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Oh, a Podcast!

80 EpisodesProduced by Oh, a Rock! StudiosWebsite

Video games are getting smaller and easier to make every day, and if we can do it, anyone can. Join the developers of Cat President, Internet Court, The Beard in the Mirror 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 "aspiri… read more

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The Pawpular Vote

November 29th, 2023


In this month's episode!

It is Me, Meowing

October 31st, 2023


In this month's episode!

  • George Wickham
  • Decrypting bug reports
  • Whatever the opposite of product placement is
  • Localized cereal
  • Conasaur, the …

The Teenage Kidnapping Wizard

September 28th, 2023


In this month's episode!

  • Mike the Gripper
  • YouTube copyright triggers
  • Uranium drinkware
  • Co-Author Crush and Cat President: Third-Rate Candidate

Raw Chester, Row Chester!

August 30th, 2023


In this month's episode!

  • The Cat President 3 script is finished!! (Finally!)
  • Which high school clubs we want our Presidents to attend
  • Avoiding …

Dying and Dying Again

July 31st, 2023


In this month's episode!

  • Music and sound in our games
  • The Setback
  • Necks
  • Taking photos of strangers
  • Josie & the Pussycats
  • Local upstate …

Cold Fruit Snacks

June 30th, 2023


In this month's episode!

  • The battle for Head Boy
  • How to draw lines in PhotoShop CS5
  • Keeping up with AI tech
  • Cool skulls
  • Arting and re-arting

This Can't Be It

May 31st, 2023


In this month's episode!

  • Drawing hotspots!!!
  • Eyeballs and arm meat
  • Oh, a Rock's adopted highway

References Millennials Will Love!

April 28th, 2023


In this month's episode!

  • Adult beginners' hockey class
  • San Francisco
  • Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant
  • Home Alone traps
  • How to pronounce …


March 31st, 2023


In this month's episode!

- How do you buy movie tickets?

- The D&D and Super Mario movies

- Michael and Paul's experiences as DMs

- When your …

Goofy Goofies

February 27th, 2023


In this month's episode!

- Is AI going to write Cat President 3?
- AI-generated titles for our games
- Evil blobby aliens
- Distractions
- The Idle Miner Tycoon community
- The back part of Spencer's Gifts
- What are show …

Sherlock Holmes and His Roommate Dave

December 30th, 2022


In this month's episode!

- Our favorite games that we made
- Lame-duck Congresses
- Quick updates on Cat President 3 and the Moms Game
- Michael's live …

Dead Cats & Illegal Keyboards

December 1st, 2022


In this month's episode!

- The death of Chief Justice Goober
- Trying to remember our own jokes and storylines
- Which months are dead-er than others
- …

Fry the Ghosts Away

October 28th, 2022


In this month's episode!

- The ways we indent our code!
- Beating up your computer
- Sales breakdowns between PC, Switch, PlayStation and Xbox
- Our outline for Cat President 3
- Broadway musicals
- Cat genders
- Bitter giant …

Oopsie Poopsie Problem

September 30th, 2022


In this month's episode!

- Twitter holidays
- The winner of the Cat President 3 purresidential election!
- Is Earl Grey dead?
- Potential Cat President 3 …

Your Mom's Bank (in Anime Style)

August 30th, 2022


In this month's episode!

- "You gotta monetize your friendships, bro!"
- AI art vs. actual real drawings
- Having art vs. not having art
- Michael should …

Mom I Met Your Mother

June 29th, 2022


In this month's episode!

- Time does not exist
- Cats: The Musical (The Dating Sim)
- Adapting works from the public domain (into dating sims)
- "Does everything have to be a dating sim?"
- Naming the characters you date in …

The Mom Next Door

May 31st, 2022


In this month's episode!

- Paul's problems with level(s) design
- We try to pick our next project: mommies, supervillains, or creepy kids?
- Writing …

The Normal Amount of Moons

April 29th, 2022


In this month's episode!

- Michael is a sleepy boy.
- GameCola's 20th anniversary? 10-year? 50th?
- The 2022 Nancy Drew Mega Marathon
- Oh, a Rock! …

Backrubs for Hibernating Bears

March 31st, 2022


In this month's episode!

- John Cena's Peacemaker
- Is social media getting better or worse?
- The ice-cream business
- The Pizza Delivery Boy Who Saved the World is now on Switch, PlayStation and Xbox!!
- Changes we made …

Gratuitous Use of a Single Tuple

February 28th, 2022


In this month's episode!

- Burger King hacks
- Updates to the credits sequence in Too Many Santas! (and why)
- Getting your kids to scream
- Authentic elevator sounds
- Redoing art assets for …

The Beloved Municipal Elevator

January 31st, 2022


In this month's episode!

- Visual;Conference (aka VNConf) 2022
- Nose picking and armpit-hair removal
- Accidental flirting
- …Are we making an adventure …

What's a Numismatist With You?

December 29th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Things we cut from the game in order to finish it in time
- "His eyelids are …

Wham Bye Pie

October 29th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Why is there that weird pause in the middle of every intro?
- The canceled DLC for Cat President
- Our favorite Santa Claus memes
- Murder mystery recipes
- "Be the Christmas you want to see in the …

Bowl, of Rocks!

September 30th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Warrior Cats is officially banned from the podcast.
- Oregon colleges
- Paul tries to cast Michael's mom in another game
- …

A Book That's Apples

August 27th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Michael should go to jail for programming crimes
- The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
- Repetitive dialogue
- Can bicycles go …

All Michaels Considered

July 29th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- How long have we been podcasting.
- Hitting on moms at funerals
- How Michael (almost) appeared on All Things Considered
- Oregon City's municipal elevator
- Good dogs
- How easy is it to get sued, …

The Trouble With Tuples

June 30th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Nature doesn't grow in a hallway
- Movement controls in Deja Vu
- Trying to cheat our own puzzles
- Ancient Photoshop
- …

Slurp Knead: Ace Attorney

May 28th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Santa Claus costumes
- Fiverr fails
- Paul's canceled FMV dating sim
- Murder at Singles University
- Melissa & Dog
- How to …

The Book of Good and Bad

April 30th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Oh, a (large) rock!
- How to cheat at slider puzzles
- Internet Court and Cat President 2 sales figures
- Steam's new beta-testing program
- Dressing up our friends as Santa Claus
- Blinking
- …

Weird Roles (feat. Huw Miller and Timothy Mark)

March 28th, 2021


In this month's episode!

- Internet Court is coming out on April 6th!!
- Huw Miller and Timothy Mark join us to talk about their characters in the game
- Casting decisions (or: "Hey, that's a nice hoodie!")
- Improv in …

I Like My Nonsense

January 29th, 2021


In this month’s episode!

- We’ve been doing this for FIVE YEARS HOLY [censored]
- The Muppets Take Manhattan
- Michael’s Life in the Dorms livestream
- …

Epic Beard Wish Fulfillment

December 30th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- The SpongeBob musical
- Michael's haircut
- Michael's "kid friends"
- Signing up for COVID vaccine trials
- Laughing at jokes you don't remember writing
- Dubs
- Internet Court's menu design
- Adding …

How to Draw Anime Santa

November 27th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Glitter
- NaNoWriMo hacks
- How not to confuse your future self
- Background animations in VNs
- Jenny LeClue
- Naughty and nice decisions
- How many Santas is enough Santas?
- Joey Joey and the Good …

The Cats of Cat President 2 (feat. their owners)

October 26th, 2020


In this special edition of Oh, a Podcast!:

- We have three guests in the (virtual) studio: Anne Sullivan, Abigael Williams, and Rin J—aka the owners …

Homemade Beard Balm

September 28th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Beard care tips
- Cat President 2 is coming out this month!
- Composting pyramid schemes
- Mountain Dew VooDew
- Why aren't …

Look at My Fancy House

August 29th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- We're using Discord now!
- We're too old for Discord.
- What is the end of Minecraft?
- Paul just wants to impress the fourth …

Cat Fingers

July 28th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Making games is fun(?)
- Cat President's word count
- What's next after a game is "finished"?
- How cats wear jackets
- Do cats have goatees?
- Cats with tats
- Testing text-based games
- Games with …

Let's Date Pikachu!

June 28th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Pride and Prejudice and Murder
- Managing continuity with multiple writers
- Politicians licking themselves
- Filming FMV …

Thrift Store Mystery Garbage Box

May 27th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Ice-cream!
- COVID-19's impact on our work
- Cancer-themed romance novels
- Hooking up with the vice principal
- Rooftop …

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Loves Anime

April 28th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Testing Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem
- The Kidnapped Prom Queen is out now! Buy it!
- How to end games
- Making it look like you put effort into your game
- Pudd'nhead Wilson
- Writing jokes that …

Hidden Babies

February 26th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Are babies really that interesting
- Singing
- How voting is like fast food
- Superior Tuesday
- The qualified business income deduction
- Ace Attorney news!! (There isn't any.)
- Making gross sound …

The Kidnapped Pig

January 28th, 2020


In this month's episode!

- Paul is sad; Michael is fired.
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disney World!!
- Everything wrong with Midnight in Salem
- How to …

The One With Midnight in Salem

December 20th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Is Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem...good?
- Michael's new career as a tester
- How much dialogue is too much?
- First-person navigation
- Achievements for dying
- …

I Promise I Had Clothes on When I Wrote This

November 28th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- More writing tips from Michael!
- Designing puzzles in the shower
- Comic Sans
- Coding in Notepad.exe
- Kid directors
- How real companies do voice acting, probably
- Native Latin speakers
- How we …

Hamburgers By Mail

October 31st, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Paul's brief career as a school janitor
- *BLEEP!*
- Bad football teams
- Making achievements for games with no gameplay
- Is …

The Oregano Trail

September 26th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Are steak fries even French fries?
- Why you shouldn't work with other people
- 46-minute mysteries
- Outtakes
- Pride and …

Schrödinger's Nancy Drew

July 30th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Michael has a new game out!
- Messing with text parsers
- What would a mystery RPG look like?
- Putting kids to work
- All the …


June 30th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Warrior Cats
- Pun names for Tinder
- Political twinsies
- How we're teaching kids to code
- Is game development getting easier …

Dokidokidokidokidoki Running Club

May 31st, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Unruly mermaids
- Participation playoffs for hockey teams who try their best
- Japanese high school clubs
- Participating in …

The Thought Doesn't Count

April 29th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Can we replace Michael with potatoes.
- Michael's mom reacts to Internet Court
- Potty training
- Do people still use README files?
- Costumes for cats
- The cartoony era of adventure games
- How …

Find Joy in the Mundane

March 28th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- References in our games that we don't understand
- Disney princesses
- Designing puzzles for text-only games
- "Wikipedia …

Harry Potter and the Weird Toilet Thing

March 1st, 2019


In this month's episode:

- I hope you like Harry Potter!
- Shifty wizards
- Wizards with guns
- "Flipendo"???
- Dating 80-year-old Supreme Court Justices
- …

Future Toast

January 30th, 2019


In this month's episode!

- Snow!
- Michael explains marginal tax rates
- Designing inventory interfaces
- "Forget YOU, YouTubers!"
- We try to find …

I Hate It I Hate It I Hate It

December 21st, 2018


In this month's episode!

- Pizza bartering
- Round two of Internet Court alpha testing
- AOL Instant Messenger
- Watching yourself act
- Bad video quality as a feature
- Leaving self-deprecating comments in our code
- Args and …

My Cat Ate My Taxes

November 30th, 2018


In this month's episode!

- Politics and pro-wrestling
- Ren'py woes
- "YES! YES! YES!"
- Love, Guitars, and the Nashville Skyline
- The like four …

The Queen's Dirty Dolls

October 30th, 2018


In this month's episode!

- Is Buckingham Palace a real place?
- Sherlock Holmes Versus Arsene Lupin
- "Met-a-Critic?"
- Puzzles that are secretly homework

The Capcom Test

September 30th, 2018


In this month's episode!

- Do the kids these days know what Harry Potter is?
- Michael accidentally mentions theme parks.
- Why the default name in Cat …

Make it Good, Not Bad!

August 31st, 2018


In this month's episode!

- Our new game is coming out soon!!
- Michael's pizza disaster
- Why Internet Court is taking so long to code
- Bug-sorting puzzles
- What happens when the programmer isn't a programmer
- How to tell …

Mad About Pizza (feat. Victoria Budkey)

August 1st, 2018


In this month's episode!

- We have a special guest: Victoria Budkey, one of the stars of Pizza Boy!
- ...Uh, what's our game called again?
- Victoria's background in the entertainment biz

Robots in the Desert

June 28th, 2018


In this month's episode!

- Neither of us has seen the new Star Wars movie, so let's talk about it!
- Luke and Leia hooking up in the books
- Comparing Star Wars to The Odyssey
- Michael (accidentally) releasing two games in …

It's Gonna be Mermaids

May 19th, 2018


In this month's episode!

- Cracker Barrel trivia
- Streaming old adventure games for young Nancy Drew fans
- Heroes who are actually terrible people
- …

What Would Videl Say?

April 23rd, 2018


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

The Joy of Coding

February 26th, 2018


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 videos—now THERE'S a challenge
- Coming up with subtitles isn't so bad …

I Still Love You, Pizza

January 26th, 2018


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
- …

IT WAS YOU! (feat. Diana Gray)

December 30th, 2017


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 …

Hi, I'm Fish Lover

November 30th, 2017


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, …

Drowning in Jello

October 31st, 2017


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 …

What a Twist~!

September 28th, 2017


In this month's episode!

- The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and live theatrical shipping!
- Letting Twitch dictate your life (literally)
- Text parsers vs. …


August 28th, 2017


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, …

Cool Dads and Weird Moms

July 31st, 2017


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.

Shadows of Garfield

June 18th, 2017


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 …

Blame MS Paint

May 31st, 2017


It's crunch time on Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean, the long-awaited sequel to Awkward Steve! The 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 …

Beard Cat

April 24th, 2017


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 …

Kids Love E-Mail

March 28th, 2017


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:

- …

America's Wackiest Taxpayers

February 24th, 2017


Steam Greenlight is on its way out! What does that mean for us? Well, it's,'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 …

No Baby Kissing!!

January 24th, 2017


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:


December 15th, 2016


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 …

Grown-Ups Who Do Grown-Up Things

November 21st, 2016


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, …

Pizza Secrets

October 14th, 2016


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 …

Not Actually About Doug

September 26th, 2016


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 …

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