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The Portable Podcast, Episode 184

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 7th, 2013
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Once upon a time...

On This Episode:

  • Carter talks about the mobile version of Shoot Many Robots with two of the people who are working on it at original creator Demiurge Studios and mobile developer Owlchemy Labs.


  • Carter talks to the creator of The Golden Arrow about being a one-woman studio, and the challenge of making an endless runner with a story.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guests: Bart Simon (Demiurge Studios) and Alex Schwartz (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Guest: Jenna Hoffstein, Monster & Glitch
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 183

    Posted by Carter Dotson on April 30th, 2013

    This podcast recorded at 45 degree angles.

    On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to independent game developer Rusty Moyher about how he got into game development, his iOS games, his work on the Retro Game Crunch, and a variety of other subjects including whether that vaunted Surface Pro is actually good for gaming or not.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Rusty Moyher
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 182

    Posted by Carter Dotson on April 23rd, 2013

    The original!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Blake delve deep into the latest cloning controversy involving another upcoming Vlambeer title, Luftrausers. Do they need to consider releasing the game on mobile now?
  • The gang discusses recent releases, including Halfbrick's latest game Fish Out of Water, long-running space MMO Vendetta Online on iPad, and the game where getting stung by bees triggers dubstep: Wiggler.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Blake Grundman
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 181

    Posted by Carter Dotson on April 16th, 2013
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    Sending our condolences to Boston.

    On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to one of the people behind Pipe Trouble, the game that ran into controversy over allegations that the Canadian government was sponsoring a game that supported eco-terrorism based on its content.
  • The programmer of the upcoming ScooterBoy talks about his transition from being indie 20 years ago to working with big-name studios and projects, to going back and being indie with his newest project.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Alex Jansen, Pop Sandbox
  • Guest: Chris Blackbourn, Modka Games
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 180

    Posted by Carter Dotson on April 9th, 2013

    What happens at the Dutch Consulate, stays at the Dutch Consulate.

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Brett discuss GDC, and recent releases Slayin and The Other Brothers.
  • Carter heads out to High Voltage Software in Hoffman Estates, IL, to talk about the studio's new mobile games, including Le Vamp, The Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte, and The Conduit HD.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guests: Keith Hladik and Josh Van Veld, High Voltage Software
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 179

    Posted by Carter Dotson on March 19th, 2013

    Heavily edited for your enjoyment.

    On This Episode:


    • Carter talks to NoodleCake Games and musician Whitaker Trebella about their work on Super Stickman Golf 2, including the musician asking the programmers about elements of the game, and the programmers learning something about how the music for their game was created.
    • Carter and John Dunbar talk about his new game Plasma Sky, along with discussing how this side effort fits in with his day job at Runic Games, known for Torchlight.

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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 178

    Posted by Carter Dotson on March 12th, 2013

    Sonic Bust!

    On This Episode:

  • Megan Fox of Glass Bottom Games discusses Jones on Fire, why she decided to switch the game from a free-to-play title with IAP to a game that will be paid without any IAP whatever, and why she feels this way. As well, she discusses why she doesn't consider it to be necessarily a 'higher standard' to be paid with IAP, why she doesn't see premium games on Android to be a lost cause, and the surprise about Jones on Fire's protagonist.
  • Brett Nolan politely listens to Carter rant about Sonic Dash and why he feels Sega is mis-managing the Sonic series.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guest: Megan Fox, Glass Bottom Games
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 177

    Posted by Carter Dotson on March 5th, 2013

    Pandas are not bears. Please stop emailing Taco Graveyard about it, they know.

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Rob Rich discuss the big release of the past week, Real Racing 3, which they each reviewed on Android Rundown and 148Apps respectively.
  • Taco Graveyard's Salvatore Gionfriddo talks about the work that went into Penumbear, and how the game's many levels were created.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Rob Rich, 148Apps
  • Guest: Salvatore Gionfriddo, Taco Graveyard
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 176

    Posted by Carter Dotson on February 26th, 2013

    Exploding whales everywhere!

    On This Episode:

  • Sam Coster, voice of One Epic Knight, and his brother Seth talk about Towelfight 2: The Monocle of Destiny, and how it had its origins in a game jam title. They also go in to its weapon system, which eventually involves exploding whales. Seriously.
  • Kris Jones of Everplay Interactive talks about his studio's Retro Revival series, and why the upcoming 1001 Attempts is perfect to play in-between games of Real Racing 3 this Thursday.
  • Episode Cast:
    Host: Carter Dotson
    Guest: Sam and Seth Coster, Butterscotch Shenanigans
    Guest: Kris Jones, Everplay Interactive

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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 175

    Posted by Carter Dotson on February 19th, 2013

    Tacocat!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter chats with Ken Wong, creator of Hackycat, about the origin of his game, and why gaming excels as an auteur medium.
  • Carter talks with East Side Games about their newest free-to-play title Dragon Up, why they think it fits their "indie freemium" ethos, and the analytics of dragon barf.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Ken Wong, independent developer
  • Guests: Jim Wagner and Josh Nilson, East Side Games
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 174

    Posted by Carter Dotson on February 13th, 2013

    Bumpin' and Krashin'!

    On This Episode:

  • Carter discusses the precision skiing game Krashlander with Jeff Weber, how the title was inspired by older games he played that he wanted to iterate on, and how he's reacted to the game's surprise success.
  • Bret Hummel of Bumpin' Uglies discusses his studio's eponymous game, how they plan to tweak it in the coming weeks, and where the game went after its Kickstarter petered out.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Jeff Weber, Farseer Games
  • Guest: Bret Hummel, Bumpin' Uglies
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 173

    Posted by Carter Dotson on February 5th, 2013

    A nation built on mantas!

    On This Episode:

  • The creator of The DRM Death Ray Manta, Rob Fearon, talks about how the hyper-colorful twin-stick shooter came about, his philosophies on making games (and why they may contrast with his personal practices), how the iOS version came about suddenly, and what he hopes to do if everyone in the world buys the game.
  • The creators of PinYinPal talk about how they adapted the Scrabble-esque word game genre into a way to help people learn Mandarin Chinese.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Rob Fearon
  • Guests: Dr. Adeline Mah and Larry Mar, Chinesecharacteraday.com Foundation
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 172

    Posted by Carter Dotson on January 29th, 2013

    "Amiga forever!" shouted the man as he ripped off his shirt and ran nowhere in particular.

    On This Episode:

  • We discuss Syder Arcade with Studio Evil, along with how the Amiga generation influenced the game, and why it had such a lasting impact on those who were part of its scene.
  • Spokko discusses the work that went into Zombie Road Trip, why it took 15 months to make, and why the game may not be the optimal training method for warding off the zombie apocalypse when it comes.
  • Episode Cast:
    Host: Carter Dotson
    Guest: Marco Di Timoeteo, Studio Evil
    Guests: Michał Szymerski & Rafał Staszewski, Spokko

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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 171

    Posted by Carter Dotson on January 22nd, 2013

    Running away from evil monkeys.

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and Blake Grundman discuss some hot topics of January, starting with the surprise release of Temple Run 2.
  • The topic shifts to the controversial NRA: Practice Range app, if its release is hypocritical in the wake of previous comments made by the organization about video games, and why its creator MEDL Mobile is not a purveyor of high-quality iOS apps.
  • The run 'n gun title Gunslugs is discussed, along with its Joypad co-op functionality, and how it ties in to the new Joypad Game Console app for iPad.
  • Finally, Blake discusses the new Attack From Mars table for Pinball Arcade, and the interesting take on the flipper game that Momonga Pinball Adventures brings to the table.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Co-Host: Blake Grundman, 148Apps and The EvilCast Recap
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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 170

    Posted by Carter Dotson on January 15th, 2013

    Oddly familiar...

    On This Episode:

  • The Blockheads creator David Frampton discusses how Minecraft inspired his title but how he tried to diverge from it, and the other titles that also influenced its development.
  • Tom Greenaway of Kumobius discusses Time Surfer, how the game's time reversal mechanic took hold, and why future updates could introduce new ways to play with time in this familiar gameplay style.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: David Frampton, Majic Jungle Software
  • Guest: Tom Greenaway, Kumobius
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