User Profile



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

Recent Comments



russellohh commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

Natsume finally gets the chance to make their own Harvest Moon- its garbage.

Final Fantasy creators get their chance to make their own Bravely Default- the last 10 hours are dreadful and make me unwilling to ever buy another digital game.

The Harvest Moon creator goes out on his own to make Hometown story- a terrible game I've never been able to play a full hour of.




russellohh commented on Review: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (3DS):

@DarthNocturnal I used to buy every Harvest Moon as soon as it came out, but I stopped awhile back. The GBA and GC ones really were the best. I also loved Back to Nature. I realized that in one game, I never did get married due to a broken heart event I think, and in another, I've never had a kid. Even though I stopped playing them years ago, I recently went back and decided to 100% complete every old one before I even glance at the new ones.



russellohh commented on Nintendo’s Free-To-Play Experiment Pokémon ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu If the current rating is 4.1, and you have a 1 star rating, and it gets flooded with 5 stars, it'll hit 4.99- not exactly NEGATING the 1, but certainly making it meaningless.

But, your review is for a game you admit to not playing, so I can't imagine it gave any meaning to anyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to write an essay about what it's like to be Emperor of Earth.



russellohh commented on Nintendo’s Free-To-Play Experiment Pokémon ...:

@Kaze_Memaryu HA! "I only downloaded it so i could give it a low rating, without having played it, not understanding how automatic downloads work, and generally just being a troll".

I have 5-6 3DSs at my house right now. I think I'll use all 5 to give it a 5 star rating, just to negate that nonsense you just spouted.



russellohh commented on Iron Combat: War in the Air Bringing Mech Batt...:

@Kaze_Memaryu At 22 seconds through the rest of the video, they repeatedly turn and face the camera. Not only can you tell them apart by the different color outfits, but even their hair and facial structure are clearly different as they fly around.

Are you maybe watching this on a phone or something? At 22 and 38 seconds, not only can you see their faces, but their arms, legs, and...yeah.

It's a game about two people that can fly. The entire video shows two people wearing shiney suits, flying.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America):

@OMC79 I bet it works out better for them that way. There are WayForward games i think look good, but ehh i'll wait til they're on sale. Pikmin, Wario Wii U? Eh they look nice, but $60 each, pass.

$10 for an Atlus RPG? $15? Who can say no!

I own every Atlus title and have likely beaten only one.



russellohh commented on Review: Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U ...:

I always heard I'd enjoyed Fire Emblem, but always put it off. I finally tried this game when I got it via the Ambassador program.

Three days later, I finally turned off my 3DS and collapsed from exhaustion.
One month later I owned every American release.

The day this comes out on eShop is the day I call out of work early.



russellohh commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@Quorthon Ehh sorta. Nintendo fans maybe made 1/3 of the mess, the rest is all Nintendo. I live in one of the most densely populated parts of the country, and there were.....7 Lucarios within 70 miles. For well over 2 million people in this area.
Every other house on this street owns a wii, yet every third city has a lucario amiibo.

BAD Nintendo, BAD!



russellohh commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@DTFaux Not exactly. The items are still in demand and in short supply because they are wanted. You can't go to a store and buy 100 copies of 1886 or whatever it is, and sit at home laughing manically that people will now pay $200 for the game- no one wants to pay $20 for it. Sure, the $12 Lucario i bought a friend might be worth $30 to someone in the parking lot, now that toys r us doesnt have it anymore, whereas it was only worth $12 to them if the store still had it in session. But in the end, the only toys r us within 15 miles only had 2 lucarios. The supply is Nintendos fault, and the demand is Nintendos pride.

Waking up at 6am and sitting outside a toys r us half snoring before i have to get to work is just friend love, and you better appreciate it, mister.

You know who you are.



russellohh commented on Weirdness: eBay Trolls amiibo Fans With Gold M...:

@Quorthon Agreed. I've sold 2 amiibos, 2 Majora's, and another item I think not out of pure greed, but I had an extra amiibo during a sale, and I had pre-ordered Majora for friends knowing it would sell out long before they could afford it, or find it.

Each item i listed at $9. Within minutes, one amiibo hit $35.

The Majora hit $150 within a day i believe. That's not the scalpers- that's Nintendo fans screaming "i have $150 to spend on this game, and if you only have 146, tough #%@%".



russellohh commented on Review: Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop):

@6ch6ris6 I found that hard to do, honestly. Even playing it for 5-6 minutes at a time, with 3-5 hours between each session, I ran out of time. I let my hearts energy things recharge overnight, to full, and fought a boss- pokeball broke, so you have to restart. Ran out of energy and was asked to pay money within seconds.

Trozei is well worth the purchase.



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.