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Hey, Um, What About Us?

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While the games on gog are drm-free knows anyone if Telltale maybe will also make the games drm-free here? Last time I searched the forum for this topic I had the feeling that there wasn't any plans nor some large demand for such a move.

I know that some or maybe all the free cd-versions are drm-free, but to avoid the shipping costs I would really prefer the same for the digital versions.

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  • @Gman5852 said: They are. Just console exclusive and isn't free for buyers... yeah.

    When did they say there wouldn't be a disc?

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    @Chyron8472 said: Why not?! :D:D

    Okay, I'm serious this time. Why aren't they going to have a TWD disc?

    Telltale's main area of distribution is digital downloads. I guess the additional boxed DVDs have always been somewhat of a pain in the ass for them. The additional production costs; the schedule between the last episode and the printing; the storage costs for discs which aren't collected; the additional staff for sending the discs out; the rather complicated store programming which seems to lend itself to stupid exploits in that area.

    TWD is a full blown Telltale Season sold at 25$ (or less) - a full ten bucks less than those previous games which had an extra disc, especially including the glorious Tales and Devil's Playhouse. It's a fair price, it really_is_fair.

    But I do weep for the transition to an all digital PC publisher. Big fat tears. With Steam's all encompassing sudden price drops (which_are_NOT_fair_for_the_developers), normally faster episode deliveries and less download hassle concerning these last problem ridden TWD episodes, the Telltale Store desperately lacks unique selling propositions. And that disc, it definitely was THE thing on your mind whatever you had to endure as a PC customer. You always thought "Yeah, whatever, 'cause I'm getting the DVD at the end and you Steam user/console player don't".

    I REALLY wish they got back to the practice for Fables, but I don't see it coming.

    Lord, the slipcases they could be doing...

    @Chyron8472 said: I'm pretty sure there will be a PC retail disc in Germany too.

    That is VERY likely. Less because of Telltale's popularity, but definitely because of the TV series' popularity. A sad cause with a joyous result. :rolleyes:

  • @Vainamoinen said: Telltale's main area of distribution is digital downloads. I guess the additional boxed DVDs have always been somewhat of a pain in the ass for them. The additional production costs; the schedule between the last episode and the printing; the storage costs for discs which aren't collected; the additional staff for sending the discs out; the rather complicated store programming which seems to lend itself to stupid exploits in that area.

    TWD is a full blown Telltale Season sold at 25$ (or less) - a full ten bucks less than those previous games which had an extra disc, especially including the glorious Tales and Devil's Playhouse. It's a fair price, it really_is_fair.

    So what you're saying is that their primary schtick for encouraging people to buy games directly from them instead of through a third-party takes too much effort and would cost less to go without.

    What motivation should anyone have to buy directly from their store, then? If you buy from Steam, you get automatic patch updates and achievements. If you buy from GOG, you get digital extras. If you buy from TTG, you get a free disc with extras and maybe also feelies if you get the deluxe edition.

    The reason why people might not be buying physical stuff from TTG, in my opinion, is because their Deluxe Edition stuff has been cheaply made. (...Seriously, printing cardboard cut-out dolls on a DVD slipcase, and using white restaurant napkins to print maps on with an inch of blank border between the map image and the edge of the fabric??)

    It's like when the only reason I ate at a certain restaurant was because their 5-Cheese Macaroni dish was fantastic, but then they change the noodles to from little spirals to big fat ones, and the seemingly fresh-made cheese sauce to obviously powdered cheese with water added... which is why I never went back.

  • I totally get that you're diversifying the games you make, Telltale. And that the current series is always going to get the most attention. Nothing wrong with that and from what I've played and what I've read about the games I haven't played, you are knocking it out of the park consistently.
    But I don't watch The Walking Dead and have very limited interest in the survival horror genre, or adventure games that are not primarily comedy. That's fine, I can pass on a series and still applaud your work. But your blog and front page, guys, has left nothing of any interest for those not into Walking Dead. Pretty much since last November when Jurassic Park came out. Delays with games are acceptable, but that's just longer that we haven't heard any information about other projects. Come on guys, you have a new freaking King's Quest in the works. You were supposed to be the transparent administration that would save us from hearing about nothing but a hundred Star Wars games from the Lucasarts home page.
    Now there is a WD sequel announced and not a word about your next game, originally slated for last quarter, as I recall. I know Walking Dead is a huge deal and clearly where your bread is buttered right now, but is it so much to ask for a blog post or a teaser of something not Walking Dead on the homepage? I'm beginning to forget you exist for extended periods of time while more indie and homegrown developers are focusing on fan service. This isn't you; opaque and obtuse just doesn't suit you very well.

  • It has always been this way.

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    @HappyCoincidence said:
    Now there is a WD sequel announced and not a word about your next game, originally slated for last quarter, as I recall. I know Walking Dead is a huge deal and clearly where your bread is buttered right now, but is it so much to ask for a blog post or a teaser of something not Walking Dead on the homepage?

    You want more stuff that suits you better. I get it, so do I. But Fables will be coming. NEXT. And it won't be survival horror. Heck, it might even be somewhat of an adventure game... without QTEs even.

  • @Vainamoinen said: Heck, it might even be somewhat of an adventure game... without QTEs even.

    Please. Stop dreaming.

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    The other day, you wanted gog.com to hand out Steam keys... I'd say my dream is FAR more prone to become reality.

  • I gotta agree. I'm loving TWD, but it would be nice to see something from the other projects that are in development. Even just some concept art. I can't imagine Telltale wants there to be a huge gap between episode 5 of TWD and episode 1 of their next game, so they have to have something they could show us, right? I guess once episode 5 is out, we'll get more info on Fables and King's Quest.

  • @Vainamoinen said: The other day, you wanted gog.com to hand out Steam keys.


    It's a more reasonable thought. Really. We didn't have good puzzles since ToMI / Puzzle Agent 2.

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