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Invite Mojo Into Your Home 11 Apr, 2022 / 3 comments

The hits keep on coming—though this one arrived a bit late at Mojo’s newsdesk: GamesBeat has published an interview with Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman, one that has some meat on its bone. For example:

Mr. Grossman

The Monkey Wrench puzzle from LeChuck’s Revenge is notoriously unsolvable and was not a good design on several levels. Even if you are an English speaker from a location where the tool in question is commonly called a “monkey wrench,” and you realize that that’s what you need, you still have to make an astonishing predictive leap about how your actions will create that tool. Nothing in the game sets any of it up adequately. I use it to this day as my go-to example of what not to do with puzzle design, and it has influenced my thinking ever since. The player has to be able to somehow visualize what to do, and if they do give up and look at a hint, I want their response to be, “Oh, that makes sense, I should have thought of that!” rather than “How on earth was I ever supposed to think of that, you ridiculous, unfair clowns?!”

Conversely, The SCUMM Bar, everybody’s favorite website on the internet, is quasi-consistently being updated, landing-page style, with the latest ReMI factoids. Rumors (from me) suggest there might even be a few nuggets coming in later today.

Relatedly, our Adventurer newsletter already downright broke the GamesBeat news—we can’t be expected to update two sites at the same time after all. (Madness!)

3 Comments

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    monkeyboobs on 14 Apr, 2022, 07:22…
    I'm so excited to get everyly fridayly (maybe probably) time exclusive, investigative, well recherched LucasArts news from around the worlds!
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    Huz on 12 Apr, 2022, 21:51…
    I prefer to say Remi's name three times into a mirror.
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    AlfredJ on 12 Apr, 2022, 14:58…
    I signed up for this. I'm firmly on board with all this early Lucas-days craziness.

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