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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 Weirdness: Nintendo Wins More Great Publicity ...:

Two years after the Wii came out, I moved all the furniture out of the way for a game of tennis - or so I thought. My hand went through a wooden panel, shattering it, and fracturing my middle finger.

By the next day, my finger was completely black.

My best sports injury!



russellohh commented on Mario Kart 8 Starting Grid T-Shirt Accelerates...:

@Tsurii897 Also, do you have used gamestores in your country/city? I've noticed through a decade of doing this that less than 1/4 of people actually use their club nintendo points. I certainly wouldn't go into a store today and grab a smash bros wii u code off a brand new box, but games like New Super Mario Bros 2, Fire Emblem Wii, Mario Party 7-8 that are used- if no one has registered these games after 3-4 years, i consider them up for grabs. It doesnt take long to remember or take a photo of the code and use it later. I'm at the equivalent of..............math, eww.... 9,000 ish stars for the year by that method. I don't go into the stores more than once every other month, either.One story had an entire row of either smash bros brawl or zelda wind waker hd games, not one of which had been registered.



russellohh commented on Mario Kart 8 Starting Grid T-Shirt Accelerates...:

I much prefer downloads. I do have a figure i really like from Platinum a few years back, but 150 coins got me Smash 64, a game i paid $50 for years ago. Harvest Moon was 100 or 150 coins, or $8. For 2250 coins, I could download my entire N64 library. Or, get 1 $20 ish shirt.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 11th December (North America):

Harvest Moon 3 is sooo not more of the same. First handheld one with marriage, for one thing. Massive gameplay differences between genders. Only one of the games to feature a real roommate system, as far as I know. BE TWELVE OCLOCK FASTER

Also, it has a world map, a falcon, you can buy a boat, aaaaaaaaaaand overall the best inventory out of the series. Comparing it to the other games is a bit like comparing Mario Galaxy to Super Mario Bros.



russellohh commented on Talking Point: The Time Is Right For A Nintend...:

@RupeeClock I dunno. I've had Androids crack on the first day, the back of each brushed metal iPad looks like a blender hit it the first time I use it, and my other Androids have crashed about 300 times. In over 20 years of owning Nintendo consoles, I've had a crash twice, and both were on the same wii game.

If Nintendo made a phone....oooooooooo



russellohh commented on Nintendo Reportedly States That No First Wave ...:

@Platypus101 See, that's how I make myself feel better! I only buy one or two at a time, and I list each one for $8-9. If the buyer wants to pay $100, that's on them!

I did once have a buyer ask me why I charged them $60 or whatever for a $20 item. I reminded them that I listed it for 10. Why on earth did they offer me $60 for a $10 item?



russellohh commented on Rumour: Villager, Marth & Wii Fit Trainer amii...:

@Hy8ogen I know people who have spent 5,000 hours in a single Animal Crossing game. On their facebook group, the average player is at 900 hours- for the 3DS title, much less the other 4.

Marth was in one DS game, that was honestly the worst Fire Emblem game. The game took me 16 hours to beat- the 3DS one, 120 hours The GBA ones, 40-50 hours each.

Marth was a half-hit wonder with a single mediocre game under his belt that can be beaten over a weekend.

The Villager has been in 4 titles, in games people play daily for years If anything, the Villager is the significant one, avatar or not.



russellohh commented on Fire Emblem Looks Set to Arrive on the North A...:

45 minutes after Nintendo announced GBA games on the Wii U, I sold my unfinished copy of Fire Emblem for $35. Once a game comes out on virtual console, the sell price tends to drop- right now its around $18. I'll be picking up the VC version and its precious, precious save states as soon as it goes on sale...



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.