Odallus dev on the Amazon, Konami classics, and more

Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.]

A few Sunday’s ago on Sup Holmes, we welcomed game developer, design professor, and Castlevania 2 defender Thais Weiller to the program. Thais is the first game developer I’ve spoken to who has just as much experience with the Amazon jungle as she does the game publisher and online storefront of the same name. We talked about how living in Brazil sometimes mirrors the experience of playing a tough but fair game, her work on Oniken and Odallus, why she quit modeling to join the ranks of game development underdogs, low res sprite characters with realistic proportions, capybara bosses, Twin Peaks, and a lot more. 

Full disclosure, I’m going to send Thais and her JoyMasher partner Danilo a copy of Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, mostly because I hope the game inspires them. Castlevania director Koji Igarashi reportedly based Ecclesia protagonist Shanoa on his wife (for more about that, check out our free digital magazine). It would be pretty neat if Danilo and Thais followed suit with a new game about a white haired, former fashion model fighting her way through a hostile jungle brush and unpredictable bus stops. 

Thanks again to Thais for hanging out, and be sure to tune in today at 4pm when we welcome Edmund McMillen and James Id to the show to talk about Fingered. It should be a hoot.

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes