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The boy who never grew up.

Male, United Kingdom

Hobbit-like Editorial Director of Nintendo Life, Push Square and KINECTaku by day, freelance word wizard by night. You may have shaken your head in disgust at my work on Eurogamer, CNET UK, IGN UK and elsewhere.

Sun 20th January, 2008

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Damo commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

@TheRealThanos Don't get me wrong, it's an awful tune, but that's kind of why I like it! I think I know it off by heart ;)

As I pointed out in the feature, the Master System did so well in the UK that it got plenty of fresh games, including Mortal Kombat and Streets of Rage 2. I even think it got stuff like Pitfighter and Rise of the Robots, if memory serves. There was a massive market for the system well into the '90s.



Damo commented on Hardware Classics: Sega Master System:

@TheRealThanos The video was included as a light-hearted joke — in the UK, it gained a level of infamy as it was attached to the front of the magazine Mean Machines, which was the UK's first big multiformat console publication.

The story is that a competition was established which asked fans to write a song, and the one deemed to be the best would be professionally recorded and given away free with the second issue of Mean Machines. I still have my original audio tape, and while it's obviously not a classic tune, it's pretty well known here in the UK.



Damo commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

@TheRealThanos At no point was I suggesting that Nintendo should label the GamePad a "tablet" - my point was that Nintendo should be making sure people are aware that in the living room the GamePad can happily fulfil most tablet-based activities. The functionality is already there, so why not be a bit more vocal about it in order to attract new customers? Many people shopping for tablets may only want them to do very basic things (web, social media, video, etc) and certainly for kids, the GamePad's tablet-like functions should be more than enough, assuming it remains in the house.



Damo commented on Talking Point: Should Nintendo Be Promoting Th...:

I'm actually stunned that so many people have read this feature and then totally misunderstood what I was actually trying to say.

I stated in the piece that the wireless range was poor, it has a resistive screen and lacks the aesthetic charm of a "proper" tablet device, but my point was that it still does a lot of the things that a tablet does. Certainly in my experience, there's a lot of "doubling-up" of functionality.

I mainly use my tablet for surfing the web, browsing Twitter and eBay, streaming movies and playing the odd game. All of the above can be done on the GamePad right now, with no modification required — perhaps not as gracefully, but that's by the by. If Nintendo encouraged companies to make more dedicated apps (bespoke Twitter, Facebook and eBay apps would be nice) and streamlined the experience (quick boot already goes some way to doing this) then I know for a fact that I'd use the GamePad as a complete replacement for my tablet (which, I should stress, never leaves the house or indeed the living room).

Yes, there are plenty of people who take their tablets around with them everywhere and in that respect, the GamePad clearly isn't going to good enough. But that was never my point — I mentioned pretty early on that the scenario I was presenting involved keeping the GamePad in the living room, where pretty much every tablet owner I know personally uses their tablet 90 percent of the time.



Damo commented on Interview: Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance War...:

@PorllM You're right of course, and Nintendo has become very welcoming towards indies in recent years. But put yourself in their shoes - they went through all that effort to put the pitch together and were blanked, and since then an entire new market for indies has opened up elsewhere, on smartphones. I'm sure we can all understand why they're not banging on Nintendo's door again. But how knows? Perhaps this interview will be the first step towards Zee-3 working on the Wii U and 3DS? Time will tell.



Damo commented on Twitter Hashtag Brings Bunches of Well Wishes ...:

@unrandomsam Thanks for that random fact, I'm not sure anyone was seriously suggesting that Iwata should consume all of these bananas in order to speed up his recovery, though. ;)

Still, I'll let you off because you have one of my favourite Mega Drive games as your avatar at the moment.



Damo commented on Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See ...:

@absuplendous You've come onto a site which has "Nintendo" in its title and you're complaining that we're too positive about Nintendo? Dude, you are clearly frequenting to the wrong kind of site if you're expecting us to unduly champion the efforts of Nintendo's rivals. I honestly thought that would have been kinda obvious from the outset.

As several other people in this comment thread have pointed out, we try to be as even-handed as possible on this site, and in the past we've caught an awful lot of flack for it. Seeing as your profile states that you only joined in April of this year, I'm guessing you weren't around for any of that? As @sinalefa pointed out, we were even labelled "NintendoDeath" at one point. Seems you can't please everyone 100 percent of the time.

And you totally missed my point about the YouTube audience - we have subscribers on there that don't visit the main site — not to mention a massive potential audience which has perhaps never heard of Nintendo Life. That said, we're still experimenting with video at present and all of the valid feedback given in these comments will be taken into account.

Anyway, you appear to have made up your mind, and like @sinalefa, I wish you all the best in finding your utopian Nintendo-centric site which doesn't have a bias towards Nintendo, and only reports on massively important events like E3 in the most limited fashion.



Damo commented on Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See ...:

@absuplendous You understand that this is a video feature, and not a written one? And do you also understand that the audience we have on YouTube is actually sometimes different from the one which visits this site?

Even taking that into account, it's hardly like we've posted about E3 every day of the past week (and to be honest, why shouldn't we - it's the biggest gaming event of the year?). And if you think we're totally biased towards Nintendo, you obviously don't check out the site often enough. Only yesterday we posted a piece questioning the Mercedes DLC in Mario Kart 8, for example.