What if you took the choice and conversation wheel gameplay of (say) Dragon Age or Mass Effect, and made that into a game all by itself? No shooter combat. No classes. No equipment. You just talk and make decisions. The whole time.
Telltale Games has done it, and the result is basically a new genre of videogame. Yes, on the surface it’s mechanically similar to Sam & Max or the Strongbad adventure games. But making it a serious, drama-based story with gut-wrenching choices creates a very different experience.
The game is based on the Comic series by Robert Kirkman, and features brief cameos of existing characters. There’s also a TV series based on the same material, which I hated because it’s way too much a soap opera of idiots and jackasses. I watched the first several episodes and didn’t connect with a single character.
The entire Spoiler Warning cast has played through the game by this point. I realize the game is a bit “new” by the standards of our show, but this is an important game and we all have stuff to say about it. If you’re looking to play along at home, the game is available right now on Steam for less than $20. It’s an innovative high-quality game that weighs in around twelve to fifteen hours. I punch those numbers into my calculator and it makes a happy face.
We normally take a couple of weeks off from Spoiler Warning when we finish a season, but we’re rolling straight into The Walking Dead. Buckle up.
Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Top 64 Videogames
Lists of 'best games ever' are dumb and annoying. But like a self-loathing hipster I made one anyway.
The Best of 2014
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2014.
Bad and Wrong Music Lessons
A music lesson for people who know nothing about music, from someone who barely knows anything about music.
Revisiting a Dead Engine
I wanted to take the file format of a late 90s shooter and read it in modern-day Unity. This is the result.