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Entry #129


4/10/14 by JonBro
Updated 7/3/14

I didn't think I'd have a reason to make another post, but someone told me that the Riddle School games weren't playable unless you logged into Newgrounds.  I don't remember changing that setting, maybe I did, it's hard to say, but that's been fixed now.

So have fun, you yellow-bellied flea-mangling bone-spanking cat burglars.

I'm still visiting Newgrounds almost every day, reading and responding to your messages!

And I'm also still working on games almost every day. Making games is just harder for me now than it used to be. - My website that reaches its bandwidth limit and consequently breaks at the end of each month.

@JonochromeNews - My rarely-updated account for when something interesting related to my work happens. - My e-mail address.  It is an e-mail address.


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6 hours ago

I remember you saying once that you wanted to make a Steam game someday. I would say that I would buy it, but I would buy anything with your name on it.

Anyway, good luck in college! Heard you were taking art classes, how are those going? I honestly don't know why I'm leaving this comment here. Probably because I'm addicted to the internet.


3 hours ago JonBro responds:

I still do want to make a game that would be worthy of a Steam release at some point. The stuff I'm working on now is ideally heading that direction. We'll have to see, though. I see the leap between free games and retail games as being pretty big.

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm finding my art classes fun so far. They're squeezing ounces of my brain that are not normally squeezed, to make things that look cool, sound nice, or feel neat. I mean, it goes beyond that, but that's the gist of it. It feels good to be successfully creating things, even if it is just for grades on a report card.


8 hours ago

Yes and what did you think of Ghost Motel?

3 hours ago JonBro responds:

Assuming I clicked the right Ghost Motel, what I saw didn't impress me.


8 hours ago

Ever watched taco man?
Also can you list your top ten favorite video games and why?

3 hours ago JonBro responds:

I've seen some Taco Man. I was decently amused.
I don't know my Top 10 favorite games, but I know my Top 7.

7. Paper Mario (N64) - There's so much to see and do in this game. It's full of clever ideas and is the definitive "Mario rescues Peach from Bowser" story, in my opinion.

6. Kid Icarus: Uprising - KIU constantly outdoes itself with its thrills, twists, and turns. The humor is great, the story is well written, and there's a ton of replay value thanks to the weapon customization and achievement checklists.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - It's not a particularly difficult game, but Twilight Princess is the Zelda game I come back to the most for its mesmerizing atmosphere and its huge, involved world.

4. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - I find SMRPG's pace, battles, characters, and plot inexplicably satisfying. The game doesn't take itself too seriously and breaks its own rules in quirky ways. The different playable characters and useful resources add to the replay value, too.

3. Star Fox 64 - The toughest parts of SF64 manage to be difficult without requiring obscene levels of precision or unreasonable trial-and-error, which I find makes it an incredibly rewarding challenge. I also love the dialogue, the mood, and the way the game changes depending on which paths you take.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and Mother 3 are tied for first place.
Every chapter in PM: TTYD feels almost like a different game. There's so much variety in it, and so many surprises in the story. The turn-based battles also give you a lot of control and are strategic in ways most RPGs aren't.
I have very few complaints about Mother 3. The battle system is super cool, and some of the boss fights are very intense. But the part of the game that shines brightest is its unbelievably deep, multi-layered story that I see as a metaphor for a lot of topics in the real world. Mother 3 has brought me closer to tears than any other game I've played, and it's probably the game I think about the most.


1 day ago

Ever play ghost motel? Is there any tv shows you like beside South Park and Dilbert? What in your opinion makes a good flash films?

1 day ago JonBro responds:

Nope. I just looked up Ghost Motel and found what seemed like someone's first Flash game. Did I look up the right thing?

South Park, Dilbert, Futurama, Avatar: The Last Airbender, occasionally Phineas & Ferb, and I remember really liking Daria when I saw it years ago. I've seen a lot of shows but I almost never watch TV, because the time I could spend watching television, I usually would rather spend on something hands-on (like drawing, playing a video game, or browsing the web).

My favorite Flash movies are the ones that make me feel emotions I would expect from watching a professionally made film or show, rather than a Flash movie.


1 day ago

One more bizarre question, what is your favorite holiday?

1 day ago JonBro responds:

Probably Christmas


1 day ago

Sorry! I'm pretty forgetful.

1 day ago JonBro responds:

: P


1 day ago

One more question
How come you deleted your gaming-related videos on your ''Tehjonbro'' account?

1 day ago JonBro responds:

I've answered your PM that asked this question


2 days ago

Last questions
-At what part of a day are you greatly online ?
-Ever watched Mr.Bean?
-Ever heard of Game Dude?
-Nintendo or Sega?
-Why do love Pixar so much?
-What exact occupation are you aiming for/
That is all <3! *sigh*, if only I could know where to get flash.

1 day ago JonBro responds:

- I'm pretty much online unless I'm asleep, unless I'm doing school-related stuff. I'm usually awake in the afternoon, I guess. That's become less consistent lately.
- I saw the Mr. Bean vacation movie with a friend and found it quite silly and fun.
- Nope.
- Definitely Nintendo for me.
- I feel like Pixar consistently produces movies that give me feels, laughs, and things to think about. Only Cars 2 and Brave haven't done that as much for me, and I still think they're okay movies.

These days, if you want to get Flash, you'll probably have to resort to using Adobe's Creative Cloud. I'm not a big fan of the Creative Cloud idea personally, but it's good for people who want to try out various Adobe products without spending hundreds of dollars on each one.


2 days ago

Going back to questions.5 how were you bullied, physical or verbal?
Back to question 7. can you maybe go to the specifics of your pc like what operating system it runs or something? Is there anything that ticks you off? Markiplier or Pewdiepie? How do you discovered the movie Metropolis? Is there any sport you like? What are your favorite subjects in school? Ever played games like Papa pizzaeria or hotdoggeria? I are you excited for the new Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright crossover 3DS game? Ever watched Eddsworld? Ever seen the annoying orange? Are you irritated i'm asking you these random questions?

2 days ago (Updated 2 days ago) JonBro responds:

Hm... I don't really feel like answering those first two questions, sorry.

- Is there anything that ticks you off?
Negativity ticks me off, which is kinda counterproductive. Examples of what I consider to be bad game design also tick me off, but I'm okay with that because it helps me know what to avoid when I make my own games.

- Markiplier or Pewdiepie?
I used to blindly hate Pewdiepie because that was the 'cool thing to do', or something. Now I'm subscribed to him and watch whatever video he uploads that looks interesting. He's hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes I find him annoying and sometimes I find him very funny. I can relate to Markiplier's commentary a lot more, but both commentators seem like they'd be fun people to hang out with.
(tl;dr Markiplier)

- How do you discovered the movie Metropolis?
When my siblings and I still all lived in the same house, we had movie nights, and one night, my brother picked out Metropolis as something he thought the family might find interesting. I ended up watching it ten or fifteen more times over the next month.

- Is there any sport you like?
Not particularly.

- What are your favorite subjects in school?

- Ever played games like Papa pizzaeria or hotdoggeria?
Never heard of them, actually.

- I are you excited for the new Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright crossover 3DS game?
Heck yeah, I'd already have it had I realized earlier that it was already out. It's definitely my next purchase.

- Ever watched Eddsworld?
As far as I know, I've watched all of the episodes and enjoyed them a lot. Hearing about Edd's passing was pretty tragic for me.

- Ever seen the Annoying Orange?
I've been forced to watch a few of those. Didn't like them that much, but to each their own.

- Are you irritated i'm asking you these random questions?
Nah, I like questions. And I hope you like my answers to your questions!

(If you happen to send me any more tonight, I probably won't see them because I'll be working on school stuff and personal stuff.)


2 days ago

MORE bizarre questions
1. How come you never swear?
2. Ever heard of the novel series, ''The Hunger Games''?
3. Why do you loves the movie ''Metropolis'' so much?
4. Have you encountered any trolls/haters on the internet?
5. Sounds VERY personal but have you ever been bullied?
6. What are your favorite youtube channels?
7.what kind of PC do you use?
8.i have you read PM I sent you.
9.How would you react if a shaved monkey was doing the splits while being on fire while being on a space shuttle?
10. Do you love me?

2 days ago JonBro responds:

1. I've gotten upset and cursed on a number of different occasions, but I'm not really proud of it. Swearing is never family-friendly, and it tends to make people sound angry or on edge, even when they're not. If people can write novels that make my mind sing, my sides hurt, my palms sweat, and my heart empty without using any swear words at all, I think curse words are an unnecessary part of vocabulary.

2. I think a better question is, "Who hasn't heard of The Hunger Games?" I've heard of it, certainly, but I don't know much about it.

3. Metropolis was a big part of my inspiration for animating and storytelling. It's choreographed unlike any movie I've ever seen, its story and world are rich with complexity to the point that I notice something new every time I watch it, the characters and their designs are fun and memorable, the music's lovely, the visuals are beautiful, and... I just like it.

4. This is another one of those "Who hasn't?" questions. I've encountered many different levels of trolls/haters.

5. I was bullied all through high school. It was the most miserable period of my life, so miserable that I had serious thoughts of suicide. No one should have to go through what I did--and yet, every day, students are bullied in much worse ways than I was. It gets better, though. From an emotional standpoint, I'm much better off now than I was a few years ago.

6. I like Newgrounds animators' channels and Smooth McGroove's acapella. I used to watch a lot of Let's Players' channels, but when life got busier for me, I decided to narrow my watch list down to my favorite LPer, BikdipOnABus, who has a quirky yet stoic sense of humor. I've also recently discovered Markiplier and have sorta been binge-watching his videos.

7. Uh. *Checks* Apparently Dell.

8. I responded to it four days ago. Did the message go through?

9. I'd think that was weird and random, unless I was in the same space shuttle as the monkey, in which case I would likely be freaking out looking for a way to extinguish said fire.

10. <3


2 days ago

Five bizarre questions,
1. Are there anything you utterly despise?
2. When and how do you discover video games and the internet?
3. Sounds creepy, but which state do you live in?
4. Ever watch the web series ''The Angry Video Game Nerd''?
5. what is your favorite game genre and do you ever play any first person shooters?

2 days ago JonBro responds:

Five bizarre answers.

1. Lately, I've been wondering if the only thing we have to hate is hate itself.

2a. My older brothers were gamers, so I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember and have no idea what my first game was.
5b. I remember when the Internet was sorta low-brow and I didn't care about it for a while. My first exposure to the Internet was almost entirely Flash content, namely "The Return of Ganondorf" by LegendaryFrog, silly e-cards on Blue Mountain, and various Homestar Runner cartoons.

3. It might not matter much, but I only really share this information if someone I know well is mailing me something.

4. I was an AVGN fan years ago. Not as much anymore, but James Rolfe's pretty cool.

5a. My favorite games all seem to be RPGs, which is ironic because I usually get bored of them quickly. So RPG is kinda my favorite genre and kinda not. I can usually rely on platformers to provide lots of fun and excitement.
5b. Nope. Unless you count Metroid Prime and Portal (which I don't), I haven't played an FPS game I've liked yet. Maybe someday.


7 days ago

So your going to become a game designer when you go to college?

6 days ago JonBro responds:

I just started college a couple weeks ago, actually. I don't think I'll be taking any game design courses (at least not this year), I'm just exposing myself to various art classes.



I just went on to your site a few minutes ago and saw the newest update. Happy Birthday. Sorry about the game though. But at least your learning things about what you want and what you don't want in games as well as how not to make them. If anything, try to have fun and enjoy what you do, and others will too.

6/30/14 JonBro responds:

Thank you! I appreciate it, and I'll do my best.



It wasn't until a few months ago that I took a full grasp and fully understood your decision to cancel riddle transfer 2, could it be, lack of innovation?

6/27/14 JonBro responds:

Lack of innovation is definitely one of the reasons. It's not the only reason, nor would I call it necessarily the biggest reason, but it's definitely one of them.

I am still waiting..............

6/27/14 JonBro responds:

I think I know what you mean by this, but just in case, what are you still waiting for exactly?



You are the master at riddle games. You have a bright future ahead of you :D

Always do what you have the most fun with! Match up your aptitudes with your likes or something along those lines. It's not worth it if you don't enjoy it I say. I look forward to whatever it is you're planning on. Don't wear yourself out, okay?



You are so coo.

Glad to hear you are back! :D "Jonochrome"



is some of your game going to be a point and click adventure too? are a completely different Genre?

4/14/14 JonBro responds:

At this point, I'd like one of my games to be a point-and-click adventure game but hopefully something that feels different from what I've made in the past. Most of my ideas are adventure games, just not point-and-clicks. Then I have a couple in a completely different genre altogether. Still trying to figure out if or how they'll all work!

Can't wait to see all the new things you come up with, but for a while, I'll only be able to read your stuff once a week for so. I'm sorry that my life sucks so much.

4/11/14 JonBro responds:

No need to apologize, I hope things get better for you soon.

EIGHT GAMES? HOLY CRAP!! I wish you luck, JonBro! Also, darlod, the Revive sequel could be called Reincarnate as well. Also, Jonbro, don't want to rush you, but is it possible to start doing more frequent updates? Thanks.

4/10/14 JonBro responds:

I'd start doing more frequent updates but I don't have anything to update about :(



When are going to announce what game(s) you are working on? <- Don't mean to sound rude but, I can't think of another way to word it. Possible revive sequel sort of thing? (Resurrect?) What ever it is I have no doubts of it being awesome!

4/10/14 JonBro responds:

That's a good question. I'll announce my next game once I know which one I'm going to finish... I've fallen under an unfortunate spell where nothing I make seems good enough or I constantly come up with ideas for new games, so I keep starting new projects, never getting far with any of them. And I sorta have this fear that I'll finish a game and wish I'd saved an idea in that game for something else. It's a problem.

At the moment, I have about eight sizable games I've started that I really want to finish, I just need to pick which one to finish first.