User Profile

russellohh

russellohh

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.

Joined:
Mon 22nd October, 2012

Recent Comments

russellohh

#4

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

#5

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

#7

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.

russellohh

#18

russellohh commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

@SonataAndante I've had Club Nintendo since the dark ages as well, and I'm fine with this. The unique cases, cards, towels, etc, still exist for coin purchases. The calendar, pin, and card or two I got in previous years are all collecting dust somewhere. But Earthbound? Donkey Kong? Those are games I will enjoy for another decade. The end of year prizes are nice, but its the monthly free games that I care about. I remember paying about $60 for Smash 64. Getting it as a freebie for filling out surveys or registering my 2DS, 3DS, wife's 3DS, and our friends 2DS is just fantastic.

russellohh

#22

russellohh commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

@Prof_Clayton The 3DS is over three years old. If someone is still using just the DS, which came out a full decade ago, and never upgraded, then they can't really be shocked that they aren't getting special gifts. I'm not holding out for an NES or SNES coupon, either. Shirts would be nice, for the DS owners, but... yeah. It's a ten year old system. Anyone who hasn't bought a new system since Tony Blair and Bush were in office isn't really the Club Nintendo market.

russellohh

#23

russellohh commented on Nintendo Goes Download-Only With The 2014 Club...:

A larger selection would be nice. My wife and I hit gold and platinum last year, and on the first of this year as well- mostly because we already own all odd those games except two of the platinum ones, and there's a reason we don't own them. Ah well I'll give one a try, and give the other code to a friend.

russellohh

#24

russellohh commented on AeternoBlade Update Brings Two DLC Options, In...:

@CaviarMeths Also, those weren't bikini armors- it was just the characters going to the beach, then getting attacked and putting their armor back on. It actually made sense. The heroine for this game seemed cool, but the demo was mediocre at best, and apparently it just got worse and never better.

russellohh

#25

russellohh commented on EarthBound 20th Anniversary Figures Seeing Rel...:

Takara Tomy also sells via Amazon Prime. Or, Amazon Prime sells Takara Tomy. However it works, their 2-3" figures are typically $6 from Amazon. For 4-5 figures, that's about what the import places are charging. Here's hoping Amazon gets them too!

russellohh

#26

russellohh commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@TheRealThanos Hmm I think it was actually the washing machine. I didn't have a dishwasher then, but I did leave a few games and once a system in my pocket. Kids today could be more spoiled on average, I don't interact with too many, and the few I do seem pretty good. I always wonder how much of it is the media. Watching ten minutes of the news makes you think we're all about to die, even if violent crime is at 30 year lows. We can't exactly survey each kid asking "are you more of a spoiled brat then your parents were at your age?!"

russellohh

#27

russellohh commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@TheRealThanos I'll stick by "some kids always suck". My mother was always proud that I got a watch when I was 5, and it worked scratch-free until I was 15. Most of my old toys were still in great condition, whereas our neighbors cut arms and tore off heads within weeks, if the toy survived their birthday. Kids today do break iPods, like you said- but then again, my gameboy has survived falling 30 feet, going through the dish washer, and my 3DS has survived a hurricane and me falling into waist-deep water during a floor. My iPhone fell 2 inches once, and the screen cracked right down the middle. A co-worker just dropped her new phone, it fell 3 feet- and shattered.

Maybe kids of today break their iPods so fast because we adults purposefully make modern electronics easily broken crap, just so we can feel superior?

I'll put that into a design doc somewhere....

russellohh

#28

russellohh commented on Video: You Really Don't Want To Know What Kids...:

@TheRealThanos My iPad mini cost $199, and my full size cost $350. Adjusted for inflation, an SNES launched at $340, and the Original GameBoy launched at $170 with inflation. So... 15% more than an iPad mini, and half the price of an iPad. Throw in the price of games, (Tetris and Pokemon costing $40 vs Angry Birds costing $1, Zenonia being free, etc) and, hate to break it to you guys... we're just as spoiled, if not more than, then the ungrateful brats of today.

russellohh

#38

russellohh commented on Treasure Your 3DS Game Saves Forever With This...:

You mean, you guy's companies don't have a single, slightly well hidden server with a backup of all your saves on it already? A server named after an old project that can't legally be deleted for another 30 years? A server that only you have accessed in the last two years? We...all do that, right?

russellohh

#39

russellohh commented on The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Arrives in...:

@PS4 I actually like the 2DS the most. The 3DS gets those two annoying lines in the screen, and opening it and closing it often to play a game briefly felt rough on the hinges. The 2Ds is also more comfortable for my somewhat large hands- since the LR buttons are on the top of the system, , not the halfway point like with the other ones, it is actually much more comfortable. I do miss the 3D in certain games, though.

russellohh

#45

russellohh commented on Animal Crossing: New Leaf's Team Was An Even S...:

@ikki5 Theoretically yes, since many Zelda games have mostly male staff, I think. but not always- Spanish movies don't feel anything like American movies, and Miyazaki movies have a pacing and a narrative feel that Western movies don't, even when the plots are virtually identical. A man is perfectly capable of making an RPG that a woman likes, but on the flip side, a dozen female executives passed on Fight CLub, claiming men wouldn't relate to it. I don't know a man who hasn't seen it several times, whether a artistic, homosexual pacifist or a UFC fighter in training. Likewise, Little Women and Mean Girls both speak to women of different generations in ways male-written movies and novels never did.

russellohh

#46

russellohh commented on Animal Crossing: New Leaf's Team Was An Even S...:

@unrandomsam I wasn't counting women who don't play games at all, of which I know a couple at my office. Most of my female friends are either serious cosplayers, or work in the gaming industry, so that skews it somewhat. I remember the story of a game that was made by a team of 90% men. The women working on the game loved it- much like World of Warcraft (55% women I think? I know several girls who play it, and no men) or Zelda, there were many things that appealed to women about it, more so than Gears of Duty or GTA. When the game was released, the producers had a meeting where they were shocked, SHOCKED that WOMEN played their game- it had been designed for men, by men, and they thought women would never play it, ever. Can you imagine any other industry doing that? "We designed this cheeseburger for African American Men, we fainted when an Asian woman said it was good!" or "this flashlight was made for Pacific Islander 10 year olds, we had no idea Iceland adults would use it!". (Ok, a Dora the Explorer flashlight is unlikely to be used by an adult security guard, but you know what I mean). Women are 51% of the country- its always a bit odd to me when a gaming company deliberately makes a game for just men. "Men only! 18+!" Facebook games. What's the target audience? Single men that only want to play with other men? There's a market for that, and the busty blonde wench isn't the one it appeals to...

russellohh

#48

russellohh commented on Animal Crossing: New Leaf's Team Was An Even S...:

@ikki5 It does if you want to make money. I know many women who play Call of Duty and Mass Effect, but not one who plays Grand Theft Auto. On the other end, I don't know a woman under 40 who doesn't own Animal Crossing. If companies could make their games appeal to broader markets, the profits would be insane.