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Are we seeing a revolution in how television is viewed? Telltale Games had a monster hit in 2012 when they released the interactive videogame version of the popular TV series, “The Walking Dead.” By the end of that year, the company has sold more than 8 million episodes. Their success at telling serialized stories via video games continues with strong sales of their version of “Game of Thrones.”
Based in San Rafael north of San Francisco, this innovative digital publisher was started by several artists who used to work for a company called LucasArts. After a few initial titles, they had big hit in 2010 with, “Back to The Future: The Game.” It retold the story of the iconic movie but allowed players to participate at certain points. Participants could choose dialogue, look for clues, and provide other inputs.
However, five years is a long time in the videogame world. The new games not only allow participant input and feedback, they can change how the story is told. Players actually become one of the characters in the story.
The original “The Walking Dead” episodes were followed by a second smash with the sequel. In fact, there have been a total of 28 million downloads. Fans report they like the dramatic action and emotional quandaries — players have to make life-and-death decisions. With these success stories behind them, Telltale Games is poised to lead us into a new era of storytelling.