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Grim's sales will determine future adventure re-releases 28 Jan, 2015 / 10 comments

Tim took to Twitter to turn the implicit into the explicit:

Stoked for Day of the Tentacle Special Edition? Want to see Full Throttle & more? Show folks adventure gamers exist and grab a copy of Grim!

So buy Grim Fandango Remastered, in other words. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, and you've already bought the game. But have you bought enough? What if you break the very bytes of the game by playing it too hard? Wouldn't you want a backup copy in such an event?

Did you buy a copy for your Mom? Sibling? The child you're pregnant with? The dog you own? To be clear, I'm not saying not buying your dog Grim Fandango makes you a bad pet owner. I'm saying it makes you a terrible one.

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    Vodiara on 02 Feb, 2015, 14:08…
    Bought 2 copies. One on GOG one on Humble Bundle
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    Jason on 29 Jan, 2015, 04:20…
    To be fair, the sentiment here is more "Good sales will convince people to help us score these licenses," not "We're holding your dreams hostage to our wealth." Double Fine wasn't able to make Grim happen without Sony. Somebody paid the licensing fee.

    Let's also not overlook how long it took for anybody to get a foot in the door at Disney as far as a project like this goes. Now that we've nestled that crowbar in there, numbers are the only leverage we've got. We can't know what will turn the licensing folks at Disney to "Oh..." from "Why bother."
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    Remi on 29 Jan, 2015, 03:48…

    glenfx

    I would have bought it already if they had reworked the models and at least retouched the backgrounds, but the "remaster" is basically a filter with better textures, so for me it was kind of cheap from doublefine (and I'm quite disappointed with broken age too).



    You're clearly insane.

    That aside, what I really did not like was the way it was tweeted, or that it was tweeted at all. One thing is that it goes without saying that sales will impact future remasters/special edition, another is that it came off as pandering. No surprise had it been Telltale (hey, that tone works for them); a bit :~ that it came from Double Fine. (And sorry for the snarky Mojo modified-tweet that came from me!)

    Anyway, Grim, woo!
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    glenfx on 28 Jan, 2015, 23:33…
    I would have bought it already if they had reworked the models and at least retouched the backgrounds, but the "remaster" is basically a filter with better textures, so for me it was kind of cheap from doublefine (and I'm quite disappointed with broken age too).

    I might consider buying Grim Fandango again when it's on sale though I really don't see the point to do it.
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    Jason on 28 Jan, 2015, 21:07…

    Alexrd

    The only money I'm willing to spend on Monkey Island is for the actual MI3 that is yet to be made by Ron Gilbert.



    You don't count, hopefully.
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    Alexrd on 28 Jan, 2015, 18:08…

    AlfredJ

    but it just seems unlikely to me if there's still Monkey money to be made.



    The only money I'm willing to spend on Monkey Island is for the actual MI3 that is yet to be made by Ron Gilbert.
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    Aytri on 28 Jan, 2015, 17:52…
    I really hate being manipulated into double dipping on a game I bought and pre-ordered almost 20 years ago.
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    AlfredJ on 28 Jan, 2015, 16:01…

    Jason

    AlfredJ

    Escape especially could benefit greatly from the Grim-treatment.



    Man, I agree with that, but I don't know about it being a heavily requested project outside of you and me.



    Well, I wasn't talking about Escape specifically, more the name recognition from the general public you get with Monkey Island. I mean, what else is left in the Lucas library? Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken are the only ones that haven't been rereleased in recent years (and it's likely Maniac Mansion will be included in Day of the Tentacle). They could still remake Loom, The Dig or the Indy titles I suppose (and that'd make me very happy), but it just seems unlikely to me if there's still Monkey money to be made.
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    Jason on 28 Jan, 2015, 15:51…

    AlfredJ

    Escape especially could benefit greatly from the Grim-treatment.



    Man, I agree with that, but I don't know about it being a heavily requested project outside of you and me.

    If they do CMI, they need to get Bill to recolor everything. Unlike the other scanned games, CMI is the only one that you could actually plausibly rescan for higher-res backgrounds, but that only gets you the black and white sketches. Since all the inking was digital, you'd need to redo that. I bet Tiller and Ahern and maybe even Eaken would take that contract work.
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    AlfredJ on 28 Jan, 2015, 15:28…
    The 'and more' is exciting here. I wonder what they'd do after the Schafer-games. I guess the two remaining Monkey Islands would be the most requested games. Escape especially could benefit greatly from the Grim-treatment.

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