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

Oh, a Podcast! #6: America’s Wackiest Taxpayers

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Steam Greenlight is on its way out! What does that mean for us? Well, it’s, uhhh…it’s not great. Here’s what we’re talking about this month:

  • What if we just did a podcast about A Goofy Movie.
  • Production has started on our new full-length visual novel, The Pizza Delivery Boy Who Saved the World!
  • The death of Steam Greenlight
  • PLEASE VOTE YES ON THE FRANCY DROO & FRIENDS COLLECTION
  • Pizza boy modeling
  • Baby Rosie’s exploding belly button
  • The majesty of the “magnetic lasso” tool
  • Trying to make a realistic soap opera parody
  • Bug-testing through watching people’s LP’s of our games
  • Our favorite game developers

All this, plus we answer the age-old question: “Pizza?” You absolutely will not 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: Code:Realize, Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem

Oh, a Podcast! #5: No Baby Kissing!!

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Welcome back to “Oh, a Podcast!”, literally the only thing on the Internet that isn’t talking about politics this month! Here’s what’s on the docket:

  • We finally thought of a dating sim too uncomfortable for even us to make.
  • Paul’s dream adventure game, Basically a Cow
  • Balancing having a newborn and getting anything done ever
  • Game puzzles involving dirty diapers
  • Taking inspiration from games we found at yardsales
  • We don’t really know what Thumbelina is.
  • Michael’s old man make-up
  • Designing game design docs
  • The pedantic math puzzle in Francy Two that everybody is going to hate
  • How to avoid animating your game

All this, plus Michael briefly explains how self-employment taxes work*! 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: The Legend of Crystal Valley, Unfinished Tales: Illicit Love, Emerald City Confidential, Pepper’s Adventures in Time, Immortal Love: Letter From the Past, Immortal Love 2: The Price of a Miracle

 

* THIS IS PURELY FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. DO NOT MAKE ANY FINANCIAL DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT THESE TWO BOZOS SAY.

Oh, a Podcast! #4: Frankencats

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Michael’s got a new job and a new baby on the way, and Paul is…also busy (*wipes Cheeto dust off shirt*), but we’re still making games and casting pods! Here’s what we’re talking about this month:

  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Flippin’ artwork! (No wait, sorry, that should be “flipping artwork”.)
  • Gamifying soap opera storylines
  • Best practices for using photography in visual novels
  • Selecting “the most racist-looking cats” for Cat President
  • Stunning revelations about Thunderpaw’s hair (and DJ Nibbles’ legs)
  • Snark vs. sincerity
  • Character names in Little Orphan Annie
  • Sexism in Ace Attorney and French novels from the 1800s
  • What would we like to see more of in games?

All this, plus a like 20-minute discussion of Case 3 from the new Phoenix Wright game! It’s like we recorded an episode of The GameCola Podcast by mistake. Happy listening!!

You can listen above on YouTube, and you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunes.

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: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Tales of Monkey Island, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart

Oh, a Podcast! #3: Grown-Ups Who Do Grown-Up Things

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Happy Turkey Week, everyone! Stuck at the grown-ups table with your weird uncle and your cousins who voted for [person you didn’t want to win]? Pop in your ear-buds and drown them out with your favorite indie devs, Michael and Paul. This month, we’re talking about:

  • Frogs and frog butts
  • Using NaNoWriMo to write all the games we’ll be working on in the coming year
  • Designing games through Twitter and podcasts, just like Sid Meier used to do
  • How to slice tomatoes the wrong way
  • Explaining our job to actual adults
  • Rover from Cat President, and how he used to be way more racist
  • Logic puzzles vs. inventory puzzles
  • Michael’s detailed plan to make himself look like an old person
  • Should games have more musical numbers? (YES.)
  • Our earliest memories of playing videogames

All this, plus Paul lists some of the worst pizza-related pun names anyone could ever come up with. LISTEN. LISTEN NOW.

You can check the podcast out on iTunes or YouTube.

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: Pepper’s Adventures in Time, King’s Quest VII, Back to the Future: The Game, Super Mario Bros., Mickey Mousecapade, Super Mario World, Barbie Detective

Oh, a Podcast! #2: Pizza Secrets

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We’re back!! (A Dinosaur’s Story.) (Sorry, force of habit.) Here’s some of the stuff we talk about in this fine episode:

  • The FMV legal thriller we’ve been trying to get started for like four years
  • A brutal takedown of (how bad we are with) the new Phoenix Wright mechanics
  • Apples, mashed potatoes, and other things Paul thinks it’s okay to put on pizza
  • Stories from Michael’s pizza-delivery route
  • Venting real-life frustrations through game design
  • Michael’s soap operas
  • The flexibility of Ren’py
  • How everything in game development takes longer than (you think) it should
  • Using RPG mechanics to explain football
  • Game development through Twitter

All this, plus a special appearance by “Rover”, the definite cat from Cat President!

You can check the podcast out on iTunes or YouTube.

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: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, The Secret of Monkey Island, Pocket Politics