I am John Podlasek, in the game industry since the 16-bit wars of 1989, former Mortal Kombat producer - AMA!
Short Bio: Hi, I was the producer on Mortal Kombat from 2000-2008, and started at NEC’s Turbo-Grafx-16 in 1989 (Bonk or Bomberman anyone?). After the TG-16 crash I worked in QA, then into production in the mid 90’s. I’ve done console, PC, arcade, casino and mobile games, like MK: Deadly Alliance/Deception/Armageddon, Beavis & Butt-Head, Arctic Thunder, Marvel Avengers Initiative and WWE Immortals.
Companies I’ve been at include NEC, ICOM Simulations/Viacom New Media, Blue Byte Software, TerraGlyph Interactive Studios, Midway Games, WMS Gaming, Wideload Games/Disney Interactive and Phosphor Games Studio (consultant)
I currently have a small consulting company, and am exploring the idea of helping people interested to work in the game industry, but stuck not knowing what to do next.
Ongoing: will pop on as time's available and continue answering questions.
Fri. 9/25: I'm back on today answering both new questions and ones from late last night.
Thurs. 9/24pm: wrapped up for tonight, but if there are new questions tomorrow I'll jump back in an answer them...take care everyone.