Late Tuesday Brian Thomas Barnhart of the YouTube series “The Jag Bar” took to YouTube to share his experiences with the Coleco Chameleon Kickstarter campaign video.
According to Barnhart, “The Jag Bar” was going to be used in the Coeco Chameleon Kickstarter. In December, Mike Kennedy appeared on “The Jag Bar” with Barnhart. After they finished recording the episode, Kennedy asked Barnhart to cut over 20 minutes of footage from the interview in which they discussed the Retro VGS console. According to Barnhart, Kennedy told him that there would be more news coming out soon. Barnhart had expressed interested in being involved with the Kickstarter, and Kennedy asked him to film the video.
Barnhart began to get things worked out and arranged some families to be actors for the video, but unfortunately that video never happened. According to Barnhart when it came time to shoot the video, there wasn’t a prototype. He was told that the prototype was being worked on due to having an “issue with the motherboard.” According to what Barnhart, Kennedy told him that “the tech guy blew out a component and we need to reorder a part,” and they cancelled filming
About a week before Toy Fair New York, Barnhart and Kennedy tried to fit in the shoot, but that shoot also never happened because “the tech guy was worried we would take the prototype, shoot the prototype, and one of the kids would break it and [they] wouldn’t have anything for the Toy Fair.”
Just before the Kickstarter campaign was supposed to go live, Kennedy contacted Barnhart and told him to not shoot the commercial with the kids anymore. Instead, Kennedy to shoot him giving his call to arms, and record voiceovers of what the system would be about. This is where Barnhart apparently became frustrated, concerned with the ongoing issues. Concerned that the voiceover recordings would be misused, Barnhart told Kennedy that instead of a Kickstarter video, he should come on “The Jag Bar” and “open this thing up, you need to plug it in, and tell the folks and show people that this thing works.” Kennedy was apparently not receptive to the idea, and continued insisting that they just do the voiceovers. Ultimately Barnhart refused to do the video, telling Kennedy that “if you don’t have a 100% working prototype, I’m not going to do it.”
In the video, Barnhart does on on to read through the entire script, which he later posted to the forums at atari.io.
You can check out Barnhart’s video, as well as a full copy of the script below.