ETAO Podcast, Episode 10.

Phil Tibitoski stops by to talk about Octodad: Dadliest Catch, the upcoming update and PS4 release thereof, and what’s next for the Young Horses team.

We also discuss the dissonance and melancholy of review scores, the perils of balancing games without letting outsiders play them, and Twitch Plays Pokémon (which may serve as the inspiration for Young Horses’ next project, though not in a Twitch Plays Octotdad kind of way; that would be sheer unbridled chaos, and probably not the right kind of sheer unbridled chaos).

• Other classics of the unwieldy-controls-as-comedy genre include QWOP, its sorta-sequel CLOP, Surgeon Simulator 2013, and Probably Archery.

Receiver takes the same basic idea and plays if for intensity rather than yuks.

• If you haven’t seen All of Me, consider doing so. It’s really good.

• Here’s Polygon talking about impostor syndromes in Octodad.

• And here’s Kill Screen pretending that they’re using reviews scores again for some purpose other than getting more clicks (which miffs me mainly because they’ve been so thoughtful and transparent about the topic in the past, and also because review scores really are kind of fucked up and broken).


“All The People Say” by Carpe Demon.
“I’m in the Mood for Love” by Vera Lynn with The Casini Club Orchestra.
“Octodad (Nobody Suspects a Thing)” by Ian McKinney.

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