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Batman: The Telltale Series is a narrative video game, praised for its depth of storytelling and topical subject matter. The series is considered one of the best of its kind on the market today. It was created by the company Telltale Games, also behind episodic games based on TV shows The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
Cinematic video games like Batman: The Telltale Series are redefining the genre of role-play gaming. In the wake of the era known as “peak TV,” video games are beginning to compete with the quality of story, script and visuals seen in TV and movies, yet they also have the advantage of being interactive. Users can play the game repeatedly and discover different scenes and outcomes.
Players of The Telltale Series get to take on the role of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman, allowing the game more emotional complexity. Five sequential episodes were released in 2016, and by the end of 2017 they were available for mobile, PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Also in 2017, a follow-up series, The Enemy Within, was released.
The idea that the story is arbitrary in video games has become outdated, and as narrative games by companies such as Telltale achieve great success, they are able to attract some of the top writing talent that would have previously been snapped up by major TV and film projects.
According to Nielsen, 73% of Generation Z have game consoles, and that doesn’t even take into account the millions of teenagers playing on their phones and tablets. Playing video games is as natural as TV consumption was to previous generations. As Gen Z are known for their high standards and cautious spending, video games need to continuously improve in quality and remain culturally relevant in order to compete with the array of entertainment choices available to today’s teens.
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