Oh, a Podcast! #15: Hi, I’m Fish Lover

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In this month’s episode!

  • Paul’s trip report from RetroGameCon!
  • Michael isn’t 100% sure what Undertale is.
  • Michael isn’t 100% sure what Steam is, either.
  • Francy Droo & Friends is coming out on December 5th!!
  • Is breakfast a verb?
  • How to deal with conflicting tester reports (can somebody please tell us?)
  • Filming babies
  • Rewriting Pride and Prejudice with alternative love interests
  • Cat President’s “very positive” reviews on Steam
  • The murder of Professor Layton

All this, plus………anything? You won’t want to miss it!!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

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Oh, a Podcast! #14: Drowning in Jello

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In this month’s episode!

  • Francy Droo & Friends is coming very soon!
  • Finding bugs in My Nigerian Prince, three years later
  • It’s pronounced “Ren’py”.
  • Mermaid Mission Titanic, a new visual novel that Michael’s writing, coding, and arting
  • Michael’s impossible dialogue
  • We completely invent the idea of “pre-alpha”. Copyright; that’s ours now.
  • Do mops look anything like hair?
  • The lost Latin translation of My Nigerian Prince
  • Paul’s twitter text adventure, and how he tried to kill all our fans
  • Decorating for the holidays

All this, plus Michael’s big plans for a game based on Bastille Day! You won’t want to miss it!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Oh, a Podcast! #13: What a Twist~!

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In this month’s episode!

  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and live theatrical shipping!
  • Letting Twitch dictate your life (literally)
  • Text parsers vs. verb menus vs. cursors
  • Paul’s really going to start writing Basically a Cow soon; he means it!
  • How we (try to) promote our games
  • What even are GUIs?
  • Paul and Michael’s let’s play of Willy Beamish from 2011.
  • IT’S PRONOUNCED “SUPER NINTENDO”
  • Is it time for listener questions yet??
  • Come hang out with Paul at RetroGameCon in Syracuse in November!

All this, plus Michael spends like 10 minutes trying to convince Paul to publish his game about mermaids. You won’t want to miss it!!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Oh, a Podcast! #12: #SexyPriest

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We’re celebrating one whole year of “Oh, a Podcast!” …Quietly. In our own ways. It’s almost like we didn’t mention it at all on the podcast itself, which would be crazy; but if you listen closely, you might hear us talking about things like:

  • YouTube is putting LPers out of business.
  • Michael Gray, the swim dad
  • Pride and Prejudice as an interactive dating sim
  • How Paul finds contract proofreading gigs
  • Michael and Paul’s story pitches, like “Forever a Clone” and “Love on the Oregon Trail”
  • Craft store romance
  • Should Michael write a game about his time in the seminary?
  • Mermaids are definitely the Next Big Thing.
  • Working out a personality for Judge Doodles in Internet Court
  • Paul’s experience showing off Awkward Steve at the Smithsonian!

All this, plus we try to re-imagine A Christmas Carol as high-fantasy interactive fiction. You won’t want to miss it!!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse, The Shivah, King of the Hat

Oh, a Podcast! #11: Cool Dads and Weird Moms

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It’s podcast season, everyone! What? That’s not a thing. Anyway, here’s what we’re talking about this month!

  • Paul and Michael are each other’s boss.
  • Angry Man Bun, and other fun nicknames for co-workers
  • Awkward Steve is going to be showcased at the Smithsonian!!!
  • No, SERIOUSLY!!
  • Making death sequences fun, rather than frustrating
  • An update on Sherlock Holmes’ copyright status
  • Weird Moms are the new Cool Dads.
  • We definitely know what the Game Grumps are.
  • Animorphs, Baby-Sitters Club, and Boxcar Children (because of course)
  • Michael taking art inspiration from his middle school self

All this, plus Paul gets basic facts about Star Trek totally, utterly wrong. If you like being angry, you won’t want to miss it!!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Star Trek: Borg, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Dream Daddy

Oh, a Podcast! #10: Shadows of Garfield

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Well, we did it! Another podcast in the books. The pod-books. The book of pod. Casts. Podcasts! …Here’s what we’re talking about this month:

  • The Awkward Steve Duology is coming out next month! (And Paul has no idea how to sell it.)
  • Also, E3 is happening! …We haven’t been keeping up with it, though.
  • R.I.P. Steam Greenlight, and our bank accounts
  • Are boring trailers better or worse than wacky trailers?
  • All the Metroids
  • We’re having trouble figuring out the artwork for REAL Real-Life Room Escape: The Escape
  • Michael’s Sherlock Holmes interactive text game
  • itch.io, and how we wish it had a bigger user base
  • YouTubers react to Rover’s unusual meow!
  • “Has a game ever made you cry?”

All this, plus we learn about how Paul backs up his files!! You definitely won’t want to miss it.

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Nancy Drew series, Metroid Prime series, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Samus Returns, Metroid: Other M, King’s Quest

Oh, a Podcast! #9: Blame MS Paint

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It’s crunch time on Don’t Turn Your Back on the Ocean, the long-awaited sequel to Awkward SteveThe game will be coming out in the next few months, and—oh. We forgot to talk about that on the podcast. Here’s what we talked about instead!

  • Paul’s ill-fated prototype about a cross-country typo hunt
  • Little-known franchises we’d like to make games based on, like Animorphs and Harry Potter
  • Michael’s new “artistic method”
  • Emergency Ketchup.
  • Which letters of the alphabet are hardest to draw?
  • Paul wants to add FMV to everything
  • All of the changes we’re making to Cat President for the new update
  • Trying to differentiate our games from other visual novels
  • What are our favorite pathways in Cat President?
  • “Help, I’ve Switched Bodies With President Crazypants!”

All this, plus…hey, whatever happened to Michael’s webcomic, Pug’s Adventures? Hmm. Happy listening!!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries, Animorphs: Shattered Reality, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Hatoful Boyfriend, Disc Jam

Oh, a Podcast! #8: Beard Cat

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It’s bright and early on a Monday morning! …But it doesn’t have to be. Take this podcast journey with Paul and Michael, and forget all about that pile of work that’s threatening to take over your entire life. Here’s what’s on tap this month:

  • We’re making Michael figure out how to do pixel-art
  • Point-and-click verb interfaces!
  • What even is “full-screen”?
  • Updates on Francy Droo 2, Awkward Steve 2, and Who Am I?
  • PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR GAMES ON STEAM GREENLIGHT!!!
  • Dealing with footage that’s too awkward for Awkward Steve
  • Very special editions of Sweet Valley High
  • What would a procedurally generated visual novel be like?
  • Michael spills the beans on The Worst High School Reunion Ever
  • The two times Michael and Paul have actually met in person

All this, plus absolutely no tax talk! We promise! Please enjoy our podcast.

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Spheres, Thimbleweed Park, Tales of Monkey Island, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Final Fantasy VI

Oh, a Podcast! #7: Kids Love E-Mail

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It’s Oh, a Podcast! #7! Michael ran out of games to write and Paul’s been doing hush-hush contract work, but here’s what we can and did talk about:

  • How Paul picks up contract proofreading work for games
  • The mistakes hidden object games were making ten years ago
  • More about estimated tax payments!!
  • We’re working on an FMV legal thriller (tentatively) called “Internet Court”!
  • Localizing noodles into hamburgers
  • Cat President’s value as an educational tool
  • Michael is performing science experiments on his beard.
  • Paul has a LOT of thoughts about save features in games.
  • The unexpected and frustrating things that happen right before you release a game
  • PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR GAMES ON STEAM GREENLIGHT.

All this, plus NO SERIOUSLY, PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR GAMES ON STEAM GREENLIGHT!

If you have questions about game development or any of our games, e-mail them to podcast@oharock.com, and we’ll answer them on the show! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Professor Garfield: Fact or Opinion?, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~, LEGO Batman, The Pagemaster, Radiant Historia