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Strong Bad - August 11 05 Aug, 2008, 21:33 / 10 comments

The first Strong Bad episode "Homestar Ruiner" from Telltale finally has a locked in release date for PC and Wiiware (where available).

Mark August 11 on your calendars, for that is the very day.

Proof inside!

Update by Jason: Also, the five episode season is available for pre-order for the PC at a cost of $34.99, identical to Sam & Max. Individual episodes are $8.95. Additionally, the WiiWare versions will be 1000 Wii points ($10) per episode.

Reminder By The Tingler: It should be pointed out that this is the American release date only. While of course that won't affect PC owners, those wanting the special Wii Ware version outside the US will have to wait a little while longer. Although according to Telltale, the delay should be fairly minimal.

Comments

  • InsoFox on 06 Aug, 2008, 11:32…
    The boring truth is that when you buy a game, you don't buy a game. You buy what you need to play it (which is what you download/pop in your DVD tray) along with a license to use that stuff to play the game. What this means is that your rights are limited to a certain restricted use of the game you bought, because people expect more money if you want the right to play it on another medium, too.

    This isn't peculiar to consumers, it's something which carries across the issue of rights in general. E.g. if I want to use a picture in a TV programme I'm making, I'll have to pay the owner of the picture different amounts of money depending on whether I want the TV programme to be on cable, sattelite, DVD, downloadable video, on mobile phones and any number of other things. Rights owners are reluctant to give licenses away without asking for more money, and I don't think this is going away any time soon.

    Perhaps what we'll see in the future is buying of all-media licenses for a game, and then being able to choose which platform to get it for an additional fee. E.g. $30 for a license to play, then another $30 dollars for the Wii version, another $30 for the 360, another $30 to download. I doubt it, but it would make it cheaper for people wanting multiple version. It would be a logistics challenge.
  • tabacco on 05 Aug, 2008, 22:50…
    The per-episode cost is actually listed, if you read the faq :)

    http://www.telltalegames.com/strongbad/faq

    (It's $8.95)
  • Jake on 06 Aug, 2008, 04:25…
    It's listed pretty large on the games page...
  • Zaarin on 05 Aug, 2008, 22:59…
    Added. :)
  • Udvarnoky on 05 Aug, 2008, 22:26…
    Ideally I'd like to have both versions, especially since I own a Wii and would love to play the WiiWare release, but since financially I'm only willing to buy one I have to go with the PC. It's too bad people who buy the PC season pass can't somehow type in a code and get the Wii version for free, and vice versa.
  • telarium on 05 Aug, 2008, 23:06…
    Well, in that regard, it's similar to retail games. You can't get a game for the 360 and then go to a store and say you should be able to get the PS3 version for free. Similarly you can't buy TV episodes on iTunes and then get the retail DVD box set for no additional cost.

    Maybe someday that will be the case... we can only dream.
  • jp-30 on 06 Aug, 2008, 02:14…
    And yet, when I bought Sam and Max Seasons 1 and 2 digitally, I got the DVD version free (postage and packaging notwithstanding).

    ;-)

  • Jake on 06 Aug, 2008, 03:01…
    And yet, you didn't get the Steam version for free, or the retail CD release, or international versions, or a free coupon for the Wii port...
  • The Tingler on 06 Aug, 2008, 06:51…
    Why not the Steam version?
  • Thrik on 06 Aug, 2008, 12:18…
    Valve take a cut for hosting it, advertising it, etc.