The Betamax tape is a cruel red herring

Betamax is the new chainsaw!


@RonGilbert That’s the chance you were waitin’ for to keep on working on the game after October, adding new features and puzzle chains! Haven’t you said that also point and click adventures could get DLCs? :grin:

Something tells me that it won’t happen… :thinking: And I don’t think it will be a bad thing… The only thing I’m concerned about is the puzzle with the baloon animal and its reference in the future.

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The Wayback Machine may still work in 30 years…*/

I like the assumption this is based on, that people will still play Thimbleweed Park for the first time long after, youtube, google and all the other websites have gone out of business.:slightly_smiling_face:

The game Startropics for the NES had a part where you had to put a piece of paper that came in the game box under water to reveal a hidden code.

Nowadays nobody has the box more, especially those who play the game on their NES Classic Edition. But the code is always the same, so people just can look it up online.

I think there will always people there to people, even when the blog and the original video are long gone.

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Elders will hand information over the youngers. Word of mouth.

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My personal experience about the Betamax tape is that at the beginning I thought it was a puzzle but the more I played the game the more I was convinced that there wasn’t much to do about it. At that point it felt to me as an abandoned puzzle.

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We talked a little about the Betamax tape here:

Note that the tape is also a reference which is probably the main reason it wasn’t removed.

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The issue with the Betamax tape was also discussed in the following thread:

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> I thought Doug and his shovel might become important at some point.



This ever-changing content-expanding game makes our impressions obsolete. A year from now even this thread might become interesting only for videogame historians.

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But by then, will it actually still be the same game, or something completly new ála the Ship of Theseus?

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Imagine an expansion pack where you control Ransome and you need to do mean things (like pushing the stilts guy ).

Or Doug and you only have the verb “use shovel”. (or “dig”)

or many verbs, all related to the various shades of using the shovel (dig out, bury, turn over, destroy, push…)

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Don´t forget “teleport”!

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You forgot a verb: decapitate.

Poor me! No way! :sweat_smile::sweat_smile:

You meant “puzzle chainsaws”? :joy:


Chainsaw Puzzles instead of Jigsaw Puzzles!


A diploma thesis about “chainsaws in video games” would be very interesting to read…

Indeed it would be…