Choice is often one of the central squares of video game buzzword bingo. From the butterfly effect in Until Dawn to David Cage’s infamous 2,000-page ‘script’ stunt for Beyond Two Souls — and yes, Telltale’s ubiquitous “[character] will remember that” mechanic — developers take great pains to remind us we have choices to make, and that our actions shape the experience we’re about to have with their games. We like feeling as though we’re in control, at least to some limited extent. The first season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead adventure game contains several strong examples of this focus on player choice. It’s the entire point of the series, in fact. The Walking Dead comic and TV show, along with the Game of Thrones books and also later TV show, had already popularized the idea that anyone can die at any time in pop culture, so why not play a game where you had at least some control over those shocking moments? … [Read more...] about Remembering the only choice that mattered in Telltale’s The Walking Dead
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In real life, RPG guru Brian Fargo ranks a star-12 in the silver-tongued persuasion attribute. On stage at a recent games business event, he crooned to an avid audience on the Next Big Thing in gaming. Fargo is best known for founding Interplay and InXile, companies that brought us role-playing series like Wasteland and The Bard’s Tale. His love of games, in which chat and personality play a big part, will come as no surprise to anyone who has spent time with him. He loves to talk, most especially about whatever it is he’s obsessing over at the moment. Right now, his big thing is blockchain, a decentralized ledger and the technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, with (so far) unhackable security. “I’ve drunk the Kool Aid,” he told his audience at GamesBeat last month. But it’s not the tech itself that animates Fargo. It’s the potential to track digital transactions. For him, blockchain is the key to something gamers could really … [Read more...] about Reselling your digital games will soon be a reality, but what does that mean?