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Sam & Max Episode 3 Launches

Telltale Games announces the launch of Sam & Max Episode 3:

Today GameTap launches “The Mole, The Mob, and the Meatball,” the third episode in “Sam & Max: Season 1,” the critically-acclaimed GameTap Original series.

This new episode comes right on the heels of the first two, illustrating a rapid pace distribution schedule that has GameTap and Telltale redefining the episodic games genre for the industry. As of today, subscribers can play all three episodes of Sam & Max on GameTap; what’s more, they can tune in to GameTap TV for a slew of on-demand extras, including the 1997 Sam & Max hit cartoon series and all-new Sam & Max machinima shorts. New shorts and cartoons are added to the line-up every week.

In “The Mole, The Mob, and the Meatball,” the hilarious pair go undercover Mafia-style to help the commissioner, who is looking into an underground operation at the Ted E. Bear Mafia-Free Playland and Casino. The commissioner’s mole has suddenly gone quiet, and to find this missing informant, Sam & Max must infiltrate the operation and become members of the Toy Mafia themselves.

GameTap is currently offering a fantastic promotion: sign up today and get the first month of service for just 99 cents. This flat rate means 24-7 access to all that GameTap offers, including GameTap Originals “Sam & Max: Season 1” and “Myst Online: Uru Live,” along with more than 800 of the greatest games on-demand and 600 original shows on GameTap TV.

To view Sam & Max trailers and machinima shorts, or to download screensavers and wallpaper, visit www.gametap.com/samandmax. For screenshots and downloadable video that you can post on your own site, visit http://vip.telltalegames.com.

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11. Re: Sam & Max has the advantage Jan 27, 2007, 19:14 Shadowcat
 
They are, after all, already working on season 2 which leads me to believe that season 1 in its entirety is complete.
It seems likely that the development is staggered, so the script for one of the final episodes might still be in flux while the final polish and bug-fixes are being applied to the next-to-release episode. Different team members would be working on different episodes.

One month would seem *far* too short a time to develop each episode, though, so they must at the least had a very long head-start on the subsequent episodes before they started the releases.

 
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10. Re: Sam & Max has the advantage Jan 26, 2007, 16:39 Arkanis
 
I agree, Gametap is a good service for what it offers. I also agree that the release should be simultaneous (but still allow Gametap subscribers to the content).

If they can fix their lag issues with their multiplayer games, it can be a great service

 
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9. No subject Jan 26, 2007, 16:38 Kxmode
 
Wow that was fast!

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8. Sam & Max has the advantage Jan 26, 2007, 11:43 TomeOne
 
The strength of the Sam & Max game lies in the writing and that is definitely easier to put together than new levels and graphics, like with Half-Life 2 or the ill-fated Sin Episodes.

This first season uses the same graphics engine, and all the developers really had to do is create a bunch of new locations and characters and get the voice work done.

This all can be done much more quickly, especially if the entire script was written for the first season in advance.

They are, after all, already working on season 2 which leads me to believe that season 1 in its entirety is complete. They are probably going episodic so that they are given time to finish season 2 so that it can be released soon after season 1 is done.

 
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7. Re: No subject Jan 26, 2007, 09:37 Bet
 
The quality is definitely there. Episode 2 had me out of breath from the laughter a few times, and that's about all I could ask from a comedy game of any length. Considering these chunks of short length, that's a good sign for the future.

I owe Telltale for pushing me over the edge to sign up for GameTap too. The service is too much fun, like the Sega Channel was back in the day.

Also, I'm all for simultaneous releases for people paying directly to Telltale. As much as I love GameTap directly funding game development and hope for that continued money flow, the 2-week exclusivity is almost a stranglehold for the fans. While I appreciate the business tact behind this, I can definitely see where people would find issue with it.

 
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6. No subject Jan 26, 2007, 08:55 vacs
 
Perfect, I just finished Ep2 a week ago. If the quality of these games stays the same throughout the season I will buy Season 2 for sure.

The dialogues are just too funny.

 
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5. Re: Once Again... Jan 26, 2007, 04:19 ViRGE
 
Minus the GameTap exclusivity even when I already bought the season ticket :\ I would have to agree.
If there's a season 2, I suspect this will be a one-time only thing. GameTap basically took a risk and funded the development of season 1, hence they get first-dibs on new episodes. However with as much positive buzz as the season is seeing, I would suspect/pray/hope that Telltale is making enough here to fund their own seasons in the future.

I suppose we'll find out in due time. In the mean time, it's an episode every month through May.:)
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4. Re: Once Again... Jan 26, 2007, 03:07 sponge
 
This is how you do Episodic Gaming

Minus the GameTap exclusivity even when I already bought the season ticket :\ I would have to agree.

 
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3. Re: No subject Jan 26, 2007, 03:02 Ihya
 
illustrating a rapid pace distribution schedule that has GameTap and Telltale redefining the episodic games genre for the industry.

With Sin cancelled and Half Life lost in the wilderness once more that's like saying your ferrari came first in the wacky races.



Congrats though.

 
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2. No subject Jan 26, 2007, 01:54 tweakboy
 
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1. Once Again... Jan 25, 2007, 23:49 The Half Elf
 
This is how you do Episodic Gaming

Congrats Telltale Games

 
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