Originally Posted by Dave Grossman
The season is designed serially, and should be played that way for maximum enjoyment. In fact, I personally think that the folks who wait until the run is over to play the whole season at once (and some people will) are going to miss out on a cool part of the experience, that being the conversation that goes on in the intervening weeks between episodes.
I agree, completely, and part of that cool part is just waiting. The second season of Sam & Max did all this quite well, building up great cliffhangers and then leaving you with wonder and expectation for weeks, accompanying the player not for hours but for months.
However, once the season is over, it seems natural to just play one episode after the other (and in the right order: would you play What's New Beelzebub?
before playing Chariots of the Dogs
?): interrupting the progression of the story to swap from one chapter to the following makes less sense then, and the player should be free to set his own rythm. Many 19th century novels (Oliver Twist
, The Portrait of a Lady
...) were published in monthly installments on magazines: looking at them closely we can still find all the cliffhangers and wrap-ups which were peculiar to the genre, but we mustn't stop reading whenever a chapter ends. If installments are episodes, a DVD becomes the complete book we buy now: it's inevitably different from the original product, but - when the serialized experience has ended - it can give it new life.
You could always include both options, if it's possible...