Oh, a Podcast! #19: What Would Videl Say?

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This month on the pod!

  • When is it okay to remake your old game? One week after release? Two?
  • How Michael ended up as a student in a Nancy Drew game
  • How Paul ended up as a finger model for Curiosity: What’s Inside the Cube?
  • Paul’s month from hell
  • How DBZ can help you write better dialogue
  • Letting NPCs solve puzzles so the players don’t have to
  • Testing your testers
  • Why it’s embarrassing when other people look at your code
  • Games that make us scream
  • Making time for games as a grown-up

All this, plus Michael makes a really good pun about a hammer. 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! #18: The Joy of Coding

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In this month’s episode!

  • Why are GUIs so hard to code??
  • And captions?! Jeez!
  • Image editing isn’t so great, either.
  • Removing background noise from videosnow THERE’S a challenge
  • Coming up with subtitles isn’t so bad though.
  • DLC vs. a full sequel for Cat President
  • How does music work in FMV games?
  • Games that disturbed us so much we had to stop playing

All this, plus our ideas for remaking the calendar. 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! #17: I Still Love You, Pizza

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In this month’s episode!

  • Michael’s Michael shirt he had printed up for Internet Court
  • How to drink soda without getting sued
  • Casting our moms in our games
  • What it’s like to have more than two people test your game
  • Oxford commas
  • Why do we have websites?
  • Designing and implementing pizza-based puzzles
  • Naked speed-runs
  • What tastes better, Tide Pods or Switch cartridges?
  • We dump on the new Mario and Zelda games for like 15 minutes.

All this, plus Michael pronounces “Chopin” kinda funny. You won’t wanna 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! #16: IT WAS YOU! (feat. Diana Gray)

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In this month’s episode!

  • Special guest Diana Gray (aka the voice of Francy Droo) is here!!
  • How do you pronounce a question mark?
  • Recording dialogue on the fly through Skype
  • Which cat in Cat President is “the weird one”?
  • HOW ARE THEIR SO MANY TYBOS IN THESE GAMES
  • Paul reveals that you can date him in a mobile game
  • One of the models in Pizza Boy is a legit, actual actress
  • Why and how Miles Edgeworth is canonically a My Little Pony fan
  • Michael’s bachelor party (which you can watch here on YouTube!)
  • Ace Attorney shipping

All this, plus hot tips on how to get authentic confusion from your voice actors (by not telling them anything about their characters, their motivations, or what’s happening in the story). 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, Michael is @arglefumph, and Diana is @acefangirl.

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.

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