Lack Of Camera Control Is The Most Terrifying Thing About The Walking Dead

Lots of people have been lavishing love onto Telltale Games' adaptation of the Walking Dead. The terror of the zombie apocalypse -- first imagined in Robert Kirkman's comics work -- comes across as deeply personal in the episodic video game series. People have cried playing these games. But another, angrier emotional response has been bubbling up too, generated not by the story but by the games' controls.

Oddly enough, you can't invert the Y axis controls in the Walking Dead games. Fans who prefer to have down be up and up be down have been complaining for at least as long as April. There are hundreds of posts on Telltale's official forums griping about the lack of an invert toggle and requesting a fix. When he met with the developer at this year's E3 to preview Episode 2, Kotaku's own Kirk Hamilton asked about inverted camera controls. He was told then that Telltale was planning to patch it in but the controls remain as they have been.

Seems like it wouldn't be hard to patch a thing like inverted camera controls in a modern-day video game release. It may seem like a small thing but it affects the way players experience the game in a very significant way. Kotaku has e-mailed Telltale for comment on the matter. We'll update this story if they respond.

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    Because as we all know, Telltale Games' The Walking Dead is a twitch-based game in which you must have the camera pointed the right direction at all times.

    Huh. I can't remember specifically if you even need up and down? You're only ever moving left or right (or forward or backwards) and usually the camera is in a good position. Can someone explain this to me?

      I'd imagine it's for aiming the cursor rather than looking around.

        Oh that's right. Well, while I understand it makes up a large part of the game it still seems a little pedantic to me.

          As a dedicated Y-inverter, games which don't have that option drive me to tears. I'd actually prefer not to play it all before that patch is released.

    i dont mind the controls, the story line is enough to draw me back, it is a very very good game.

    *yawn* slow news day then?

    I'm a dedicated inverted gamer when using a gamepad (I simply cannot adjust to 'normal'), but even using the gamepad on the PC version (preferred to KB/M) I have no trouble with this. Complete non-issue.

      same, inverted all the way, but its not an issue for me on the walking dead

    ...it's a point and click game, not a shooter.
    ...seriously...

    I don't think that TellTale making games with terrible controls and generally ignoring fan's requests for it to be fixed really counts as news. It's just standard operating procedure.

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