For a while I've been thinking about the potential of episodic gaming. As a person who works in the video game industry and as a person who has been playing video games since I was old enough to hold a controller, I am very excited by the possibilities that have opened up for gamers due to the rise of digital distribution. One such possibility is the continued telling of a story through weeks, months, or even years of bite-sized narrative chunks, similar to that of a television show. I think as my experience with video games grew alongside my love for literature, I wanted something more out of my games than run and gun shoot 'em ups (don't get me wrong though, I like a little bit of dynamite in my morning coffee just as much as the next gamer). I wanted to connect with the characters emotionally. I wanted to care about what happened to them. I wanted to think about their journey for years after I completed it. I wanted to be involved in a narrative that I could interact with and for a long time I didn't feel like developers were taking advantage of the inherent potential that video games have in that regard. That has changed and in the process it has also inspired another type of game in the form of episodic games. I think, currently, the industry is feeling out the possibilities of episodic games. They operate similarly to expansion packs or background information for an existing franchise. I know Telltale Games has started releasing episodes that contribute to the Walking Dead universe and they are absolutely brilliant. New episodes can't be produced fast enough for my taste. I understand the nature of development and what an excruciating process it is, so I can forgive them the sin of making me wait. But it is not a standalone episodic game. What I want is an episodic game that is released on a schedule (the length of time between each episode would depend on how much content is packed into each episode in my perfect world), is completely original in terms of characters, genre, theme, and plot, and has continuity between each episode. Essentially, what I want is a television show that I can play. So what do you guys think? Are episodic games going to be a major part of the future of gaming or is it only suited to be a companion to a larger, established universe?