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It's GSoC Season For ScummVM and ResidualVM

23 Jun, 2018, 21:55 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
ScummVM and its sister project, ResidualVM are participating in the Google Summer of Code once again.

This year, the students are working on the following games:

ScummVM:
  • Pink Panther: Passport to Peril and Pink Panther: Hokus Pokus Pink. Student: Andrii Prykhodko
  • The Immortal. Student: Joseph-Eugene Winzer
  • Star Trek: 25th Anniversary and Star Trek: Judgment Rites. Student: Matthew Stewart
  • ResdiualVM:
  • The Longest Journey (currently completable with missing features). Student: Liu Zhaosong
  • While we're on the subject of ScummVM and ResidualVM, both projects have had updates lately:

    ResidualVM 0.31 has been released. This is a bugfix release that fixes a few bugs in Myst III, in preparation for Cyan's upcoming digital release of Myst III that will use ResidualVM to play the game.

    ScummVM's addition of Xeen, the first RPG engine added after ScummVM changed their guidelines to allow RPG games alongside the adventure games, is now completable in the daily builds. There are five RPGs that are currently completable: Might and Magic IV, Might and Magic V, World of Xeen, World of Xeen 2 (CD Talkie), and Swords of Xeen. If you want to play these games in the daily builds, make sure that you place xeen.css in the same folder as your game files.


    Community News

    Get down with Monkey Island 2’s speaker music; trip on its EGA mode

    22 Jun, 2018, 20:42 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

    It’s Friday, and seeing you’re reading this instead of doing anything worthwhile, what better time to jump on the nostalgia train? A few years back, our very own elTee made this little video, featuring LeChuck’s Revenge in EGA and internal speaker mode.

    Largo’s theme is particularly trippy . . .

    elTee is in the middle of writing up a larger article on his adventures with the floppy version of Monkey Island 2, so stay tuned!

    House of Mojo News

    Escape from Monkey Island available on GOG; you're welcome

    19 Jun, 2018, 14:35 | Posted by: Remi | Source: Multiple Twitter followers | Comments: 16

    When Mojo speaks, the gaming glitterati listens.

    After our hard-hitting podcast, GOG picked up the phone, and made possible what a few years ago would seem baffling: Every LEC adventure game is now available for purchase. That's right, Escape from Monkey Island is on GOG.

    The only downside is that it's PC only. That makes sense, though, as Residual's comparability with it is still not ready for prime-time. At any rate, if you're a Windows user, run and buy, and see if you agree with our aforementioned Escape from Monkey Island podcast.

    (And you can, of course, buy it for other platforms, and bang your head against Residual.)

    Telltale Games News

    Kevin Bruner remembered that, sues Telltale

    15 Jun, 2018, 14:43 | Posted by: Remi | Source: The Verge | Comments: 7

    Well, this just keeps getting uglier . . .

    Kevin Bruner, the former TTG CEO is suing the company he once helped found. The suit apparently revolves around “seeking recovery of financial damages” and are also “meritless” and “an apparent means of extracting revenge on a company already under financial strain.” The latter two come from Telltale.

    There are some more details in The Verge’s article, none particularly interesting unless you’re into this kind of stuff, but one can’t help but wonder how bad this “financial strain” is, what with the recently announced layoffs.

    Mojo’s legal correspondent will, of course, be on the ground for the coming trial.

    Telltale Games News

    Telltale games, Dragon's Lair style

    13 Jun, 2018, 18:10 | Posted by: Remi | Source: The Verge | Comments: 7

    Netflix is setting itself up as a gaming platform of sorts. I'm a bit fuzzy on the details myself, but one of the launch titles will be Minecraft: Story Mode -- indubitably a Mojo reader favorite -- and it sounds . . . Well, I never played the original, but anything that's "delivered via video files and will accept commands via any remote equipped with directional and select buttons" seems suspiciously close to the Dragon's Lairs of yore. The game will be released later this year.

    Additionally, Telltale is working on a Stranger Things game which is what it is, I suppose.

    Double Fine News

    Grim Fandango LIVE in just a few hours!

    12 Jun, 2018, 21:34 | Posted by: ThunderPeel2001 | Source: DoubleFine | Comments: 2
    As part of the E3 Expo that's currently happening, Double Fine are producing a special 20th Anniversary event where Grim Fandango's original voice cast are reuniting to perform scenes from the game, alongside live music being performed by Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian! Tim Schafer and Jack Black will also be making special appearances, too.

    You can watch the event live at 6pm PST (2am London - boo) here: https://www.facebook.com/E3Expo/

    DoubleFine have also released more details of upcoming "Presents" projects, like the cool looking Knights and Bikes, and the fun looking Ooblets, and the bonkers lookings KIDS. Not to mention gameplay updates and an XBox One release for Gang Beasts.

    They probably released some stuff about Psychonauts 2, as well, but I can't find that.
    Adventure News

    Cyan Partners With ScummVM

    12 Jun, 2018, 16:41 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 1
    ScummVM announced today that Cyan Inc., the creators of the Myst series, and ScummVM are "establishing a new partnership, with both teams working together as closely as possible in the future".

    Later this year, Cyan Inc. is re-releasing the entire Myst series, thanks to a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Myst.

    Myst: Masterpiece Edition and Riven: The Sequel to Myst will be powered by ScummVM, and Myst III: Exile will be powered by ScummVM's sister project for 3D adventure games, ResidualVM.

    The ScummVM team stated that they'll be working together in the future to "make your journey through the Ages even more pleasant". More news will follow soon. It will be really interesting to see what else will come from this new partnership.

    Telltale Games News

    The Wolf Among Us Season Two Pushed Back To 2019

    05 Jun, 2018, 01:03 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
    Telltale announced on their website that, due to the "fundamental changes" (likely referring to the restructuring after a round of layoffs that happened due to a toxic environment that cultivated in the studio after the surprise success of the first season of The Walking Dead), The Wolf Among Us Season Two has been delayed until 2019.

    They've stated that the reason for the delay is because they are "committed to exploring new ways to tell our stories. Taking this extra time will allow [them] not only to focus on quality but also to experiment and iterate in order to craft something truly special".

    If this means that the gameplay will be significantly different than the cut-and-paste style gameplay that's been in Telltale's games since The Walking Dead, then the delay is certainly most welcome.

    Double Fine News

    “I haven't made my best game yet," says Tim

    01 Jun, 2018, 11:45 | Posted by: Jason | Source: GamesIndustry.biz | Comments: 2

    Nor will he, until he can snag the rights to make Zak McKracken 2. But that is Tim's cross to bear. All you need to worry about is reading the full and rather encompassing interview he gave with GamesIndustry.biz.

    Looking back on his portfolio, it's easy to see why he has been added to the ranks of Fellowship winners, alongside Shigeru Miyamoto, Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, Nolan Bushnell and more. Although not in name, the Fellowship is viewed by many as a 'lifetime achievement' award - does that mean it's time for Schafer to think about retirement?

    "I see it more as a challenge," he laughs, speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at EGX Rezzed. "This sort of award feels like something you get when you're done, but I still feel like I'm working towards figuring out how to make games. Slowly, over time. I don't think I've made my best game yet, and I feel like that's something I want to work towards.

    "I don't know what it is yet. I've always wanted to try new things with experimental stuff. I'm trying to structure things at [Double Fine] where I have time to mess about on my own with prototypes. Because most of my days are spent writing Psychonauts 2 or creative directing and helping with someone else's project. But I still like to set aside a little R&D time, just trying new ideas."

    We now return to the Leisure Suit Larry coverage for which we are so famous.

    Telltale Games News

    I Bought Dudebrough.com And Now It's Back Online

    31 May, 2018, 18:16 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 11
    Most of us here at Mojo are fans of Telltale's formative years. Those years were interesting to follow, especially the amusing posts by their first blogmaster, Brandon Q. Furguson, the creator of gems of blogging such as Blades of Stenchtar and Blades of Stenchtar II, and his parting wisdom in Blades of Stenchtar III.

    He also created a homepage, as his alter-ego, Ted "Theodore" Dudebrough, co-star of Telltale's first game, which provided an amusing peek into the mind of his character, complete with all of the humorously bad page design decisions so common in personal pages of the early internet.

    I noticed that the original website, dudebrough.com, was available to purchase so I scooped it up and brought it back in all of its original splendor.

    I'd like to give a special thanks to Telltale's community media manager, Caroline Liddick, who gave me permission to bring back this site through the archival efforts of my WE Computers Museum.

    She's also graciously given me permission to bring back other gems from Telltale's early years, which should be returning sometime this summer.

    Miscellaneous news

    New Leisure Suit Larry adventure announced

    26 May, 2018, 12:25 | Posted by: ThunderPeel2001 | Comments: 6
    Leisure Suit Larry is set to return to his adventure game roots for a new outing headed by fledging German studio CrazyBunch. Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry (ugh) is already available for preorder on Steam, and visually it looks impressive, even if Larry looks a lot less short, pudgy, and middle-aged than he used to.


    There's no mention of series creator, Al Lowe, being involved which almost certainly means he isn't. Given the spotted past of LSL games, who knows how this one will turn out, or how it will be received by a modern audience.

    As Larry says in the press release: “My new adventure takes me from the end of the ’80s directly into the 21st century and wow, how the world has changed! While my view of the world and women from way back in the 1980s collides with modern reality harder than the breasts of a lusciously stacked blonde jogging along a beach, I’m all set to date my way across the modern world!”

    You be the judge!

    Thanks to reader Rum Rogers for alerting us to this story.
    Miscellaneous news

    Sam & Max hit the toy circuit

    23 May, 2018, 01:50 | Posted by: Remi | Source: SameDods | Comments: 3

    (Give me a break, I'm too tired to write a proper headline.)

    Some outfit called Boss Fight Studio has revealed they will be producing collectible Sam & Max toys.

    It's true, you knuckleheads. They've conquered comic books, video games and animation, why not one more medium? Boss Fight Studio will be producing collectible toys based on Steve Purcell's Sam & Max.

    That's all I got. Great if you like toys I suppose.

    LucasArts News

    Monkey Island Documentary Ahoy!

    21 May, 2018, 00:34 | Posted by: ThunderPeel2001 | Source: YouTube | Comments: 8
    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: 24

    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.

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