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Video Games are not Films. They are TV.

The most recent trend in video game storytelling is releasing the games in monthly chunks that are entirely concerned with advancing a narrative. This trend, of telling stories in interconnected […]

The most recent trend in video game storytelling is releasing the games in monthly chunks that are entirely concerned with advancing a narrative. This trend, of telling stories in interconnected semi-regular releases is meant to emulate the feeling of TV. And yet, as of right now, TV has moved closer and closer towards using the season as the main unit of storytelling (versus “the episode”)

The argument could be made, especially considering Telltale’s resolution to continue both The Walking Dead and the Wolf Among Us in a format akin to a TV season, that the season is still a valid construct that could apply to the critical discussion of these games. However, the emphasis on the season on TV in recent years is quite different than the one exhibited by The Walking Dead or Life is Strange. Stories like True Detective’s seasons are more like volumes of a book series, while told on regular weekly installments (equivalent to a book’s chapters) each one to be interconnected into a bigger whole.

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Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords mourns the death of innocence.

Death of innocence and loss of hope are not exactly new aspects to the Game of Thrones world. It’s very fair to say that in fact, they’re at the core […]

Death of innocence and loss of hope are not exactly new aspects to the Game of Thrones world. It’s very fair to say that in fact, they’re at the core of the yarn that Martin has been trying to spin for more than two decades. When the Game of Thrones show is at its best (Season 3, for my money), Game of Thrones perfectly portrays that sense of loss and trying to rebuild a world that has long faded away with nothing but dreams and ideals. Sadly, the show has fallen to its own excesses and has lost a lot of what it has to say about people, instead becoming a complicated soap opera that doesn’t seem to go anywhere interesting most of the time.

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When You Play the Game of Thrones, You Win or You Die. (Hint: You die.)

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” That particular saying is bandied about so frequently nowadays that I’m worried it’s actually permanently engraved into my skull, […]

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”

That particular saying is bandied about so frequently nowadays that I’m worried it’s actually permanently engraved into my skull, taking up valuable space I could be using to remember details about taxes and other Important Adult Skills. So as I eagerly fired up Telltale’s latest endeavor, Game of Thrones, that particular line was ringing in my ears. ‘I’m going to be fine’, I reassure myself. ‘I’ve read the books and seen the show, I know these characters better than they know themselves. I can be clever. I can be cruel to save my own life. I’m gonna rock this.’

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