Having headlined Brütal Legend and getting summoned back for Broken Age, Jack Black has become something of a regular for Double Fine. The trend will continue with Psychonauts 2, which Black announced at something called The Game Awards.
No information has been divulged on the character Black will be voicing, but experts speculate that it won't be Mr. Pokeylope.
Jake embarrassingly forgot to tell us, but Campo Santo is, indeed, developing a new game. There's even a trailer.
Looks Firewatch-y. What's In the Valley of Gods all about, outside of what the trailer reveals? Who knows, but feel free to read the FAQ, full of questions nobody frequently would ask. 2019 seems to be the release year, so no need holding your breath.
(Zaarin -- reminder to add a Campo Santo category.)
Rock Paper Shotgun published an interesting article yesterday about the artistic merit of remastered video games. Ron, Tim, and Brian Moriarty are all on hand to weigh in on the technical and even ethical pitfalls of "upgrading" a classic:
“We had limitations back then” recalls Gilbert in an email interview, “and the artist worked magic to make the game work within those limitations. They often turned working within those limitations into an art all its own. When classic games get ‘hi-resed’, you lose all of that.”
“It’s true that you can often switch back to the original graphics,” he says, “but that is also true of colorizing black and white movies.
“You can always watch the original, but that doesn’t make colorizing it any less of an artistic sin. Saying you can switch back to the original art feels like a cop-out.”
Harsh! But Ron has a point. And as we've seen, the "original version" you can switch back to often isn't the perfect recreation it purports to be. After all, the only "classic" version of Monkey Island 2 that anyone can buy has vertical scrolling effects removed and some dialog altered. My grandkids will grow up without the "white slavers" line, so I hope you're proud of yourself, Craig Derrick!
And my sincere apologies for the headline, but it is true. You can get Brütal Legend for free, gratis from Humble right now. At the time of writing you have 1 day, 22 hours, 57 minutes, and 27 seconds to get the game, so move!
Remember fan art? Mojo might not have been all about it back in the days, but The SCUMM Bar sure was. Presently I suppose most Mojo/Monkey Island-based artists are too old mature to make much LEC-based fan art, or, as it turned out, that was what I thought.
In the midst of the truly soul-sucking Telltale layoff situation, some interesting auxiliary stuff is happening.
DC will release a limited time series named on TTG’s Batman seasons. So far the second season has been good, and one could hope DC would focus on that, though maybe they’ll try to salvage the final pieces from the downright awful first season.
We’ll know in February. Writer Chris Gage has a good rap sheet, so this might be a glass half full situation.
Polygon reports 25% -- twenty-five percent -- of Telltale's workforce is being laid off. The reason, according to CEO Pete Hawley who apparently has no qualms emulating LucasArts at its worst, is "the realities of the environment we face moving forward". That is a somewhat familiar sentiment...
We wish those laid-off the best of luck moving forward themselves, and for those who are left... Run!
So here's a bizarre one: The PS4 and Xbox One are getting a collection of The Walking Dead featuring all 19 episodes. That in itself isn't strange, of course, nor is the fact they get enhanced graphics. What is strange is how stylistically different the update is. To wit...
... we don't only get a completely overhauled color palette, but also actually altered details like the ceiling light.
Own yet another version of the games on December 5th, for a mere $50-¢1.
26 Oct, 2017, 17:31 | Posted by: Remi
Update by Jennifer: Tales from the Borderlands is also free (and DRM-free), for Windows and macOS if you purchase $15 or more worth of games during the GOG.com Halloween Sale.
As long as you have an Xbox One. And wait until November. And have a Gold membership.
Caveats aside, Tales from the Borderlands is underrated and you should play it.
You can never play Psychonauts on enough platforms, so it just makes sense to pop your old Xbox disc into your Xbox One and give it a whirl there too. That's right, Psychonauts is among the first lucky 13 games to be playable on the One. And if you have lost your disc, you can even buy it for $9.99 digitally -- why wouldn't you want a tenth copy of the game?
The game apparently both looks and runs better, too, which is always a bonus. The feature will be available tomorrow.
13 Oct, 2017, 06:22 | Posted by: Remi
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It’s Rocktober and it’s Friday the 13th, so what better way to celebrate than with a game of Brütal Legend against Double Fine? Join them at their YouTube channel at noon PST and you could be picked to compete against Tim himself. Or you could just watch like the voyeur you are. Anyway, noon pacific!
In case you missed it at the bottom of Remi's news post three weeks back, here's an hour long (almost) interview with composers Michael Land and Clint Bajakian about their days at LucasArts. It also gives us a chance to test out our new embed code for Vimeo. Mojo: Truly on the cutting edge of technology.