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Some Art From The Dig Loom 26 Jul, 2002, 12:42 / 26 comments

LucasArts has updated their 20th Anniversary Page with some lovely concept art from what appears to be the end of The Dig, though I guess the final product changed a lot between the time that concept art was drawn and the game shipped (go figure, it's The Dig). I haven't played The Dig forever.

Update: A-ha! I think my original suspicion that this shot is in fact from Loom and not from The Dig might be correct after all, after looking at this screenshot from LucasFans. Also you can sort of see it flying away at this site. Heh.

Update: Ok, LucasArts has fixed it at this point, but if you really want to see the goof-up, it's right here.

Comments

  • Bobbin Threadbare on 25 Jun, 2005, 11:56…
    Personally I'm disgraces at Lucas Arts (who isn't) for not knowing that was Loom. And it is the best game EvEr. There sooo should be a Loom sequel.

    I drew a pic a while ago as a poster of it. I hadn't read this back then though.
  • Crocodilic on 29 Jul, 2002, 10:33…
    It's nice to that LEC dont know their own games aint it. I cant belive they thought that was from the Dig - has anyone asked them yet?
  • Narrative on 28 Jul, 2002, 09:53…
    this is really puzzleing.
  • Tall Guy on 27 Jul, 2002, 10:29…
    heh, i thought it was from Loom the first time i saw it.
  • Lord Savage on 27 Jul, 2002, 09:25…
    To make matters worse, LEC has now butchered their Press Product History page so that the early stuff is just wacked. Stuff like Labyrinth was released for IBM only (it was released for Apple II and C64, no IBM version) and Night Shift was released for Mac (Nope). Quite a bit of revisionist history going on at that site right now.

    Personally, I think the so-called "The Dig" concept art was misfiled at some point. After all, Brian Moriarty, the director of Loom, was the director (at one point) of The Dig.

    Well, at least I got an indirect answer to my Ask LucasArts question from all this fun, "Do you have an on-staff archivist like Lucasfilm?" The answer is a resounding "No". That's pretty sad since Lucasfilm has a world renowned prop and costume archives with three full time and two part time employees. I would have thought George would have thought made archiving a priority at LEC too.
  • Kingzjester on 26 Jul, 2002, 23:47…
    I harbor some strange sort of placid feeling towards this game - i.e. Loom - that I can only compare to that towards Grim Fandango. The same sort of feeling I have for, for example, Bob Marley's music and chillin' out on a roof of an Olympic pool with friends back in Belgrade when I was 15...

    It is weird because the circumstances under which I've played the game the one and only time are not something one would commonly link to that sort of sentiment: in my mother's lab, on her laptop (downloaded it from some "abandonware" site), while a Geiger's counter was ticking like crazy behind me, a centrifuge was rhythmically mixing 120 little vials on one side of me, and a hotplate was heating a big jar of some translucent liquid with a little fan on the bottom that was mixing it as it heated... I don't even know why I was there so long as to get bored enough to download games...

    *sigh*
  • Ben_Whatsisname on 26 Jul, 2002, 19:41…
    Could it be from both? Look at the similarities between the eye from The Dig and the rift in Loom. Perhaps Bobbin wore the hood to conceal his Cocytian features. Maybe the Weavers and Blacksmiths left Cocytus and settled on Earth, leaving the Lidfe Crystal Makers behind.
  • Jayel on 26 Jul, 2002, 19:59…
    ...
    OF COURSE! now it all makes sense!!
  • Bozeke on 26 Jul, 2002, 16:11…
    i am amused
  • Sloth on 26 Jul, 2002, 15:59…
    Uh... so if this is artwork from Loom, why does is say "The Dig" in big yellow letters in the corner? Are you saying that LucasArts doesn't know its own games?
  • TentacleDanny on 27 Jul, 2002, 03:34…
    Of course they don't, remember the LucasArts Technical Support replying on a request regarding Zak McKracken with the words "What is Zak McKracken?"
  • Jake on 26 Jul, 2002, 16:06…
    I don't know. As Andrew said it could be the "gateway" at the end of The Dig, but to me it looks completely like the home of the metalworkers guild from Loom, as shown in the screenshots there. Questionable.
  • mercatfat on 26 Jul, 2002, 17:07…
    Perhaps The Dig was first going to be a Loom sequel? Now there's a thought.
  • Jake on 26 Jul, 2002, 17:17…
    I think that was Forge.
  • mercatfat on 26 Jul, 2002, 17:56…
    Maybe pieces of Forge got molded into The Dig.. maybe.
  • QueZTone on 26 Jul, 2002, 17:49…
    now there's a thought..

    maybe this was lost Forge artwork, Forge was 'cancelled' and this particulair piece accidently found its way into the The Dig file cabinet ?

    or not.
  • Aldrydd on 26 Jul, 2002, 14:09…
    Is there some inside joke here I'm not getting? That's definitely from Loom. I think I can remember the tune needed to get inside, too.
  • QueZTone on 26 Jul, 2002, 13:22…
    this looks more like the blacksmiths guild building from Loom...
  • QueZTone on 26 Jul, 2002, 13:23…
    you do? well i dont.
    oh the fun of replying to your own posts.. ?_?
  • Jake on 26 Jul, 2002, 12:55…
    I originally thought this was a mislabeled piece of Loom concept art. I guess I'm a fool. Andrew "telarium" Langley showed me the light.
  • telarium on 26 Jul, 2002, 12:56…
    Yet again.
  • Jake on 26 Jul, 2002, 15:54…
    You're so wrong! Booyah!
  • telarium on 26 Jul, 2002, 16:53…
    Erm, ah, well, uh, it COULD have been a rejected Loom reference in The Dig! Yeah, that's it.
  • Metallus on 26 Jul, 2002, 16:01…
    So when is WebJedi going to rectify this grievous error? GRIEVOUS!
  • QueZTone on 26 Jul, 2002, 16:55…
    i can't see how you can make an error like this ?_?

    unless...unless he never played Loom.. *gasp!* where did they dig up that guy?!
  • telarium on 26 Jul, 2002, 16:57…
    Oh the puns!