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LucasArts Holds Private Screening 22 May, 2002, 11:00 / 45 comments

Last night, Mixnmojo had the privilege of attending a private screening hosted by LucasArts. The event, which was attended by a wide variety of industry professionals and media, began with a slide show demonstrating some LucasArts trivia. Of course, we knew all the answers, despite all the trivia being Star Wars related. The large theater was virtually filled to capacity, and there were a few familiar faces scattered around the room. We saw Tom Sarris, being his usual friendly self, and Tim Schafer was at the screening, which was a pleasant surprise.<:MORENEWS:>

Simon Jeffrey, president of LucasArts, started off the show by talking about the current focus of the company. ?At a time when the industry is standardizing,? Simon began, ?we?re aiming to go back to our roots. Highly creative, original, edgy, and thought provoking games.? After discussing the critical success of last year?s E3 lineup, he reflected on the challenges ahead. ?Our positioning is somewhat in conflict with itself in that we are striving for innovation and creative achievement, while at the same time managing one of the biggest intellectual properties in gaming.?

So what about original gaming? ?We?re showcasing eight games at E3 this year,? Simon continued. ?Four Star Wars games, and four games that aren?t Star Wars. This marks our return to original gaming; part of our legacy, part of our heritage.?

The highlight of the show for Mixnmojo was hearing the crowd reaction to different games mentioned by Jeffery. While the other games were met with half-hearted clapping, once it was revealed that Ben from Full Throttle was returning in a sequel, the crowd erupted with applause. We were then treated to projected game trailers on the movie screen for each of the new titles. Some trailers ended with enthusiastic responses from the audience, while others resulted in quiet reflection.

After the 10-minute presentation, the Episode II screening began. The crowd wasn?t nearly as enthusiastic about the movie as they were the game trailers, but it?s likely that everyone at the screening has already seen the movie. Of course, it didn?t help that the sound broke near the beginning of the movie. Oops.

We?ll be at E3 all day today and tomorrow, so expect more news directly from Los Angeles soon.

Comments

  • QueZTone on 23 May, 2002, 12:15…
    which games were the audiance silent and at which were they enthousiastic? :)
  • The_Petrified_Monkey on 24 May, 2002, 01:25…
    That's what I want to know too! If some are sh*t, I want to know prior to getting over-excited about them...
  • ViduAyte on 23 May, 2002, 05:56…
    people,

    at last we got some FT2 screenshots, from E3, of course (the credit goes to Vgames.co.il, the best gamming site of israel).

    here you go:

    http://vgamers.vgames.co.il/newsletter/020523/pics/pic02.jpg

    http://vgamers.vgames.co.il/newsletter/020523/pics/pic01.jpg

    http://vgamers.vgames.co.il/newsletter/020523/pics/pic03.jpg


    TOO MUCH 3D!
  • Remi O on 23 May, 2002, 07:38…
    That's very impressive. Cool!
  • guybrushthedwarf on 23 May, 2002, 07:20…
    Whoa, Good !
    Is it Maureen ?
    And Ben ?

    And what was Tim Schafer's reaction to this video/ extracts from the game ?
  • The_last_great_adventurer on 23 May, 2002, 09:54…
    I don't think its Maureen, her hair is the wrong color. I'm thing the plot goes something like

    Rich Lady shows up looking for a ride. Ben helps and get cought up in some kind of Kidnaping scandle. Bad things and adventure happen to ben.
  • ViduAyte on 23 May, 2002, 06:38…
    oh no, he's bike... it's GREEN!
  • The_last_great_adventurer on 23 May, 2002, 09:52…
    Thats monitor distortion
  • ViduAyte on 23 May, 2002, 10:24…
    fewww, you're right :)
  • JBRAA on 23 May, 2002, 06:37…
    2003!!! AAH!!
  • The_last_great_adventurer on 23 May, 2002, 09:54…
    To expand on this

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Dalixam on 23 May, 2002, 06:12…
    That looks really good!
  • SamNMax on 23 May, 2002, 14:23…
    Yeah, sucks don't it?
  • SamNMax on 23 May, 2002, 14:26…
    Oops, must have clicked on the wrong reply button. What I ment to say that it sucks that it's coming out next year.;)
  • spoon_man on 23 May, 2002, 04:39…
    Tim Schafer was there? Does this mean he might be back with LEC and working on FT2? We can only hope.
  • Mad Lord Snapcase on 23 May, 2002, 05:44…
    Sean Clark is a nearly as good replacement.
  • DasJan on 23 May, 2002, 04:44…
    I think he is busy enough with Double Fine.
  • LucasTones on 23 May, 2002, 00:50…
    You lucky mojo people...
  • ViduAyte on 22 May, 2002, 23:45…
    Mmm... Notice that Full Throttle 2 is known as "action-adventure", and not as "adventure-action" (if that's a term like that, anyway).

    Somehow I have a BAD feeling saying Lucas is going to bring us a game style Interstate 76/86. No, god, please don't.
  • maclaine on 22 May, 2002, 17:37…
    Arh, they won't be able to make good plot without Corley.
  • tabacco on 22 May, 2002, 20:21…
    Yeah, and it's not the same without Gone Jackals ;)
  • Narrative on 22 May, 2002, 15:25…
    I'm just waiting for some complete ass-munch to start bashing FT2 after it's barely announced...

    "Arh, they won't be able to make good plot without Corley"

    "Not same without Gone Jackals"

    "I bet they won't have same voice for this game, I BET THIS GAME SUCKS!"

    Argh, let's just not let it start before the sodding game comes out, OK?
  • twifkak on 23 May, 2002, 08:21…
    1)The Gone Jackals are no more. Somebody doesn't check Mojo often enough.

    2)The orig. voice actor is either passed on or trying to make it look that way, and so is not going to be coming back for FT2. This has already been discussed in boards galore.

    You come on here to scorn people for making premature assumptions. You are not perfect, yourself.
  • Narrative on 23 May, 2002, 09:56…
    WTF? I'm not scorching anyone.
    No one here has really done that yet.

    Thats why I said "lets not let it start before..." because it HASN'T started yet.

    Jeez Chill, it's pre-emptive.
  • twifkak on 24 May, 2002, 10:10…
    Oooh... a pre-emptory complaint about pre-emptory pre-emptory complaints.

    I suggest you re-read that page, I posted a comment there a long time ago.

    I'm not trying to demean you, but I think the point you're making (and you're not alone in making it) is hypocritical.
  • Narrative on 23 May, 2002, 09:58…
    http://www.scummbar.com/resources/articles/read.php?in=11

    I suggest you read this to understand what I'm talking about.
  • Remi O on 22 May, 2002, 15:33…
    "It'll be 3d, so it will SUX0RZ" Ok, so I'm an instigator, shoot me.
  • Narrative on 23 May, 2002, 09:57…
    LOL.

    Thats exactly what i mean dude, give it a few months until screenshots come out and everyone will start :-/
  • Tall Guy on 22 May, 2002, 14:25…
    'tis a mystery...well probably not but that sounded quite good dont ya think?!...no?...ok then
  • Mad Lord Snapcase on 22 May, 2002, 14:14…
    Why have they posted seven out of the eight trailers on-line but not the Full Throttle one?
  • glottis42 on 22 May, 2002, 14:23…
    Im guessing that FT2 is going to be a E3 exclusive, kind of like Knights of the Old Republic last year.
  • spaff on 22 May, 2002, 15:26…
    yeah but ill make sure mojo bags some screens etc asap.
  • SamNMax on 22 May, 2002, 13:30…
    What were the 4 other non-StarWars games?
  • Metallus on 22 May, 2002, 13:51…
    Indy, Gladius, RTX and Full Throttle II. Pay more attention! *slap*

    :D
  • Jojo on 22 May, 2002, 11:58…
    You got to see a Full Throttle 2 trailer? Hope someone brought a video camera :)
  • Remi O on 22 May, 2002, 12:01…
    That'd be sorta ironic - you go see Star Wars, and the only thing you bootleg is a game trailer. :)
  • Scummbuddy on 22 May, 2002, 22:00…
    hahaha.
  • Narrative on 22 May, 2002, 15:23…
    LOL!
  • Scummbuddy on 22 May, 2002, 11:43…
    or the true voice of Ben and the other actors
  • twifkak on 22 May, 2002, 11:36…
    [babble]ft2 won't be the same without the gone jackals[/babble]
  • JBRAA on 22 May, 2002, 11:14…
    *cool*
  • Remi O on 22 May, 2002, 11:11…
    "quiet reflection"? Is that like "Wow... that really, really sucks"? :)
  • SamNMax on 22 May, 2002, 13:32…
    Yeah, kinda like that. Or "What were you guys smockin when you came up with that" pretty much covers it.
  • Tall Guy on 22 May, 2002, 11:09…
    yeah, anythin revealed about the story line?
  • Dalixam on 22 May, 2002, 11:06…
    How did Full Throttle 2 look?