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"'The Walking Dead: The Final Season' Playable Demo Now Available on PS4 and Xbox One, Episode One Launches August 14," says Telltale

02 Aug, 2018, 14:33 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 6

Yes, you can stop the self-cutting for the next fifteen minutes -- Telltale will do it for you with their new Xbox One and PS4 demo. In what surely will be a rollicking laugh riot . . .

Emotional, Gut-Wrenching Story - See Clementine's journey through to the end. As she builds a new life, you will have to grapple with new types of choices and live with the consequences as AJ looks on, learning from your every move.

. . . you will see the conclusion of the Clementine story on August 14th.

Wake the kids! The Humble Store has a "Build Your Own Telltale Games Bundle!"

10 Jul, 2018, 18:04 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

Hold on to your hats, folks: The Humble Store has a Build Your Own Telltale Games Bundle! Here you can mix five of Telltale’s signature games and receive a 80% rebate, and . . . I can’t even bring myself to write anything snarky about it, so buy it if you want.

(Yes, things have been suspiciously slow the last weeks, so whatever, had to post something.)

Telltale Tool taken out back, shot, replaced with the newer, prettier Unity

25 Jun, 2018, 17:38 | Posted by: Remi | Source: VG247 | Comments: 9

Ridding itself of any proof Kevin Bruner ever existed, Telltale is switching from the venerable Telltale Tool to the en vogue Unity. Hey, it’s only business. Apparently The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be the final game to use Telltale’s eponymous engine, while Stranger Things and The Wolf Among Us: Season 2 will be developed in Unity.

Pour one out for Telltale Tool, which the company has used since Telltale Texas Hold'em.

Kevin Bruner remembered that, sues Telltale

15 Jun, 2018, 14:43 | Posted by: Remi | Source: The Verge | Comments: 7

Well, this just keeps getting uglier . . .

Kevin Bruner, the former TTG CEO is suing the company he once helped found. The suit apparently revolves around “seeking recovery of financial damages” and are also “meritless” and “an apparent means of extracting revenge on a company already under financial strain.” The latter two come from Telltale.

There are some more details in The Verge’s article, none particularly interesting unless you’re into this kind of stuff, but one can’t help but wonder how bad this “financial strain” is, what with the recently announced layoffs.

Mojo’s legal correspondent will, of course, be on the ground for the coming trial.

Telltale games, Dragon's Lair style

13 Jun, 2018, 18:10 | Posted by: Remi | Source: The Verge | Comments: 7

Netflix is setting itself up as a gaming platform of sorts. I'm a bit fuzzy on the details myself, but one of the launch titles will be Minecraft: Story Mode -- indubitably a Mojo reader favorite -- and it sounds . . . Well, I never played the original, but anything that's "delivered via video files and will accept commands via any remote equipped with directional and select buttons" seems suspiciously close to the Dragon's Lairs of yore. The game will be released later this year.

Additionally, Telltale is working on a Stranger Things game which is what it is, I suppose.

The Wolf Among Us Season Two Pushed Back To 2019

05 Jun, 2018, 01:03 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
Telltale announced on their website that, due to the "fundamental changes" (likely referring to the restructuring after a round of layoffs that happened due to a toxic environment that cultivated in the studio after the surprise success of the first season of The Walking Dead), The Wolf Among Us Season Two has been delayed until 2019.

They've stated that the reason for the delay is because they are "committed to exploring new ways to tell our stories. Taking this extra time will allow [them] not only to focus on quality but also to experiment and iterate in order to craft something truly special".

If this means that the gameplay will be significantly different than the cut-and-paste style gameplay that's been in Telltale's games since The Walking Dead, then the delay is certainly most welcome.

I Bought Dudebrough.com And Now It's Back Online

31 May, 2018, 18:16 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 11
Most of us here at Mojo are fans of Telltale's formative years. Those years were interesting to follow, especially the amusing posts by their first blogmaster, Brandon Q. Furguson, the creator of gems of blogging such as Blades of Stenchtar and Blades of Stenchtar II, and his parting wisdom in Blades of Stenchtar III.

He also created a homepage, as his alter-ego, Ted "Theodore" Dudebrough, co-star of Telltale's first game, which provided an amusing peek into the mind of his character, complete with all of the humorously bad page design decisions so common in personal pages of the early internet.

I noticed that the original website, dudebrough.com, was available to purchase so I scooped it up and brought it back in all of its original splendor.

I'd like to give a special thanks to Telltale's community media manager, Caroline Liddick, who gave me permission to bring back this site through the archival efforts of my WE Computers Museum.

She's also graciously given me permission to bring back other gems from Telltale's early years, which should be returning sometime this summer.

The Verge follows in Mojo’s footsteps, smacks down Telltale with surprising fury

20 Mar, 2018, 15:09 | Posted by: Remi | Source: The Verge | Comments: 7

Also, Jake is named one of Telltale’s heroes, which pretty much means this article is a celebration of Mojo. As well as a damning slap in the face of Telltale’s leadership. Kevin Bruner does not come away from it unscathed.

Look, we don’t need to repeat ourselves -- we’ve talked about Telltale losing its way for a while now, enough times I won’t even bother linking to any of it. That the company bleeds talent is well-known. I don’t think anyone from Mojo is left, and if somebody from Mojo gets fed up by a company, you know things are bad. Conversely, Andrew "Telarium" Langley is quoted in the article.

The whole thing is worth a read, even though it glosses over some of the true Telltale classics. Many of us maintain Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse was the company’s pinnacle. I’m currently replaying Tales of Monkey Island as part of a soon to be released Mojo feature. It’s excellent. The game. Probably not the feature.

Oh, and if you wonder who came up with “[X] will remember that”, give Bruner a thank-you.

In Conversation With The Talent of Bay Area Sound

03 Jan, 2018, 21:56 | Posted by: Remi | Source: Alternative Magazine Online | Be the first to comment!

Looking for a long interview with Bay Area Sound, the production company behind the sound of games like Firewatch and every Telltale game ever? Alternative Magazine Online has you covered with their conversation with the outfit. Firefox's Reader View has it clocked in at between "38-49 minutes", so yeah. Make sure you got some time.

Batman: Season One free on PS4 next month

28 Dec, 2017, 17:21 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

Chances are you have a PS Plus subscription if you own a PS4, and thus you will be able to download the much-maligned first season of Batman for free this January. Hey, it might be worth a look at that price? Feel free to read our review if you need more info.

Conversely, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (which I wholeheartedly recommend) and Uncanny Valley (which looks interesting) round out the offering. So yeah, might not be much time to play Batman.

A rare glimmer in Telltale’s eye (though nothing good for the company, alas)

10 Nov, 2017, 04:10 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 1

In the midst of the truly soul-sucking Telltale layoff situation, some interesting auxiliary stuff is happening.

DC will release a limited time series named on TTG’s Batman seasons. So far the second season has been good, and one could hope DC would focus on that, though maybe they’ll try to salvage the final pieces from the downright awful first season.

We’ll know in February. Writer Chris Gage has a good rap sheet, so this might be a glass half full situation.

Telltale lays off 25% of its staff

07 Nov, 2017, 21:44 | Posted by: Remi | Source: Benzo | Comments: 4

Well, we saw this one coming.

Polygon reports 25% -- twenty-five percent -- of Telltale's workforce is being laid off. The reason, according to CEO Pete Hawley who apparently has no qualms emulating LucasArts at its worst, is "the realities of the environment we face moving forward". That is a somewhat familiar sentiment...

We wish those laid-off the best of luck moving forward themselves, and for those who are left... Run!

The Walking Dead collection comes to consoles, changes EVERYTHING

02 Nov, 2017, 17:50 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 1

So here's a bizarre one: The PS4 and Xbox One are getting a collection of The Walking Dead featuring all 19 episodes. That in itself isn't strange, of course, nor is the fact they get enhanced graphics. What is strange is how stylistically different the update is. To wit...

... we don't only get a completely overhauled color palette, but also actually altered details like the ceiling light.

Own yet another version of the games on December 5th, for a mere $50-¢1.

Tales from the Borderlands is free. Free!

26 Oct, 2017, 17:31 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 2
Update by Jennifer: Tales from the Borderlands is also free (and DRM-free), for Windows and macOS if you purchase $15 or more worth of games during the GOG.com Halloween Sale.

As long as you have an Xbox One. And wait until November. And have a Gold membership.

Caveats aside, Tales from the Borderlands is underrated and you should play it.

And that's all I got. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dan Connors steps down, is CEO no more

14 Sep, 2017, 22:32 | Posted by: Remi | Source: IGN | Comments: 8

So here's one I didn't see coming, probably because I wasn't looking: Dan Connors is following in co-founder Kevin Bruner's footsteps, right out the door from his current CEO seat. Bruner resigned a few months ago, with Connors stepping in to temporarily (as I just learned) fill the position. He will now stay on as an "advisor", much like when he stepped down the last time, in 2015.

The new president and CEO is Pete Hawley, the former GM and a senior VP at Zynga.

What does it all mean? Who knows, but with Zynga's reputation -- their Wikipedia page reads like a crime blotter -- my head isn't exactly spinning with excitement.

Godspeed, Dan!

Update: I assumed you would know we were talking about Telltale here, but as Twitter is ABLAZE pointing out the omission… well, now you know!

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