First of all, best wishes for this new year 2010 for everyone.
Just wanted to inform you about some discussions I had recently with Dino Dini. Here on his blog, you will find a mail I wrote to him, his answer and some comments he made on it. Later I wrote him an email to clarify my point of view.
I just read you blog and understood the way you got my request. It seems that you have been a kind, let say, offended/upset by the way I made it. I'm sorry about that.
And I just wanted to clarify my thinking. I don't want to spoil you ! For me, redo a game like Kickoff in java is a time to time hobby and a way to have fun.
In a way, trying to redo what has been done by the master, you Dino Dini , is a kind of game for me. Honestly, I am appreciative of game ideas and concepts, which in his time, I sincerely believe, were a little revolution of its kind. I could not complete my game, because, and you know it like me, coding, especially alone, is time consuming, and I have plenty other higher priority tasks to do.
Since years, I have followed all the stories about you, your KOA fans's relationship, the little war with this journalist about Kickoff and sensible soccer, your fight with wikipedia and so on and so on. I do not know you personally but I have the feeling to understand some traits of you.
So, I completely agree that you do not want to share your 'source code' if you are living from games and expecting create new games. I understand that.
Moreover, if you decide to create a new football game, I will support you in this task. When I say I will support, of course it does not means I will spent all my time to do it, but sometimes to help you, yes, why not. It would be so funny, if one day, I could play on current console games a game like Kickoff with my children. /-)
Well, Dino, I just wanted you to know that I remain a fan for what you had managed to do at the time. I do not blame you for having answered negatively and I wish you good luck for the future.
If one time you are interested, I can even gives you the work I made for trying to redo a java open kickoff.
Hope we will still stay in touch by mail, twitter or facebook (waiting for your request! ).
Do not forget that English (I'm french) is not my mother tongue and It's always harder to express precisely his way of thinking in an other language.
But the point here is that Dino Dini wants to make a football game and needs to know how many people support him in his project.
So If any of you reading this think helping Dino get a new football game developed and published sounds like a good idea, sign up on Dino Dini facebook fan page
Tell him on his wall that you are coming from KOA and on behalf of SebOnAir