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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 Former Sega of America CEO Talks Out on the Co...:

I see Nintendo more as a beloved grandmother, kindly making delicious cookies in her oven. She charges $2 for them, and $1 for accessories, like milk. Her neighbors Sonya and Mark&Sofia put whiskey in theirs, and charge $30 for the accessories, like proprietary...cups, and season passes to more cookies. The whiskey is to make the cookies MATURE, they say. For adults! Yet, all you ever see eating them are alcholic frat boys. Grandma Nin's cookies never grow up, but they never make you feel like buying a Tapout hat, either.

Grandma Nin is happy you like her cookies- she's been making them the same way for 30 years. And although your tastes change over time, the nostalgia, the quality, the family-friendly nature of her cookies never lose their appeal.

Unfortunately, come the holidays, Grandma Nin never knows how many cookies to make. Sometimes she makes square purple ones, and they don't do as well compared to the black chocolate S2 cookies Sonya makes. Other times, she makes small white ones, and everyone in America owns at least one.

The smaller one, the dual-chipped cookies, does insanely well. Several years later, the 3-chipped cookie does well, but sells 1/3 as many. So, she makes too many one year, at too high a price, and has to give it away much cheaper just 3 short months later. In fact, she actually lost money on ingredients. Too much compeition from these new, casual cookies- bite sized, 99 cent pieces of chipsAHoy garbage that taste like angry birds and farms.

Grandma can't adapt to this changing world of low-quality shovel flatware, so she does what she can do best- makes quality cookies at a reasonable price. Sure, it took her way too long to get online, and Voice Chat is way beyond her- don't try to Skype your grandma, kids. Just drop by, or send her a letter.

As for the action figure line she made, based on her favorite cookies, and yours?


Grandma Nin shouts.
It's not her fault she keeps selling out- she had no idea people would scalp so viciously her precious little cookies in the shape of italian plumbers and friendly dinosaurs.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 19th February (North America):

@starmarx39 It actually feels way less strategic to me. Since you can't flip two pieces that aren't going to cause either to clear, you can't set up stack or X shapted or giant + shaped blocks, then clear them all with a single piece.
Now you can only move a piece if its next motion will make it disappear.

You can't even switch XY to YX if you feel the need, unless XXYX becomes XXXY. That's literally the only way you can flip pieces.
Rough estimate? It limits your score by 70%, making it much harder to receive hearts.



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

@FaustoM That makes me the saddest panda. I realized yesterday that i never do that- swap one so it clears on two different parts of the screen- i think mostly because there are far more points to be had making a 8 or 12 or 16 combo super drop.

Which happens in this game, but randomly, and by accident.
So...crappy micro transactions, little skill, no strategy.

Turns out Nintendo closed Club Nintendo reviews for new games just so they wouldn't have to sit through 5,000 pages of
is the worst
you've ever had Nintedno

and i own a virtual boy.



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

@Bensei @RobMondavi @FaustoM

So, hopefully you guys can help me. Everyone else should read this too.

! I just finished level 12. In Trozei and every other match 3,

I might come across a pattern like

XYAXXAX If i move the Y to replace the final X, nothing happens. However, if i then switch the first A and the now-last X, I get XXXXAAY, making the 4 Xs disappear.
So far, in 12 stages of this game, i can't move the Y to replace the X- since it doesn't cause a line to clear. The only time i've been able to swap pieces is when either swap causes a clear. If that was confusing or unclear, every match 3 game on earth lets me switch XY to YX if i want to. So far, this game only lets me switch XY to YX if it will cause either letter to disappear- if it doesnt, then they just go back to their original positions.

Is this because i just finished the tutorial? Or am i literally unable to ever reposition things if they're not going to clear anything? In Trozei and Yoshi's whatever, i constantly made things like


Switch the very last X with the Z and BAM, 8 letters cleared.

So far in this game, i can only jam a single item into the pre-selected pattern. No skill, no strategy, no banking, no planning, just drag and drop.

Unless thats an advanced skill the game hasnt given me yet......
is the most basic vaguely advanced skill in a match 3 game removed to make it harder to get high scores, and force me to buy hearts?



russellohh commented on Nintendo to Introduce Free Software With NES a...:

@DarthNocturnal Except for Tony Hawk and one of the Burnout games. Honestly, messing around with the 2 hour demo is all i need out of any of them. After beating the first Dead Rising a few times, i actually got rid of that one and just play the demo. The demo actually did a few things better than the main game...



russellohh commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

@electrolite77 Obviously you're just trolling, since this poll literally appears on the page you're currently reading, but in case anyone else comes to this site later, or the survey updates, here's the survey you took
In total, how many different 3DS/2DS consoles have you previously owned? (2,127 votes)
None - New Nintendo 3DS will be my first 6%

Hey look- 94% currently say they already own a 3DS. I said 96. It's changed by two whole percents during your 12 hour session of "i can't even read a simple survey".

Here, i've saved you 10 seconds.


So, are there any other surveys on this site, or nintendo's website, you'd like me to slowly read out loud to you? I can break it up into smaller words. (We both know it'll be necessary)



russellohh commented on Feature: The Heartwarming Tale of a Missing 3D...:

AWhile back, I sold a rare white and green 2DS on eBay. I had ordered one for a friend, found one cheaper, and the second was already on its way, so it couldn't be cancelled. For once, i didn't get tracking or insurance. The person said they never got it. I was wary, since I had just had 5-6 eBay frauds happen in a row, one of which cost me $700. EBay buyer and seller protection has a LOT of fine print.

Anyway, i refunded the money. 3 months later , i got the message: "you won't believe what just came in the mail".
He included photos of a beaten up box, and shipping/receiving dates stamped on it- nearly 100 days apart.

He next-day shipped it to me immediately.



russellohh commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

@electrolite77 I'll let you do the math for a tantalum polymer 300mF 6.3V capacitor or its equivalent, a 100uF tantalum capacitor, copper wiring, SCD diodes, and quasi resonant convertor, and an active snubber to reduce turn off losses, something generic crap eBay products never do.
The transformer alone costs $1.50, and that's one of a dozen parts, most of which cost about a quarter, even when buying in bulk.
Of course, you'll write this off as "herf derf more nonsense from fanboys troll lol lol yolo".

Oh, and don't forget the LBO pin and SHDN pins for low-battery detection, you don't want to overcharge the unit like some crappy battery charger from the 1990s.

I'm not even touching the percentage of people who are upgrading and already own a DS, this website gave that survey two days ago.



russellohh commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

@electrolite77 It costs Nintendo about $4-6 to put one in. Read their press release on it, or shut up. Do the math yourself if you have to. If it was literally 3 cents, they wouldn't care. Again, other systems might come with chargers, but many certainly aren't usable without memory cards, controllers, etc.

You can scream and rant and shake with fear all you want. I know literally 1 person without a 3DS. Everyone owns a charger. Can't afford one? Don't buy a $200 new model of a $79 2DS. Somehow, it was sold for years across the world without an included charger and no one cared.

I appreciate your list of multiple products that come with chargers.
Don't care. It's a $5 charger. The dollar store carries them.



russellohh commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

@electrolite77 Its a $5 charger. My PS didn't come with a memory card, my Virtual Boy didn't come with batteries, my xbox didn't come with a wireless adapter to play 90% of the games, and the PSTV doesn't come with a controller or SD card to literally even turn the system on with, much less use it.
Sony: Yeah you're going to need a $79 memory card and a $50 controller to use your PSTV. It won't even turn on when you just buy the unit.
Nintendo: We've proven that 96% of NEW 3DS owners already have a charger at home, so we're not including it. They're $5 if you do need one

It's a $5 charger. Go count the coins in the couch cushions.



russellohh commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

@electrolite77 My wife and I have 2 phones. Two chargers in the bedroom, one in each car,one in each office, one in her purse and one in my workbag with the external battery, plus one plugged into the desktop. Total chargers: 7.
3DS charger in the bag, 3DS charger in the wall, 3DS charger at the office.
I only have 2 per system right now- typically i have at least 4. I'm about to get another, though.

Seriously, why have just one? Do you walk around the house carrying it all the time? Pack it up to take it to the office each day for playing on your lunch?
The only way i can imagine having one charger work well is if you only play at home, sitting in the same room.

Filthy casuals...



russellohh commented on Soapbox: Portable Gaming Forges a Special Rela...:

Steal my car, its insured, even if i lose a couple hundred bucks in the process.
Steal my phone, i'll just buy another on sale.
Throw 10% of my Facebook friends into a volcano, i might not notice.

Steal my 2DS, or before it, my 3DS, my DSlite, my DSphat, my GBAmicro.......
i'll beat your entire genetic line to hades with your own arm.



russellohh commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

@HyperSonicEXE 1. It's not yet to be determined, i stopped in all three today over a 8 hour period. They're fully loaded with stock, and the websites are full of every model. Gamestop opens at 11. Target opens at 8. You could have gone to any other store in the country and had any model you wanted.

2. Gamestop is a video game retailer, but they're also the size of a walk in closer. The 3DS shelf at bestbuy is larger than the entire gamestop. There are also 5 gamestops on a single street in my town, vs one BestBuy every 10 miles. Even if Gamestop gave out 100,000 systems to their stores, that'd only be one per store.
3. Nearly everyone on here talks about their Fire Emblem 3DS, their Pikachu XL, their Yoshi XL, and their Persona XL. Everyone owns more than one charger.
The PS2 didn't come with memory cards, the GC didn't, and the Vita, PSTV, and a few other systems don't come with memory cards either that are needed to do anything with the system. In Sony's case, its a $70 proprietary SD card that only works on the Vita and PSTV.
For Nintendo its a $5 cord. Meh.
The cords cost about 3-4$ to make.
This was an incredibly simple transaction. You willfully made it as difficult as possible by insisting on game "we make your single cash purchase take 45 minutes" stop.
Don't do it! I've never once seen a rare Amiibo at gamestop, either. Wii Fit trainers, Sheik, Lucario- no problem getting them elsewhere.



russellohh commented on Poll: Are You An Early Adopter With The New Ni...:

1. BestBuy ,Toys R Us and Target had dozens. You going to the only store in America not to have any in stock isn't Nintendo's fault
2. You don't have to enter a Gamestop, which tend to smell and have ridiculous wait times. Also, assuming you're using BestBuy's Rewards program, their 3DS is also a good bit cheaper than Gamestops systems, if they had any.
3. Chargers are like $5. Who only owns one?!



russellohh commented on New 3DS HOME Themes Confirmed for Majora's Mas...:

@DontPlayDumb No. People who bought the digital version get a free $2 theme. They're already paying less for the game, because its the eShop version.

You refused to buy the cheaper version, and aren't getting the free items.
Simple. Monster Hunter 3 was $40 the day it came out, and $15 2 months later. The same will happen with 4.
You did pay a lot more, and get a lot less, than people who waited to pay.




russellohh commented on New 3DS HOME Themes Confirmed for Majora's Mas...:

They made the art, of course its their own work. Or do you mean they should...give away for free the fanart created by fans using someone else's work?
So... yeah, not sure where you were going with that. I guess you could say that a random artist could take a 3D model of Mario, or some concept art made by Nintendo, make their own custom background, and put that up on the store for free.

In 5 seconds we'll have photos of butts and links to porn sites. now of course, you could hire moderators, and quality control people, and artists to make edits... and then charge money for all of it.



russellohh commented on New 3DS HOME Themes Confirmed for Majora's Mas...:

@DontPlayDumb Sweet, show me someone who can draw an animated background with hundreds of colors and sounds and requires no money whatsoever. I'll happily make them work hundreds of hours for zero pay, since according to you, its all free.

this is professional work that has to be edited, reviewed, accessible, typically color-blind accessible, and coded for various formats.



russellohh commented on New 3DS HOME Themes Confirmed for Majora's Mas...:

@dkxcalibur It was a 2 game limit if identical, 4 units if a controller or cable. Like say, a 99 cent Amazon Basics HDMI cable that Gamestop gave $4 trade for.

Also, have you used many of the themes? They're not like... 3D amazing animations, but they do have audio, scroll, and i believe several do move a little. Based on similar things I've done at work, I'd say they honestly cost about $3,000 to make. Sure, its a simple drawing and animation, but with the size, sound set up, even a quick confirmation of sound and such on each model of DS would take about two weeks from beginning to end.
At least $500 if you're making 2 dozen of them yourself, you get into a rhythm, but the set up- yeah, a couple thousand each.

This is a bit of a side note, but in a website i worked on, a kitten was supposed to meow. He did not. The dog barked, the duck quacked, the kid whined, but the cat didn't meow. Turns out the audio could only stream 7 streams at once, and we already have 7 other animals. so, the sound designer made a call to another filetype on a different server. Problem is, that server didn't run out of space, but was only capable of being called twice per minute- one call when accessed, another to play the sound. Of course, this was only while using a certain plug-in, which...

anyway, that #$^#^ing kitten for the Kid's Birthday Party template animation wound up taking a sound guy, two IT people, a phone call to the plug-in developer, 3 programmers, and a tester working on nothing else to fix over a 5-day period.

By the end of it, I estimated that it cost $10,000 to make that kitten meow again.

Did i mention that all this was just the silly background animation of a website not remotely about animals? We could have just taken out the cat, but the 7-stream limit was universal, and if we didn't find a solution then, we'd just be finding one down the road.

But yup! Even a .wav or a .mp3 of a kitten meowing for two seconds can cost thousands of dollars.



russellohh commented on New 3DS HOME Themes Confirmed for Majora's Mas...:

@RainbowGazelle In Murica, BestBuy has each card 10-20% off every month. With the bestbuy rewards program, you can get 5% of your total back as a gift card every month, so it works out to be about 13% off on average.

Gamestop messed up their trade values awhile back, a few times actually.

Essentially, a $50 game dropped down to $10 bargain bin status, but gamestop was still giving like 25 in trade for it. Buy 100 copies for $1,000, trade for 2,500.

Just this last weekend, i saw that Call of Duty Ghosts was as cheap as $10, and traded for about 15 still. Trading is rarely worth it- they sell a certain DS game for $12 but give 40 cents in trade for it- but every now and then, I'll notice something like that, and make an extra $200 for free before they update their prices again.



russellohh commented on New 3DS HOME Themes Confirmed for Majora's Mas...:

@RainbowGazelle Amazon used to be cheapest, until they started charging tax in my area. Now they're just average. I was able to get the $20 eShop codes for $5-10 for about a year and a half, so that made Fire Emblem $10 for me new, and all the DLC was about $20. Likewise, I paid $15 i think for Mario Kart 7. I now can only find eShop cards for 20% off, not 75. :(



russellohh commented on YouTube Stars Aren't Happy With Nintendo's Rev...:

I must be the Grandpas of the Southpark Rehash episode, because I find all forms of Let's Play and similar videos to be painfully dull to watch.
The RPG ones are the worse- I'm wondering what happens if you choose the bad option/picked a male character/whatever in a game like Fantasy Life or Mass Effect, and instead of seeing the cutscene I get either some reading all the dialog out loud, or some inane commentary on the cutscene.

Shepard: Miranda, I think we need to



russellohh commented on Talking Point: It's Time to Salute The Nintend...:

@sub12 Me. When a streetpass-heavy game comes out, one of my company's managers runs into my office yelling HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE IS IT DONE YET IS IT DONE YET I'M IN A DEPARTMENT MEETING BUT GIMME YO INFO". We haven't been this excited about handheld trading since Pokemon Red



russellohh commented on Not Everyone is Thrilled That Metroid Prime Tr...:

Hehehe. I always sell games before a Nintendo Direct. Once, they announced GBA VC games, so I immediately sold a GBA game for $40 online. Bought it on VC for $8 7 months later. My old copy now goes for $15.

Likewise, I sold REturn to Dreamland for $45- I'll soon be picking it up again for $8. Awww yeah