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Alcohol makes the gaming industry go round

4:30 PM on 12.23.2013

Or, how Telltale is making a Game of Thrones and Borderlands game


Technically alcohol makes the entire world go round. Still, it's a very big part of the gaming industry. You know all the preview events we get to attend? Open bar. Always. In fact, a couple of the games Mr. Destructoid has appeared in is thanks in part to alcohol.

And such is the case with Telltale in how they got to make Tales from the Borderlands. Well, alcohol and the fact that The Walking Dead was such a gigantic runaway hit.

"We were backstage at the [2012] Spike VGAs," Steve Allison, senior vice president of publishing at Telltale Games, told Polygon. "And Gearbox was sitting at table one and we were sitting at table two -- we were there for The Walking Dead. We got to talking a little bit, and I don't remember when it the night it became, 'we should do this thing," but it happened over a few cocktails.

"We could have easily left it and chalked it up to too much tequila, but we followed up when we got home. And they remembered the conversation. The Borderlands universe has so much story potential, all those great characters. There's a narrative there in Borderlands 2 but it serves a certain purpose, and we can serve a difference purpose with it for fans of the franchise."

Gearbox was onboard for the idea, and once The Walking Dead Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us start to wind down, we'll be hearing more of the Borderlands and The Game of Thrones project. Check out the full Polygon interview to see how Telltale is approaching the Game of Thrones game too.

How Telltale teamed up with 'Game of Thrones' and Borderlands [Polygon]


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