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

Oh, a Podcast! #1: Not Actually About Doug

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HELL-OH, FELLOW ROCK STARS! And welcome to this brand-new Internet podcast, brought to you by the good folks at Oh, a Rock! Studios! Join me (Paul Franzen, Oh a Rock’s Head Boy) and Michael Gray (writer of Cat PresidentFrancy Droo and more) as we talk about the games we’re making, the games we’re playing, and how aspiring developers don’t have to be “aspiring” anymore; they can just be developers. (And also make dumb jokes. Lots of dumb jokes.)

In this episode, we use 2008’s The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft as a jumping-off point for a bunch of adventure-game-related (and not-so-related) discussion, like:

  • Adventure games with multiple playable characters
  • Multiplayer point-and-click adventure games (WHY ISN’T THIS A THING?)
  • Introducing Candy Crush mechanics to the adventure-game genre
  • Tutorials where you only use the mechanics in the tutorial itself
  • Puzzles involving friendly birds
  • Cleaning out the player’s inventory by getting eaten by a snake
  • Paul still holding a grudge against the crate puzzles in Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon over a decade later
  • “Yo, Hamlet! I wish I wasn’t dead already!”
  • Including stuff from your fans in your games, like answering machine messages or pictures of their cats
  • When series’ canon gets too big and bloated
  • Uncomfortable flirting between Ace Attorney characters

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 air! You can also follow us on Twitter; I’m @PaulMFranzen, and Michael is @arglefumph.

Games discussed in this episode: The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft, Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, Candy Crush, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, Curse of Monkey Island, Thimbleweed Park, Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill Remastered, Phoenix Wright series