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Apr 14 // johnmasterlee

What It's REALLY Like Making Indie Games

So I'm working on two indie games at once. And I would say that overall it's pretty typical of indie game development. Small team trying to do it all. Refactoring lots of code as we learn about better ways to c...
Mar 21 // johnmasterlee

I Would Never Get My Own Cooking Show

So I was pleasantly surprised at you all actually enjoyed my recent blog post about making fried rice. After all, Dtoid is a gaming focused website, and that instantly conjures up images of people who rather ea...
Mar 18 // johnmasterlee

Never Revealed Game Concepts

While cleaning out my pile of artwork and paperwork, I found some old game concepts that brought back memories. Some of this stuff dates back 20 years, so it's amusing to look back and see what was going through my head...
Mar 13 // johnmasterlee

Tossing My Art Salad

When you have a pile of artwork stacked up all over the the place, it starts to look like an art salad. Except it's made from trees, so maybe mulch is a better comparison. It's heavy as hell when you gotta lug boxes of i...
Mar 10 // johnmasterlee

How To Make Wicked Fried Rice

Not to lump all you gamers out there into one big wad, but it seems to be the unfortunate reality that many of you are much better at Cooking Mama than real life cooking. After all, in a day and age where it's ...
Mar 01 // johnmasterlee

Classic clip from Bethesda Softworks' XCar

I use to work on this PC game called XCar: Experimental Racing at Bethesda Softworks about 20 years ago. You can't find much info about the game online because it's before the internet got popular. But I managed to dig u...
Feb 19 // johnmasterlee

How Much Is Your Junk Worth?

The great purge continues! Since it's Chinese New Years, this is a fitting post. During this time of the year, you are suppose to get rid of old stuff, and clean things up. Start the new year off fresh. I'm just getting ...
Jan 28 // johnmasterlee

Win My Sweet Gaming Swag

So Ludette and I agreed to get rid of much of what we own and live 2015 ultra minimalistic. Why? That's another story. For now, all you need to know is that I'm giving away a box of my gaming swag! It's part of the Great...
Jan 22 // johnmasterlee

Oh Hai. Here's What I Been Up To

Let's see, so what have I been up to in 2014.  Totally scrapped and rebuilt Spark Rising, a FPS sandbox game. Started up a new venture FitGoFun using games to inspire people to get fit. Lived in Hawaii most ...
Sep 16 // johnmasterlee

What would YOU do with $2.5 BILLION?

You heard by now. Minecraft was acquired for $2.5 billion.  And it seems trolls and haters are already out in full force. Let's put this into perspective. Who wouldn't sell for that much money? What would you ...
Oct 29 // johnmasterlee

48 Hour Live Steam For Spark Rising!

It's on! We're in our final 30 some hours left for the Spark Rising Kickstarter, and we already hit our $17K goal. Swuuuuuueeet! http://www.twitch.tv/wickedloot But the last minute hoorah continues at a fun pace! We got a 4...
Sep 28 // johnmasterlee

Why I became a Dtoid HUGE member

I was going to hawk my Kickstarter (OK, small plug here), but instead, I was inspired to share why I became a HUGE member. To me, no one else fights so ferociously to entertain gamers above all other objectives. The industry ...
Sep 08 // johnmasterlee

Spark Rising Prototype v.01 - Am I Pretty?

So my indie team at Wicked Loot continue to crank away at our next game, Spark Rising, which is a build and battle sandbox game. Build environments, fortresses, weapons, and then battle mechs, aliens, zombies, or whatever. ...
Aug 16 // johnmasterlee

Introducing Spark Rising!

Over the last many months my Wicked Loot team and I been working on a new game concept. We've been under the radar, blogging game updates to a small group of friends and current fans of ours. We're reaching a point where we...
Aug 05 // johnmasterlee

Does Munch Face Sound Dirty To You?

Anyone else think Munch Face evokes dirty thoughts? That has come up a couple times in conversation, as if the game name infers, well, something else. I did learn what a Dragon Munch was for the first time, and the visual of ...
Jun 21 // LowerTierPodcast

LTP - Episode 11: We See Dead People + 2 Contest Times

Welcome to episode 11 of The Low(er) Tier. This episode is features Ninjapresident filling in for MrCharlee and SayWord. We look at pictures of dead people. Discuss our hatred of a Kotaku writer, discuss game we are making ...
May 19 // LowerTierPodcast

LTP - Episode 10: It's Squirting Out feat: KeyzerSoze + Contest Time

Despite the odds and our schedules we have made it to our tenth episode. Line up changes abound, format switches like a mother fucker, but we are still here. That's why we are The Low(er) Tier. Once you're on the bottom, yo...
May 12 // johnmasterlee

Oh Snap, My Game Is Changing

Back to the grind of making games after a day of surfing. Yesterday, my team was out catching waves for the first time to shoot a parody video of us having a board meeting. Get it? Board? Surf board? It's not ha ha funny,...
May 02 // LowerTierPodcast

LTP - Episode 9: FU Blasto feat. Glowbear + 3 Contest Times

Welcome back mother muchachos. Episode 9 is all up in your face. Earlier this week, the lovely ThatDocktorGirl slapped this up in your eyeballs and now the rest of the gang is here to assault your earbuds. This episode expl...
Apr 29 // LowerTierPodcast

The Evil Within

Welcome to another lovely blog from ThatDocktorGirl. Stay tuned for episode 9 of The Low(er) Tier Podcast dropping tomorrow. Hello again *salute* ok so as most of you should damn well know, The Evil Within has been announc...
Apr 18 // johnmasterlee

Here's $100 in Free Games

Like any indie game dev studio, we don't exist unless we have a Facebook page that posts up all the sexy pics we do in game development. Like code all day. Or eat Cheetos. Or work in our underwear. LIKEY OUR FB PAGE! I'...
Apr 15 // johnmasterlee

Building a game in 1 week

So life out here in Hawaii isn't all pineapples and hula girls. Though there is a lot of that. Like any indie studio, we spend much of waking hours building games. For the last few months, we been focusing on a turn-based ...
Apr 10 // LowerTierPodcast

The Low(er) Tier Podcast: Episode 8: Geriatric Gapers + Contest Time!

Welcome to another episode, where you can watch us spiral further down the hole. In this episode we cover some news, share personal traumatic sexual stories and discuss Age of Wushu. For something that doesn't require liste...
Apr 07 // LowerTierPodcast

My Soul Belongs to Columbia

Welcome to the next, in a series of blogs by Lola/ThatDocktorGirl for The Low(er) Tier Podcast. Slight spoilers(nothing major) for Bioshock: Infinite ahead, but also a nice personal tale. Enjoy! If this reads like a squirre...
Mar 29 // LowerTierPodcast

The Low(er) Tier Podcast: Episode 7 - Look At Me Ma

Welcome back to episode 7 of The Low(er) Tier. This week we look at SimCity, Sarkeesian and Jesse makes eye contact with his mom. While not pulling out. Yeah..... We continue our decent into filth. We also are giving away 5...
Mar 27 // johnmasterlee

Why no love for mod tools?

I'd totally understand that you would think all I do is sit on a beach each day, drinking a Mai Tai, soaking up the Hawaiian sun. But really, I'm working hard! Not only am I creating a game, I'm also creating a platform tha...
Mar 19 // johnmasterlee

Creating Games In Hawaii

Aloha from Hawaii! Since I last wrote, my life has been flipped-turned upside down, and Id like to take a minute, so sit right there, and Ill tell you how I ended up on an isle out here. My new indie game dev studio Wic...
Mar 15 // LowerTierPodcast

Happy Birthday Neiro/Destructoid (NSFW)

The Low(er) Tier's Latrell has made quite the lovely happy birthday video. Sit back, relax and enjoy: Happy birthday Destructoid and Neiro, from all of The Low(er) Tier. Don't forget to check out our newest episode and numerous contests: Linkage
Mar 13 // LowerTierPodcast

LTP - Ep. 6: Uncensored with Kids feat: Revuhlooshun and MrCharleeB

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd: NOW, we are officially back. Not, some silly blog post(that has a totally awesome contest attached). Nope, the real deal right hurr. This is episode 6. It features horrible connections, bad mi...
Mar 12 // LowerTierPodcast

Eesh, been awhile. + Contest Time: Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army

[Here at the The Low(er) Tier, we aspire to be more than just podcasters. We want to bug you with written words also. From time to time, we will take turns writing and we ask that you allow us to vomit these words on and into...

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