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Playing Terrible Xbox Live Indie Games With Their Comedian Creator

by Kyle Hilliard on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

We recently had the opportunity to connect with comedian Pat Susmilch who, before getting on stage to tell jokes, tried his hand at making video games for the Xbox Live Indie channel. We brought him into the office to play some of his games and detail the process.

Susmilch appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing and was one of the opening acts for Kumail Ninjiani when he was in town doing a show, which is how we crossed paths. Part of Susmilch's act details the tribulations of making terrible video games (his words not ours) to appear on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel. In his act, Susmilch describes he and his team’s first title, Cold War Commander, where players collect jelly beans as President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War, and laments about what could have been the next Angry Birds, had someone not stepped in the way of their creativity and shut the project down.

We talk about and play all of Susmilch’s terrible games (again – his words not ours) and about the difficulty of working with Microsoft and fellow peers to release games on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel.

For Susmilch's appearance on NBC's Last Comic Standing, check out the clip below. You can also follow him on twitter by heading here.