Button Mash: The End of  Telltale Games

 

By Tyshawn Murray

       For those of you that don’t know, the game developer known as Telltale makes story driven games based on the choices the player makes, allowing the direction of the story to go different ways. Choices that you make could result in a character’s death, so you may want to be careful of what you choose. These games are released in “seasons” with each season having five episodes being about an hour long and released separately in two month gaps, causing players to wait for each one.

Recently, the company has been struggling due to players not receiving their games all that well. With the structure of their games, players don’t feel that their choices matter all that much. That it doesn’t matter what you choose, everyone will have the same or similar  endings. Because of their struggling, Telltale has fired over 200 employees; only around 25 remain. However, many game companies have offered their hospitality for these former employees, including game developers such as Naughty Dog, Ubisoft, and Blizzard, according to gaming news sources.

Despite their flaws, Telltale has created an amazing game, Telltale’s The Walking Dead. Being the first of theirs to have three seasons that I highly recommend that you play for yourself.

       The first episode of the new season of  Telltale’s The Walking Dead was released back on Aug. 14. This season will be the last we see the fan favorite protagonist, Clementine. Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” has had four seasons and fans are sad to see it end. They have even titled season four as “The Final Season” to make it clear that this video game series is not coming back any time soon.

This season we play as Clementine once more, jumping a few years in the future of the zombie apocalypse.She and AJ are all on their own, fighting for their survival. To their fortune, they stumble upon a group of kids around Clem’s age. As they stay in their company, conflict soon erupts, making for an exciting episode, even leaving off on a cliffhanger. Fans are on the edge of the seats to see what happens next in episode two , titled “Suffer the Children.”

Upon release, what will you choose?

NINTENDO NEWS

by Sophia Serrano

Though delayed by an earthquake in Japan, Nintendo still released their Nintendo Direct- a live stream featuring the news they would like to announce- about a week after the tremors. Nintendo Direct streamed plenty of new content, from remakes being announced to updates to be released in the coming weeks. One announcement really hit because it involved one of the video game company’s most-loved franchises: Animal Crossing.

There were actually two pieces of news. The first was that one of the franchises characters- Isabelle, a dog that works for the player character in Animal Crossing: New Leaf- would be added into Nintendo’s fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The reveal came with much surprise as Animal Crossing is a more peaceful game in comparison to a series of fighting games. The second announcement made was that a new game would be coming out for the Animal Crossing series, dubbed Animal Crossing 2019 by Nintendo. Tom Nook, a tanuki (raccoon) that handles houses in the games, was the star of the teaser as it showed him talking about how if a new game is coming out, he’d better get to work on building houses.

Among the various things that Nintendo announced, Animal Crossing fans were definitely happy with the news that a beloved character would be added into Nintendo’s upcoming fighting game, along with a new game for the series being in the works. It’ll be interesting to see how both situations will develop, but the excitement can only go up from here.