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Monkey Island Documentary Ahoy!

21 May, 2018, 00:34 | Posted by: ThunderPeel2001 | Source: YouTube | Be the first to comment!
Stuart Brown's YouTube channel, "Ahoy", has just released its latest episode, a 75 minute documentary(ish) on everyone's* favorite adventure game, The Secret of Monkey Island.

I've only watched the first 30 mins, but I like what I've seen so far.



Thanks to Threepwood4life to alerting us to this video's existence.

* Yes, everyone in the whole world.
House of Mojo News

Our new podcast series "People With Unrelated Accents" debuts with "In Defense of Escape from Monkey Island"

18 May, 2018, 14:21 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 12

Here at Mojo, some of us quite like Escape from Monkey Island, enough so that three people with unrelated accents came together to gab about the red-headed cousin in the Monkey Island franchise. Join Jason, Remi, and Zaarin as they defend the game, either by downloading the episode, or by subscribing to the greater MojoCast series with these fine feeds (with the caveat that our RSS actually work):

Double Fine News

Wanna see a 40 minute interview with Tim Schafer?

22 Apr, 2018, 03:47 | Posted by: Jason | Comments: 6

Of course you do. And you're in luck, because that's just what was recorded at something called "EGX Rezzed 2018." I assume that's the name of an expo, though it may also be the model of dirt bike my nephew got for Christmas. For those of us who happened to be washing our hair during Tim's panel, here's a handy Youtube embed of the whole interview:

I haven't watched it myself yet, but reportedly Tim mentions the possibility of further LucasArts remasters, iterating once again that he'd insist on the original creators being involved. Hasn't Brian Moriarty been pretty upfront about wanting revisit Loom? Anyway, Tim evidently talks a bunch about Psychonauts as well, so it's sure to be a worthy listen all the way around.

House of Mojo News

Mixnmojo: What is it good for?

21 Apr, 2018, 23:57 | Posted by: Jason | Comments: 6

I noticed that our About Page was shamefully out of date, so it was given a much-needed re-write to more accurately convey what Mojo is about and where we think it might be headed. It was also an opportunity to provide links to where you can officially buy all of the LucasArts adventure games, because you can totally do that now,* and you couldn't do that for a very long time.

Anyhow, back to speculating on what dollar amount Jake named to let Valve churn out Firewatch kart racers.

*Well, except for Escape from Monkey Island, but we've taken pity on the game and have something special** planned in its honor. Stay tuned!

**Special means bad.

Developer News

Valve buys Campo Santo

21 Apr, 2018, 23:47 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Campo Santo blog | Comments: 5

After a savage bidding war (Mojo offered a Planet Threepwood coupon and a bloody molar), Valve ultimately won out and has officially acquired Firewatch developer Campo Santo, it's been announced. The vaunted, twelve-person studio will relocate to Bellevue, Washington where they will continue to make In the Valley of Gods and swat away attempts by their new neighbor Remi to gain access for exclusives.

Though we don't know what to make of this news, we congratulate these hardworking virtuosi (and Jake) for selling out securing a future with what look to be ideal partners. We anticipate it will be a future glittered with many golden trophies. Or it will turn out like Humongous. Either way!

Community News

20 years later, listen to Grim Fandango live, hang with Peter McConnell

10 Apr, 2018, 18:47 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

And we’re talking right on the day, too, October 30th: As part of the Game Music Festival, the Bartosz Pernal Big Band will perform the Grim Fandango soundtrack, with McConnell joining in. Run and grab your tickets.

The only caveat is that this takes place in Poland, but either way, that’s what planes are for. Tickets!

House of Mojo News

The MojoCast once again hits your pod

09 Apr, 2018, 18:57 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 8

Not a day has passed without you wallowing, weeping, wishing to see the MojoCast be automatically cast to your favorite pod. iOS, Android, Windows . . . The heart wants what the heart wants.

Well, fear not, as you once again can receive the MojoCast the way you want it:

Sure, the last episode aired more than five years ago, but this will soon change. Maybe. Hopefully. Just subscribe, damn you, and throw us some well-deserved five star ratings while you’re at it.

Community News

Martin "Bucky" Cameron has passed away

04 Apr, 2018, 15:04 | Posted by: Remi | Source: AlfredJ | Comments: 4

AlfredJ brings word of sad news: Martin "Bucky" Cameron, a name many should recognize from various LucasArts credits, has passed away. For us, he might have been best known as a Secret of Monkey Island artist and animator. Schafer tweets he, among other things, was responsible for the rather epic Voodoo Lady animation. That alone is enough to make "Bucky" an unsung hero in the Mojoverse.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

LucasArts News

Ken Macklin discusses Maniac Mansion cover art, a year ago

03 Apr, 2018, 00:21 | Posted by: Jason | Source: VGArc | Comments: 1

Ken Macklin, the artist behind Maniac Mansion's iconic box art (and who was supposed to do the Thimbleweed Park box), was interviewed last year about the development of said art. It's brief but you'll be glad you read it. A year later.

Now all that's left is for somebody to leak all of Macklin's background art for Noah Falstein's version of The Dig. Anybody got that lying around?

Community News

CD quality Curse of Monkey Island in MP3 and FLAC formats. For REAL this time!

02 Apr, 2018, 16:32 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 11

Oh, whatever, here you go, for real. Curse of Monkey Island in glorious CD quality . . .

And what a good time to mention our Patreon pledges, which now have been reduced to us tethering on going into the red. We have plenty of music and other things coming up, and are humbly asking you to help us finance our server costs. Pledge to your Mojo today!

Adventure News

Campo Santo's In The Valley of Gods gets previewed

31 Mar, 2018, 23:51 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: PC Gamer (USA) | Comments: 2
Keep a look out on your US shelves for the May issue of PC Gamer magazine, because inside is a 5-page preview of Campo Santo's (otherwise known as Vano Rodko) "In the Valley of Gods"

There are a number of layers. Firstly, there is the real ancient Egyptian civilization. Secondly, there is the game’s ’20s setting, which taps into Egyptomania and the fetishization and trends accompanying it. Thirdly, there’s the contemporary world of Campo Santo and the playerbase, where very different conversations about cultural destruction, repatriation, and appropriation take place.

So where is Campo Santo pitching its game tonally? “A lot of the way we work as a group and a lot of the way I’ve always worked as a writer is, we have modern, pretty lefty feelings about shit,” says Vanaman. “But I don’t think we have declarative opinions about the way things should be. This game is not a political statement about representation or a political statement about appropriation of the past or whatever.” He adds, “The act of making the game for us helps solidify or challenge feelings we have held before we had to make the game.” There’s further insight into Zora and Rashida’s relationship: “Zora and Rashida got famous seven years before they make the game, making a movie we would now watch in film school and go that’s kind of fucked up.”

There are lots of pretty pictures accompanying the article, if you like that sort of thing. Also, it sounds like the game mechanic may owe just a little to Beyond Good and Evil, though it's not namechecked.

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