Founder of Wonderful Elephant + jmtb02 Studios. Formally Armor Games CEO, previously at Kongregate, 100+ Flash games many of which featuring a little blue elephant

John Cooney @jmtb02

Age 37, He/Him

Game Developer

UC Davis

Northern California

Joined on 3/1/04

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Posted by jmtb02 - March 4th, 2008

I love Super Mario Bros 2. I am in the process of mastering this game, by achieving (hopefully) some sort of record in the game, either by a speed run with/without warps or whatever I can achieve. Currently I can get to 7-2 in 12 minutes, 30 seconds... which is pretty fast but not yet fast enough to be awesome. The world record for completion is sub 9 minutes, 15 seconds... but I am getting closer each day. I practice for about 30 minutes a day, but I might bump the regiment as I make the final push to beat the game faster and faster.

I have been practicing worlds 1-1 to 4-2 for the past 2 months. While I have very modest practice in 6-1 and above, I can still beat the game in a pretty good time. Hopefully once I master world 6 and 7, we'll see some sub 10 minutes going through.

Posted by jmtb02 - February 19th, 2008

I have never sat down and made a list of the most influential games on my life. Seeing that Newgrounds had a "Favorite Games" section now on user's profiles, I decided to finally make that list. Here are my picks... am I missing anything? Mind you, this is my personal opinion and nothing official :).

Super Mario Bros 2
Final Fantasy VII
Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Crono Trigger
Missle Command
Katamari Damacy
Donkey Kong
Super Mario Bros 3
Super Mario World
Megaman 2
Super Mario 64
Final Fantasy III
Smash Bros Melee
Zelda: Windwaker
Super Mario Galaxy
Guitar Hero 2
Simcity 2000
Zelda: Link to the Past
Illusion of Gaia
Warcraft 2
Rez HD
Zelda: Majoras Mask
Secret of Mana
Sam and Max hit the Road
Super Mario RPG
Harvest Moon
Streets of Rage 2
Prince of Persia
Kirby's Adventure
Pokemon Red/Blue
Kingdom Hearts
Wario Warez, Megaparty Games
The Sims
Halo 3

Look good, or totally off?

Posted by jmtb02 - February 15th, 2008

Jennifer Ann's group is holding a game design contest to help educate everyone about Teen Violence. The top prize is a $1,000 with some runner-up prizes, but I hope that you'll sincerely think about entering for the good of it.

The contest goes until April 15th (tax day here in the US), so if you have the heart to make an awesome game for a great cause, then you should think about making something for it :). The chairman of the Independent Games Festival and the editor from Kotaku will be there, so it will be a plus for you to get some exposure to industry professionals.

http://jenniferann.org/2008_game_conte st.htm

Posted by jmtb02 - February 4th, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacifi c/7224871.stm

Apparently the mainstream news has completely failed to talk about any of the 1.4 million Chinese troops that have been deployed to help keep China stable during a freak snowstorm that has locked hundreds of thousands of people out of electricity, a ride home on the train, or basic necessities and goods.

Right now there are hundreds of thousands of people sitting at train stations on the streets, waiting to get on trains. Every time a train comes to the station, its a stampede to get on causing numerous injuries and even death. People have been waiting on the streets upwards of 3-4 days to get on.

100 million people are affected by the winter storms. But where is the news on all of this?

Apparently the he-said/she-said of the political race has been drowning out this humanitarian crisis. But afterall, everyone is more interested in Super Tuesday around here in the United States. I respect the elections, but something that effects 100 million people and has caused 200,000 people to become sick should cut a bit into the air time of candidates.

Posted by jmtb02 - January 30th, 2008

Ziff Davis Media apparently loves me this month... Games for Windows Magazine ran an article called "The Top 52 Free Games to Play Now" in their February issue, and Dark Cut 2 was featured on page 52 in the simulation section! They link to Newgrounds in that article, which is great. Also in the magazine is a really nice article about getting into casual game design.

Also, 1UP.com recently ran an article for the top 101 free games of 2007, and I managed to get 4 games into that list! That list includes Ball Revamped 5, Dark Cut 2, Luminara, and Four Second Frenzy.

I also wanted to post a link to the new game I am working on. Production name "Elements", this game focuses on manipulating the level to make progress instead of the player. Take a look at the YouTube Video. It should have 30 levels of funnnnnn! The video quality sucks, so bare with it.

Okay, that's all... have a really lovely day!

Posted by jmtb02 - January 24th, 2008



Posted by jmtb02 - January 18th, 2008


In case you haven't had a gander at the new Underdog of the Week, Cursor*10 is incredible. The review score of 9.6 is a tribute to that. I t came out of judgement with a 2.96, and I watched it slowly dissapear from the portal without much of a hurrah. But if you play this game, you'll understand the amazing gameplay it has.

I just wanted to give this game the exposure it deserved. I hope it goes frontpage, because this is one of the freshest new game concepts I have seen in a long time. It's a game that makes you build teamwork with... well... yourself in a way.

New gameplay mechanics are hard to come by in this game and age... glad someone had the time to make something like this.

Posted by jmtb02 - January 6th, 2008

FreeGamesNews announced that I was the Action/Skill game developer of the year! A lot of Newgrounds users voted for me, so I really appreciate it. I've never been voted best of anything in the Flash Gaming world outside of Newgrounds, so it's good to win something even if it's just bragging rights.

Mr. Afro Ninja also took a smooth third, so congrats to him too!

Posted by jmtb02 - December 13th, 2007

Well, this is the first real award nomination I have gotten for "Best Action/Platform/Skill games", and I would love you guys to help vote for me for this category!

In case you don't know what FreeGamesNews is, it is a website that tracks free casual gaming and writes reviews for tons of Flash Games. I have had about 5-6 games reviewed here, as well as a full page interview! They are really doing a lot for the Flash community and those strange .exe devs.

So if you would, please help and VOTE!

And if you would, buddy ol' pal Afro Ninja is also in for this Escape series, over in the
Room Escape Voting section (they call him Shawn Tanner, whoever that is). Thank God they didn't pit us against each other, there would have been hair everywhere.

Take a look at the site too, it's a great website! And congrats to all the other devs who have been nominated!

Christmas is coming... you done with shopping yet?

Posted by jmtb02 - November 28th, 2007

Already Christmas is coming (earlier than ever), and the housewives are running rampant as we speak to find the hot toys and gifts this year.

This is the first year where I am not really sure what I want for Christmas. Sure, there are always things that I kind of want (like the 28 DVD complete Twilight Zone collection), but it's not like I need something like that. For some reason, I do not have anything I really, really want this year. Maybe the separation of needs and wants finally happened, I am not sure. If anything, the only thing I really need is a few new pairs of socks and a haircut, but people aren't too ready to give that as a gift. I just feel guilty asking for something that is not very practical. But then again, most Christmas presents end up not being very practical at all.

So maybe the question is, what do you want for Christmas? Maybe you can spark my imagination.

Then there is the whole element of surprise thing. When someone gets you the gift that even you couldn't have come up with, I think that is an amazing feeling. I feel that way too, because that translates to my position as a game developer. What can you throw at your audience that totally pleases them, but at the same time is completely surprising? I think that is a big challenge for me personally... since I am making a game that many very different people will play. Making the universal surprise is quite a challenge. Maybe this is why Christmas shopping for your entire family is so hard sometimes... you are trying to make many different people wow'd with a very limited chance.

Then again, being a Flash developer is so amazing, because you have a tool that can craft pretty much anything. Most people expect for Christmas some sort of premade chunk of plastic and metal like an Ipod or camera. With Flash, you pretty much can make whatever you want and present it to thousands of people. It's a bit more difficult when you are trying to surprise one individual with one pre-manufactured gift.

So as you move closer to Christmas, and you are getting gifts for people, think about the gifts you plan to exchange. Can you surprise and wow them without spending thousands of dollars on some consumer electronic? What will it take to make someone's Christmas, and make them realize that they are getting something they truly need or want? It's definitely a challenge, but so rewarding if it is achieved. Surprising someone can make Christmas truly awesome... especially if they can surprise you back :).


And completely off-topic, but Glaiel-Gamer started this jmtb02 Day thing, and I am hoping it doesn't suck.