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30, United States

Ex-EA Games and BHG employee now making educational software for kids. Twice the pay and half the hours- but I do miss game design. That's why I'm an active member of the IGDA, and meet with local indie developers as much as possible.

Mon 22nd October, 2012

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russellohh commented on Review: Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U eShop ...:

@TantXL That's just silly. The game is about unlocking the 4 towers. You unlock 2, and the characters get on a boat saying "let's go unlock the next two!" and To Be Continued... or some such text appears. And then the sequel came out. And then the sequel to that. Maybe you only played the game once, briefly?



russellohh commented on Sony: PS Vita Is Better Than 3DS And The Wii B...:

I go to BestBuy once a week. I go to Target about half that often.
I've worked in software companies for many years now, where 90-100% of my co-workers are diehard gamers.

I've never seen a Vita without saying the words "I've never seen a Vita", and even then, it only happened twice.

Are we SURE the Vita exists?



russellohh commented on Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's...:

I buy every Nintendo system on launch minute. Well, sometimes a week later. I had 3,000 Club Nintendo codes this year, and spent every one of em.

I had a Nintendo themed wedding cake.
My work is Nintendo themed.

I only exactly 1 Wii U game that wasn't a launch title.

Maybe....maybe Nintendo could make a second game?
To be fair, I did love 3D World, I just beat it a few too many times and passed it on to someone else.

But seriously.
Fire Emblem? FZero? A Zelda that isn't Hyrule Warriors, the worst Zelda and best Dynasty game of all time?
Fire Emblem?
Advance wars?

...Rogue Squadron?



russellohh commented on Review: Harvest Moon 2 (3DS eShop / Game Boy C...:

I don't mind the simpicity of the first two GB Harvest Moons. To me, they are less a full harvest moon, and more of a fun mini version to enjoy on the side.

Some Harvest Moons require you to work an entire day before you can save. In the first one, I could easily make one day last an hour, to get a lot done. That's terrible for a portable game. Mineral Town and DS had massive recipes to remember, complex schedules for townsfolk, and 50 things to do. OVer a decade with the game, and I still need to carry a 4 page guide in my pocket whenever I want to play it. Who's birthday is today? Did I give the Preacher enough honey to unlock X event, since honey is only in season 3 more days? It takes 21 days to harvest my first wool, is that enough time to give Rose the 41 wools she needs to make my Christmas stocking? Although those games are definitely superior overall, I play them mostly at home, with full internet and a printed out guide.

HM 1 and 2 GB, however, I can simply enjoy the planting, harvesting, and simple music at work, between meetings, and while waiting in line at the checkout line. I think of those games less as complete games in their own right, and more like my character from the other games is helping out a nearby town, while his wife and kid wait in another cartridge, at home.

Then again, I am a grown man who had a Harvest Moon wedding cake, so I might be a bit biased.



russellohh commented on Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set Now Available f...:

@rjejr I actually sold my Nintendo id recently. I had a huge number of Club nintendo coins, so I get at least 1 game every month from there. I also picked up all the $10 and $15 discounts, like Revelations has now. Thing is, I still have GBA games I never finished. I have Galaxy 2, but never completed Galaxy 1. I have the entire Command and Conquer series, but only beat the first one.

So, I sold every game I had but 3. I re-picked up animal crossing (i had only digital versions), and got smash. When I'm finished with those and my GBA games, THEN I'll buy another game.

Just gave out two copies of the Pokemon demo. Woo!



russellohh commented on I Had No Idea If I Was Fighting Demons, Dragon...:

@Phantom_R I'm not sure how much more the official actors are given, but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it isn't much. Placeholder actors are used a lot- the lip movements and length of dialog in a video game aren't individually programmed in, but are based on the voice acting. If a character in Skyrim talks for 10 seconds moving his lips, those ten seconds weren't programmed- the system itself set the time based on the 10 second audio file. Likewise, the subtitles appear on screen for the amount of time the audio file plays. If the sound file is missing, the captions shoot by in a flash, and their lips don't move at all.

For those reasons, placeholders are used. It also makes it easier to estimate what size the files will be. That's the only reason I've seen a few of the scripts. My current job asked me to be an "southern crocodile" and I went... in completely the wrong direction with it.



russellohh commented on I Had No Idea If I Was Fighting Demons, Dragon...:

@Phantom_R While doing placeholder video game voice over work, my only descriptions were "devout priest", "angry man" and "happy villager". Some of the lines were important plot lines, but when I'm told "Angry voice: you did it!", I have no idea if the person who did it spilled a cup of milk, or murdered the speaker's family. I feel like a lot of that can lead to some odd voice work in games. "Oh... I was a mass murdering sadist? I was just told to laugh and say 'I regret nothing'! I thought I was some kinda Simpsons character..."



russellohh commented on New Nintendo 3DS Videos Show Off Compulsory Sc...:

Fine with me. The 3DS and especially the 3DS have the SD card eject right on the palm of my right hand. Moving my hand up has opened the little door, and moving my hand down or squeezing has ejected the SD card on more than one occasions. In 3 years of daily use with the 3DS, I've only taken the SD card out maybe 4 times. There better be an easy way to upload photos from Smash Bros, though. Now that I'm really getting into it, I want to do daily photo uploads...



russellohh commented on Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Set to Bloom on ...:

As a rabid Harvest Moon nut, I always get them when they first come out. Then I remember that after two corrupt saves and a dead internal battery, I never actually had a kid in Mineral Town nor Harvest Moon DS, and maybe I should actually do that before I buy anymore...



russellohh commented on Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Set to Bloom on ...:

I'm worried that this is the first game in the series made by a completely different team. I got burned too hard by Bravely Default and Hometown Story to trust anything made by a new team that was related to the original...



russellohh commented on Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Wi...:

@DualWielding Microsoft and sony do weirder stuff, honestly. There are two models of Wii. Two of wii u, but only the harddrive size is different.

For PS3- 7 models. This one plays PS2 games, this does not, this one does but only on tuesdays, this one plays Ps1 games, this one does not.

5 models of 360. This plays old xbox games, this does with patches, this does not play old xbox games, only 360 games. This has built in wifi, this does not.

Etc, etc.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Reveals Details on the Third Week of ...:

@salxicha Kinda. It's oddly fun. You bring pokemon to the puzzle, and they throw pokemon pieces at you. You then match the same Pokemon with 3 or more of itself, and they clear away. But, you get bonuses and it speeds up depending on elemental effectiveness, and you're trying to capture the pokemon who is playing against you. Imagine two pokemon playing chess in a field together, that's kind of how the game world is set up. You capture the pokemon you're playing against, not the pieces on the board.

There are all nearly 500 Pokemon in the game, and its one of the best puzzle games I've played.



russellohh commented on Review: Kirby Fighters Deluxe (3DS eShop):

I got this so my wife and I could play Kirby co-op (sorry Triple deluxe, no reason to play you ever again after I beat the short story mode) on the 3DS, but...holy butts this game is easy. Even on the hardest difficulty, I think I've only died once or twice, and never had to see a Game Over or Continue screen.

Kirby Super Star's Arena was tough. Parts of Return to Dreamland were pretty hard. Arena 2 was super tough.

This... oh my.

Can we have an Ultimate Extreme mode or some such?



russellohh commented on Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And ...:

@XCWarrior I also memorize unused codes from Gamestop. If no one has registered Fire Emblem for Wii in the last 6 years, YOINK. I only do used games, and games older than a year. There are a few months where I didn't find anything I wanted, but there were enough months where I wanted more than one thing, so it evens out.



russellohh commented on Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And ...:

@XCWarrior I said I have 60 games from Club Nintendo, not 300. That's about 6,000 coins. I've registered about 12 systems and several hundred games over the decade or so that Clun Nintendo has been a thing. Every 10 Club Nintendo games you download and take the post-play survey for is another free game, so it works out.



russellohh commented on Looks Like You Can Only Install 300 Games And ...:

@XCWarrior I have every free Nintendo Club game of the month for the 3DS. 12 a year, 5 years on the system, that's at least 60 games- without spending a penny. Add in all the games I bought to get that many points, and... I imagine a decent number of people hitting the limit.