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Telltale: The Human Stories Behind The Games reviewed 17 May, 2019 / 5 comments

The documentary is out, we have whined about it not being comprehensive enough, and Jason has put pen to paper, as he is wont to do: Read his review of Telltale: The Human Stories Behind The Games, and then run and check out our podcast for the real goods.

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    ThunderPeel2001 on 22 May, 2019, 10:01…
    Would you consider being interviewed for MixNMojo? It sounds like the stories from (what many perceive as the company’s peak years) are being lost :(

    Reach out if so!

    TheSeg

    I haven't watched this piece yet. I'm not emotionally prepared yet for what I'll perceive as further erasure of my time there (2007 - 2012). But I also don't want to neg on the folks who came after the rolling 2012 Walking Dead layoffs. Their stories are as valid as mine.

    The story of Telltale is a complicated one. It's marred in gag orders and the very real threat of getting cut from the game industry entirely. It's only recently that I've allowed even the idea of being contacted for an interview about my time there. Perhaps more importantly, the events after my layoff.



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    hierohero on 19 May, 2019, 08:55…
    Any doco that doesn’t even cover people like theseg, and Jake and Brendan Ferguson amd Dave grossman dont really understand why telltale rose and fall.. and how they abandoned the adventure game fans they initially built their company on.. oh well..
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    AlfredJ on 17 May, 2019, 21:43…

    TheSeg

    I haven't watched this piece yet. I'm not emotionally prepared yet for what I'll perceive as further erasure of my time there (2007 - 2012). But I also don't want to neg on the folks who came after the rolling 2012 Walking Dead layoffs. Their stories are as valid as mine.

    The story of Telltale is a complicated one. It's marred in gag orders and the very real threat of getting cut from the game industry entirely. It's only recently that I've allowed even the idea of being contacted for an interview about my time there. Perhaps more importantly, the events after my layoff.



    Sad to read this Seg. Know that your work is at least still fondly remembered by fans of the "early days" here and beyond. I hope that counts for something for you. I also hope, whatever the negative consequences of your time at Telltale were (and I'm really not trying to fish for any information here), that things have worked out better for you since then.

    A lot of these Telltale stories are really making me sad. The people in the doc talk about the family vibe among employees. That's what it felt like to be a fan during the first half of Telltale's history. There was some real magic going on there, and to see it all fall apart and hear about the way people were treated is a real gut punch.
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    Jason on 17 May, 2019, 17:43…
    TheSeg, it is fascinating to me that even someone from your era would feel constrained to talk about your time there. From an outsider's perspective, your run completely predates all the developments that, according to the recurring narrative, precipitated the end.
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    TheSeg on 17 May, 2019, 17:13…
    I haven't watched this piece yet. I'm not emotionally prepared yet for what I'll perceive as further erasure of my time there (2007 - 2012). But I also don't want to neg on the folks who came after the rolling 2012 Walking Dead layoffs. Their stories are as valid as mine.

    The story of Telltale is a complicated one. It's marred in gag orders and the very real threat of getting cut from the game industry entirely. It's only recently that I've allowed even the idea of being contacted for an interview about my time there. Perhaps more importantly, the events after my layoff.

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