Ep. 283 - Oops! All Necrosoft, with Lotte May, Son M., and Jenna Stoeber

### Ep. 283 - Oops! All Necrosoft, with Lotte May, Son M., and Jenna Stoeber

Necrosoft founder Brandon Sheffield sits with Necrosoft programmer [Lotte May](https://ko-fi.com/lotte), Necrosoft producer [Son M.](https://www.theboglands.com/), and Necrosoft marketing director [Jenna Stoeber](http://jennastoeber.com/) to mostly talk about romancing Merlin. Hosted by Brandon Sheffield, with Lotte May, Son M., and Jenna Stoeber. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_9A9Ui0lzQ

**Questions this week:**

  • 1. What kinds of games should we be making with text? (03:05)
  • 2. What are the best untapped genre mashups in video games? (05:12)
  • 3. What are some under represented vehicles we should be using in games? (09:50)
  • 4. Design a new fantasy sports game. (12:20)
  • 5. What makes relationship systems in games compelling, and how can we make them even more compelling? (16:44)
  • 6. Alex Jaffe asks: If Necrosoft stuck to its original vision of being a game studio that only hires dead people, who would be on the payroll? (23:05)
  • 7. As of April 2023, how can content creators best present their work? (27:32)
  • 8. How will today's youth silo themselves in the future? (33:31)
  • 9. What's a question you've accidentally built your whole life around answering? (35:52)
  • 10. What part of your job would you be totally fine with AI taking away from you? (41:15)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND:** Name Design - Game Companies (43:20)

    Recommendations and Outro (48:01)

    **A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:**

  • - [Necrosoft Games](https://necrosoftgames.com/)
  • - [Xena](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xena)
  • - [Ace Attorney series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/5132/ace-attorney-gyakuten-saiban-series/)
  • - [Dwarf Fortress](https://www.mobygames.com/game/196112/dwarf-fortress/)
  • - [The Curious Case of Benjamin Button](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Curious_Case_of_Benjamin_Button_(short_story))
  • - [Merlin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin)
  • - [Game Dev Story](https://www.mobygames.com/game/50321/game-dev-story/)
  • - [Hi-Fi Rush](https://www.mobygames.com/game/198497/hi-fi-rush/)
  • - [Metal: Hellsinger](https://www.mobygames.com/game/191054/metal-hellsinger/)
  • - [Dead Space series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/9029/dead-space-series/)
  • - [Wii Vitality Sensor](https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Wii_Vitality_Sensor)
  • - [Hovercraft](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hovercraft)
  • - [Sea of Thieves](https://www.mobygames.com/game/106024/sea-of-thieves/)
  • - [Super Monkey Ball series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/978/super-monkey-ball-series/)
  • - [Hyper Gunsport](https://www.mobygames.com/game/196718/hyper-gunsport/)
  • - [Blitzball](https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Blitzball)
  • - [Final Fantasy X-2 Opening / Real Emotion](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBqjdQJlIE8)
  • - [Carly Rae Jepsen - E·MO·TION](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV9sNmujCPk)
  • - [The Sandman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sandman_(comic_book))
  • - [Scribblenauts series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/9749/scribblenauts-series/)
  • - [Love Shore](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1410330/Love_Shore/)
  • - [Dragon Age series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/9213/dragon-age-series/)
  • - [Kiss Him, Not Me](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_Him%2C_Not_Me)
  • - [Albert Einstein](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein)
  • - [Jane Austen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Austen)
  • - [Louis XIV](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV)
  • - [James Dean](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dean)
  • - [I promise, this video is only 9 minutes long](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leJPPsxquo4)
  • - [Fortnite: Battle Royale](https://www.mobygames.com/game/104208/fortnite-battle-royale/)
  • - [Minecraft](https://www.mobygames.com/game/110401/minecraft/)
  • - [World of WarCraft](https://www.mobygames.com/game/15620/world-of-warcraft/)
  • - [Final Fantasy XIV Online](https://www.mobygames.com/game/48497/final-fantasy-xiv-online/)
  • - [Rutger Hauer](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutger_Hauer)
  • - [Isekai Death Report](https://cohost.org/LotteMakesStuff/post/1273503-isekai-shows-death-r)
  • - [William Gibson](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gibson)
  • - [Blade Runner (1982)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner)
  • - [The Green Knight (2021)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Green_Knight_(film))
  • - [David Bowie](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie)
  • - [The Hunger (1983)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_(1983_film))
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** Don’t forget to check if something is available new if you buy it
    **Lotte**: [Necrosoft Games](https://necrosoftgames.com/), Watch an episode of the original Gundam series with your friend every week
    **Son**: [Necrosoft Games](https://necrosoftgames.com/), [Perfect Garbage Studios](https://www.perfectgarbagestudios.com/), wishlist [Love Shore](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1410330/Love_Shore/)
    **Jenna**: [twitch.tv/the_jenna](https://www.twitch.tv/the_jenna), [video essay youtube channel](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZhfVIlf-c-NYH6A_ZSf8mg), [patreon](http://patreon.com/user?u=16107598), fuck the algorithm

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    Toys for Bob is still alive, if being turned into a COD support studio counts as living. Reiche and Ford dipped a couple years back so they could commit to making the not-Star Control sequel they've been talking about forever.


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    What makes relationship systems in games compelling, and how can we make them even more compelling? (16:44)

    It seemed like everyone only talked about romantic relationships in response to this question, which I suppose is understandable because "relationship" is still used as shorthand for "romantic relationship". However, I would love to see a game that takes social mechanics and applies them to meaningful platonic relationships. There are so many ways people love one another; I would like to see game devs get some of those in there.

    You know its going to be a good episode when FFX-2 and Carly Rae are in the show notes next to each other!

    Explaining fuckboy to Jane Austen: maybe “rake” is what she would use.

    @“gsk”#p112370 whoops I guess I thought they got dissolved when they got absorbed, but for some reason I sometimes associate them with neversoft for reasons I can't explain

    Jenna cracked the code, but the first 5 questions are related to the games necrosoft has released/is planning to release, in order:

    1. the text game relates to what‘s probably technically the first necrosoft games release, two twine games about the dog from call of duty ghosts. I’m not sure they exist anymore but I hosted them on the necrosoft website so they count.

    2) genre mashup refers to [Gunhouse](https://necrosoftgames.com/gunhouse/), a puzzle/tower defense hybrid that was more puzzle than tower defense.

    3) underrepresented vehicles refers to [Oh, Deer!](https://necrosoftgames.com/ohdeer/) where you drift a station wagon.

    4) fantasy sports was not so subtle in its reference to [Hyper Gunsport](https://necrosoftgames.com/hypergunsport/).

    5) relationship systems question was related to [Demonschool](https://necrosoftgames.com/demonschool/), which also has those.

    and that's it!

    @“Mnemogenic”#p112378 you should check out this game called Demonschool, its about friends being pals.

    those big fan having boats are indeed called hovercraft!!

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    What are some under represented vehicles we should be using in games? (09:50)

    Son M. mentions "airships but _Sea of Thieves_" which kind of exists now!

    I got _Guns of Icarus: Alliance_ free a few years ago from a Humble giveaway, and in theory it should work - it's a co-op steampunk airship command game where you and your crew do PVP and PVE stuff while running around trying to put fires out and man different parts of your ship. It never really took off but it's full of good ideas.
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/608800/Guns_of_Icarus_Alliance/

    @“esper”#p112412 I KNEW IT. I have family in Florida AND I have seen Frankenfish.

    @“Lotte”#p112411 Heck yeah!!!

    @“esper”#p112412 don't they need an inflatable skirt to be a hovercraft? I think the panel was dancing around the name I always knew for it which is fanboat!

    (Also I was looking up the hovercraft sequence from Rumble in the Bronx recently, after playing DKC3 which also features a hovercraft, so that's how I knew the inflatable portion was called a skirt lol.)

    @“connrrr”#p112447 I was specifically thinking of the hovercraft ones with the inflatable skirt myself

    oops! all charming!!

    @“exodus”#p112450 imo I don't know why even boats need to be gendered. let fanboats wear skirts!!!

    this crew have a good vibe and i very much enjoyed this episode!