Here's a big thank you to reader/veteran Laserschwert for this: Ron Gilbert's recent talk
for Game Forum Germany, entitled "The Making of Maniac Mansion
", is available to be viewed online
. Just click on "2011" and then on the link that does not not have "Ron Gilbert" in the title. You should be able to find similarly-educational videos elsewhere: one by noneother than LucasArts VP Mary Bihr herself, and, in the 2009 section, one by Noah Falstein (Fate of Atlantis
) and one by Telltale CTO Kevin Bruner.
I must say, though, that I deeply admire the dubbing in those videos. It doesn't look like they're actually speaking German - the native language of 90% of the world's adventure gamers - at all!