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What Caused the Demise of Telltale Games | Writing the Wrong Story

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Telltale games shutting down in 2018 is as unsurprising as it is unfortunate. The game studio that brought us walking dead and the wold among us, telltale shutting down is a loss for gaming. But what exactly caused the walking dead developer to end up where they are today? Here we take a look at how they got to where they are today. Telltale is shutting down, but they certainly will not be forgotten.
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Jonas K (1 day ago)
but was it murdered tho
Vince mckaine (2 days ago)
What killed telltale was the many android users hacking their android games and making them lose large amounts of money. *EASY*
Alex Lee (8 days ago)
This editing at 13:34 is sloppy
David B (10 days ago)
I disagree with almost everything you said. The point of Telltale was (rightly so) telling cinematic, interactive stories. Adding some hack and slash or cover shooter mechanics would have departed from their style--their ideal. Spending more time on new features would have thrown money at something that wasn't necessary for Telltale style games. THE main thing that killed Telltale was that they didn't create their own IPs. People played Telltale for INTERACTIVE choice and consequence stories, but with existing stories there's only so much you can do with that. Established pre-conceived characters, an existing story, etc. Nobody bought Batman or Guardians or Minecraft Story Mode because none of those things were suited to the Telltale style. That's it.
Alex Lee (12 days ago)
Um are you going to man up and admit that despite your repeated complaints Black Ops 4 is actually awesome?
William M (13 days ago)
Cleanprincegaming just shut the fuck up!
Jovonne Alexander (13 days ago)
Wtf was that supposed to be gardian on the Galaxy? 😂😂😂😂🤮
Jack Maney (17 days ago)
What the fuck is "Life of Strange"? See, Tyler, it's shit like *this* that makes it apparent that you don't actually play the games that you ramble about. Have you ever played a single video game, Tyler? Ever?
MsLia32 (19 days ago)
I am sad, I really liked telltale's games.
凪斗狛枝 (24 days ago)
Hey, good news... ROBERT KIRKMAN!
Did everyone forgot these are two videos? Like the first one was 6 months ago called the fall of telltale which you can find on There channel This is just a longer version newly recorded but using the audio of the old video too
Kathryn Graham (25 days ago)
WTF is Life “of” Strange?
jj05 (27 days ago)
RIP Batman ;(
Vito Wash (30 days ago)
You talk too much. Just make your fucking point and move on.
Isaac Howe (1 month ago)
I can't ignore the fact that Batman is getting a bad wrap here the story was actually really fucking good and it constantly had me thinking back on my choices, what my morals were, what I would consider compromising for friends, what was most important to me, and who I would have to lose. Every time I thought "this is the worst thing to happen to me" I would get smacked in the face with another thing. It's weird how you can angrily laugh-cry at things. (I know its vague but I don't want to spoil for a would-be player) I never played the Minecraft or GOTG one but I can vouch for all of the other telltale games awesome story telling. I agree they stretched their resources between too many projects but they still had good stories to tell and hard choices to make in all the games I played.
BuckeyeFan_4eva (1 month ago)
To be honest, I played tales of the borderlands, and I loved it, I got a platinum trophy from it and it was an amazing experience, it was funny and I’m glad I spent the time with it, but it’s also the only one I’ve played
pepperonization (1 month ago)
Needa stop pausing and talking its irritating and not your style of presentation =(
darius talbypray (1 month ago)
F everybody who is sad about telltale closing whoever didn't support them through it all
Spencer Dean (1 month ago)
nothings changed eh, same shitty thumb nails , same stupid click bait titles , still talking about stuff you dont plac or know about, like how the f**k do you still have this many views
jacobgklose (1 month ago)
You do realize the definition of insanity quote didn't come from Voss but actually came from Albert Einstein. Im super serious look it up
w00tkid (1 month ago)
Nobody wanted to play their games and now that the walking dead tv series is ending, their biggest franchise is pretty much gone. Make crappy games, win crappy prizes.
Telltale Telltale (1 month ago)
Here we go again ...
Jasmine Lee (1 month ago)
This video's editing sucks. Stop talking so much. If you can't make your point in one sentence during the silence, don't make it.
Cofresi100 (1 month ago)
damn love telltales at least finish the last episodes then shut down we gamers will remember this shit.
raexenos (1 month ago)
You're right-- it is a shame and sad what happened to Telltale. I hope the people that lost their jobs are able to quickly find a new one, hopefully better one.
Grass Hedge (1 month ago)
someone is gonna buy telltale games and finish the walking dead and bring back story driven games and completely revamp the engine and finish all the tell tale failed projects
Tyler Cone (1 month ago)
I never had any of these issues. IMO they were great games. RIP
Galaxion Art (1 month ago)
Sir I believe you are in need of a throat lozenge or perhaps a hug? You sound a bit melancholy.
David Hart (1 month ago)
This is a work place that closed man, people's jobs... Too soon bro too soon.
Jeop (1 month ago)
U cant speak well
Huey Freeman (1 month ago)
"There was and still is no gaming studio in the industry with as much untapped potential as Telltale games" Ummm there's Dontnod with the Life is Strange series which is imo phenomenal. Im assuming they aren't as big as Telltale but if anything i think Dontnod has more potential to take over the Telltale style of games more than any other company since they're shutting down. Seriously Dontnod is underated in the industry and they have the most potential to follow after Telltales steps to create great and engaging stories similiar to The Walking Dead.
Pink ShitTzu Puppy 01 (1 month ago)
I see you’re not showing anything from walking dead season 3 I’m glad you didn’t considering that season 3 was completely garbage.
Lucy Rocks (1 month ago)
It makes me so sad to see the closure of this company :( they had so much going for them and to see it not come to fruition is sad. I’m incredibly sad we might not see the ending of TWD. It was the first game that actually got me attached to characters and what made me realize me love for story based games. And I’m so sad for the former employees struggling and looking for jobs because of the mass lay off at the studios. I wish that this never would’ve happened to such an amazing studio, but, like you said, all that we can hope for is that no other company makes the same mistakes as telltale
biswajit chakraborty (1 month ago)
man you clearly haven't played the walking dead..your choices matter..that's a BS statement. Anyone who has played that game knows no matter what you do nothing changes. UNSUBSCRIBED
Vizi oso (1 month ago)
Very sound advice too bad it came too late. You should go into consultant work IRL if you haven't already
DrDelicious70 (1 month ago)
I can’t believe they’re gone.
Olivia C (1 month ago)
Stop pausing the main video for side notes. It breaks the flow too much. And the audio is very obviously different. If there was so much more you had to say might as well re-record. It just feels lazy. Your editing and aesthetic is very nice as well as choice in music. But the breaks in the video just ruin the whole thing. I get it if there’s a side note here or there but it’s like every 10 seconds.
Luke Dodson (1 month ago)
Congratulations You played yourself.
Luke Dodson (1 month ago)
Dont bite off more then you can chew
Captain Big Nuts (1 month ago)
The *wold* among us
- Lalaoz - (1 month ago)
for anyone curious. I had a few guesses at how season 4 might have gone. spoilers if you havnt played it and intend to 1: during the nightmare in chapter 2 you see a horse, when you wake up. AJ tells you it was "about what happened at the ranch". later this same horse is seen pulling lilly's trailer when she raids the school. I believe lilly, or at least that group. raided the ranch. lilly and clem probably talked if this is true. which would explain why lilly is surprised if you choose to not acknowledge who she is when you first meet. more evidence for this in the fact that in the dream everything is on fire. evident by the bright red/orange glow. the embers floating in the air. and the sound of fire crackling. lilly's group is very Molotov happy during the raid so im counting it as well 2: I think at some point you would have been able to team up with abel. toward the end of chapter 1 he says he's alone and damn hungry. he wouldn't be looking for food if he was with lilly's group at this point. since you can choose to be peaceful with him. or attack him. that choice probably would have had more weight down the road if you were able to team up with him. that and abel gets established as a character pretty well. I think it would've been like jane from season 2. an addon character that plays a bigger role later on. 3: mitch was interesting.. in chapter 1 when you find out the truth about marlon and what he did. I think mitch was there. in chapter 2 at the funeral scene. right after they start talking about voting. you can say "please don't do this" as a dialog option. this will prompt mitch to say "you don't know shit. if you did, you would've stopped AJ" to which asim responds "Like you stopped marlon from killing Brody? fucking hypocrite" this dialog is kind of weird and out of place unless mitch witnessed what happened. that would also explain how the basement door stays locked from both sides. or.. its the result of a rushed chapter and someone forgot to change the dialog. before launch.
Haven't seen a closure like this since 3DO. Real sad. :(
Eunoia (1 month ago)
Imagine if they'd made the walking dead or game of thrones or the wolf among us with the same stuff as detroit become human. (The graphics, choices ect)
Didn't mention the story diamond, I respect that
Noahanater (1 month ago)
Where's The Tales from the Boarder lands season 2 😰😰😭😭
Samuel Rein (1 month ago)
Great Video.
Ryne_168 (1 month ago)
I’m upset that twd isn’t going to finish (most likely) Clementine was the best and I really loved all their games too (Batman, The walling Dead obviously, and every other game too).
Jae Me (1 month ago)
Sounds like they turned into a factory environment. I worked in one and dealt with it for 2years due to the decent pay. So much crap went on that was not appropriate. Sad that work/production is more important than the respect for the employees.
Feel J Akir (1 month ago)
Kind sir. Good video. Whats that song @19:40 ?
Bobby Adams (1 month ago)
If Lee never died 😭 should of gave him a couple more seasons
Wait a min didn't you post this during the summer or am I just insane?
Oof so now I know
Static the Noob (1 month ago)
I really, really like this channel, been following for almost a year now. Reusing an old video, and just talking over it just seems a bit lazy and the voice changes are distracting.
Cerys TheGoblin (1 month ago)
telltale did a kermit
Green Eyes Leo (1 month ago)
The short answer is; Someone in authority got greedy.
Alexsandr Senaviev (1 month ago)
This channel is still trying to stay relevant... pathetic.
danny pardo (1 month ago)
ive had absolutely no problems whatsoever with the batman in any way similar to what you've described
Desirée Kallenberg (1 month ago)
like.... im so upset about this... i could seriousley cry for Clementine, i dont think i even got this much love for a character on the tv series..... Like u guys, can u imagine?? Have this been sinking in to your heads cuz i still cant believe it. There wont be any more of Clementine and we will never ever get an answear. Not to talk about not being able to see what happens to the Forresters....... LIKE CMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. WHYYYYYYYYYY U ROBBING ME OF MY PERFECT HAPPY CLEMENTINE ENDING?!?!??! i hate capitalism. seriousley. the owners filed for bankruptcy but they for SURE has all the money in the world in their fucking bankaccount. you cant be a rich and nice end of story
Lusi di Angelo (1 month ago)
Telltale games helped me in one of the hardest parts of my life when I had a very bad anxiety, depression and alot of health issues... When I played those games, I was someone different... I wasn't thinking about my problems... I'm super sad that series I loved so much will (maybe) never be finished... I enjoyed every single game made by this studio...
life of strange
Huey Freeman (1 month ago)
🤣 🤣 Lmao i was like what
bloodsoldierZ (1 month ago)
If their games were good or great, then it wasn't an issue of quantity.
Surprise surprise BOO (1 month ago)
Wait what ?!
x_chizip_x (1 month ago)
Telltale games didn’t just die IT WAS *MURDERED*
Littlemiss Hero (1 month ago)
Did you go through puberty at the end of the video ? Jk lol but are you ok?
Drew Senna (1 month ago)
Was about to watch this video but then I realized that it's CleanPrince About to leave a dislike
yjhv y (1 month ago)
i loved wolf among us
Darth Derp (1 month ago)
Haha damn it I really like that gaming company but some of telltale game weren’t all that bad not good but interesting
Look Marri (1 month ago)
Without lee u wouldn't been nothin, without him u would've been captured or eaten Season 4 hit me hard Clem is your turn to tell the story like Lee also the scene when Lily approached Clem gaved me flashbacks from Season 1 hit me hard as well
Look Marri (1 month ago)
when i seen Clem's family i cried!😥😥 Clem is was a strong woman all these years! 🙏💪💪🙏💯💯💯💪💪
TheSleepyGamer (1 month ago)
At 1:34 Holy Crow! he humped the air so hard his body collapsed into itself. and they're just watching. Haha!
A 22 (1 month ago)
don't stop video in the middle it's so annoying
Ashley G (1 month ago)
the telltale tool is/was buggy AF, but there is another company that many gamers have gaslit themselves into believing is totally fine, happily playable and even find comfort and nostalgia in the bugs ...Bethesda. Telltale made a heaping pile of mistakes but I wonder if the engine was really that big of a deal simply because it wasn't Bethesda who has conned the entire gaming community into thinking those bugs are acceptable. (this is spoken by a person who enjoys Bethesda but hates the games so much she doesn't play their game anymore.)
Igor Soares (1 month ago)
I honestly couldn't care less about the game graphics and physics. I actually loved the comic book-style of Season 1 of TWD. I grew up playing RPGs on SNES and PS1 that did a much better job in making me immerse myself into the narrative than a lot of video games today. They used music and text as tools for that, not graphics. Yes, we have ultra realistic graphics today, but they leave no room for imagination. That's why the simplicity of Seaosn 1 and 2 of TWD were special to me, they didn't rely on realistic graphics to sell themselves. They added into the enviroment a lot of soul and individuality with other narratives tools. "Alive Inside" is still the most memorable theme throughout all seasons, and Season 2 introduced me to my now favorite band Anadel with their brilliant credit songs. The trailer of Season 2 Episode 5 was better than the whole Season 3 altogether. So, graphics aren't that important in telling a story.
Doominatrix (1 month ago)
Tales of the Borderlands wasn't good. If you're a telltale fan yeah it might be okay, but if you are a Borderlands Fan...it's trash. Nobody wanted that, nobody needed that. (SPOILER) They killed an old beloved character just to create excitement and drama, which was totally unnecessary in the first place, but THEN he died because his thumb got stuck? U fucking kidding me? He's an engineer, who can build rocket busses to Helios, but dies because of a stuck arm? In the world of borderlands he would've got a cool robot arm and end of the story. And I dont even wanna talk about that stupid loaderbot story line, which made zero sense. Like you kill thousands of those in Borderlands. They are machines, no clever androids, but dumb machines, who try to kill you all the time. And now it's a feeling being, which Telltale wants us to love like...dude wtf. Also episode games suck, cause if you play that game in one rush (like all episodes) then you'll see that you don't have continuing tension. You have some tension spikes, mostly at the end of one episode (+cliffhanger) and a lot of space in between where nothing or at least not much happens. Actually there's so much stuff, that sucks about that game, I can't talk about everything here. The "Tales of the Borderlands"-universe breaks the rules of the "Borderlands games" - universe, which makes the whole plot stupid and not logic at all. And I don't wanna talk about that cringy, dumb final fight. And the worst thing is...this bullshit is canon now.
ZORBAI (1 month ago)
yo whats the song at 9:00 ?????????
Jason Philippe (1 month ago)
The downfall of telltale... Detroit : become human
j Walster (1 month ago)
1 like = one hope for another company to step in and finish twd ...
j Walster (1 month ago)
I wanted to see twd s4 😓 that game was going so well 😔 *the random user who read this will remember that*
colimbine me carson (1 month ago)
telltale games didn't just die it was muderd
ImSoporific (1 month ago)
Big L
Zecks Rikel (1 month ago)
im at the 9:34 and im thinking...too many interruptions. at the beggining it bother me a little, then i thoght "it aint that bad, nice aproach".. now... is just "again?" not against new thing, just giving my personal feedback, hope it helps
Kailey Ross (1 month ago)
Less is more
link670 (1 month ago)
As it turns out, Telltale didn't so much decline as it had a false start. They found success with the Walking Dead Season 1, and thought they could recreate that lightning in a bottle by buying up new, expensive ip in the hopes of seeing returns. They hemorrhaged money and none of their games could possibly be a success afterward given these bloated budgets. The only game that sold enough to actually show a profit since WDS1 was Minecraft, and a good chunk of that money is going to Netflix per their partnership.
_Simply Abysss_ (1 month ago)
It’s just shocking how a huge community that came together to create telltale games, ends in a sad and mysterious way. I’ve always looked forward to The Wolf Among Us 2 coming out and The Walking Dead Season 2 to arrive.
White Pelé (1 month ago)
Telltale Games wasn't just killed... It was MURDERED
I am Benzen (1 month ago)
It’s because of the Company Heads that’s why it’s like that. They used us gamers as well as the writers and creators. Shame on them
lightningrage90 (1 month ago)
This is a very jarring video. I wish you either re-wrote the video from scratch, or just did a new one. It's just tough to follow with all of the additional commentary spliced in. Sorry.
Mikhail Matximbarrena (1 month ago)
Money
KewBie Fox (1 month ago)
Don't Worry guys its all an Elision, something TelTale do every SINGLE time.
Befuzzled332 (1 month ago)
This was basically a reupload. Not a fan of this.
Orion Magus (1 month ago)
I don't know if it was over saturation. Their games all followed the same formula no doubt, but the story was the main reason to play them and they were wildly different. I bought the walking dead games and wolf among us as soon as they were on the shelves, but I could care less about minecraft, borderlands, and game of thrones. Those last 3 I picked up on sales only because they were made by telltale games. Their brand and game formula was the only reason I bought them. I did not have telltale fatigue and was super excited for the wolf among us 2, and had pre-purchased the season pass for the walking dead game. I am sad they are no more but from a customer stand point the "big picture" doesn't matter to me only that I am not getting what I paid for. I wish all the former TTG employees the best but that should't overshadow the fact that the company owes me either a partial refund or a completed game.
Arbiter Of demons (1 month ago)
😭
That gamer Life (1 month ago)
Rip teltale rip XXXTENTACION damn how many more bad things are gonna happen in 2018
Cain Barr (1 month ago)
you mean life IS strange?
Ronin (1 month ago)
This piece although having audio issues, feels much better and much more well researched than your previous videos. Seriously I'm glad you're actually listening to your fans and making meaningful changes
Fanjohnholic John (1 month ago)
Only ogs like me played red s1 when it launched
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Rey Parker (1 month ago)
Imagine a Telltale game with the Witcher 3'a facial animations. You can see even subtle changes in emotion and how a character feels about a particular thing.
Shadow Kid SE (1 month ago)
Man Fuck Telltale. I’m never gonna see TWAU season 2 or TWDS4 conclusion
BabbyKissy Saadiq (1 month ago)
Minecraft story of course... They really just made it for dumb little 12 yo Minecraft players and thought their business would go higher if they appealed more too children then grown people. Let me tell you this, A D U L T S / T E E N S H A V E M O N EY! Therefore You CAN ACTUALLY!!! MAKE YOUR BUSINESS!!! MORE WEALTHY AND ABUNDANT!!! INSTEAD OF SOME 👏 DUMB 👏 ASS 👏 GAME 👏 THAT 👏 WAS 👏 NEVER 👏 GONNA👏 MAKE👏 IT👏 I would appreciate it if they just gave the rest of episode 3 and 4 for twdg then close down, because that's the entire reason I even played that game

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