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My Monkey Island Coupon Experiment 05 Jun, 2002, 21:13 / 33 comments

In a thrift store far, far away, our own Andrew "telarium" Langley obtained a perfect condition original box for The Secret of Monkey Island with the original 5.25 inch floppy disks.

Inside the box, telarium found something very interesting from Lucasfilm Games. What was it? Why, you'll have to read our new article to find out as telarium asks the question, "How well does LucasArts REALLY support their old games?"

Comments

  • DutchIndy on 05 Jul, 2002, 05:28…
    :-D
    That was some funny shhhhh!
  • macscumm on 11 Jun, 2002, 15:27…
    telarium, i was talking about SuperFox and its Monkey 2 copy
  • EmptyMy on 11 Jun, 2002, 13:45…
    Heh... I thought about doing the very same thing when I bought a used copy of Their Finest Hour. I was lucky to find the 5,25" disks in the box. But I would give anything for an original Monkey Island 1.
  • Bobo Donkey? on 18 Jul, 2002, 11:04…
    I have the EGA version of Monkey Island 1. I downloaded it from the internet. Yes I know thats piracy and that its not correct but I have the CD version also (I bought it by the way) and wanted to see how they both differ,(apart from the graphics)like the stump joke and other little floppy disk references. So you could try doing it through a search engine like google or something ok.
  • QueZTone on 09 Jun, 2002, 08:31…
    w00t! =]
  • Frogpole on 08 Jun, 2002, 16:59…
    I do have XP,but that isn't the problem. The problem is that my soundcard is on IRQ9 and no older games recognize that port. It sucks......
  • bgbennyboy on 11 Jun, 2002, 14:40…
    Oh yes it is, XP has built in crappy sb emu and no proper dos mode - result - you cant get sound. Vdmsound is a sound emulation package so it doesnt matter what irq your sound card is on...
  • Swordmaster on 07 Jun, 2002, 15:50…
    Some five years ago or so I e-mailed LucasArts for the General MIDI update of Day of the Tentacle. They sent me the upgrade disk in snail mail even though the upgrade was downloadable from their website. They didn't even check if I had an original copy of the game, the e-mail was enough. No postage charge, nothing. Great service. :)
  • deadworm222 on 10 Jun, 2002, 01:03…
    It's on their website !! AAAAARRRGGGHHH !!!!!!!!!
  • invisibelle on 06 Jun, 2002, 20:35…
    "at the suggestion of a friend" ...
  • telarium on 06 Jun, 2002, 20:54…
    Sarah was the friend.
  • DasJan on 07 Jun, 2002, 00:15…
    That sounds so... romantic... :-)
  • netmonkey on 06 Jun, 2002, 23:35…
    sigh. :p
  • JohnWalker on 06 Jun, 2002, 16:21…
    Frogpole you do know you can play ALL the old LucasArts games on XP using VDMSound and BGBennyBoy's "QAE".

    I wonder if BG actually ever set up his website??
  • bgbennyboy on 07 Jun, 2002, 10:13…
    Hi John :)
    The site is a "holiday wip..."

    I should point out that it'll only work for frogpole if he has NT4/2K/XP.

    Im working on a new version atm with nicer interface, a few fixes, inclusion of loomcd support and programmed in delphi instead of vb.
    Prepare for some beta-testing John :p
  • Frogpole on 06 Jun, 2002, 16:07…
    Think yourselves lucky - I can't play ANY of the classics (even as modern(?) as The Dig and Full Throttle) as none of these games will acknowledge my soundcard on IRQ port 9. :(
  • jmartin on 06 Jun, 2002, 15:37…
    Just wondering - does anyone have C-64 versions of any LA adv. game?
  • Swordmaster on 07 Jun, 2002, 15:48…
    I also have Zak for C-64.
  • Sparial on 06 Jun, 2002, 19:04…
    My copies of Maniac Mansion and Zak McCracken are for C-64. I remember having a bootlegged copy of Maniac Mansion for years before I went out and found a real copy. :)

    Does anyone know if any other LA adventures were released for C-64?
  • telarium on 06 Jun, 2002, 15:58…
    I believe I have Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, and Pipe Dreams somewhere. Not the box, just the disks.
  • jmartin on 06 Jun, 2002, 15:31…
    Wow! LucasArts rules! - I tried sending in a coupon to electronic arts a year or two ago. It was from an orginal copy of one of their fight sims for the C-64. I didn't get a single reply
  • Jayel on 06 Jun, 2002, 15:26…
    What, no letter of apology saying they didn't have any EGA MI left on 5-1/4" disks? What about people like me who don't got a functioning CD-ROM drive?
    Sue them!!! Sue them all!!!
  • Moebius on 06 Jun, 2002, 11:32…
    Well, a CD is not exactly a set of disks with the EGA version, but that demonstrates that Lucas knows how to have care about its clients!
  • kyle on 06 Jun, 2002, 09:12…
    Why would you want to get a job when you can spend your days doing stuff like this! :) Great joke, telarium!
  • abrienda on 06 Jun, 2002, 08:50…
    Wow! I found a complete set of the old Infocom adventure games that I can not play because they are on 5? inch floppy disks. It still had the original coupon for the upgrade so maybe I will give it a go and send it in.
  • MeddlingMonk on 07 Jun, 2002, 18:39…
    Send it where? Infocom went bye-bye over ten years ago. They were bought by Activision and the Infocom people promptly ran for the hills. I doubt there are many (or even one) person left at Activision who knows about Infocom.
  • macscumm on 06 Jun, 2002, 08:18…
    but.. monkey 2 on 5 1/4... isn't that historycal too? I'd never give it away if I ever own it :)
  • telarium on 06 Jun, 2002, 09:30…
    Well it was Monkey Island 1, and I already have a copy of the 5 1/4 inch disks, so I didn't lose anything. :)
  • Narrative on 06 Jun, 2002, 06:00…
    lol, quality.

    you should go into "test-shopper" job role
  • benjoyce on 06 Jun, 2002, 04:07…
    Hee! Wonderful idea telarium:))))
    However if I send my address would you send that stuff to my place?(just kidding;))
    I loved this one. What is your next job gonna be?
  • netmonkey on 06 Jun, 2002, 01:40…
    Hey telarium: git a job, boyh.

    It was nice for LucasArts to send you Monkey Madness... they were probably mind-blown when they saw that 10-y/o coupon!
  • JBRAA on 06 Jun, 2002, 01:37…
    Great! hehehe
  • SuperFox on 05 Jun, 2002, 21:36…
    I did the same thing back in 96. My computer wouldn't read the 5.25 disks, so I wrote a letter to LucasArts with the disks, and they sent me some 3.5" of the game. I was impressed...and happy I could finally play Monkey Island 2 again.