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October 16, 2002 9:36 AM


I have yet to work on a web application or regular ol' website (including this one) where I didn't have to make a decision that wasn't 100%. To be a bit more clear, every site or app I've worked on has some feature, or bucket of content in a somewhat odd place.

As a site or app gets built and features and content buckets get added, removed and modified, odd conventions arise due to other conventions you are trying to adhere to but can't due to one bucket spanning multiple other buckets, or one feature creating value for three different outputs. Have I lost you yet? If not, you are probably a web developer or IA. Let's take out experience over to the Gameboy Advance.

Arcada Zen is a blog focusing on video gaming and human computer interaction which is, imho, a big deal. The author makes this point about the Gameboy Advance...

the unit is miserable to play except under the most ideal light conditions.

Its a complaint everyone seems to have, and yet I wonder how Nintendo could fail to understand their users' needs.

This is one of those things where two user needs are battling against each other and the blogger lost. The problem with backlighting a Gameboy is weight and battery depletion. Currently, there are two double A batteries in my (pink) Gameboy Advance (that I originally bought for my wife because she actually wanted one, but I'm the only one who uses it). Those two batteries are pretty light and moderate use of the unit eats the batteries kind of quickly. I am a 31 year old male with a good job. I can afford batteries, and I can hold up the unit with no trouble.

My nephew is also a Gameboy Advance owner (his is blue), and he has a little trouble holding the thing in the right position to play for too long (especially with the unwieldy third party lighting apparatus). Imagine adding in the gear for backlighting, and another 2 or 4 batteries to support that. This core constituency of little kids couldn't be ignored by Nintendo, who had a tough choice to make with their product based on the needs and desires of disparate users (eg, my nephew and I). Should they have added in backlighting, and make the unit bigger, heavier and more expensive to run? Or, slim it down, and lower the price of the unit?