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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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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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