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I’d be disappointed if this fan-game wasn’t German

18 Dec, 2018, 15:04 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

The Fan Game - Back to the Future Part III: Timeline of Monkey Island they call it, and it looks right about as wacky as it sounds.

From what I understand, you follow Marty back to the times of Monkey Island in an alternate timeline from the original games. I mean, of course it’s alternate; that’s the effect of time travel. Anything else would be crazy.

A demo and all is apparently available: More on Twitter

(Thanks to Benzo for the original heads up on this.)

Telltale Games News

Former Telltale lead writer Mary Kenney to weather sleepless nights at Insomniac

18 Dec, 2018, 11:55 | Posted by: Kroms | Source: GamesIndustry.biz | Be the first to comment!
Some good news from the implosion of Telltale:

Former lead writer on The Walking Dead: The Final Season Mary Kenney is now at Insomniac Games, which recently returned to the spotlight after a successful Spider-Man game. She shared no details on what she's been working on.

Before The Final Season, Kenney worked on Batman: The Enemy Within, which Remi liked a whole lot more than he did the original series.

You can check-out some of her writing here. Prior to Telltale, Kenney created her own games and worked as a journalist, publishing articles in outlets like The New York Times.

Good luck to her from Mixnmojo—especially on not having too many severance-free sleepless nights at Insomniac. (Listen, if SNL can get away with making the same joke over and over again on one of their sketches, I can get away with making the same joke twice in a news story.)

Double Fine News

Mojo vets the Psychonauts 2 trailer, shares its opinions

15 Dec, 2018, 03:12 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 3

I'll let Jason explain this one himself:

Jason noticed that more than the average number of folks were logged into the Mojo admin Slack channel at once, so he seized the opportunity to revive a time-honored, zero-effort manner of generating feature content that had long fallen out of fashion: reprinted chat logs!

This time, join Jason, Remi, Zaarin, Bennyboy(!), and elTee as they talk about the Psychonauts 2 trailer.

LFNetwork News

LFNetwork blinks on by accident, classic sites available for a limited time

14 Dec, 2018, 22:56 | Posted by: Jason | Source: LFN | Be the first to comment!

The fossilized LucasArts Fan Network was Mojo’s home and hearth for many a mutually productive year, but awhile back the grown-ups in charge decided we needed to break away from our notoriously unstable guardian for greener, Patreon-financed pastures in keeping with Zaarin’s newly inaugurated article of faith: If Mojo’s is going to go down, it will be by its own doing.

To this day the LFN domain can be seen to flicker off and on, and right now we’re in one of those “on” times, presumably because somebody’s credit card got auto-charged. While many of the sites LFN hosted were long dead anyway, a number of beloved destinations are temporarily available again due to the oversight, and it might be worth revisiting sites like IndyJones.net while you can.

And just so you know, LFN: It wasn’t you; it was us. :~

Film and TV News

Indy flees the Amazon for the fortune and glory of Netflix

14 Dec, 2018, 22:51 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Collider | Comments: 2

After being available on Amazon Prime for a while, it seems that the four Indiana Jones movies will be switching to Netflix as their exclusive streaming home beginning in January. We report this because we’re all about Lucasfilm. With the obvious exception of anything Lucasfilm has been doing since 1989.

So if you don’t own this classic film series on eight different home video formats already, perhaps this will serve as a handy excuse for some of you to enjoy Indy’s cinematic adventures for the umpteenth time while you await Indiana Jones 5, due out July 9, 2021. Upon hearing that release date, 86-year-old composer John Williams was overheard to declare: “lol”.

Film and TV News

We're probably all about Willow home video news

12 Dec, 2018, 14:08 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Blu-ray.com forums | Comments: 3

Way back in 2013, the Lucasfilm classic Willow finally debuted on Blu-ray to sales that dwarfed every Star Wars release combined. About eleven seconds later, it fell out of print, having vanished as surely as a pig beneath an apprentice sorcerer's cloth.

The reasons why remain murky. The release roughly coincided with the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, so perhaps there were prosaic legal complications. At any rate, the title became a favorite of eBay scalpers, commonly selling for over a hundred smackers on the second hand marketplace only a year after it came out. The situation was sad, bleak, hopeless. We measure the lives lost by the cemetery.

Now, for the movie's 30th anniversary, it looks like this grievance is getting addressed. Pre-order listings for a reissue have begun to spring up on various online retailers. The implication is that you will be able to obtain Willow by disc or by stream for a reasonable price on January 29th, 2019.

And that, handsome gentlemen, is the kind of news we at Mojo proudly risk our lives to bring you.

Telltale Games News

Telltale Texas Hold'em Soundtrack is on Bandcamp

10 Dec, 2018, 01:03 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
I don't know when it happened, but the music from Jerry Logas and the Pier 23 Reunion Band, which comprised the soundtrack to Telltale Texas Hold'em, is now available to hear and buy at Bandcamp.

Jerry Logas is the father of former Telltale designer Heather Logas. The Telltale team used his music in their first game, which was released in 2005, the year after they first were founded. Back then, they had a team about the size of the Skybound Games-employed crew that are working from the Telltale offices on The Walking Dead: The Final Season right now. But, of course, the company was much less dead back then.

Telltale Games News

The Walking Dead shuffles towards the promised end

09 Dec, 2018, 14:32 | Posted by: Kroms | Source: Skybound Games | Comments: 4
The Walking Dead: The Final Season is getting its penultimate episode, "Broken Toys," next January. Skybound Games released the episode 3 trailer today.

Watch-out for a VO from an old (un)dead friend.

On the one hand, The Walking Dead is, at least, the final Telltale game, as opposed to that bizarre adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix; considering the impact the first season had on the company's trajectory, this is appropriate. (There's a joke here somewhere about it being the final nail in Telltale's coffin.) On the other, considering how The Walking Dead ends everything it touches, we best start making funeral preparations for Skybound Games.

Double Fine News

Go psycho/nuts for the first Psychonauts 2 trailer

07 Dec, 2018, 06:29 | Posted by: Kroms | Source: YouTube | Comments: 6
Psychonauts 2 just got its first trailer, courtesy of the Game Awards. It's lookin' pretty good. The stylish art design makes for a pleasing combination with the shiny new graphics engine.


Psychonauts 2 is scheduled for 2019 and will come to PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux.

The game's Fig campaign is still open, if you want to pitch in.

I'd forgotten how funny the Ford Cruller reveal was in the original, including that dumb joke about bacon. Also, I'd somehow never noticed that his appearance seems to be based on Kurt Vonnegut. Is that just me? Things to muse on as you take the opportunity to revisit Peter McConnell's beautiful Psychonauts soundtrack. I've never been out in a cabin without having "Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp" in my head.

Alternatively, revisit the work of Scott C., who was largely responsible for the look of the original game. His art's harder to emulate than it looks, I've come to learn.

Double Fine News

Psychonauts publisher problems persist

03 Dec, 2018, 14:54 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 12

Microsoft, Majesco, and now Starbreeze… The publisher of the forthcoming Psychonauts-sequel has hit its own version of "marketplace realities," after Overkill’s The Walking Dead tanked. That’s right. The Walking Dead. You can’t even make this up.

Exactly how this economic face-slap will affect Psychonauts 2 is currently unknown, but as operations are under review and courts are involved with the reconstruction, things could probably be looking rosier.

Meanwhile, Al Lowe is auctioning off his Sierra memorabilia!

Telltale Games News

"Minecraft: Story Mode" is on Netflix

27 Nov, 2018, 21:30 | Posted by: Remi | Source: Comicbook | Comments: 1

Proving that a simple bankruptcy cannot hold a closed company down, the three first episodes of Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode is now available on Netflix. I have not played the original, nor is this version something that sits high up on my list, but if you are wondering how it all works . . .

By using whatever device players have chosen to assist them when streaming the interactive experience, players can make choices while following the on-screen prompts to determine how the events will play out. Netflix’s page for the series said the final two episodes would be coming in December to round out the five-episode experience.

Yeah, I don’t even know, but feel free to give it a go.

Telltale Games News

PSA: Check your GOG accounts

27 Nov, 2018, 15:59 | Posted by: Kroms | Source: GOG | Comments: 5
I was browsing my GOG library in search of something to play and noticed I had new copies of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People and Tales of Monkey Island. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth (who looks anything in the mouth besides dentists, anyway?), but I had to check there wasn't a mix-up. Imagine my delight when I found this:

We'd like to thank you for being a part of GOG.COM, a community of gamers who value DRM-free ideas and preserving our gaming heritage. As a token of our appreciation, something cool from your Wishlist has been added to your library for FREE – courtesy of GOG.COM.
Visit your Library, see what's new, and enjoy the game!

Well, two games. That does make me worry less about where on earth to store any purchases I made from the Telltale Games website. I'd suggest any readers here do the same; I suspect my status as a high-rolling InstagramMixnmojo influencer isn't the only reason I nabbed an extra chance to have that damn song stuck in my head.
Telltale Games News

Variety tells the last tale of Telltale Games, Monkey Island gets a lovely cover

25 Nov, 2018, 14:08 | Posted by: Kroms | Source: Variety | Be the first to comment!
It's a slow news week—the first of many, probably—so here's an article Variety published two days ago on the closure of several game studios in 2018, with a focus on Telltale Games.

It's worth the read.

If, like me, you still find yourself uncharacteristically sad over the death of Telltale and the way its employees were treated, you should check-out VGOScore's beautiful rendition of The Curse of Monkey Island's main theme. It's an orchestral version complete with music sheets arranged by Pablo Guerrero M., and so lovely it'll take your mind off things. Give it a listen here. Its use of the oboe is A+.

LucasArts News

LucasArts, Double Fine classics go on sale

22 Nov, 2018, 19:02 | Posted by: Kroms | Be the first to comment!

It's Black Friday, even though it's Thursday, which is to say that both GOG and Steam have discounts on their LucasArts games. If for whatever reason you still haven't vacuumed-up both attempts at Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Star Wars: TFU, or STFU if you're in a hurry), now's your chance.

Additionally, Steam's got a sale going for Double Fine's games, including The Cave; both Costume Quest games will put you back $3.24 together. And there are other adventure games on sale, such as the excellent Kathy Rain or all the Wadjet Eye stuff (highly recommended).

Telltale's output isn't included in either sale. Wonder why that is.

As an aside, I was curious about the name "Black Friday"; surely, I thought—being an edgy, black-clad cynic—the name also referred to other, less capitalist Fridays? As it turns-out, it does: Hollywood Black Friday was part of the eventual break-up of the Confederation of Studio Unions. Which doesn't seem so bad. And also a lot of other Black Fridays, all of which are depressing.

On the one hand, never say Mojo isn't educational. On the other, people suck. Anyway, you could forego the sudden urge to drink the sorrows away by playing some sweet games instead.

Obligatory second link here (in the sense we don't play favourites).

Telltale Games News

The Walking Dead is slightly less dead

20 Nov, 2018, 16:13 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

Coming as a surprise to no-one, Skybound has confirmed that the feel-good finale of The Walking Dead is back in development, with members of the original team returning to finish Telltale’s abruptly aborted game. If you’ve already pre-paid for the season, you will not have to re-purchase the game. And, the previous seasons will be back for purchase again, too, so I can only assume Skybound got pre-opening passes to the fire-sale.

LucasArts News

We report Steam/LEC news that probably aren’t news anymore

19 Nov, 2018, 15:56 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 1

I’m sure you’ve read it elsewhere, but just in case you haven’t, a slew of LEC games have appeared on Steam. I thought they already were there, but there you go. The list:

  • Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
  • Sam & Max Hit the Road
  • Outlaws + A Handful of Missions expansion pack
  • Afterlife
  • Escape from Monkey Island
  • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
  • Star Wars Episode 1: Racer
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

Go get them if you love yourself some DRM. ¬

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