Episode 006 – Willy Roberts | Elseware Presents: Sonic the Podcast

Episode 006 - Willy Roberts | Elseware Presents: Sonic the Podcast

Episode 006 – Willy Roberts | Elseware Presents: Sonic the Podcast

Griff looks up durians (with Willy Roberts).

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Chapter 6:
Griff looks up durians (with Willy Roberts). Durians. They’re spiky. They’re smelly. They have a nutty taste? I dunno man. I’ve never actually eaten one. I did have to work on a game about them though. Back before the company, when me and my sister really were just siblings and didn’t have to be business/creative partners. I took this gig to make a phone game for a Chinese software company. The kinda thing that kinda pays for itself, y’know? Like, micro-transactions feel like such a big issue now, but back then it just seemed like a thing you sorta had to contend with if you were a gamer and had a phone. Anyway, the whole deal was very food-based. Like, what else, right? It’s a phone game. They’re all based on food and candy and whatever. But this was specifically about international cooking- going to different places in the world and solving puzzles with local food bits. So, I’m having to look up reference material and graphics for all these foods I’ll never eat in places I’ll never visit. Images of durians splattered across Thai Buddhist temples serving as gigantic monkey buffets. I want to be one of those monkeys. Instead I was just a li’l code monkey and my monkey buffet was a bag of Combos. I do this thing where I squirt Taco Bell hot sauce into the bag and shake it. Anyway. The game never came out. I don’t think they realized how complicated the finance part of that situation would be, since it was meant to release internationally. But at the time, I didn’t think twice about the fact I’d never eaten a durian. Now I want to experience that. It didn’t occur to me that that was a sad thing- making a game about food I’d never had; places I’d never been. Now, that fills me with a melancholy. I want to go to Thailand. I want to eat that dumb, ridiculous fruit. Why was I so different then?

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Willy Roberts
MC Griffin – Instagram: @scrapbrainzone
Alisha Mason – Instagram: @slavetothepage
Music by Max Repka – Instagram: @iamblue42
Episode Art by Alex Salyer  – Instagram: @alexdsalyer
Intro narration by DeMorge Brown
Episode Art by Steve Chunn
Produced by: Max Repka

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Episode 006 – Willy Roberts | Elseware Presents: Sonic the Podcast

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