Tellfail Games (The Jimquisition)

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It feels a little mean to post this, kicking a studio while it’s down, but it’s not like it’s untrue. So here we go, with your ol’ pal Jim Sterling’s thoughts on the company Telltale Games became before it announced its bankruptcy.

Telltale tried to do too much while not doing enough. Let’s take a look at it!

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Christoph Brinkmann
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Probably won’t get The Wolf Among Us Season 2 now. Thanks a lot Telltale with your burning out devs, taking on way too much crap and not innovating. If only there were plenty of other studios that could’ve taught you why any one of those 3 is bad – oh wait.

Signed, a fan who loved The Walking Dead S1 (S2 was far weaker) and TWAU S1

AustinSJ1
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AustinSJ1

THQ Nordic’s next purchase.

Allaiyah Weyn
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Publishers: Rushes production for an improbable deadline; bug testing be damned, unreasonable work hours for low pay, does none of the work & maintains all of the rights, lays off entire staff after buying studio or finishing a product, shitcans a game in pre-release stage & sues employees for leaking prototype, puts their name on the box & hides the name of the developers entirely (Bigfish), remakes a game from another developer & scrubs all copies of the original from the web entirely (Bigfish to Gray Alien Games), forces developers to add things that ruin the integrity of the game… Read more »

Natalie
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Natalie

I’m not so sure that it’s the basic formula itself that become too stale, I’m of the opinion that it’s a lot more the themes and IP that got too stale. Like, both Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have the whole visceral tragedy thing going on, and those particular story beats get old and exhausting rather quick. I loved the first Walking Dead and I never even finished the second season. Then I got the minecraft one from a subscription, and I never even played minecraft but I thought it was cute and fun. Except for the scummy practice… Read more »

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I will say I thought that The Final Season was looking like it was a return to form for them. It did look like they had learned from the mistakes committed with their previous titles. While it is a shame it was also clearly far too late as well.

Benj
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Benj

I’ve defended the illusion of choice quite a lot from people who insist that the only choice that can be “meaningful” must be one that has a measurable material effect on the plot. As if flowcharts are the only measure of consequence. But yeah… it’s no longer an illusion of choice if everyone sees right through it because you do it every damn time. There an increasing number of choices in Telltale games that seem to be actively mocking the player’s powerlessness.e.g. lol you jumped down to save an annoying girl because you wanted to do the right thing despite… Read more »

gremcint
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gremcint

if you do tackle an episode on episodic games then I think you should take a look at King’s Quest for part of it. There’s an epilogue for the game that you can only get if you buy the game in full all at once. I’m not able to get this at all because I bought episode 1 (before they started giving it away for free) and steam then literally would not let me buy the full game saying I owned part of it already and could only buy the episode 2-5 pack that doesn’t include the epilogue. The facebook… Read more »

Aotrs Commander
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Aotrs Commander

I’m surprised, but not surprised. When I first encounters Telltale, they were doing Sam & Max and I loved it and them. We got three seasons of Sam & Max, Tales of Monkey Island (and they also published Hector: Bage or Carnage[1]) and theh they decided to start doing all the IP stuff and so lost, I suspect, a lot of the customer base that they had garned to get them to that point, because they were chasing a larger and larger market… And, as always when you do that, you run the risk of the mass market just losing… Read more »

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I was curious if Today’s episode would be about Telltale as the news only broke on Friday. I’ve been watching the dumpster fire that is the Final Season forum on Steam all weekend. Some very interesting information has come out. By all accounts the final season will not be completed.

Ayon Windsor
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Ayon Windsor

What’s so surprising to me is that they had this trend. This clear trend of less revenue per title. Both consumers and pundits were telling them to stop it. That the formula had become stale. They just kept on going. However, none of this matters. What matters is that this whole industry needs more worker rights and proper sensible unions with it. Crunch being the norm of the industry and this unhealthy mantra of “there’s people out there killing for your position” needs to stop. No one is killing for a job that’s actively turning you into a corpse. Not… Read more »