First I want to say, I am loving these Sam & Max episodes! And I hope these seasons continue indefinitely!
Now, on to my issue!
Surely I'm not alone in this... or does everyone have $20 speakers hooked up to their PC?
The sound quality of the voices in-game have "artifacting" pretty bad. This is the result of using a lossy compression (like an MP3 at a low bitrate type of problem). Very lossy in my opinion. After hearing this in Sam & Max, I noticed how many other games I am playing have crystal clear sound on their voices. Even an older game I loaded tonight (Homeworld 2) has just perfect sound quality on the voice recordings.
With a game like Sam & Max, where the voice is so important, one would think this would be a priority. I have to admit, it distracts me when they talk.
Now, on the other side of the coin, I'm sure it had to do with the fact that it's a download only game (currently) and they probably decided to compress the voices as much as they dared. I mean I can understand why this needed to be done -- but with a decent pair of speakers (and maybe even without decent ones?), its quite obvious. Again, I have my sound going through a real amplifier (like you'd have for your home CD player), and a pretty good one at that.. Also, I'm using 3-way tower speakers (12" woofer, you know, bigger speakers! I've always enjoyed hearing high quality sound from games since the Amiga days). Aside from that, a decent $20 headset should work fine too.
Anyway, I don't mean to upset anyone (Telltale or its customers), but instead just to open this issue up for discussion... And... to encourage Telltale to release a DVD version with high quality sound this summer (for us customers)! This will let them know what kind of support they would have for changing the sound files out!
I'll be the first one in line to vote for this...!