The lights are on
During an empathy and character choice panel at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, Telltale's Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin revealed why they think few people saved Doug in the first episode of The Walking Dead.
Originally, Telltale wanted a big gut-busting choice by making you choose between two characters to save. When data showed that only 25% saved Doug, while the overwhelming 75% picked Carley, Telltale took a step back to examine why this happened.
The team wondered if it was a superficial thing. After all, Carley is an attractive news broadcaster, and Doug is...well, a dorky developer. But it goes much deeper than that. By examining the opportunities the first episode gave players to build context with these two characters, Telltale realized Carley had way more relationship-building moments. You watched Carley save Duck, she told Lee she knew his secret and still trusted him, she showed concern for our darling Clementine, and shared the horrific experience of watching a woman kill herself with you. Doug on the other hand was a passive observer through the rescue of Lee and his group and only worked with you once to hatch an escape plan. Also during that plan, you're forced to lie to him about it being Lee's family's store to protect his identity. "We never gave the player the chance to learn who Doug is as a character," said Jake Rodkin.
Did you save Doug? If so, why?
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I wanted to save him...but the urge to procreate won in the end..hah not really I actually think it's the way it was written like they said.
My second time through I did, to see the difference. Doug knows his way around improvised alarm systems.
That is an interesting theory. I played through a few times and did end up saving Doug once.
I figured who would I want long haul and back Carley to the hilt because she seemed the most level headed of the group. It was what was a selfish decision based on my best interest, but what else do you expect in a zombie apocalypse?
Honestly I don't remember who I chose. I think this was the time I accidently picked someone and didnt really get to choose...
Personally, I saved Doug because we did some major bonding when we were out doing that thing with turning on the TV and breaking the window to distract the walkers in the middle of the street. Also because Carley was being kind of a jerk to me