McDonald's Training Employees With Nintendo

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McDonald's Training Employees With Nintendo

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The Nintendo DS is on its way to becoming more of an educational tool than a gaming handheld, starting with the fast food industry.

Hot on the heels of the news that Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto wants the DS to be widely used in schools, Nikkei is reporting that McDonalds will be using the Nintendo DS to train its employees as well. McDonalds plans to put an average of two DSs in all 3,700 of its restaurants located in Japan later this year.

The McDonalds training program being developed for the DS is called "eSmart," which is suitably boring as I'm sure nobody wants it to be conceived as a game. Frying french and making Quarter Pounders is something that must be taken very seriously. eSmart will cost McDonalds around $2 million to implement.

Unfortunately, there is no information on exactly how the training software will work. I'm imagining that McDonalds is simply repurposing Cooking Mama and adding its logo. Because so many people in Japan are familiar with the Nintendo DS system, McDonalds believes that eSmart will cut training time in half and make it more appealing.

Ideally, it'll be easy to exchange the cartridge in the DS training systems so employees can play Dragon Quest IX while pretending they're learning how to properly assemble a Big Mac. eSmart could have unforeseen consequences on the productivity of Japanese McDonald's workers if so, but at least it would make working at McDonald's a little bit more fun.

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You have got to be kidding me? While you are at it why not repurpose Phoenix Wright for attorney training where every so often you shout "Objection!" at room full of strangers...

I will never understand the Japanese

I refuse to believe McDonald's staff are trained. Morelike enslaved.

Tap here to flip burger! Tap here to flip burger again!

I can hardly imagine how this will have any practical use...but, leave it to the japanese to come up with the ideas!

I haven't had a McDonald's in years, and not even wanted one until now. Damn you Big Mac picture. Damn you.

OT: I can definitely see it working if implemented properly. The average employee is the perfect age, and it could easily be quite intuitive.

I can imagine the next headline. Nintendo training surgeons with "Trauma Center" video game. Seriously, the DS is becoming something of Swiss Army Knife.

Maybe it'll be more like a semi-interactive history of the business, its achievements and goals, and more wordy stuff like that. I don't really see how a patty flipping simulator would be in any way a good idea.
Maybe a "How to Interact With Customers" minigame or something...

TehKnifeh:
You have got to be kidding me? While you are at it why not repurpose Phoenix Wright for attorney training where every so often you shout "Objection!" at room full of strangers...

I will never understand the Japanese

I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist: http://objection.mrdictionary.net/go.php?n=3770941

Yeah, it's a silly idea.

Random Argument Man:

TehKnifeh:
You have got to be kidding me? While you are at it why not repurpose Phoenix Wright for attorney training where every so often you shout "Objection!" at room full of strangers...

I will never understand the Japanese

I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist: http://objection.mrdictionary.net/go.php?n=3770941

Yeah, it's a silly idea.

Oh god that was great.
I applaud you my good man.

OT:......wow, the i though the DS had many uses but...this might be pushing it.

I think Nintendo is getting a little over-enthusiastic here. I'm not sure if it's worse that Nintendo is acting like this is possible, or that someone is willing to pay millions of dollars to try this.

Also it's unfair that they have Dragon Quest IX and the US does not. :P

The_root_of_all_evil:
I refuse to believe McDonald's staff are trained. Morelike enslaved.

I worked at McDonald's for a year. They had a computer that had some really bad flash animations that explained how to do a specific task, then it had some quizzes on the animation. It was very dull. Now that I think about it, no body learned anything from that computer. Everyone just learned by training from other employees.

It's been two years since I worked there, so I don't know if that is still there. I'm guessing it is.

I work for McDonalds and I can tell you that it's not going to do shit. That is one of the lamest ideas I have ever heard.

Austichar:
Tap here to flip burger! Tap here to flip burger again!

They stopped flipping them eons ago. I'd imagine it would be more along the lines of, "Tap here to realize you have no future."

Random Argument Man:

TehKnifeh:
You have got to be kidding me? While you are at it why not repurpose Phoenix Wright for attorney training where every so often you shout "Objection!" at room full of strangers...

I will never understand the Japanese

I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist: http://objection.mrdictionary.net/go.php?n=3770941

Yeah, it's a silly idea.

I think thats the first time I've almost fallen of my chair laughing :D

The_root_of_all_evil:
I refuse to believe McDonald's staff are trained. Morelike enslaved.

No they are trained.

Okay see how you spit in this burger? Don't use such a big spit wad next time. Just ration it out for the day.

Gigaguy64:
Snip

TehKnifeh:
Snip

I'm glad that I made you guys laugh a bit for the day.

Random Argument Man:

Gigaguy64:
Snip

TehKnifeh:
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I'm glad that I made you guys laugh a bit for the day.

I really needed that.
sigh, i am finally relaxed.
Ill haft to remember that site for future funnies.

Random Argument Man:

TehKnifeh:
You have got to be kidding me? While you are at it why not repurpose Phoenix Wright for attorney training where every so often you shout "Objection!" at room full of strangers...

I will never understand the Japanese

I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist: http://objection.mrdictionary.net/go.php?n=3770941

Yeah, it's a silly idea.

This

Meh, It might help.

Yeah but on the downside, You have to work for McDonalds.

I can't wait to see if these training cartridges will find their way on places like playasia. I would play this for fun ^^

"I'm sorry, but your cheeseburger is in another castle."

I'm unsure how this will cut training times at all. Surely the difference would be so miniscule as to be pointless anyway?

I'm sorry, Phillipe, but you failed your eSmart McDonald's certification course 5 times. Hell, the first 3 times you ate the stylus. Perhaps you should try out as a berry picker or a neoconservative political science major.

I don't care what they do as long as they keep the place clean and get my order right...

I cant see good things coming out of this

I work at mcdonalds and can see practical applications for this. the registers are touch screen so using the ds to simulate transactions is obvious. it could also be used to walk people through cleaning the grill, or things like that. Another possible application could be similar to those games which walk you through recipes. there are literally dozens of other ways this could be used but I already feel dumb enough for thinking of those. god i hate my job. hope america doesn't get this.

Remember those Holiday Inn Express commercials? Now just insert the line, "No, but I have a Nintendo DS" over "No, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express"

The_root_of_all_evil:
I refuse to believe McDonald's staff are trained. More like enslaved.

Nothing quite like working whitecollar fast food. I did it for a year fresh out of high school.
I seriously doubt this will get put in effect over in US stores. This feels like nothing more than an attempt by Nintendo to try to grab in more cash. A petty one at that.

Now we have to contend with long lines that dont move AND the McJobbers playing their DS's while we ask for fries with our salt?

Goddamn, I wish we did this at where I work. McDonalds in Aus sucks.

Tom Goldman:

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Remind me again why McDonalds' thought hacking up the meat from a Big Mac and tossing it into a nasty tortilla "wrap" was a good idea?

Donnyp:

The_root_of_all_evil:
I refuse to believe McDonald's staff are trained. Morelike enslaved.

No they are trained.

Okay see how you spit in this burger? Don't use such a big spit wad next time. Just ration it out for the day.

Trained you say?

MARKETING BLURB!;

Why of course, Cooking Mama's new "Do you want fries with that?" minigame brings you closer to monotonous repetitive soul sucking tasks!.

It just shows how mcdonalds make their food.. It's so easy that it could be a videogame (apparently)

I wonder if they'll also implement people to learn their A-Levels (since, apparently, you can get an A-Level while working at Mcdonalds) on DSes. If it does happen, I'm not even sure how to react to that, besides complaining about the cheapening of qualifications.

I can see a 'Mamas Cooking Mc-Donalds' game coming soon to be bundled with the DS XL... and I'm sure Mama would make a mean manager...

data_not_found:
"I'm sorry, but your cheeseburger is in another castle."

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