if we'll have the patch to Ghostbusters by then. You let one or two months slip away and all of the sudden it seems like you don't need to service that platform anymore, the bugs get stale, etc.

    There are two other pretty impactful (but not show-stopper) bugs in the iOS SPA that have never been addressed, they have been there since day one - AC/DC instant info has never worked (and on this table it's kind of important, to know how many shots away from various multiballs you are). And the left ramp insert on Star Trek never lights up in any mode. This is not as big a deal but it makes it hard to know when you are trying to complete level 2 or 3 and need to know which shots count, if it's not lit you don't know if it is active or not.

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    Me, to Farsight:


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    If TPA got the Star Trek table, then it would be easy for me to quit SPA. I didn't particularly care for Mustang or AC/DC. TPA already has all the other tables.

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    You act like TPA doesn't have a hundred of its own issues.

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