It's a bird, It's a plane, It's...
Dashing and Daring,
Crushing and Fearing,
Faithful and smart,
As He programs along.
Coding Here and there and Everywhere
His games are beyond Compare,
He is called Joey Betz.
I hope everyone enjoys this interview.
1- Hi, Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I live in Irvine Ca and I work full time as a game developer for Armor Games
2 – What is your educational background?
I got a Bachelors degree in game development, which sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s the best decision I’ve made.
3 – When did you realize that making Flash games is something you would like to do full-time?
Flash games are extremely fast to produce, and realizing that you can make something amazing within just a few weeks, I got addicted really fast.
4 – How did you get involved with Armor Games?
Dan was interested in a flash developer that was local, and I happened to be on his radar. After the gladiator battle with the other hopeful developers and the final fight against a Rancor monster, I was lucky enough to come out victorious.
5 – You are relatively new to the Flash game world. Did you expect the immense popularity for many of your games would produce?
No, that’s what so funny about it. I just make games that I would enjoy playing, and find it pretty cool that other people like them too.
6 – What qualities or features do you think added to the success of your games?
Addictiveness. I try and put addictive properties in every game I do, and sometimes it’s really successful.
7 – What is your favorite game you have worked on so far? What do you like most about it?
I’d have to say it’s a toss up between Crush the Castle and Phage Wars. During Crush the Castle John and I got to make a real working trebuchet in the office and launched Ball Revamped balls in the parking lot. With Phage Wars I did a lot of research on cells and got to implement a lot of technical charts in Phage Wars 2.
8 – Do you have any games currently in the works or planned for the future? Is there more destruction coming?
I have a some sequels coming up and quite a few new ideas in the works. Destruction aplenty.
9 – Where did you get the inspiration to make a game about demolition?
My dad actually came up with the idea for Demolition City. He wanted a game where you could blow up buildings with dynamite, and so DC was made specifically for him.
10 – When you are taking a break from game development, what are some things you like to do for fun?
I watch movies all the time. I especially enjoy anime movies and I think I’ve seen almost everything Studio Ghibli has produced. I enjoy listening to music quite a bit as well.
11 – Approximately, how often do you eat at Chipotle?
Twice a week and sometimes more. I’ve kind of brought it into the office as well, with Chipotle Mondays for lunch. It’s an addiction, and I struggle with it everyday.
12 – I hear that You and Daniel McNeely share the same birthday, both have a sister named Jennifer and that you use to live 5 doors apart in Newport Beach and never even knew it. Do you think you two are long lost brothers that were separated at birth?
I think Dan and I are one in the same person. When Dan is happy, I’m happy and when Dan gets sad, I feel upset. It’s really weird.
13 – What words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting off in game development?
If you aren’t having fun making a game, then you aren’t making a very fun game.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Joey!