Game Companies Are Not Your Friends

Like their zombies, The Walking Dead's release dates are shambling.
Like their zombies, The Walking Dead’s release dates are unbearably slow.

I recently had a bit of an exchange with someone over social media about The Walking Dead: Season Two’s episode release schedule. I originally asked developer Telltale Games if they can please release Episode 4 a month after Episode 3’s release, because I felt the rollout was taking a bit long.

I brought this up because the first episode of Season Two came out for the PC last December 17, 2013. At the time of that comment, it was already the second week of May 2014 and Episode 3 was just about to be released.

Between episodes, there was a waiting time of over 70 days. From Episodes 1 to 2, people had to wait 2 months and 15 days, while the gap from Episodes 2 to 3 was 2 months and 10 days.

If this schedule persisted all the way till the last chapter, we may see Episode 4 sometime in late July 2014 and Episode 5 in the second week of October 2014.

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Why I Remain a Console Gamer

NESI admit it: the case against console gaming grows every hardware generation. The previous generation saw mandatory installs, online passes, nickel-and-diming, hardware instability, and more expensive games becoming a disturbingly regular occurrence.

I’ve complained in the past about console gaming becoming worse than PC gaming, and when I read that article again today, it still makes sense to me. And yet, I’m still here; I’m still a console gamer.

Make no mistake, I detest what console gaming has become. The games today may be prettier, longer, and more engaging, but many of the industry’s practices has made it more difficult for me to stay.

I do, however, have five compelling reasons why I stick around. Compelling for me, at least. Here they are:

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