fun facts I garnered from my first watch-through of the Making Of TWDG included in the Season 1 GOTY edition
-Telltale has SO MUCH of keterok's artwork in the studio! it was splayed all over the coffee table in front of a few devs when they were talking. They also had, front and center, the painting of Lilly putting down walker Lee while protecting Clementine (one of my favorite pieces of fanart). It's this one:
(yay for heroic Lilly)
- Melissa Hutchinson mentioned being given a list of the possible female characters she could voice in the game, “some with these cool personalities, and some with horrible personalities.” (my brother jumped up and said OOOH YOU KNOW WHO SHE’S TALKING ABOUT)
-A lot of the gore sounds in the game were made by snapping raw vegetables in half.
-One of the devs said that, after Lee and Clementine, Kenny is probably the most important character.
-He said that episode 3 is “basically about Kenny”. Apparently it’s not about Carley, Doug, Duck, Katjaa, or Lilly. (we all kind of knew that Katjaa’s death was a plot device to further Kenny’s story, but having it said so clearly was kind of…I don’t know how I felt about it)
-They had Lilly shoot Carley (they said Carley they didn’t even say Carley/Doug) because they couldn’t think of anything else to do in that scene. (They “needed to start killing characters”, and “nothing was working”. They specifically said, “Nothing was working, nothing was working, so we just had Lilly shoot Carley from off-screen.”) not gonna lie THIS PISSED ME RIGHT OFF YOU RUINED MY FAVORITE CHARACTER’S FANDOM REP BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE TO DO AGHH
-Gonna repeat the last point because it’s super important (to me anyway): THEY HAD LILLY SHOOT CARLEY/DOUG BECAUSE THEY WANTED THEM DEAD AND COULDN’T THINK OF ANY OTHER PLAUSIBLE WAY TO DO IT. (they couldn’t have had them like get eaten by walkers??? or some other believable thing in a zombie apocalypse?? THEY HAD TO HAVE LILLY SUDDENLY JUST KILL SOMEONE??? DAMN YOU TELLTALE)
-Pretty sure most people knew this because I think they said it during the livestream, but Ben’s character was almost completely rewritten in Episode 4 to make him more hated (and thus to balance the amount of people who dropped vs. saved him).
-The devs are consistently surprised by the amount of Ben fanart that exists.
-Gavin Hammon said “in episode 5, when Kenny…well, whatever happens to Kenny” (make of this what you will)
-The entire Telltale development team (aka probably like 40-50 people) hung out in one person’s apartment during the 2012 VGAs, so they could all “drink and commiserate” when they lost Game of the Year (they were apparently convinced they didn’t stand a chance.) When they won, everyone was screaming and cheering and I have to wonder what the downstairs neighbors thought of all this haha
-The 400 Days characters received some love and discussion in this video, though obviously not as majorly as Season 1 itself. No one was mentioned by name, but they showed a bunch of clips.
-it seems Clementine IS significantly older in Season 2 (Melissa Hutchinson called her a ‘pre-teen’)
-Clem’s combat system will largely consist of using the environment to her advantage, outsmarting enemies, and running away/hiding (they said she’s a very ‘evasive’ fighter). they mentioned it being much more ‘strategic’ and less about ‘brawn’ than Lee’s combat system.
-Melissa said Clementine still has ‘a glimmer of hope’ that things will someday get better, and implied that not all of her childlike innocence has been lost.
-The devs acknowledged that crafting a game like TWDG around a child protagonist and trying to find a way to make it work has been “challenging”.
-the Tumblr TWDG fandom received a shoutout(!!!)
-Telltale loves keeping involved with their games’ fandoms, and will sometimes drop in anonymously on people livestreaming their games. They’re always watching! :P