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Old 04-14-2006, 10:07 AM   #1
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What games do you people at Telltale play in your spare time? What games inspire and influence you?
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:10 AM   #2
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Spare time? You're kidding, right?

I think I'd have to say Day of the Tentacle is my all-time favorite. And the Monkey Island series, of course.
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:19 AM   #3
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Right now I'm addicted to NHL 2k6, and Guitar Hero...

Curse of Monkey Island was one of my all-time favorites - I was actually a tester on that. My experience working with the developers on that is partly what inspired me to go into writing and design...
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:30 AM   #4
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I was in the middle of God of War and Shadow of the Collossus when Kingdom Hearts 2 came out. Now I am playing Kingdom Hearts 2 almost exclusively and also this fantastic downloadable game called Plantasia. Oh and Nintendogs.

I find bits of inspiration in most games I play. But I think games that had a real formative effect on me design-wise were the Quest for Glory series, Wing Commander, and Sid Meier's Pirates!
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Quest for Glory series, Wing Commander
Damn, the two games most responsible for my interest in games. No wonder I loved The Great Cow Race (and liked Out from Boneville).
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:20 AM   #8
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Animal Crossing! Animal Crossing! Animal Crossing!

And all the other wierd DS games...
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:45 AM   #10
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One of the things that struck me the first time I visited Telltale's office was the big shelf of boxed adventure games. It's a sight to behold. Newish games, LucasArts games like Grim Fandango and Full Throttle and Monkey Island, all the way back to Police Quest and A Mind Forever Voyaging.

We should take a picture of the game boxes and put it up on Telltale's site. I can think of a few people who would get lightheaded and faint just looking at it.
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Ooh, are the games in those boxes available for playing, or are they just decorations?
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Yes, photos of the office would be great.
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Oh my goodness. Photos of the office might be dangerous.
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Yeah. That would be a neat "real life" puzzle game
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I should grab one and see what happens.

I feel like there might be a hidden alarm or something.

Or maybe if you pick them off the shelf in the right order, it opens up a secret passageway!
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Or maybe if you pick them off the shelf in the right order, it opens up a secret passageway!

Maybe that is where the kitchen is.
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Or the sacred never-emptying coffee pot.
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I'm going to go scope it out.

If you don't hear from me again, it's because I fell in.
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Funny that shelf should get mentioned. I just brought home Escape from Monkey Island, which people are often surprised to find out I've never played. Soon I won't be able to claim ignorance any longer.

Apart from that I've been playing a bit of Puzzle Pirates, where I mostly just hang out at the poker tables. And I somehow find time to play a lot of board games - Puerto Rico, TransAmerica, Carcassone, Vino... that sort of thing.

As for influential games, I must cite Legend of Zelda for the SNES. I long to design a game as tightly and ingeniously as that.
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