I don't know if you guys have been following the scandal - and no feeling person could blame you for trying to hide from the awful truth - but it's "come out" that traditional music in the public domain has occasionally been quoted in the Monkey Island soundtracks. INNOCENCE LOST.
You might think that's something, but it gets even worse than those moral arbiters on the front page are willing to scar you with. I won't patronize you by omission. I have it on good authority that Loom flat-out pilfered music from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Oh, wrap yourself in the fuzzy slanket of denial if you must; that won't make it any less true.
Hold on! This just in: In the 18th century setting of Day of the Tentacle, recognizable patriotic tunes like "My Country Tis of Thee" are snuck into the tracks involving the founding fathers and Betsy Ross. Did they really think they could get away with this?
I am not done updating your ethos, my naive friend. Turns out, the ubiquitous Latin sequence "Dies Irae," incorporated into perhaps hundreds of works, is woven into the God Machine room in Fate of Atlantis. But that's far from the worst offence. Hang onto your hat for this next one -- the very same game, in a total rejection of all decency, also has the shameless audacity to steal the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme song. I mean, that's the kind of chutzpah you can't even get offended by, because you are too busy admiring the sheer gall of it.
Burn your diskettes.
Why can’t you bastards give us this kind of feedback?
It's not done yet, but since I teased it so long ago, I thought I'd give a sneak peek. I'm posting this at Behind Mojo since almost none of the links are working yet, but at least you'll get to see some progress getting done.http://wecmuseum.org/summerofsamandmax/
You may recall that, in the past ten years or so, we discovered to our joy/amazement that Mixnmojo.com is the only place on the entire Internet to use the phrase "sexy weekend in France." Thinking that this absurd claim to fame couldn't possibly be still true, I Googled and, well, see for yourself:
I don't get it, either; maybe France doesn't know diddlysquat about sexy weekends. But god bless the anonymous romantic who first Googled this into the collective Mojo consciousness, anyway.
He was right all along, judging by the original version of the game…
Like Telltale and Kevin Bruner's career, the Fact of the Moment is yesterday's news. Until Zaarin and/or Remi resurrects it, anyway. If they resurrect it. Not sure how crazy we are about resurrection. I'm sure we've all read Pet Sematary.
The damn thing was updated once every four months, anyway. But I was updating it once every two weeks at the end, there. Did you notice?
Maybe it's because LucasArts, like Telltale, the Telltale Tool, and Kevin Bruner's career, is dead. Maybe it's because Simon Jeffery and Jim Ward live on that yacht upstate somewhere where all former LucasArts CEOs go, and they can't tell Kathleen Kennedy to start cashing in. Or maybe Star Wars games have finally faced their "marketplace realities" and have taken a Han Solo-like tumble into the abyss.
All I know is that we live in a world with four Star Wars movies in as many years and one LEGO game to show for it. The bitter part of me that wanted all lost adventure games is gleeful. The other part is wondering how on earth the people who wanted Star Wars to be "adult" so badly they wished that edgy snoozefest Rogue One into existence aren't clamoring for Rogue One: Fortnite. Also, do none of these people want Super Smash Disney Brawl? Thanos vs. Vader, people. Captain America vs. Wreck-It Ralph. It's at least as entertaining as those Avengers movies and probably at least as good-looking as Civil War. Honestly, I'm just spitballing here. Something something media franchise potential.
Anyway, play Kathy Rain. It's great. Primordia and Gemini Rue are great, too.
The Internet, best known for being the last bastion of reason in a world of crumbling empires, is not keen on Kevin Bruner. Telltale's former CTO-turned-CEO is blamed for its demise by every anonymous op-ed, and the Internet—or, at least, Reddit—is riding it. While I can't name the subreddit in question (we got kids reading this), you can find it here.
Granted, I came across the subreddit while looking for something to post so that the Mojo crew (read: Zaarin) could fix my login details, and I have no doubt that Bruner made the company toxic, but—and allow me to get on my soapbox here—it's worth nothing that the exodus from Telltale began under Dan Connors; by the time he stepped down, people like Mike Stemmle, Sean Vanaman, Jake Rodkin, and Dave Grossman had left. It's at least suggestive that Telltale's problems start from before Bruner. Only the employees know, really.
Telltale's death still sucks, though, even if I haven't bought a game of theirs since 2013.
Talking like pirates is so passé. Today's Pepperoni Pizza Day, but since didn't have enough pirates, we present a new holiday:Pepperoni Pirate Day
We waited, then Jason flipped us all off, announcing that Flavored Nations -- Mojo's Casablanca -- will not be released. Jason's statement was simply, "Sorry." Not unlike Orson Welles and Citizen Kane 2 in other words.
Some hope is still left: "When Bad Asp! gets the Freelance Police source code leaked out. I'll slip you a copy," said the young director.
We wait with bated breath, once again saddened that Jason does not care about Mojo's greater audience.
Our favorite Mr. Pibb fan, and somewhere in the top ten of favorite Mojo updaters over the last ten years is back! That’s right, Jason’s very own indie movie (not published by Mojo) has a trailer…
Not surprisingly, I’m a Dr. Pepper man myself, but good for Jason (and American Dad) for fighting the good fight!
A year ago I was screwing around with video overlay effects for a personal project and decided I should assemble a little test scenario before diving into anything genuinely ambitious.
As a preemptive measure to ward off boredom in the editing, I chose to conduct my test in the form of a crude recreation of one of my favorite scenes from Monkey Island 3.
This isn't ordinarily something I would share, but I unwisely made a handshake IRC agreement with Zaarin to do so after he was kind enough to guide me through the treacheries of AkosView.
Maybe I could arrange to have this played at my funeral?
Oh, and Sam & Max also gets a mention via a screenshot at the bottom of the page. Except it's the same screenshot from Sam & Max Season One that was erroneously printed as a Freelance Police screenshot in the Rogue Leaders book.I'd email LucasArts and let them know about the mistake, but I'm not sure if anyone even works there anymore.
Our own longtime writer, the always incorrigible eT, pulling his best Kramer impersonation just this afternoon:
* LucasTones joined the chat room.
LucasTones: ah fuck, Remi just hear me out
LucasTones: it's 5600 words and I still haven't finished
LucasTones: what the fuck happens now
Original deadline? End of 2007. We are hopeful we'll see this article in 2013!
Fuck the Thumb, I'm heading to
- Wait... - “Does anyone from Mojo actually have a blog?” 3 hours, 5 minutes ago