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    Shakespeare The Situation With Watermelon Thread

    This is a thread about the company Watermelon (currently "working" on Sega Genesis / Mega Drive game Paprium, which also previously developed / published Pier Solar and published Sacred Line Genesis) and the person behind it. It's a short version of 500+ pages Paprium thread (Sega-16), SLG thread (Sega-16) and deleted discussions on MGF forums.
    It's made for journalists to help them covering the issue and also for people who are unaware of the situation and don't wanter to bother to read through hundreds of pages.

    The person in question is Gwenael Godde, the current head of Watermelon. Who is known for not paying money to contract workers, making fun of them or just ignoring. Nowadays, he behaves aggressively by default towards everyone, including investors and his most loyal fanboys (there are only two of them though).
    His current whereabouts are unknown, he literally hides from everyone - https://i.imgur.com/kPgifpi.png
    Both of the company phone numbers listed on the Paprium website are fake - https://i.imgur.com/Jb5WiwV.png

    There are lots of subjective and objective things could be said about him, but the simple fact is that he is a criminal. The characters like him were seen many times before in the gamedev, but for the retro game development it's the first time to see something like this, if I'm not mistaken.

    Below is the list of contract workers who weren't paid for years. If you're a journalist, you can contact each through here or through Twitter for additional details if you need to. Or you can't just ask people around. This is not a full list, something was lost because there are too many messages to dig through. If you're a worker reading this thread and you weren't paid when promised or had a contract, write about it here.

    Contract workers:

    1) sashadarko (Sacred Line Genesis developer)

    Godde paid the first part in the very beginning, then ignored all messages about paying the second. He paid the second one only after I brought the subject to the public on Sega-16 and MGF Forums and compiled a long report with e-mail screenshots (which was approved for publication by WM's Representative Zebbe), which I was going to publish. Then he told he will pay the rest through PayPal, but weeks after he mockingly stated he just won't be doing that.
    Not a single sales report was provided since SLG launch by him as well.

    Statement (Screenshot): https://i.imgur.com/qI5ldv7.png
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/sashadarko

    2) xGoldenBoyx [Luis Martins] (Paprium Graphics Artist)

    Statements:
    https://i.imgur.com/oE26ZXh.png
    https://i.imgur.com/uWlMo21.png
    https://i.imgur.com/a7DNsu4.png

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/XLuis__MartinsX

    3) Camille (WM Community Manager)

    Screenshots:
    https://i.imgur.com/7fvNMT2.png
    https://i.imgur.com/oE26ZXh.png

    4) Project N programmer

    Paid partially. He was getting payments but then they stopped and he just left the project. It wasn't touched since 2015.

    Screenshot: Can't find the quote, but it was mentioned in the Paprium thread on Sega-16.

    Other

    HedgeSNES

    Screenshot with info: https://i.imgur.com/Ciu2GuG.png
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ock91NT8-1I

    Tulio

    The former president of Watermelon, according to him he was removed from Paprium credits for his work on Paprium.

    Salvador

    Watermelon Portuguese Translator, wasn't even mentioned in the credits.

    Screenshot - https://i.imgur.com/sfkqIoQ.png

    Paprium Fiasco

    Whole blog dedicated to Godde's lies about Paprium. It's already a meme in France.
    https://papriumfiasco.wordpress.com

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    I hope I've got it all right. Share it with the gaming websites you know, especially the ones who were promoting Paprium and its trailer back in 2017.
    It also could be made sticky, but that's up to moderators.
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    Btw, that Paprium Fiasco blog smells like Fonzie. To me is just another way of him teasing people about the game. His marketing book is quite weird.

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    You may want to try sharing this info with someone like Larry Bundy Jr.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/LarryBundyJr/about

    He covers a lot of crowdfunding scams in detail in his "Kickscammers" series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by netpredakonn View Post
    Btw, that Paprium Fiasco blog smells like Fonzie. To me is just another way of him teasing people about the game. His marketing book is quite weird.
    I agree with you.
    Read between the lines, it's hyping up the game.
    A lot of the criticism is saying that it can't be done, that it looks too good, that it has too many sound channels etc.

    Plus, who is going to make a blog about a vaporware title?
    If it was some frustrated ex dev, I'd expect to see post after post about how they didn't get their money, screenshots of unpaid invoices, stuff like that.

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    I just checked out that blog. Aside from the other posts that seem to mock everyone critical of Fonzie, the "doctored" screenshot post was extra dubious.

    After the superficial accusation dumbing the issue down to simply Genesis resolution and level of filtering... only a single member posted a comment. Someone who came in just to disprove the conspiracy theory about screens and footage being doctored. The pics that they posted are so heaty, that you can see the simple thought process that went into them:

    Post a few 320 x 224 screenshots that are clear enough to see the level of shading and color.

    Show a bit of motion blur so that no one can say that they're just still mockups.
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    I understand that you're upset, but we really don't need a separate thread for this. This discussion has beem going on for some time already in the Paprium thread. We can keep it there.

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