Learn to Properly Season McDonald's Fries on Your DS

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Learn to Properly Season McDonald's Fries on Your DS

Now we can see in motion how McDonald's is training employees to properly season fries with the Nintendo DS.

About a month ago, McDonald's revealed its plans to train Japanese employees using the Nintendo DS. Now, Bloomberg has produced a report on the new method that shows the fast food chain's DS training game in action.

But before i get into that, I just want to ask: why is it so hard for people on the news to pronounce videogame technologies properly? The woman here seems to have no clue, calling the Nintendo DS "the NSDS or something?" It makes her look plain foolish. Would you call the iPod the zPong? No. Fire that woman, Bloomberg.

Ranting aside, we can now see that players of the training software, called eSmart, have to assemble burgers, cook fries, and learn how to properly clean a workstation. Though it looks easy, Bloomberg's more informed correspondent says that you must get all of the steps correct or it won't "let you shake your fries" and such. Working at McDonald's is apparently getting more complicated lately, and the training software is meant to ease the pain of learning.

A representative from McDonald's says that those training on the DS learn twice as quickly and can concentrate more on communication and confidence skills rather than worrying about messing up a McRib all day. The other cool part about the training is that it's apparently played on a McDonald's-branded DSi, which I'm sure is really neat to any kids in the McDonald's family.

I feel like this type of program would really help someone like me as I learn better by doing than reading or being told. It's also quite nerve-wracking when a manager is standing over your shoulder and whipping you with a switch when you leave the fries in for too long. eSmart would help to teach the exact steps that go into each McDonald's activity, but without the consequences of a yelling manager or irate customer. On the other hand, maybe those should be part of eSmart as well, to truly prepare employees. If Ronald McDonald called me a stupid s**t every time I made a mistake, it would be more like a real day at McDonald's.

(Via: Kotaku)

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The NSDS? This is why we aren't learning.

Edit!: Wait a minute...I really have to grab it with my fingers? Where's that stylus.....

Can anyone think of a better use for Cooking Mama than this?

*Sighs*

Whatever happened to learning through example?

I mean I worked in fast food one time (the horror), and I doubt a game is gonna depict the surge of heat that strikes your hand when you toast a bun, or the sweat of rush hour, or the cold hitting you in the chest when you stay in the freezer for just a few seconds looking for something...

And thus did the ds leave the ranks of gaming consoles forever, going on to become the very first universal PDT. nintendo pip-boy, you saw it here first!

So, apperantly all Japanese McDonaldsemployees are retards and gameaddicts...

It's come this far. We no longer need actual meat to teach people to make a burger (if mcdonalds even qualifies for the term "burger"). Let's also teach people plumbing by PS3 and brainsurgery by Wii!

(Oh, wait Nintendo tried brainsurgery and failed)

Wow!

The McDonalds Employees actually speak more fluently than the news anchor!

NSDS? Where has that woman been for the past 5 years? Whatever happened to learning through example anyways? The Nintendo consoles have been letting themselves down more and more as of recently.

Incidentally, what if there was a situation like say, a fire? I can't imagine the DS simulating that very well "tap with the stylus to extinguish the flames!". Yeah, thats why this whole "Learn through video games" idea is going to cause more problems than solutions AND wouldn't it cost more to buy these DSi's and games rather than to simply show the worker how to do it?

Call me crazy, but as someone who's worked in fast food, I have to say it's much easier to train someone to do the REAL job than it is to train them using games or videos. And we're just talking McCrap here, but could you imagine if this spread into other industries? Do you really want your house constructed by someone who's chief qualification was a 10-year addiction to the Sims games, or a Doctor who learned his surgical skills by tapping an inkless pen to a touchscreen?

The old "Games Create Killers" argument comes to mind, wherein it doesn't matter how bloody realistic a game may be, tapping mouse buttons and some keys does not equate to firing a gun, let alone slogging through the bush with fifty pounds of gear under a hot summer sun.

I foresee lawsuits on the horizon, for the DS doesn't train someone in the dangers of hot deepfryer oil.

Why dont i see people rushing to the shops(or the internet) to buy this?

hansari:
I mean I worked in fast food one time (the horror), and I doubt a game is gonna depict the surge of heat that strikes your hand when you toast a bun, or the sweat of rush hour, or the cold hitting you in the chest when you stay in the freezer for just a few seconds looking for something...

If you had been in 'Nam, your war memoirs would have been an amazing read. Hell, you make working at McDonalds sound like a best-selling thriller.

Well. I wonder how much use it will actually be...

There is no replacing going out there and doing the right thing...heh, lots of money on a fancy toy at the very least

**facepalm** What other reaction can I have to this?!

1. Get Fries.
2. Add Paprika.

Masterpiece Complete

Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

Video Games work in teaching and retention proven in study after study. You can find it funny and not take it to serious, but it is coming; not just to McDonalds, IT IS COMING IN ALL FACETS OF CORPORATE TRAINING for a ton of industries. IBM has three divisions just on creating games for businesses and much more. I've talked with leading serious games leaders, I've see what they are making, and it is coming.

If they make Ronal McDonald look like IT, and have him yell at them for making a mistake everytime, they'll probably learn three times as fast...

Tom Goldman:
But before i get into that, I just want to ask: why is it so hard for people on the news to pronounce videogame technologies properly? The woman here seems to have no clue, calling the Nintendo DS "the NSDS or something?" It makes her look plain foolish. Would you call the iPod the zPong? No. Fire that woman, Bloomberg.

It's not a flub. They can read an auto-cue with the best of them. No, it's a scripted moment. It's telegraphing to the Bloomberg audience, "Don't worry! We're not geeks!"

It's offensive in that way.

BlindChance:

Tom Goldman:
But before i get into that, I just want to ask: why is it so hard for people on the news to pronounce videogame technologies properly? The woman here seems to have no clue, calling the Nintendo DS "the NSDS or something?" It makes her look plain foolish. Would you call the iPod the zPong? No. Fire that woman, Bloomberg.

It's not a flub. They can read an auto-cue with the best of them. No, it's a scripted moment. It's telegraphing to the Bloomberg audience, "Don't worry! We're not geeks!"

It's offensive in that way.

That's how it seems to me too.

OMG I NEED A Mc RIB now you cant just talk about McRibs and not offer GLuB one... GLuB will be fiending for days now :(

it seems like a good idea to me. I work at mcdonalds now and the old training videos they used to have were ridiculous. they involved intergalactic spies, enough said.

also I worked at home depo as a cashier for awhile. the computer training there was phenomenal. when it was time for me to actually man a cash register I was confident that I would be able to operate it without issues, and I was.

So what happens if the new guy/girl doesnt have a DS? Are they automatically out the door or will it be a pre-requisite to working at McDonalds now? I can see it now...

Hiring new staff to work flexible hours - must be motivated, a team player and have Nintendo DS.

VanQQisH:
So what happens if the new guy/girl doesnt have a DS? Are they automatically out the door or will it be a pre-requisite to working at McDonalds now? I can see it now...

Hiring new staff to work flexible hours - must be motivated, a team player and have Nintendo DS.

If you noticed the DS in the video had a MCdonalds logo on the back, so the store owned it as a training aid.

I can see the view point of the Franchise owners, however; this kind of menial labor doesn't really translate that well from game to RL. I've worked plenty of fast food jobs, and making food like that is less topping memorization, and more muscle memory. Sure you try to memorize as you go along for the first 2 weeks or so, however the chart above your work center is always there as a fall back. I could see this kind of program used for bureaucratic/sales jobs, as for Mcdonalds... I don't foresee it dropping trainee mistakes that well.

Finally! "Pour Salt on It: The Game" It's definitely a different approach. I suppose a couple DS's might be cheaper then one PC.

This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard, how could hands on training be WORSE than using a FREAKING STYLUS TO LEARN HOW TO GRILL BURGERS.

Not to mention, for a company that is based on fast and cheap food, it seems like a pretty big expense to train everyone with portable gaming systems, especially when there is no way it's as effective as hands on training

hansari:

I mean I worked in fast food one time (the horror), and I doubt a game is gonna depict the surge of heat that strikes your hand when you toast a bun, or the sweat of rush hour, or the cold hitting you in the chest when you stay in the freezer for just a few seconds looking for something...

Dear lord, that sounds more like you're writing for Rorsarch's journal than about McDonalds.

Maytember 12th, 2010.

Hair in deep fat fryer. Curling round chip and sticking. This joint is afraid of me, I've seen it's true ingredients.

Anyway, that divergence aside, this is one of the silliest things I've heard for a while. This game will not teach people how to work cooking apparatus.

Wait a minute....Are DSes grease-proof?

squid5580:
Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

But see when you're a journalist or a reporter, it is part of your job to make sure that you get all names and pronunciations correct, be it a person's name or a company name.

Gaderael:

squid5580:
Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

But see when you're a journalist or a reporter, it is part of your job to make sure that you get all names and pronunciations correct, be it a person's name or a company name.

But see when you are a human sometimes you make mistakes. Like confusing the word outed with ousted.

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:
Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

But see when you're a journalist or a reporter, it is part of your job to make sure that you get all names and pronunciations correct, be it a person's name or a company name.

But see when you are a human sometimes you make mistakes. Like confusing the word outed with ousted.

But they should have fact checkers on these programs, so they should have gotten something as simple as Nintendo DS, correct.

Gaderael:

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:
Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

But see when you're a journalist or a reporter, it is part of your job to make sure that you get all names and pronunciations correct, be it a person's name or a company name.

But see when you are a human sometimes you make mistakes. Like confusing the word outed with ousted.

But they should have fact checkers on these programs, so they should have gotten something as simple as Nintendo DS, correct.

Which they did. The guy was very quick to correct her. It was a simple mistake not some grand conspiracy against gamers or gaming. Jesus if we can't learn to fight smart the battle is already over.

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:
Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

But see when you're a journalist or a reporter, it is part of your job to make sure that you get all names and pronunciations correct, be it a person's name or a company name.

But see when you are a human sometimes you make mistakes. Like confusing the word outed with ousted.

But they should have fact checkers on these programs, so they should have gotten something as simple as Nintendo DS, correct.

Which they did. The guy was very quick to correct her. It was a simple mistake not some grand conspiracy against gamers or gaming. Jesus if we can't learn to fight smart the battle is already over.

Fair enough, the correspondent corrected her, saying it was called the DS, or DSi. That never should have had to happen on air.

The way she said "NSDS or something," really showed that she put almost no effort in to the segment, which was unprofessional. If she had done something like this during a political segment, she would have been given shit for it, like say forgetting a politician's name, or who they are representing, etc.

0.o... riiiight

Gaderael:

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:
Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

But see when you're a journalist or a reporter, it is part of your job to make sure that you get all names and pronunciations correct, be it a person's name or a company name.

But see when you are a human sometimes you make mistakes. Like confusing the word outed with ousted.

But they should have fact checkers on these programs, so they should have gotten something as simple as Nintendo DS, correct.

Which they did. The guy was very quick to correct her. It was a simple mistake not some grand conspiracy against gamers or gaming. Jesus if we can't learn to fight smart the battle is already over.

Fair enough, the correspondent corrected her, saying it was called the DS, or DSi. That never should have had to happen on air.

The way she said "NSDS or something," really showed that she put almost no effort in to the segment, which was unprofessional. If she had done something like this during a political segment, she would have been given shit for it, like say forgetting a politician's name, or who they are representing, etc.

Which part are you saying shouldn't have happened on air? Are you saying he shouldn't have corrected her? Because that is exactly what he should have done IMO. Just like when a newspaper prints a retraction. I mean sure shit happens but to induce this kind of nerd rage over a simple mistake in a filler piece seems very paranoid. I could understand if she called it a useless piece of plastic or made some reference to Columbine or something. It is funny because we are the first to defend gaming yet we are also the ones who are ready with our guns drawn ready to take down any percieved "non gamer" like they are all trying to take down the industry and ban all games. We expect non gamers to treat us with respect but we don't want to offer the same courtesy in return. Just because a person doesn't game doesn't mean they are anti gaming. There is a difference. And it sure would be nice if every once in a while our media outlets remembered that.

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:

Gaderael:

squid5580:
Wow unbelievable. OMG she called it the NDS because apparently she doesn't know everything about everything like the rest of you.

But see when you're a journalist or a reporter, it is part of your job to make sure that you get all names and pronunciations correct, be it a person's name or a company name.

But see when you are a human sometimes you make mistakes. Like confusing the word outed with ousted.

But they should have fact checkers on these programs, so they should have gotten something as simple as Nintendo DS, correct.

Which they did. The guy was very quick to correct her. It was a simple mistake not some grand conspiracy against gamers or gaming. Jesus if we can't learn to fight smart the battle is already over.

Fair enough, the correspondent corrected her, saying it was called the DS, or DSi. That never should have had to happen on air.

The way she said "NSDS or something," really showed that she put almost no effort in to the segment, which was unprofessional. If she had done something like this during a political segment, she would have been given shit for it, like say forgetting a politician's name, or who they are representing, etc.

Which part are you saying shouldn't have happened on air? Are you saying he shouldn't have corrected her? Because that is exactly what he should have done IMO. Just like when a newspaper prints a retraction. I mean sure shit happens but to induce this kind of nerd rage over a simple mistake in a filler piece seems very paranoid. I could understand if she called it a useless piece of plastic or made some reference to Columbine or something. It is funny because we are the first to defend gaming yet we are also the ones who are ready with our guns drawn ready to take down any percieved "non gamer" like they are all trying to take down the industry and ban all games. We expect non gamers to treat us with respect but we don't want to offer the same courtesy in return. Just because a person doesn't game doesn't mean they are anti gaming. There is a difference. And it sure would be nice if every once in a while our media outlets remembered that.

No no, he was in the right in correcting her when she called it the NSDS. I'm saying that before they went to air, she should have known what the proper name was. Wither by checking it herself, or having someone find out for her.

As for lack of respect, well, I think people like us, who play a lot of video games, see something as small as knowing the name of an extremely popular gaming platform and not even bothering to find out, is a little disrespectful. It would have taken her ten seconds to find the name. That's all.

Now, I'm not calling her an anti-gaming nut or anything. She probably indifferent and just doesn't give a monkey's fart about games. That's fine. Still could have got the name right, seeing as it's the centerpiece of the article.

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