Stories done right: Reinventing Storytelling??

During the last couple of months I have experienced the best story telling in years! it didn’t come through TV or Netflix or even a movie but through a video game!

I think video games have grown in quality in the last years especially with the plots (also with graphics etc) but this wasn’t some big huge block buster game like Call of duty but from an arcade game that comes in episodes (like a TV series but every month).

Telltale are the brilliant company that provided me with this amazing experience through a video game (Something that I have hardly experienced before with games, apart of the fantastic RPG games you get to play like Dragon age and Mass effect series) This video game is not like the others I have played it felt to me more like an interactive short film (in a way?) that really got me into the stories.

Telltale have not just made just a one-off, it all started with the The Walking Dead (which has nothing to do with the TV programme) which had a comic book style feel to it, what made this really entertaining was the fact that you could make your own choices, which really made you engage with the characters that you encounter (I know this is not ground breaking picking what you say but these are your choices that do actually do make a difference) with making your choices other characters will react different to you and remember past events which could make someone live or day.

At the heart of this story is the dynamic duo that is Lee and Clementine one is convict and the other an orphan they are what keeps each other going during this zombie infected wasteland of Macon (and other locations). Lee and Clem is what makes this game what it is (including great supporting characters by the way) they have this great father daughter relationship that moves the story onwards in strides, What Telltale did well was that it was about the human aspect and not all about zombies and just killing them (yes! you do kill many in different and cool ways but that’s not the point) I am not going to spoil anything because I don’t want to take away anything and just want you to play this game because the ending made me cry… yes cry because it was one hell of an ending! (still not spoiling it!)

After that… what could Telltale do next to fellow this triumph? they bring out The Wolf Among Us (which is based of the comics Fables) this time you are the big bad wolf from the fairy tales, believe me this is nothing like the fairy tales you knew, basically the Fables have been forced out of their homeland and ended up in a section of New York called Fable Town here all the fables live (not happily ever after neither, not giving to much away again because it is just the best).

This is where you come in as the big bad wolf, named Bigby, you are the sheriff of Fable Town and you keep things in order because you are the big bad wolf of course! as you had a little taste of what the game is about the story here is just as good or even better than the walking dead (in my opinion) this is the same game play as the walking dead but yet feels so different to its predecessor, the comic book animation is still there but it feels more film noir and darker (considering it is a crime/mystery)

The character you play Bigby it feels you have more control of him and can mould him the way you want, you can go with him trying to reinvent himself as a changed man or you can give in to the wolf inside, which makes great options for the player, I have recently finished the game and I think this could be worthy of a TV series and not just worthy but it would make a great show that could be up there!

What is next for Telltale? well they are on their last episode of the walking season 2 which is living one to the first series in many different and wonderful ways, yet the most exciting thing for me is that they are going to do the epic Game Of Thrones! which could have the potential to be better than the walking and the wolf among us! (hopefully it will be). Not forgetting they are making tales from the borderlands which could be really good just hope it doesn’t get over shadowed by Game Of Thrones.

It’s safe to say that the future of Telltale is very bright!

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Part of the Community: reason why I am glad Community is back!

From this you would tell that I am a huge community fan, for people who don’t know what community is, well it has to be one of the best comedies around but it got cancelled, I know that doesn’t sound convincing but it wasn’t cancelled because it was bad or a rubbish show it was cancelled because of viewing figures (like everything in america) I don’t know why it wasn’t get the viewing figures (I know it doesn’t sound convincing still but believe me it is really good) maybe effort was put into more “reliable” comedies, by effort what I mean is promoting and adverts, even the cast tried really hard via twitter to promote the show.

lucky for yahoo has now picked up community form NBC to stream on the internet (which is great because the internet is a whole new playing field and less curl than TV) this is obviously great news for their loyal fans (and hopefully for future fans that could get into the show)

What makes community stand out form the other “generic” american comedies is that it is much more thoughtful and is head and shoulders smarter than the others (Some could say “ow but big bang is clever because they are scientist… that’s not what I meant…shut up)

What I do mean they first the dialogue and jokes are more original then the millionth dick joke in two and a half men or the fat jokes in mike and molly (which is still going strong…well I am not sure about mike and molly but who cares) Community use of meta humour is the best I have seen used in a comedy series!

This is also due to the great

Community strength is the way they do visual comedy better than the others around (also including you big bang) they find a way to change up something you seen a million times and this is what makes this stand out (with help of abed that helps explain it along the way as a helper of the viewer) also stories behind the characters the best example is when abed (a character in the show) plays out his own story in the background when he befriends a pregnant women then through the episode you see the story playout then towards the end of the episode he ends up delivering the baby all in the background of the story, another example that I totally missed at first and even the second time is again meta humour but this is through the whole series of community it occurs when one of characters says beetlejuice for the third time in series as it is muttered an extra wearing a beetlejuice outfit casually walks past.

This is also helped by the great writing of the show especially Dan Harmon but the execution of his words by the brilliantly cast actors who are Joe Mchale as Jeff, Allison Brie as Annie, Danni Pudi as the brilliant abed, Donald Glover (no relation to Danny) as Troy (who has one of the best bromances ever caught on camera with abed) Gillan Jacobs as Britta, Yvette Nicole Brown as the motherly Shirley and then Chavy Chase as Pierce but also look out for the supporting cast to steal the show like the oscar winning Jim Rash and the brilliant Ken Jong.

There is brilliant video on visual comedy that is a must much on vimeo (because it is on vimeo you can tell someone took the effort to actually make this) here is the link https://vimeo.com/96558506

Community also has the balls to experiment maybe this was because they where on the verge of being cancelled that they just said F*** they hate us anyway lets do it, this is where community blossomed because (this is a great list)

  • Zombie holloween episode
  • Christmas clay animation
  • A musical episode
  • A episode all in a video game (that is really awesome)
  • Puppets
  • floor lava
  • ass crack bandit/the law and order meta episode
  • six different timelines
  • the emperor chang episodes
  • And the best of all… the best of all the paint ball episode

I am also most likely forgetting some but these are the ones that I have enjoyed the most and now I can now we can look forward to more form this crazy world.