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About to hit it big?

posted by natlinxz on - last edited - Viewed by 237 users

I was thinking... during this recession, people won't be spending as much on games, and I think most people are too smart to buy any more "Bargain Bin" crap. So I think that people will only want to spend $10-$20 on a good games. Yes, I'm talking about Telltales Episodic games. Does anyone else think that Telltale is going to hit it big?

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  • Personally, I just think the media is blowing the whole thing out of proportion. The only people who'll stop buying games are the casuals (In my opinion) and if anyone's gonna be on the rise for odd reasons, It'll be people who sell cheap games (Telltale and the like) and Freeware Devs (Pixel is the one name, Although his game is getting a commercial release).

  • @Ray-The-Sun said: Personally, I just think the media is blowing the whole thing out of proportion. The only people who'll stop buying games are the casuals (In my opinion) and if anyone's gonna be on the rise for odd reasons, It'll be people who sell cheap games (Telltale and the like) and Freeware Devs (Pixel is the one name, Although his game is getting a commercial release).

    they aren't though plenty of companies have gone bust or been closed for financial reasons, which is a terrible thing, a lot of companies are only considering releasing sequels or big licensed games, look at the up coming games only alan wake is a completely new IP planned during the global recession.

  • Except Alan Wake has been in the planning/development stages for years now. There are plenty of new IPs being released (one other example is Demigod), but I will be interested to see how many new IPs are announced at the coming trade shows such as E3.

  • Here's my take. To be a successful company, you have to bring money in, and not pay too much money out. Telltale is not a publicly-traded company, so I don't know how good its balance sheet is, but it has to pay employees, computer support, the Internet bill, licensing fees (because whoever owns Wallace & Gromit probably isn't letting Telltale use their characters for free), and the other kinds of expenses companies generally have to pay for (taxes, the electric bill, coffee...). The good thing about Telltale not being publicly traded is that we don't have stock analysts screaming that nobody's buying anything but the bare necessities, and maybe not even that. Well, OK, we do have the screaming analysts, but they're not screaming about Telltale, so just ignore them.

    The summer job market for teenagers is looking grim, because not only will there be fewer jobs than last year, but there are a lot of unemployed adults who are desperate and starting to fight for the same kinds of jobs that teens target. That means there will be more teenagers with nothing to do over the summer. When teenagers are bored and have too much time on their hands, they start to get into trouble. Hear that, parents? Paying reasonable entertainment expenses for your teens now may save you from having to pay a lot more later! And Telltale games are more cost-effective than a lot of alternatives!

    There are also still some older folks out there who might remember playing Sam & Max back in the '80s when it was new and supported, and who don't know that Telltale has created some more Sam & Max games. So that's another possible market, with the challenge being how to make them aware that Telltale exists. You can help. :) Look for forty-year-olds who might have been adventure game fans back in the day.

    Basically, I can't guarantee that the future will be bright for Telltale, but I can say that the opportunity is out there. Telltale has spent a lot of money getting Wallace & Gromit off the ground, so let's hope it's a hit!

  • I think some recent research showed how games simply cost too much these days - a game that was halved in price got 3000% more sales or something like that. I tend to agree - Telltale is GREAT and CHEAP and I bet they're doing pretty well with the money right now. :)

  • @DaVince said: I think some recent research showed how games simply cost too much these days - a game that was halved in price got 3000% more sales or something like that. I tend to agree - Telltale is GREAT and CHEAP and I bet they're doing pretty well with the money right now. :)

    I'm assuming that their comparison models were Wii Fit and No More Heroes ¬.¬

  • @Ray-The-Sun said: I'm assuming that their comparison models were Wii Fit and No More Heroes ¬.¬


    No, I recognize the figure and it's very different.
    The game in question is Left 4 Dead. There was a half-off weekend sale on Steam, and Gabe Newell stated in a press conference that it increased sales by 3000%. It makes sense, as there were a lot of people (like myself) who thought it looked good but weren't willing to spend $50 on it.

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