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Console-exclusive bonuses: an open letter

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Dear Telltale,

I really hate to be such a misanthrope, but this is something I felt had to be addressed.

It seems that on the PS3 version of The Penal Zone, when you start up a second playthrough you get access to a new psychic power: the Nutrition Specs. These allow you to see intriguing new visions throughout the game.

Yet this bonus content is ONLY available on the PS3.

For shame, Telltale.

I am a die-hard PC gamer. I have never been able to "get the hang" of consoles, no matter how much I've tried. I've watched helplessly as big game companies abandoned the PC market, one by one, and transferred all their focus to the console world.

I thought Telltale was unique in placing so much of its efforts on the PC platform. This pleased me deeply, and cemented my love of your games.

When TOMI and then Sam and Max switched to direct control, I assumed it was because of the reasons Telltale stated, that it made it easier to construct the games' environments. Some naysayers claimed it was really because the company wanted to put the games on consoles, but I ignored them.

Then, in the promotion leading up to the release of The Penal Zone, the PS3 version was the only version featured in advertising. Again, I assumed this was because the PS3 was a new platform for Telltale, so you wanted to show it off as much as possible.

Now I find that Telltale has put out The Devil's Playhouse on PS3 with exclusive, extra-cool bonus content that the PC version lacks. This is something I had never expected would happen, and as a "console-illiterate" gamer, it pains me greatly. Moreover, it casts a new and uglier shadow over the previous events I mentioned above.

You've disappointed me, Telltale. I've learned you're just like every other game company: eager to move to the console market, and willing to shaft PC gamers in the process.

Please, prove me wrong in the future.

EDIT: So, maybe it's not so exclusive after all? Great! Mea culpa, I'm sorry, je suis desolé.

The lesson we can learn from this, I think, is that poor communication kills. I went off in a moment of anger and posted an ill-thought-out rant on these forums, but I wouldn't have done so if Telltale had cleared up the exact nature of the Penal Zone bonus content sometime earlier. Blame all around! ;)

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  • First the TF2 items, now this... I'm detecting a rather large feeling of entitlement from this forum.

    Still at least this one appears to be a false alarm. After all, with a month between updates, it actually makes a lot of sense that they may unlock extra options in the episodes to keep people interested.

  • @Zonino said: First the TF2 items, now this... I'm detecting a rather large feeling of entitlement from this forum.


    Agreed. I wouldn't mind if the TF2 items and the Nutrition Vision were exlusive. It's nice to have them, but they're ancillary to the reasons I bought the game from Telltale. I didn't buy from them because it would give me a free pass to anything and everything, I bought it from them because I like getting a DVD at the end, I like Telltale's direct DRM more than Steam, I like buying direct from the developer when it's a smaller production, and Telltale users got the best pre-order deal. Everything else is extra, though nice to have.

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    You guys are a complaining bunch...

    - Waaah! Some people get to play early in the iPad!
    - Waaah! Some people are getting silly items for a totally unrelated game!
    - Waaah! Some people are getting a bonus item!

    Luckily, Telltale quickly addressed the latter two. But even if they didn't, all these are just small potatoes. Nothing like Ubisoft's draconian DRM that requires constant Internet access for a single player game, or not releasing "Prince of Persia: Epilogue" for the PC at all (it ended being really console-exclusive).

  • Hey, don't let that stop anybody from pitching a big fit and immediately going onto the Internet and complaining about platform exclusives and how they and they alone are getting shafted and cheated by an evil money grubbing company, though.

    Cause that never gets old.

  • It's like bickering to my family! I get all BLEHBLEHBLEHBLEHBLEH and they only respond to me after I annoy them for enough time.

  • Isn't this right about when the tags start showing up?

  • @Chuck said: Hey, don't let that stop anybody from pitching a big fit and immediately going onto the Internet and complaining about platform exclusives and how they and they alone are getting shafted and cheated by an evil money grubbing company, though.

    Cause that never gets old.


    Before I started this thread, how much did PC gamers know about potential future PC Penal Zone bonus content? That's right, absolutely zilch. Whereas the PS3 bonus content was immediately evident upon release.

    In this case I wouldn't have gotten nearly so annoyed if Telltale had clearly communicated in advance that any PS3 special bonus content was forthcoming for the PC as well. Instead we got total silence on the matter. So when PS3 owners start showing up out of the blue and talking about their special NutriSpecs I fancy myself quite justified to ask what is going on.

    I can understand the perspective of other forum users who personally don't mind this sort of thing. But when Telltale employees begin mocking their own customers for speaking out, belittling people who have paid money for a game and thus feel they should receive the same gameplay as other customers get, an ugly line is crossed.

    I never thought I'd see the day that one of my favorite game writers insulted me. Telltale formerly was regarded for the politeness of its employees on these forums. Obviously those days are long past.

    Let me make it clear: I LOVE Telltale. It's my absolute favorite game company. But when I see it engaged in what might *even possibly* be construed as questionable practices, I feel obligated to speak out. If you don't want to hear my critique, you might as well close these forums.

  • @ATMachine said: Before I started this thread, how much did PC gamers know about potential future PC Penal Zone bonus content? That's right, absolutely zilch. Whereas the PS3 bonus content was immediately evident upon release.

    In this case I wouldn't have gotten nearly so annoyed if Telltale had clearly communicated in advance that any PS3 special bonus content was forthcoming for the PC as well. Instead we got total silence on the matter. So when PS3 owners start showing up out of the blue and talking about their special NutriSpecs I fancy myself quite justified to ask what is going on.

    I can understand the perspective of other forum users who personally don't mind this sort of thing. But when Telltale employees begin mocking their own customers for speaking out, belittling people who have paid money for a game and thus feel they should receive the same gameplay as other customers get, an ugly line is crossed.

    I never thought I'd see the day that one of my favorite game writers insulted me. Telltale formerly was regarded for the politeness of its employees on these forums. Obviously those days are long past.

    Let me make it clear: I LOVE Telltale. It's my absolute favorite game company. But when I see it engaged in what might *even possibly* be construed as questionable practices, I feel obligated to speak out. If you don't want to hear my critique, you might as well close these forums.


    I dunno. Personally, I like that the developers can speak freely, and I'm pretty sure they have spoken freely for years now. It means they're people with opinions and not PR tools with leashes around their necks(it's a lot less kinky than it sounds).

    The issue is that you're very much over-reacting. Even if it was PS3-exclusive, so what? We get an exclusive DVD, exclusive bonus content, an exclusive forum, a free episode, TF2 items, exclusive downloads, and coupons. PS3 users got...five bucks off. And the ability to play on a PS3.

    This scale does not look like one that is heavily balanced in the favor of anybody but the people who buy from Telltale's store. We have gotten everything we were promised and, well, more. I don't think an after-game distraction for PS3 users should not have been a big deal at all.

  • @ATMachine said: I never thought I'd see the day that one of my favorite game writers insulted me. Telltale formerly was regarded for the politeness of its employees on these forums. Obviously those days are long past.

    i agree.
    i think it's obvious that people would get slightly miffed (or a lot) when they (we) see someone else getting more content for the same money without explanation. Sure, we are getting the DVD, but some don't care about it and others have to pay an insanely high postage for it.

    I didn't mind about the TF2 items though when i thought that they were steam exclusive, since i knew that that wasn't up to telltale.

  • @ATMachine said: I never thought I'd see the day that one of my favorite game writers insulted me. Telltale formerly was regarded for the politeness of its employees on these forums. Obviously those days are long past.


    Like Rather Dashing mentioned, I'm glad to see Telltale is not so corporate as to have its staff muzzled on these boards (except for that one time that Nikasaur slapped down Yare).

    Hell, I'd love to be insulted by TTG if I crossed a line!

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