Originally Posted by Kroms
Hmmm...I keep wanting to ask things about the writing, as I feel that Telltale's packed with great writers, and they're never asked about it.
Okay, uh,...howww do you make sure something is funny or not?
Do youuu ever write backstories for your characters?
Yeah, I suck at asking questions. It's worth noting that those question marks at the end are related to whether or not this is a decent question, and not for grammatical purposes.
Those aren't bad questions in the slightest.
There's no way to be absolutely sure that something's funny*. But in our experience, if 3 out of 4 guys in the office think something's funny, a lot of other people will probably think it's funny. Also, when in doubt, I check with the wife - if I can't get at least a wry smile out of her, the joke's probably doomed.
Now that we're doing more and more season-long arcs, we'll probably be getting in the habit of writing quick-n-dirty backstories for our original characters. I cobbled together one for De Singe in Tales, some of which crept its way into the game. With the Sam and Max characters, they haven't needed as much backstory... yet.
Mike "If it bends, it's funny... if it breaks, it's hilarious" Stemmle
* Unless it's a baby in sunglasses... that's always funny.