> In short, what's the story behind this ? Why not releasing this simple arcade game, > when thousand of others is already released ? > In other words : > - What made this game so special ?
Beyond it being a prototype that was never released? Lawsuits between his company, Midway, and Namco. His company may be prohibited from releasing it under the terms of their settlement, no one really knows exactly how that all worked out. But he's probably just not inclined. Namco owns their prototype though, so they'd know who'd released it should it happen.
> P.S. And Marble Man, too ?
Because the guy who managed to cut a deal with the former employees who had the ROMs swore he wouldn't release it. And still might have, but then the Internet gave him a really hard time when they found out about it, so he holds a grudge about it, though he's contributed other things that he has. It's unfortunate how that all worked out. Atari knows he owns it, too, so they'd know who'd released it should it happen.