Oh, a Rock! Studios is an indie videogame studio/loosely connected group of friends that makes funny, weird, and sincere adventure games, visual novels, and live-action FMV games.
Our studio was founded by the wife-and-husband team of Lizo Medina-Gray and Paul Franzen, two life-long adventure game fans from opposite sides of the tracks. (She’s a Sierra fangirl, and he’s a LucasArts fanboy.) They got their start making up interactive text adventure games through AOL Instant Messenger—one person would IM the other, saying something like “You wake up in the middle of the night to see a strange, beautiful woman hovering over your bed. What do you do?”, and the other person would type out responses and try to “win” the game, without getting themselves killed in some spectacularly unlikely fashion.
These early games formed the basis for Oh, a Rock!’s first point-and-click adventure game, The Beard in the Mirror.
As Lizo’s focus turned more toward the academic side of gaming, Paul started reaching out to some of his close friends to expand the scope of the studio to include not just point-and-clickers, but visual novels and FMV games, too.
A Stranger Comes Calling
The Beard in the Mirror: