(Thanks to Joe J. for the tip!)
When you spend several thousand dollars on a product, you expect it to be in working condition for quite a while, barring any acts outside of your control. As a customer, you expect a machine to work when you insert coins to play. So imagine having a machine that was purposely sabotaged to break down, so one guy could profit off the breakdowns as he is the only one who could fix it. That is allegedly what has happened with Whac-A-Mole machines by Bob’s Space Racers. An employee of the company, Marvin Wimberly, allegedly developed a “virus” (that’s the word used in the report – it was actually an intentional flaw in the computer code which is different) that caused the machines to break down after being turned on and off a certain number of times, a limit that he would set at his leisure. He would get paid to “fix” the problem, where he would simply reprogram the game again to break down in the future again. Talk about a nasty “easter egg” to implant into a game.
If convicted, Wimberly could face up to 15 years in prison. Hit the link below for a full story w/ video.