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Telltale site/store/forum update

posted by Tjibbbe on - last edited - Viewed by 502 users

I know there was an old thread about this, but besides my best efforts I couldn't find it, so here goes:

Some months ago Dan Connors mentioned that the Telltale site would be getting a giant update, and it has been mentioned in other places as well since then. I almost forgot about this, but I was browsing the GDC Vault today and stumbled upon this talk Dan Connors held in 2012 on Digital Distribution: http://gdcvault.com/play/1015814/Empowered-by-Digital-Distribution-From.

Interesting stuff if you're into these things. However, at one point he mentions the new site and shows a screenshot of it (click on 'New Telltale Store - Launches this Month!' in the menu at the left to jump straight to that part of the talk). He doesn't say a lot about it, apart from the fact that the games will be able to interact with the website (possibly some sort of achievement-list on your Telltale account, or something like that). Now, this made me curious all over again. Does anyone know what happened to this, and if and when we can expect the update?

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  • It's been in planning since before I joined if I remember correctly, so I'll expect it promptly, possibly just after Team Fortress 2 or Duke Nukem Forever.

  • ? I don't get it. Both of those games are out.... :S

  • Yes, there is one planned. Me and the other mods have had the privilege of having a sneak peek and...

    ...uh...

    ...not sure if I should really discuss it. It's certainly different though.

  • @Darth Marsden said: Yes, there is one planned. Me and the other mods have had the privilege of having a sneak peek and...

    ...uh...

    ...not sure if I should really discuss it. It's certainly different though.

    That doesn't sound good!

  • @coolsome said: That doesn't sound good!

    So it does. How about that.

  • I can't imagine anything that could possibly be as bad as Darth Marsden's making it sound...


    ...unless...
    ...is Tomp a moderator on the new forum?

  • ...y'know what? Sod it. Here's my thoughts.

    I didn't really play around with the whole site, since it's not fully finished and all, but I did tinker around with the updated forums Community Section and... ugh.

    The closest comparison is something like Reddit, where you can have nested comments. That's very much the case here, and it's just awful. What were once simple linear threads, like what we have at the moment, can be split into (potentially) dozens of different conversations, all originating from various points. It makes managing them an absolute nightmare.

    Let me use a diagram I made a while back to explain what I mean.

    Original Conversation
    |
    >Response 1
    >Response 2
    >Response 3

    That's the basic system we've got now. But what the new forums Community Section is currently based around is nested comments, which is where individual replies can have several different conversations spawning from them, often in entirely different directions content-wise. It's something more along these lines:

    Original Conversation
    |
    >Response 1
    | |
    | >Response 1, Response 1
    | >Response 1, Response 2
    | | |
    | | >Response 1, Response 2, Response 1
    | | |
    | | >Response 1, Response 2, Response 1, Response 1
    | |
    | >Response 1, Response 3
    | >Response 1, Response 4
    | |
    | - >Response 1, Response 4, Response 1
    | - >Response 1, Response 4, Response 2
    | - >Response 1, Response 4, Response 3
    | - >Response 1, Response 4, Response 4
    |
    >Response 2
    >Response 3

    As you can see, it's very confusing to follow, especially if you're trying to moderate it - there's a whole host of different conversations spawning off of the original one.

    But that was back before Christmas, and they were (apparently) going to take a good listen to the feedback I and the other mods gave them. I don't quite how that's going though, which is why I was a little reluctant to discuss it. What I'm talking about here could well be out of date by this point.

  • @Darth Marsden said: Yes, there is one planned. The other mods and I have had the privilege of having a sneak peek and...

    ...uh...

    ...not sure if I should really discuss it. It's certainly different though.

    fixed.

    @Darth Marsden said: ...y'know what? Sod it. Here's my thoughts.

    I didn't really play around with the whole site, since it's not fully finished and all, but I did tinker around with the updated forums Community Section and... ugh.

    The closest comparison is something like Reddit, where you can have nested comments.

    [diagram]

    As you can see, it's very confusing to follow, especially if you're trying to moderate it - there's a whole host of different conversations spawning off of the original one.

    That diagram looks very much like Reddit.

    I hate that about Reddit. What we have now is simple and clean. If we get off topic, we either start a new thread, or else a mod splits/merges it.

    With Reddit-style forums, we wouldn't just have derailed threads, we'd have a 30 car pileup.

  • Great! Once they implement that, they'll greatly improve the forum.

    By ensuring that I won't be in it....

  • Yeah, that was the general feeling. We were NOT fans of it.

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