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Professional Video Game Developer.

Male, 44, United Kingdom

Wed 26th Jan 2011

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ImDiggerDan commented on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Pricing and Feat...:

I don't understand why this only works on New 3DS. Videos I've seen don't really show anything that looks too taxing for an original 3DS in terms of RAM or CPU power requirements. Is it down to the control system or something else?



ImDiggerDan commented on Australian Government Set to Trial New Classif...:

A major possibly underlying story to this news is this:
If the major territories (even just North America and Europe, not Japan) adopt this global ratings system, it may well be the death of region locks in Nintendo hardware.

If a game can get a full suite of regional relevant ratings from one submission, that data can be built into the game data (as the current PEGI, COB, ESRB, USK ratings are) and the game could launch across territories without problem.

The only issue then would be down to localisations. Some developers prefer to hold off on Euro localisations to see if the game sells well enough in NA to justify the cost.



ImDiggerDan commented on Nintendo Download: 5th March (Europe):

Good to see a couple of games launching at a "sale" price to reward early adopters. I've pretty much stopped buying any eShop title at full price because they always end up at bargain basement prices once initial sales have dropped off. That isn't a great way to treat your customers.



ImDiggerDan commented on Gunman Clive 2 Shooting for 29th January Release:

@unrandomsam - It is possible that one region finds issues repeatedly that the other never found (or never considered serious enough to prevent publication).

It is also possible that EU versions take longer to develop waiting for localisations ( I'm assuming GC2 doesn't have too much text in it. I don't remember any in the original ).

It is possible that EU versions get held up in the age ratings process. The US process is done instantly online. The EU processes involve sending final versions off and waiting for results.

It is possible that publishers hold back releases in EU until they are sure the additional financial investment will pay off.

There is no simple reason why EU versions are delayed/never appear, but many valid reasons.



ImDiggerDan commented on ​The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Downl...:

@RupeeClock - The textures for the original were about 4x4, 16 colours. Let that sink in!

But, yeah. 600MB seems pretty big compared to the original. Download of games like this is not for me. I have to give my shiny new New 3DS to my son so he can play? I don't think so. Takes ages to clean the screen after his grubby mitts have been near it.



ImDiggerDan commented on Nintendo of America Issues Non-Statement on th...:

The real reason is simple:
They ran out of the smaller model because Nintendo of Europe used them all up in the New 3DS Ambassador Offer.

Ok, that was a deliberate troll post. I think it's a crazy decision. I personally prefer the small New 3DS over the XL and I was previously using the 3DS XL prior to getting the Ambassador one. I feel for you, Nintendo of America customers.



ImDiggerDan commented on Awesome Games Done Quick Raises Over $1.5 Mill...:

Watched a few of these videos. The thing I was impressed with most (well, after the amazing video games feats) was the lack of profanity (I assume there may be some on some older rated games, I didn't watch any of those).

It meant I was able to watch a few of them with my 8 year old son. Nice work guys, next time the event is on I'll be making a donation.



ImDiggerDan commented on New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Editions Already I...:

First impressions:
Screen colours seem more vibrant than my XL.
Screen smaller than XL but bigger than orig.
Individual pixels not noticable like they are on the XL.
Feels heavy and solid. Hinge especially.
Eye tracking doesn't like my glasses.
Return to home menu is a lot snappier.
Stylus is very short, but locks place a lot better than previous models.
Don't like the volume slider on the screen, can't adjust it mid-game without letting go of the controls.



ImDiggerDan commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

@GrizzlyArctos It sounds like you are going through all the pain I went through. Mine is ordered and shipping today.

You are probably using the link for the EU store. That is no good for UK customers. You need this one:

Don't use a mobile browser. Once you enter your Club Ninty details it takes you to the storefront, not the Ambassador Offer page.

The first Club Ninty "login" is not really logging you in, it is just verifying that you are eligible. When you go to checkout, it asks you to login again, but this is a login for the Nintendo UK Store, if you've never created an account, you'll have to create one now - no other logins with Nintendo work here.



ImDiggerDan commented on Nintendo Europe Shipping Ambassador Edition Ne...:

Well, I'm eligible, I can log in, but it shows me prices in Euros (I'm in England) and the checkout page won't let me change my delivery country from Ireland.

If I log in to my Club Ninty account, I see my country as "UK/Ireland" but I cannot change it. Not sure if either is related.



ImDiggerDan commented on Feature: A Year in Development - Renegade Kid:

@Morph It isn't about paying a member of staff to do the work, it's about localisation costs and paying the different ratings bodies in Europe quite a lot of money to rate the game. Then there's the Australian ratings system. That is in a league of its own as far as cost.
Seriously - it can easily cost more money than you'll get back to release the games in Europe and particularly Australia. It makes financial sense for Indies to release in North America first, where ratings cost nothing and localisation is not required, see if it sells a reasonable amount, project the potential profits for releasing in Europe, decide if you are actually likely to not lose money doing so.



ImDiggerDan commented on Renegade Kid Is Bringing Survival Horror Title...:

They are in submission with Nintendo, according to a tweet from RK. They are finished, they are coming.
It costs a serious sum of money to publish games in Europe. It is free in America. Devs have to weigh up the number of sales in America to estimate if they'll actually make any money releasing in Europe. Sucks to be in Europe, but that's business.



ImDiggerDan commented on Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Har...:

"However, this all changed with the 3DS". Not quite right. This changed with the DSi when running DSi only games. Original DS games were not region locked.

The introduction of region locking in Nintendo handhelds arrived at the same time as parental controls/games with ratings built in. There is your reason for the introduction of region locking. How do you determine whether a game that is acceptable for all audiences in one territory is the same for all others?



ImDiggerDan commented on Nintendo Download: 19th June (North America):

@Windy & others.

I'm pretty certain the 3DS does not display 3D visuals. Two clues - the banner on the eShop is 2D, I'm pretty certain Nintendo now require games with 3D visuals to have a 3D banner and the more info section for the game doesn't mention 3D visuals, other games do mention it.

For me, this means a Wii U purchase. Easier to share with the family and there is otherwise no advantage to having the game on 3DS. Sad to say, I consider it a cheap port to 3DS if they haven't added stereoscopic to a game that would look absolutely fantastic with it.



ImDiggerDan commented on Review: Digger Dan & Kaboom (DSiWare):

Really glad to hear you are enjoying the game. I always like to hear feedback, good or bad.

I just wish I could have got the 3DS version out by now. It's pretty much finished, but we're just not happy with the art.