When we discussed Life is Strange in February we spent a good deal of our time trying to find the right terms to describe episodic graphic adventure games. What caught my fancy most strongly was the similarity of the serial moments of games like Life is Strange and April’s topic Game of Thrones: a Telltale Games Series to the panels of a graphic novel.
Whether under the influence of that attempt or not, I’ve delved deep into comics recently, and so I’ll seek to approach the question of what’s immersive in Game of Thrones from the perspective of the curious interactivity of the well-written, well-drawn comic book. To what extent do the maddeningly interesting dialogue choices that constitute (at least for me) the playable essence of Game of Thrones mirror the choices one makes in devoting attention to the panels of a comic and in constructing the narrative thread among them?
Thursday 6 April, 9:30pm Eastern/6:30 Pacific.