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Male, 37, United States

Tue 4th Aug 2009

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rosemo commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

It doesn't matter if he signed an NDA or not. If I speak at an IT related conference, I have to run my presentation by my employer even though the company is not an IT company. The reason is because they want to make sure that what I am saying represents the company well. I'm assuming that if Nintendo cleared Chris to be on a game related podcast and knew the topics in advance, he would have been fine. However, he apparently did not and violated company policy. Also, everyone needs to remember that employment at any company is an "at will" situation. You can quit your job at any time for any reason. LIkewise, the company can quit you as well if they feel like they don't need your services or you are not performing to expectations. Let's all wake up to that reality and move on. It serves you just as well as it serves the company.



rosemo commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Dismissal of Chris P...:

I disagree with the premise of this article. I listened to the interview and, while I enjoyed the candid discussion, I am not at all shocked that Chris was fired. In fact, his comments since the firing indicate that he is not holding Nintendo at fault either. I work in IT but the company I work for is in a highly regulated industry. If I divulge any information publicly about the company or its product development, I am as good as gone. I signed that NDA on day one, and it is binding even if I leave the company. But that doesn't mean that the company's culture is broken. Nintendo doesn't owe anyone any information on insider baseball. With that said, I hope Chris Pranger finds employment quickly and is able to provide for his family.



rosemo commented on Akihiro Hino on Why Fantasy Life 2 is Not Comi...:

Well, I'm 37 and I think smartphone games are crap, so take that Mr. Hino. I did get Fantasy Life on 3DS but will not play the sequel. And actually, my kids like the Wii U more than the 3DS. I mostly play the 3DS in our household.



rosemo commented on Guide: Everything We Know So Far About Nintend...:

I believe this is actually a really sound business move. The fact is that technology is becoming very commoditized now, so that most companies don't maintain their own infrastructure/support services but outsource them to specialized companies. Nintendo is making moves to invest some of their war chest in the e-commerce and mobile space instead of trying to do it all in-house. Of course, they have been doing this for years with game development studios. I wouldn't be surprised if the Nintendo of 10 years from now looks very different from the Nintendo of today, unrecognizable even.



rosemo commented on Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtr...:

I tried playing smartphone games and I hate them because of the controls and the microtransactions. If this is where video games go, then I will gladly find another hobby. However, there are still more than enough "pay and play" games that I am not worried about this for now.



rosemo commented on Developers Outline Their Ideas for Nintendo's ...:

@minotaurgamer Nintendo's fork of the Android OS (AOSP) would not be any more open than is Amazon's Fire OS, which is just a souped up fork of Android. In personal conversations, I have suggested that this may be the way forward for Nintendo as well. They could have access to a lot of social and web services at no cost and be able to lock down the OS to only access the Nintendo eShop as the app store.



rosemo commented on Masahiro Sakurai Admits That Super Smash Bros....:

If I remember correctly, the relentless sequels are why he stepped away from the Kirby franchise as well. Maybe it is time for him to move on now that SSB is well established. He could also take a more Miyamoto like role and supervise/oversee development but leave the day to day work in the hands of others whom he mentors.



rosemo commented on New Nintendo 3DS Models Announced:

This is intriguing but I don't think I'll buy it. I've got too many games for the non-upgraded 3DS to play to need to spend money on a new one. This seems a lot like the DSi to me. There were a few retail DSi-only games, you know. I think Konami published one, but Nintendo only released DSiware. So this could be like the GBC, which was a stop gap until the GBA was ready. They may just want to extend the 3DS until the WiiU is ready to be replaced so they can introduce new systems built on the same infrastructure.



rosemo commented on Review: Color Zen (3DS eShop):

This is the problem with games like this, Quell and others. Typically, the 3DS version is $2-$5 more than the phone version. I understand the eshop has increased costs but it is hard to pass up the phone version when one is on a limited budget and has access to a smartphone. It makes me to wonder how well these games sell on 3DS/Wii U.



rosemo commented on Review: EDGE (3DS eShop):

I commented in the forum that I think the game is good but the 3D is broken. The images ghost a lot for me. I usually play in 3D so I noticed it right away. I do enjoy the game though. The level design and music are great!



rosemo commented on Say Hello To The Nintendo 2DS - A 3DS without 3D:

Though the device is slightly ugly and name (2DS???) is confusing, I believe this is actually a very smart move by Nintendo. Look at their lineup for Christmas:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Mario Party: Island Tour
Pokemon X/Y

They hit all their major user audiences with those three releases and then offer cheap hardware to allow for playing the new games. It (and the rest of the 3DS family) will sell like crazy. Good move.



rosemo commented on Review: Mega Man 4 (NES):

I had Mega Man 3 and 4 as a kid. My friend had MM 1 & 2. I played all four and I've got to say, we actually liked the fact that this game was less frustrating than the others. I think it is all a matter of perspective. Older, more experienced gamers will naturally like the more difficult challenges.



rosemo commented on Review: Mario Tennis Open (3DS):

For all those who deify the RPG mode in the GBA, let me remind you that the story was absolutely throwaway and you played only generic characters until the very end of the game. I enjoyed the GBA game but in no way do I consider it the super awesome definitive game of tennis that some make it out to be. I guess I would rather have less story and more exposure to playing against or as a Mario universe character.



rosemo commented on Talking Point: What New Super Mario Bros. 2 Me...:

A few points:
1.) Nintendo is over-reliant on Mario, just like Disney was very reliant on Mickey Mouse and their franchise characters to drive people to their theme parks. This is empirically proven from both the number of games announced and the sales numbers that back them up. However, it makes good business sense, at least in the short term. We live in a capitalistic society so I don't see this as a problem.
2.) Those who are claiming that this game is "just more of the same" are basing that on exactly four screenshots. Can we wait until we see more of the game before passing judgment? In the meantime, go play some of the other 500 great games Nintendo has released.
3.) Mario is now ubiquitous in the way that Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, et. al became decades ago for past generations. All of my kids recognize Mario and Luigi, even if they are not yet old enough to play their games. Therefore, Nintendo will continue to capitalize on his popularity because they want to make money and introduce Mario games to the upcoming generation. Like the aforementioned characters, Mario will likely decrease in popularity as other iconic characters arise in pop culture. However, he will continue to be popular for a long while.

Those in their 30s (like me) who are complaining about the number of games attached to Mario need to realize that we are no longer the target demographic and that Nintendo is trying to reach the next generation.



rosemo commented on Feature: Bargain Bin DS Games:

Good games I have gotten on DS for cheap (i.e.less than $10):
1. Soul Bubbles
2. Lock's Quest
3. Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero
4. Retro Game Challenge
5. Elite Beat Agents
6. Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure



rosemo commented on Castlevania: The Adventure Whips Japan Next Week:

I had the first two GB Castlevanias back in the day. I sold them both recently in their original boxes. Yeah, the first one is a short, very difficult straight ahead platformer. The second game is awesome. I would recommend holding off on this one and waiting for the second to hit the Handheld VC.