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The boy who never grew up.

Male, United Kingdom

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

Sun 20th January, 2008

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Damo commented on The World's Oldest Video Game Media Brand Is B...:

@Jellyscare As I'm sure we've said to one another on several occasions, the Davies era CVG was in many ways the perfect games magazine. They knew the value of official assets but the design and layout was gorgeous and still looks great, even today. They combined in-depth knowledge with raw, unbridled enthusiasm; there was no pretence of trying to be cool or smart or have an agenda of any kind aside from promoting the best games of the period, regardless of what format they were on.

And it was only a couple of quid when all the other mags were almost twice as much!



Damo commented on UK Retailer GAME Is Selling Captain Toad: Trea...:

@Pikpikp By all accounts, it would appear that this has been done with Nintendo's blessing. There are rumours that this is a soft launch. Either way, there's no way that GAME could sell physical stock on Monday without Nintendo's approval.



Damo commented on Developer Interview: Aurelien Regard Talks Abo...:

@Kirk But he's not going for the behind-the-ship view here, he's looking to emulate games like Micro Machines while introducing shooter elements (like Kingdom Grand Prix). The F-Zero perspective wouldn't really work.



Damo commented on Video: What if... Smash Bros. Had Announcers F...:

@BLPs This is a fan site as well as a place to get news, reviews, features and opinion. Sorry we're not the New York Times, but we're about Nintendo culture and entertainment as all as Nintendo journalism, and that means from time to time, we like to blow off steam and have a little fun.



Damo commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@ToxieDogg I didn't bother with any of those titles, in fact I can't think of a single N64 game I played that needed the memory pack. I obviously steered clear of them at the time!



Damo commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@Kirk True, and it's something that Sega would evolve with the VMU. I'm actually kind of sad our modern controllers don't boast something more advanced, but I guess online connectivity negates the need for that.



Damo commented on Hardware Classics: Nintendo 64:

@Kirk The fact that the memory card was inserted into the controller isn't really an "innovation". I'd say the PlayStation popularised memory cards as they were a core part of the experience (thanks largely to the fact that you couldn't save to a CD).

I never owned a N64 memory pack as any game which required you to say data did so to the cart itself, so the N64 certainly didn't "standardise" that feature. In fact, I don't feel enough was ever made of the N64 memory pack.



Damo commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:


"I think it's bizarre that anyone would want them not to make a phone. That's tantamount to saying you don't want the company to grow or evolve in any way. I think they should--but I think they won't because they are incapable of understanding the industry or offering anything competitive."

Exactly my point.

I find it amusing that one of the key counter-arguments here is "Nintendo shouldn't make a phone because it would suck".

Talk about having faith, guys! :D



Damo commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

I find it amusing that in spite of the negative reaction in the comments to this idea, the poll (at the time of writing) is still in favour of a Nintendo Phone, and has been practically since voting started... :)



Damo commented on Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U):

@SuperWiiU First, the frame rate in AC3 was pretty sluggish during the on-foot sections. And second, I'm not sure you can compare a boat gliding across a largely empty ocean to a car driving though a bustling metropolis.



Damo commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

@TheHumbleFellow As someone who grew up in the glory years - I still vividly recall trading in a load of old Mega Drive games to get the first Sonic - yes, yes I am. They're perfectly likeable games but hardly worthy of name.



Damo commented on Soapbox: Sonic, It's Time to Talk:

@TheHumbleFellow Sega will have had some input in the game. I doubt they will have just left BRB to it. You only have to look at Sega's own "efforts" to create Sonic titles to know that the company has a mascot it simply doesn't know how to use properly.

Bring back Yuji Naka.



Damo commented on NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Home...:

@daggdroppen I used his real name because he was happy to give it in the original Eurogamer interview upon which this piece of news is based. All that has been done here is that we've reported on an interview that he has given - we're not "scared" or "lacking perspective" on anything.

In fact, you seem to have failed to even read this news item and have instead dreamt up your own strange view of events in order to whip yourself into a frenzy. Try reading the piece again.

@SpookyMeths Exactly!



Damo commented on Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presen...:

@Tsurii897 I think there's been some confusion - the book merely lists every OST that has been released, it doesn't come with any music or media files.

Kurt is correct, he doesn't need Konami's permission to do this. There are countless "unofficial" publications for all kinds of media - films, music, games, etc. As long as you credit the original copyright holder (as this book does) and state that it has no official connection with Konami (as this book does) then there really shouldn't be an issue, but I guess Konami is entitled to at least ask them to remove it from sale, even if there's no legal reason for doing so.

Perhaps Konami has plans for a similar book?



Damo commented on Video: StreetPass East Midlands Goes Hands-On ...:

@Luna-Harmony It was certainly a great event with lots of very like-minded gamers in attendance. It was also nice to see people of all ages really getting swept up in MK8, StreetPassing and Smash Bros 3DS! Nintendo is the only one of the "big three" which is really in a position to encourage this kind of event, and long may they continue.



Damo commented on Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collecte...:

@Kirk I will always maintain that the SNES and MD have to be experienced together, to deny either one is to miss out on some of the finest games ever made.

The MD had the SNES well and truly licked when it came to arcade titles and shooters, while Nintendo's system had some amazing platformers and RPGs.

I honestly couldn't choose between them, but I guess my heart is with the MD as that was my first "true" gaming system (my Atari 800 hand-me-down from my dad doesn't count).