I posted about it in another thread (http://redthreadgame...-4/#entry111509), but I think this thread is another great example of how the episodic format has generated more, not less, interest & discussion than would be the case if DFC was released all at once as a complete game.
Look at how much discussion, argument & counter-argument, there has been with the episodic format. I think people are getting much more for their money this way.
I see what you're saying and technically you're right, but in the end I disagree.
Sure: it is nice to talk about a good videogame, but that should happen regardless of the format. If a movie/videogame/book is good, then it shall spawn conversations, as tlj did in 1999 (for me it was outside forums, at the time).
The episodic format troubles me for multiple reasons.
1) each episode is not standalone. It really interrupts an experience that should be continuous.
2) I forget things I did months ago and I can't seem to freely replay those books because the save system doen't have profiles
3) characters arcs are affected by the wait. If my character kisses someone 3 months earlier and declares himself gay 3 months after, I get confused. The way episodic format works on tv is you layout the main traits of your journey and characters in the first or first two episodes so people don't feel lost during the upcoming season. But boy do we feel lost with all the questions we have!
4) game experience varies! The biggest example is the switch from unity 4 to unity 5. 10 years ago this situation did not exist at all! And I don't think this is a plus. Granted: though graphics improved a lot! But this costed time in development and a shift in attention. We're talking people doing extras just to make something they've already done work..again! I don't want to get into the why it had to be done: I know why and I totally respect the decision. I'm just saying: think about the fact that years ago this simply did not exist as an option. You have your engine, your story, built your models, made your videogame and that's it.
So yeah: it's great to be here and speculate. I really enjoy it a lot! And I like you guys!
But does this mean episodic format rules? Not in my opinion