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I work at Reflexive as a Game Director making casual games (you know that type of game that the industry loves to rant about). Of course I'm given to ranting myself, especially in regards to the animal known as the games industry (we'll leave off the word 'dumb' when describing the animal because it only sometimes applies). I like games. I think that is the core of why I say anything. I play games, I enjoy them, and I care about our industry. I'm also getting older all the time, that's probably a factor as well. I keep looking for games that add meaning to life and am excited whenever the industry or even a developer steps outside of the norm.

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Posted by Russell Carroll on Thu, 29 Oct 2009 01:13:00 EDT in Design
Older people don't play games. Why not? What needs to change so that they do (we'll assume it's not the people who need to change).

Posted by Russell Carroll on Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:50:00 EDT in Design
Sometimes we lose what's good along the way.

Posted by Russell Carroll on Tue, 03 Mar 2009 09:33:00 EST in Design, Production
When people care, they see the good. That is true in every aspect of life from your relationship with your significant other to the Wii.

Russell Carroll's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 12/20/2013 - 06:30]

Good year for Nintendo in ...

Good year for Nintendo in 2013, SM3DW is a pure joy. Inventive and amazing, I liked the 3DS game, but I 'm in love this WiiU title : . r nGreat list of fun stuff. Very similar to my own, except I 'd add Fire Emblem and Rune Factory 4. ...

Comment In: [Feature - 12/23/2013 - 01:00]

I liked Gates of Thunder, ...

I liked Gates of Thunder, but really preferred Lords of Thunder myself, I was curious as to what you think makes Gates the superior I loved the TurboGrafx CD games, such a fun period of my childhood .

Comment In: [Blog - 09/12/2013 - 08:38]

I tend to agree, but ...

I tend to agree, but it depends on how you frame the question. r nIn terms of AAA titles, I do feel we are much less diverse in content. AAA is narrowing down to a small group that is rarely added to and rarely divergent. r n r nIn terms ...

Comment In: [News - 07/10/2013 - 02:30]

Notably EA, Activision and Ubisoft ...

Notably EA, Activision and Ubisoft are at various levels of low to no support on the 3DS. It 's just not a media news story on the 3DS, and the question is why doesn 't it freak everyone out the same way r n r nLooking at the list of ...

Comment In: [News - 06/25/2013 - 03:32]

Yeah, the WiiU 'paltry ' ...

Yeah, the WiiU 'paltry ' install base that has everyone in PANIC is nearing 4 million units worldwide. r nAn honest appraisal has OUYA being lucky to hit that number in 2 years. r nConsole sales are hard, even if you have a well-known brand, retail shelf-space, and marketing money ...

Comment In: [News - 06/11/2013 - 10:56]

From each of the big ...

From each of the big 3: MS Sony Nintendo we got mostly new IPs that play just the same as the old IPs - they just look prettier. r n r nWonderful 101 is a new IP, and since it isn 't just like old IPs, I expect it won ...