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Telltale Games Brings New Chapters Of “The Walking Dead” and “Jurassic Park” to Video Games

Telltale Games Brings New Chapters Of “The Walking Dead” and “Jurassic Park” to Video Games  (photo)

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Longtime gamers know Telltale Games for classic adventure titles like The Secret of Monkey Island and the Sam & Max gonzo detective series. Those games hit during the heyday of PC gaming but, as the dominance of consoles grew, players’ awareness of the development studio receded into the background. “Monkey Island” hero Guybrush Threepwood has charm and wit for days, but the adrenaline rush of action-centric games proved one dilemma he couldn’t talk his way out of.

But, Telltale’s enjoyed a bit of a renaissance of late. Part of it is the emergence of iOS as a gaming platform. The touch interface of Apple’s portables makes a nice fit for both their back catalog and new games, which often still work on the point-&-click model. And the episodic structure that they’ve always hewed to makes each piece of content a bite-sized morsel that feels less financially off-putting. Of course, it helps that the quality ratio has been consistently high for Telltale’s releases. The brain-teaser puzzle design gets married to genuinely funny dialogue and characterization. From there, an attention to detail makes their games–both licensed and original–ring true in deeply satisfying ways.

At E3 last week, Telltale showed off the next media properties to get their patented treatment. As they’ve successfully done with the Back to the Future games, Telltale’s revisiting the “Jurassic Park” mythos with a new game that takes place parallel to the first movie. A hidden cache of dinosaur embryos brings skullduggery to Isla Nublar, bringing a cast of characters into conflict with both themselves and the giant reptiles all over the tropical environs. Telltale says that it’s their most cinematic game to date and the trailers thus far seem to bear that out. It’ll also be controller compatible on PCs, meaning that gamers who go back and forth between that platform and consoles will feel more comfortable.

Lee_Concept.jpgWhere the “Jurassic Park” game pings off an extant movie, Telltale’s “Walking Dead” project lives a bit more distantly from the TV show of the same name. “The Walking Dead” game doesn’t retell any of lead character Rick Grimes’ story. Instead, they’re introducing a new character named Lee Everett, who wakes up after the prison transport carrying him crashes. Waking up to find the undead swarming all over the landscape, he encounters a seven-year-old girl named Clementine, who he takes it upon himself to safeguard. Lee will encounter other established characters from Robert Kirkman’s zombie masterpiece, with run-ins with supply messenger Glenn planned. In a twist, while Rick’s trying to get into Atlanta, Lee is trying to get out. The game’s rooted in the comics universe and will precede the events that happen on Hershey’s Farm in the series.

Telltale’s also working on a game based on DC Comics’ fairytale-meets-real-world series “Fables” but weren’t talking details on that title yet. Fans wanting to dive into the worlds of “Jurassic Park” and “The Walking Dead” should look for them this fall and winter respectively, with versions planned for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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