Well that was 13 minutes of my life I'll never get back. This has nothing at all whatsoever to do with Games. Also, the US government appears to still use typewriters to take minutes.
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"The really exciting thing is the notoriety of The Walking Dead certainly is making it so we're having a lot more conversations with a lot of other TV shows and movies and books and things that would be really awesome to make games out of. That's super, super exciting."
Oh boy, this got me sperging out with excitement. TV series I'd love to see Telltale's take on (warning: imminent overdose of wishful thinking and probably not very good ideas)
BSG - Plenty of scope for desperate situations & tough moral choices here, you could play the part of some random survivor on one of the other ships in the fleet as the cannon storyline goes on in the background.
Mad Men - You play a Peggy Olson character equivalent, having just left Sterling Cooper or whatever that other company is called, as she tries to make it on her own in the world of 1960s advertising. Will she work for another company or try and set up her own? You tailor how she networks and forms relationships, chooses corporate strategies, all the while as a young woman coping with the challenges of office politics, the changing social landscape and inherent sexism of the period.
24/Nikita - A more action based spy-thriller adventure where you play as a CTU/Division agent, perhaps with a hidden past (secretly defected terrorist with faked US citizenship documents, I dunno), think Alpha Protocol-like branching storylines.
Jericho - Similar to TWD but a lot more grounded. You could play someone from that other town (or any smalltown still standing after the attack), and it be the story of how they survive the ensuing collapse and re-building of civilisation.
The Good Wife - The courtroom drama would fit the adventure game genre quite well I think. You could play as a lawyer, or an investigator like Kalinder perhaps. Did your client do it? If you think or know they did, should you still take the case? How should they plead? How will the outcome of the case affect your firm, your colleagues, your friends and family vs your career?
Breaking Bad - Turns out BB was not just the story of the rise and fall of Walter White. It was the origin story of Jesse Pinkman. With Mr.White dead and gone, he now has control of his drug empire. A few years have passed and Jesse is older, wiser. His street smarts and humility have got him further than Walter's naivety and hubris ever got him. But the DEA are closing in. Rival gangs threaten his empire. Having recently reconciled with his family, ironically due to Jesse's younger brother becoming addicted to the very product Jesse's dealers have been pedalling, he faces a constant struggle to keep what he does hidden from them. Not to mention the familiar themes of the morality of what he does and the things he did to get there, the impossibility of getting out of the game, the danger it now puts those close to him in etc.
Think of the possibilities! With the level of maturity they have displayed in their storytelling, Telltale could totally pull any of these off, and much, much better than how I've described here.
The Walking Dead is the ONLY videogame I consider to have a story the quality of which rivals other entertainment media, both in terms of the way it's presented and the characters that take part in it. That it was a financial success and won game of the year means other studios will start to follow suit, and that is a very good thing because it means we're going to see more of the same, and future projects that improve on that formula. Finally, videogames are coming out of the cheesy, unsophisticated 80's action/horror movie rutt they've been stuck in for the last few decades.
Of course, the more "gamey" games aren't going anywhere, so people that decry this change as a bad thing really have nothing to worry about. We'll still be able to shoot mindless hordes of things in the latest Serious Sam or Painkiller iteration any day of the week; I'm just glad things are getting better on the story side for those games that want to go in that direction, i.e. Tomb Raider, Last of us etc.
It's high profile stories like this that are going to hurt future potentially good kickstarters. Then again, anything that encourages people to be more careful with their money can only be good for the industry in the long run.
It's only been on Steam for about 24 hours. As soon as it was obvious it shouldn't be being sold as a full game, they took it down and are offering full refunds. I really don't think Steam can be faulted on this one, the devs clearly took advantage of the trust placed in them from having another title previously released on Steam.
Hopefully this will prompt ALL titles being thoroughly checked by playtesters before going on Steam in the future. Well, we can dream...
Over the years I've collected over 300 games on Steam. I will estimate that I've completed maybe > 5% of them. About half of them I've played less than an hour. I have not even ever installed ~ 10% of them. I think I may have a problem. They're just so cheap!
The irony is, I have a decent enough PC to play most of the games at max settings, but I spend the most of my gaming hours playing Crawl.
Everyone with losing saves stories:@jking47 said:
This has led to me being paranoid about saves, ever since then I always use at least 2 save slots, usually more.
You would have lost your shit if you ever played Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.