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31, 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 Nintendo Download: 30th July (North America):

@andrew20 Nice! It sells for 70 online. I liked my copy, the artbook was nice and i didnt have a copy of the 64 one, but $70? for a game i got for free?
Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh seeya kirby...
still, it only has one of these three games on it, and its the worst of the three. These are worth picking up if you don't already have them



russellohh commented on Dragon Quest XI Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS ...:

@Peach64 Maybe not. Level 5 made Ni No Kuni, which was one of the best looking PS3 games, as well as a Ni No Kuni DS game that not only looked different, but even changed up a few things in an exciting way. Overall, if anyone can make an RPG port of a PS4 game that runs on a 3DS, trust level 5!



russellohh commented on Review: LEGO Jurassic World (3DS):

the Lego star wars movie made me snort laughter out my eye sockets. The Batman lego movie had me giggling. The Lego Movie is one of my favorite games of all time.
Playing the games is less fun than the last time I broke a bone.
Can they stop making games, and just release all the cut scenes as a DVD? Forever?



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 16th July (North America):

@Grumblevolcano A COO does more of the day-to-day stuff. In a retail store, you can think of them as the person who is there are the store making all the decisions, over ruling manager decisions, and basically being aware of every detail. The CEO might go years without actually being at the location, and makes decisions, but travels the world, gives speeches, and is a public face of the company.



russellohh commented on Shigeru Miyamoto Releases Statement on the Pas...:

So many times I've read an interview or press release from the spouse/best friend/business partner of 30 years who has just lost their other half. It's always tragic news, or this difficult time.




russellohh commented on If You're A Female In Japan, Then The Nintendo...:

@Ryu_Niiyama Two female friends work at Gamestop, and have never had questions/customers like that. Another couple of friends have had dozens. My favorites are where the male cashier doesn't play CAll of Duty, but the customer REFUSES to trust the girl's opinion, since girls "only play cooking mama". So, the male cashier gets asked the questions, turns and asks the girl, who gives him the answer, that he must THEN turn around and repeat to the customer. There are websites dedicated to these, and sadly i've seen it happen once or twice.

My maid-of-honor actually, has on more than one occasion been cornered at a bar while wearing her Bioshock and Portal shirts, asking why she was wearing it, why doesn't she admit she only plays farmville.
One guy demanded she explain the relationship between Comstock and Booker.

And people wonder why girl gaming museums are needed...



russellohh commented on If You're A Female In Japan, Then The Nintendo...:

@Vilinision Maybe because we live in a world where female Gamestop managers are told "bring out a man, girls don't understand games". Or my favorite "umm, girls don't play games, why do you work here? Is it to meet men?"

Or, where a girl on Call of Duty voice chat instantly gets hit on by 60 people.

Or, where a friend with a mildly popular Twitch stream playing Destiny uses voice chat for once- and the following day, had over 200 facebook friend requests, 2 proposals for marriage, and over a dozen photos of men's junk.

There's a reason girls don't always want to go to guy gamer events :-P
When they do, they better bring mace, a stun gun, and hand sanitizer.



russellohh commented on Pokémon Shuffle is Heading to Android and iOS...:

@Tasuki I doubt it. Neither of those companies has ever released a handheld, and the Wii outsold the 360 and PS3, combined. If the NX hits even half those numbers, Nintendo is set for life.

Mobile games always get 100 BILLION DOWNLOADS, but rarely break even in terms of profit. A single $10,000 player of a Zynga game (of which they have literally thousands) doesn't actually balance out with the 1,000 100% free players that pop up.
Of course, Flappy Birds made 50 million dollars in its first month, so.....

no idea how this will do. I'm still betting $10 million on the first day or month at the most.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 2nd July (Europe):

@Tiefseemiez There's a fair amount of platforming with auto-jump, but all of Majora and most of the later games were just fetch quests. Get this mask! Get me the shovel so i can get you the jar which you can trade for the canned food to trade for the bow to trade for the lens to get the thing to get the thing to get your boomerang.

And so on.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Life Weekly: F-Zero Wii U, Octolings,...:

@NorthLightSuplx Good thing 6 billion other people on this planet feel like i do, and aren't going to boycott a 120 year old company because one game had one gay character that one time.
Oh, btw- Google, Apple, and Microsoft all have homosexuals in their board of directors, as well as primary shareholders. Ford and Chevy do as well. It might be better if you just threw out your phone, computer, and car, and just walked to work. Just make sure everyone at work knows you're boycotting all tech companies that are infected with "The gay".
As long as you're not wearing Reeboks. If you are, boy do i have some bad news for you...



russellohh commented on Nintendo Life Weekly: F-Zero Wii U, Octolings,...:

@TJF588 Some people found the "maxed out" or even A-level friendships kind of weird. A male Avatar who is married with children and gets Tharja's first two supports has a creepy stalker who is madly smitten with him.
Likewise, Chrom sees the Avatar naked several times if she's female- silly if they're dating. Weird if she's married to his son. Other times, the lines were kept so distinctly non-flirtatious, that you go from "hey, good skills out there" At C, to "Can you help me be a better archer too?" at B, to HAVE MY BABY NOW DIRTY MAN at A, and S.... i won't even go there.
In an effort to make all of the conversations be both romance and BEST FRIENDS, the game made everyone seem a little too casual to be dating, and a little too flirty to be friends.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Life Weekly: F-Zero Wii U, Octolings,...:

@ain An opinion I heard, which i thought was nice- not everyone is gay. If we just made EVERY Fire Emblem character a marriage candidate, then aren't we just going "meh, everyone is bi i guess, whatever you want".
Whereas a single male romance lead, and a single female romance lead- are they then CANONICALLY gay? Not simply a character blank slate that you can convince to love you- ie, they "Choose" to be gay, or you the Player choose for them- but a realistic romance, where out of 50 soldiers in your arm, only 2 are gay, and only one is your gender?
It might be disappointing from a gameplay perspective, but from the perspective of the characters as a living, breathing world- one gay man in a group of 10-20 makes perfect sense.Its not as much fun to play, but it IS realistic, and makes the love that much more beautiful, and tragic.
"You might not be perfect for me, but you're literally the only other gay man within 10 years of my age in this small town in kansas"



russellohh commented on Reggie Talks Yo-Kai Watch And The Importance O...:

PFfft I second and third people laughing at "not a lot of 5 year olds with smartphones". I work at a school, and basically every kid has a smartphone. As much as I am a rabid 3DS and 2DS fanboy, my 3DS cost $200-
my $35 Android can play XCOM, the last Burnout game released on 360, and a game (NOVA?) that looks better than Halo 3.

On a friggin $35 phone. I don't have kids yet, but if i had kids and was low on money, you better believe they're all getting an Android vs their own PSVita or posssibly a 3DS.

I'd still get them 2DSs because I'm a fanboy, but still. Every kid has a smartphone!



russellohh commented on Review: EarthBound Beginnings (Wii U eShop / NES):

@RegalSin I have no idea what you're talking about, at all. Skull Girls wasn't "Some guy in college" - it was dozens of people, with millions in backing. It was not made with a mouse. It was made with a $2,000 WACOM, and several dev kits. If it was even remotely possible to do it with a $10 mouse, they would have done so.

A 12 year old did not program Digital Devil Saga. Ichirō Itano,Katsura Hashino, and Daisuke Kanada did- they are grown men in their 50s. Ichiro just had his 56th birthday. The YOUNGEST of them was 46 when the game game out. I could go on, but........literally every single line of what you said was wrong. I have no idea what you are saying with CDs. You claimed "Data is free", when it is not. I named 5 things that can be purchased digitally, back in the 90s, when you said everything was magical and free and money did not exist. You claimed none of them were. I repeated that yes, Diablo and Starcraft were once available on CD, but were also available digitally, which is how i purchased them. You them screamed HAHAHAHCD AHAHAHAHHA, for some reason. Not sure why. Starcraft was available on the N64, but that's not the version I am talking about. It was a game developed for millions of dollars, and sold digitally, for real money, not imaginary 12 year old "made with a mouse" unicorn magic. What are you saying about Earthbound? "In fact I think the creator of Mother is not the programmer at all,
and he probably did some programming work." Do you mean Itoi? No, he was not the programmer of Mother, he was the lead Developer and later, Producer. There is no "Think" and no "maybe he".... he is a known man, with a job, and a set of skills. What on Earth do you mean by the "Creator" of Earthbound, anyway? One man came up with some of the ideas- ideas that became a game when dozens of people spend hundreds of thousand of dollars developing it. Do you honestly believe that one man created Mother 1? There are 156 people in the credits for a reason.
I....honestly don't know what you're trying to say. Again....nothing you're saying happened, actually happened. No magical 12 year old created Digital Devil Saga. No one man "Created" mother 1 with "some programming". And wait, I just got your line about Diablo not being made in a multi-million dollar office. The Blizzard office rent is over $20,000 a month. The building itself is valued at over 15,000,000 in today's money, and was worth several million back when it was first released.

Who do you think make Diablo? Where on Earth are you getting ANY of this?!?



russellohh commented on Review: Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U):

@PinkSpider Oooo if Gamespot gave it a 6, that means it's a 9. They gave Fantasy Life, Professor Layton and some Phoenix Wright titles all 6s, and Fantasy Life is honestly one of the best things I've played in 30 years of gaming



russellohh commented on Review: EarthBound Beginnings (Wii U eShop / NES):

@RegalSin The "idea" of the project? It "could be?" If you're describing some kind of tiny song project done by a 17 year old in his parent's basement and put up on youtube for free, sure! Or, a crap game like Flappy Bird that was programmed on a piece of soggy cheese. Literally one or two words of what you said would apply in either of those situations.
You said "All data" and were discussing DLC, Diablo, Earthbound, and other games made my teams of hundreds using multi-million dollar offices. Any comparison to "Well, its totally possible to...." no, it's not.
And what on Earth are you talking about with the Apple computer reference? Bill Gates was the son of millionaires, using a $20,000,000 Harvard mainframe to develop the first Apple computer, which his parents paid tens of thousands of dollars to allow him access to. I don't have his tuition bill handy, but in today's money, his access to that computer that he made "With no idea how to make computers" would cost about $126,000.
You need "love and respect" to make these things? Yesssss.

Also, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in investment capital.
As for Skullgirls- you're talking about the game where the developers added one character for $11,000, right? And added another 20,000$? Or are you seriously claiming they did it with "one rogue programmer, with love and respect, in a basement, for free, with magical unicorn kisses".
Dear Lordi, the tablet that the characters were drawn on ALONE cost $4,000, and they needed 4-5 just to draw the concept art for the website...
To further your "all data is imaginary and can disappear at any moment" discussion.... okay. You have let's say, 10 PC games. You trip one day, and all 10 snap in half when you land on them. Congrats! You now own zero games. They cost $50 each to buy the disk.

I own Baldur's Gate, DRM free edition. It cost $5. I have it saved on my Amazon CLoud, Google Cloud, my iCloud, and my office computer, as well as a few other places. Tomorrow, Google goes out of business, and immediately burns all of their computers ina bonfire. An hour later, Apple's Chinese server farm that holds my game sinks into the ocean.
I still have 6 copies left to go.
Data is forever. Plastic disks, made out of love, respect, and sandwiches in some guy's basement, are barely worth the plastic they're printed on.



russellohh commented on Editorial: Nintendo's Approach to amiibo is In...:

@Senario They're able to sell plastic toys that cost $6 to make for $60 online, and have people lined up down the street when the store's open.
I've never seen a single ad about amiibos, but every news site remotely related to Japan/Gaming/Toys runs 24/7 coverage on amiibos.

I think Nintendo understands EVERYTHING about Western audiences and advertising ;-)



russellohh commented on Review: EarthBound Beginnings (Wii U eShop / NES):

@RegalSin Literally all of those were available as digital-only data. No one has any idea what you THINK you are saying - a physical game disk costs 29 cents to manufacture. The DATA on that disk cost 25,000,000.00 to create. So...."imaginary" products cost 25 million dollars, and physical products cost a quarter. As someone who has created "imaginary" products using a $10,000 development kit, a $2,500 computer, and paying $11,000 a month in office space rent, I'll take my $12,000 a month check for my "imaginary" product in cash, thank you very much. I'll ship you a 29 cent CD with 40 cent postage in the morning.



russellohh commented on Nintendo Download: 18th June (North America):

@VR32F1END Is it the Kongregate coupon, or a rewards coupon? The Kongretates can't be used on digital content, and the old trick of buying a game for $10 with the $5 coupon and paying $5, then returning it the next day for a $10 refund no longer works.

....not that I ever did such a thing.