Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Demon Chic dev on queer games and developing with mom


7:00 PM on 07.15.2013



Eight days ago on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were lucky enough to snag Mr. Michael Frauenhofer, creator of Demon ChicI can say with confidence that there is no one else in the game development scene today quite like him. His first game, Demon Chic, was created in part because he was considering going graduate school, and part of him thought it was a bad idea. His instincts pointed him elsewhere, though the exact directions wasn't clear. His mother has a background in programming educational software, so the two decided to team up in avoiding the beaten path and trying their hand at game development. 

So what did Michael do? He started work on a turn-based RPG about a man named Gary, his boyfriend Ashok, and Ashok's brother Devraj. The game has largely hand-drawn graphics, uses a word search-style input system, and takes place almost exclusively inside of a house. In the story, Gary has just returned from a "drag party" and has decided to keep the dress on for a while. Ashok is confident and commanding in his bisexuality. Devraj is unsure of his worth as a human being. All three are hallucinating. They are occasionally accompanied by a laugh track. 

That's all before it gets weird. 

Demon Chic has been compared to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and it's a fair comparison, but I might put it closer to The Doom Generation, though that's not quite right either. You'll have to check it out for yourself to understand it. It's currently on iPad exclusive, though a PC port is on the way. Their next title is about a series of lose-lose situations where things only get more depressing and awful. It's a rhythm-action game with shades of DDR

In case it wasn't already clear, I could talk about Michael all day, but I'm running out of room. If you want to know more about the man's influences, his goals in game design, and the kind of guts it takes to team up with your mom on making a game about hallucinating boyfriends, then check out the episode for yourself. It's dynamite






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






Indie

12:00 PM on 03.04.2015
Upsilon Circuit's creators lived in a tree fort to help save money

PAX East is almost here, and from what I've seen, there's going to be more interesting and exciting games at the show than ever before. A lot of these games are exciting because they are fun to play. Upsilon Circuit can't ge...more



3:30 PM on 03.03.2015
Oxenfree is bringing some flair to new-school adventure games

Last year a group of former Telltale and Disney employees came together to form Night School Studio. At GDC this morning, the indie developer unveiled its first project, "supernatural teen thriller" Oxenfree. The studio's Te...more



2:00 PM on 03.03.2015
Escalator Pitch: Would you shell out for Sonic 2?

Indie developers make some cool as heck games, but they're not always so great at selling them. We want to them work on their pitch game until they're at Bumgarner levels and we want to take advantage of the the horrible, ho...more



View all Indie






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more