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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 Video: Behold the Sheer Majesty Of The Backlit...:

@Kirk I have a GB Light and the difference between that and this mod is like night and day, so you'd definitely want to mod the Light...which rather defeats the object of spending so much on it in the first place (Lights are expensive). The Light's screen is a lot duller than this modded version:

Also, call me stupid, but I prefer the size and ergonomics of the original GB to the Light. I just find that the smaller GB models give me cramp after a while, but the original is the perfect size.



Damo commented on Feature: The Ten Best 3DS Games For Your Kids ...:

@Zombie_Barioth I don't recall many of my friends pawing on their Game Boy or Game Gear screens back in the day. ;)

Kids have phones and tablets shoved in their faces almost before traditional consoles, as they are devices which their parents have on them all the time, and therefore make the ideal distraction when you're in the car and the kids are playing up or getting bored.

You have a point, but this early exposure to touch-driven interfaces certainly influences how children approach other devices.



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.