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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.

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Mon 22nd October, 2012

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#6

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.

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#7

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..."

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#8

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...

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#9

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...

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#10

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...

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#11

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.

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#13

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.

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#17

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?

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#22

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.

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#23

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.

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#25

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.

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#36

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.

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#40

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.

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#41

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.

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#42

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.

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#43

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!

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#44

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?!"

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#45

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....

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#46

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.