on Jan 20, 2013
Towards the end of the episode we wonder about the fidelity of this downtown Savannah set. I did a search for the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and here’s what I turned up:
Here is the building that’s across the river and slightly to the right of Lee as seen in the game:
That’s the Westin. Here’s the real thing from Google Earth.
That means Lee is standing on East River St. in the “Historic Downtown” section. (Again, I’m basing this entirely on Google Earth.) When Lee pans to the left he sees the bridge, and there’s a building on the other side. (The East side of the river, as it turns out.)
I can’t identify the building, but it exists in the real world. (Far right.)
As they enter the waterfront, they pass a building on their right right which appears to be named “Tail Ho___”. (House?) It’s got a green awning with stripes on the sides. You can see the stripes just a few seconds later in the wide shot.
I suspect this is based on the Boar’s Head:
Which means the spot they used for reference was the intersection of East River St. and Lincoln St. Which means the gameplay takes place along this stretch:
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This is the smart way to build things. They loosely based it on the real world, but they didn’t sweat the fine details or attempt to recreate the original. They went for capturing the broad look & feel, probably using reference photographs and a map. The Telltale version is obviously smaller (which is good, since hiking around the real thing would get old) but has the right paving materials, architecture, and little posts along the water.
As someone who has built real-world locations in the past, I can tell you that it is very tempting to attempt to make a copy of the original. This is frustrating, time consuming, and only a fraction of the people will notice or care. Aiming for broad strokes is the way to go. (Of course, that takes an artist, and I was never much of an artist.)
One final note is that if this zombie wall is the actual border of Crawford, then Crawford is BIG. Crawford Square is about a half mile from here in a direct line. That’s a lot of territory and a very large perimeter. It’s probable that while their territory begins here, the space they patrol and maintain is much smaller, perhaps just the blocks that make up Crawford Square itself.