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Dreamfall Goes Episodic

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This has gotta be a result of TellTales success with episodic gaming?
(It definitely can't be a reflection of Valves attempts?)

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My favourite thing about more games becoming episodic is how much some people get angry about the whole thing - Games must be released whole and in a manner with which doesn't scare and confuse me!

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  • I'm sorry, but I'll probably give this one a pass. I'm fine with episodic gaming. Telltale is an obvious example of how it can be done right. It's Dreamfall I didn't like. The fact that the game was starfoced didn't help. It was the first and last starforced game I ever bought.

  • Although I was just posting for another episodic game being developed - I'm actually kinda looking forward to this - I really enjoyed both the Longest Journey and Dreamfall (actually I wouldnt have minded waiting a few years before it's release - Given the 7 year gap between TLG 1 & 2).... & I'll definitely be interested to see what they come up with (the chapter set-up for the games as-is seem to fit into the episodic pretty neatly?)

    If were talking about games that didn't really work for us...
    I always thought Fahrenheit/ Indigo Prophecy was annoying...
    I also thought Psychonauts was kinda fun, but no where near as amazing as most people seem to think?

  • I think episodic gaming could very well be the future, like it or not. Games are becoming more and more expensive to produce, we are talking movie-like budgets. When a movie goes bust, you at least have the DVD sales to cushion your losses. Not so with games. I see episodic games and additional game plug-ins in the future.

    The best thing about episodic content is it opens the door for indie games to compete. The games industry really needs that. Video games are stagnating and need a fresh and inviative idea to give it a kick in the kiester.

  • I pretty much gave up on new games a year or so ago. They just kept getting worse and worse, so I turned into a gold digger and play old games most of the time now. It's actually a lot better then it sounds. :p

  • I don't blame you one bit for giving up on new games. I started playing old games too. It seems all the creativity and innovation has been sucked out of the games industry. No one wants to take a risk anymore, so we just get the same old same old .... with next-gan graphics! You'll be lucky to get 20 hours of gaming from a $60 game.

    I hope episodic gaming changes that. You have to stay fresh and creative if you're going to keep the customer hooked. Telltale is doing a fantastic job. I want to know who is behind this whole hypnotic consiperacy. Episodic gaming really is more like TV episodes and full games are like straight-to-DVD movies.

    Anyways, Telltale is the king of Episodic Gaming and could reallty teach the others a thing or two :) Alll hail Telltale.

  • @Rasher said: I don't blame you one bit for giving up on new games. I started playing old games too. It seems all the creativity and innovation has been sucked out of the games industry. No one wants to take a risk anymore, so we just get the same old same old .... with next-gan graphics! You'll be lucky to get 20 hours of gaming from a $60 game.

    I see the same argument levelled an 'new' (bad) music vs. 'old' music (good) and even movies.

    There has always been good and bad music, just as there have always been good and bad games. Just as you rarely find exciting, innovative new interesting music on the Top 20 shelves in record stores, you'll only find new, innovative games if you look a little past those being shoved in your face in your standard chain-store Gaming shops. Companies will tend to throw their marketing dollars at tried-and-tested guaranteed sellers, but that's not to say they aren't also releasing interesting stuff. It's just not being marketed at the save level.

    It may take a little more research to uncover the gems, but they're there if you look for them.

  • A great example of under-the-radar innovation...

    Deus Ex and System Shock. Plenty of people know OF these games, but not nearly as many have actually played them. They both flopped at release, since nobody wanted to risk buying a hybrid FPS-RPG. Only after a few fansites went up did people play them. Shame, considering their both incredible games, that few others have emulated. Luckily GameTap has Deus Ex 2, so more people will be inclined to play it and realize what they've been missing.

  • @jp-30 said: I see the same argument levelled an 'new' (bad) music vs. 'old' music (good) and even movies.

    There has always been good and bad music, just as there have always been good and bad games. Just as you rarely find exciting, innovative new interesting music on the Top 20 shelves in record stores, you'll only find new, innovative games if you look a little past those being shoved in your face in your standard chain-store Gaming shops. Companies will tend to throw their marketing dollars at tried-and-tested guaranteed sellers, but that's not to say they aren't also releasing interesting stuff. It's just not being marketed at the save level.

    It may take a little more research to uncover the gems, but they're there if you look for them.

    I was just about to say that.. Great post!

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    Mel

    I read someone in some thread here bring up the serialization of novels and I ran across this article. Many of the caveats and benefits that go with episodic gaming, episodic TV, etc. are not new. :)

  • The sequel to Dreamfall maybe episodic or not. I won't buy it. I bought Dreamfall without hesitation and have been utterly disappointed. This is not much of an Adventure, hell, it has not even been close to a _game_. Walk there, talk to this, watch cinematics. Fight somone (lose ten times and curse the controls), walk around the corner, cinematics.
    Sorry, after Telltale just showed that classic PnC-Adventure are still fun (and hopefully selling well) this "Xboxisation" of one of my Favorite Games of all time (TLJ, that is) even feels worse.

    Phoo

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