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Chatting with game developer John Roo

Tell readers about yourself

My name is John Roo and I am a new indie game developer! I run a page that celebrates the love for retro content on Twitter! I love the idea of sharing with other things from our past that make us happy and having others feel the same sort of nostalgia. I think I am addicted to nostalgia haha.

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Tell readers about what you do

I started coding with my dad. He would have me create simple projects with microcontrollers to turn on lights or do simple things like that. I have been a gamer for all my life and took an interest in game design. I took a few attempts and failed in the process. I made a few working prototypes and I made a couple of demos, but nothing came of it. I recently developed and finished my very first game! It has been a crazy learning process but I feel like I am ready for the next challenge. Ready to climb the next mountain. Which, of course, is another game haha.

I run a page on Twitter @TheRetroRoomRoo where I share my love for all things retro. It is mostly 80s, 90s, and early 00s movies, music, video games, and memorabilia. I love running the page. I look forward to signing in every day and talking about old things that we all in the community love from our past! Its been a great experience!

computer games lol GIF by CBeebies HQ
computer games lol GIF by CBeebies HQ

Pick one of your creations. Why this one?

I created a Gameboy game called Quest Arrest. It is a game where you play as a detective. You run around a city and solve crimes. The player can choose to be a good cop or a bad cop and the game gives different battle, dialogue options, and endings for whichever you choose. It is an adventure RPG game set to be released early 2020! Be on the lookout for Quest Arrest!

Imagine the best version of yourself. Who is that?

The best version of myself is the version that is constantly growing. The person who is helping others grow. I want to be able to help other people create achievements in their life. I find it fulfilling to help others.

water grow GIF by tarninabarn
water grow GIF by tarninabarn

If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say?

Stop chasing attention. Do what you love! Life will reward you more for doing what you love rather than clout chasing!

Off the top of your head, who would you give a shout out to on Twitter?

@BudgetNostalgia He is the executive producer and a writer on the game and has been just a wildly good helping hand! The dude is a great writer and impressive with coming up with ideas on the fly! I can’t credit his ideas enough. Go check out his stuff!

What’s rocking your world this month?

This month I am listening to a lot of Retrowave music. If music is what we are talking about lolol! I do a lot of work in the music industry so I tend to go backward in time with my personal taste in terms of music.

What would you like to tell Dragons Codex readers?

Dragons Codex is amazing and you should read more from them and GO PLAY QUEST ARREST!


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