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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads.

This thread's genre: Interactive Movie

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

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The Walking Dead: A TellTale Game Series - Season 1: Episode 1: A New Day
The Walking Dead: A TellTale Game Series - Season 1: Episode 5: No Time Left
The Walking Dead: A TellTale Game Series - Season 1: Episode 4: Around Every Corner
The Walking Dead: A TellTale Game Series - Season 1: Episode 3: Long Road Ahead
The Walking Dead: A TellTale Game Series - Season 1: Episode 2: Starved For Help
The Wolf Among Us - Season 1, Episode 1: Faith
Indigo Prophecy
BEYOND: Two Souls
Until Dawn


*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
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Hmm ... I wonder how this differs from adventure games and such. Not sure I ever even heard of this genre.
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I didn't notice this was a genre.

The Wolf Among Us is superb. It got me into the the Fables series. I believe Telltale were going to make another before they closed down.
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
Hmm ... I wonder how this differs from adventure games and such. Not sure I ever even heard of this genre.

Well, in a number of ways:

- Less focus on puzzles (I'm not sure there even are puzzles)
- More focus on story
- Often story is linear and choices, if they exist, often loop back to major plot points that players can't control

I haven't played any though, so this is purely based on the description provided in the VGG database, and the narrative design book I just read.
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I played the Game of Thrones one. It is basically story choices. There isn't a whole lot of other gameplay elements.

As far as I know, no puzzles. GOT didn't have any, but you could move around the area and talk to people. At the end of the game it gave you stats as to how many other people made the same choices you did. I know The Walking Dead one has QTEs because my husband has played some of those.
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Looks like this genre is either Dragon's Lair type games or Telltale narrative games.

I don't like the Dragon's Lair type of game that is basically a long cartoon with quick-time-events to not instantly die.

The Telltale style adventure game is pretty good, though they are really slow paced and casual games. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but with different games/movies/books/whatever competing for my leisure time, the interactive movie game with much lower production values than some movie or show I haven't seen is probably not going to be what I pick.

I enjoyed what I experienced with my kids of Minecraft Story Mode, and I kind of enjoyed a bit of Back to the Future: the Game, though I think that game is really more of a point-and-click adventure game than an interactive movie.
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