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It’s Friday, and seeing you’re reading this instead of doing anything worthwhile, what better time to jump on the nostalgia train? A few years back, our very own elTee made this little video, featuring LeChuck’s Revenge in EGA and internal speaker mode.
Largo’s theme is particularly trippy . . .
elTee is in the middle of writing up a larger article on his adventures with the floppy version of Monkey Island 2, so stay tuned!
And we’re talking right on the day, too, October 30th: As part of the Game Music Festival, the Bartosz Pernal Big Band will perform the Grim Fandango soundtrack, with McConnell joining in. Run and grab your tickets.
The only caveat is that this takes place in Poland, but either way, that’s what planes are for. Tickets!
AlfredJ brings word of sad news: Martin "Bucky" Cameron, a name many should recognize from various LucasArts credits, has passed away. For us, he might have been best known as a Secret of Monkey Island artist and animator. Schafer tweets he, among other things, was responsible for the rather epic Voodoo Lady animation. That alone is enough to make "Bucky" an unsung hero in the Mojoverse.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
Oh, whatever, here you go, for real. Curse of Monkey Island in glorious CD quality . . .
And what a good time to mention our Patreon pledges, which now have been reduced to us tethering on going into the red. We have plenty of music and other things coming up, and are humbly asking you to help us finance our server costs. Pledge to your Mojo today!
And god knows why I’m the one posting these, but here we are. Aptly titled "Rumor Hast It", this cue teases upcoming, rumored, higher quality tracks. Allegedly. But what do I know? Shoot the messenger, and go get teased!
Once in a while, not often, but once in a while, Zaarin chooses to open his treasure box, and share some of the morsels he has hidden in it. Like today, when he has decided to rain upon you a classic song: The Curse of Monkey Island theme, in glorious CD quality sound. Feel free to grab an MP3, or YouTube it.
And you're welcome!
In these parts, we consider Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse to be the pinnacle of Telltale’s achievements. You may or may not agree, but if nothing else, I’m sure you, too, consider Jared Emerson-Johnson’s soundtrack the best in the trilogy.
It’s odd, then, that Telltale decided not to release an OST from the game, as it had with the previous two seasons. Fear not, though, as we have taken action into our own hands (eight-ish years later) and compiled the soundtrack for you. We give you:
- The Penal Zone
- The Tomb of Sammun-Mak
- They Stole Max’s Brain
- Beyond the Alley of the Dolls
- The City That Dares Not Sleep
Load them up to the media player of your choice, and dream of what once was.
Back in the day, we received enough fan-content for there to be multiple hosted sites dedicated to it. It was great -- this site wrote itself.
Fast-forward to the present, and things have pretty much entirely dried up. Until now. You know Andrea Boscarino from the comments as AndywinXp -- presumably he still stands behind Microsoft's seminal operating system -- and he has re-recorded The Secret of Monkey Island soundtrack in the style of Curse of Monkey Island. For real! Even better, you can use the tracks in ScummVM to get the real experience. Or just listen to the soundtrack by itself. Downloads:
The latter can be dunked into the "Monkey1\audio" folder -- typically located somewhere under "Program Files (x86)". And that's about it. I haven't tried it with the game yet, but I'm sure it's awesome. The music sounds great at least. And let us not forget credits:
The Secret of Monkey Island: Cursed!
- Tracks rearranged and performed by Andrea Boscarino.
- Special thanks to Alberto "Albo Abourt" Abate for his precious arrangement advices for track 8. Check out his YouTube channel.
- Soundbank file by Benzo.
- And, of course, original music composed by Michael Z. Land, with Barney Jones, Andy Newell and Patrick Mundy.
Got any creations you want us to know about? Email email@example.com and you might achieve fame and fortune!
Sometimes one reads one's RSS feeds, and one is surprised at seeing familiar names. This was the case when a certain "Junaid" popped up over at Cartoon Brew. Correctly deducing there is only one "Junaid" in the world, I decided this is the man you knew not just from Mojo, but also World of Monkey Island. Now he has hit the big time with the animated short, "Short But Sweet".
The movie, described as “a young hero has to embark on an epic quest to save a princess from an evil villain, all within an absurd short amount of time” is pretty delightful, so go watch it over at Cartoon Brew.
Mojo probably should demand royalties for singlehandedly having made our readers arteésts.
I mean, to be displayed! #clickbait ;D But a good piece of art none-the-less!
An art show called “Fake Theme Parks” is set to open Friday, January 12th at Gallery 1988 in LA. The concept is to show off artworks based on fake amusement parks inspired by Disney Land and Disneyworld, and “Big Whoop” by Scott Balmer is one of the 50-odd works on display.
Our man in LA would be on site had we had a man or woman in LA.
Because why the hell not?
As is en vogue these days, Ronzo has for all intents and purposes left Twitter. I might not 100% agree with his take on the social network (mind you his points about the toxicity of the place are spot on), but I’d much rather see him (and pretty much anyone else) put down their thoughts in more than 180 characters, which is why it’s great to see Grumpy Gamer (the website) make a comeback.
Speaking of communication, our email is back up after about a decade or two of downtime. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to promptly be ignored by us.
I missed this a few months back, but World of Monkey Island just turned 20. By my estimation, that makes it the third oldest active-ish site in the greater Mojo community. (After The SCUMM Bar and us.)
And that’s all I got.
Everybody's favorite SCUMM-game-and-more virtual machine has been updated to a major 2.0 milestone. 23 new games has been added to the roster, including a bunch of Sierra ones. Other improvements are of course also to be found -- read the release notes for more.
Nostalgia keeps Mojo alive, so download and get playing.
Sean Vanaman -- a.k.a. one of the non-Mojo people behind Campo Santo -- made the announcement on Twitter yesterday, as a result of YouTube star PewLePepe's repeated use of racial slurs while playing video games on his channel. You know. Like one apparently does...
The gist of the filing is that Pew has to remove any and all Firewatch content from the channel (apparently the largest one on the site). Gamergate's finest has not surprisingly come crawling out of the woodwork, each and every one of them a self-proclaimed law expert, screaming "fair use" without having a lick of an idea of what that actually is.
If you're in need of raising your blood pressure we recommend reading the subsequent shitstorm, but really, don't do that.
Our sincerest kudos to Campo Santo for refusing to be associated in any way with this sad little boy.
Monkey Island fanatic and Eurogamer personality Johnny Chiodini decided to answer a gauntlet that was never thrown by creating grog using the ingredients listed in The Secret of Monkey Island. And although he punts on third down by subtracting the more lethal ingredients, the end result is still gross enough that we award him and his two confederates eight Monkey Bucks for introducing it into their digestive system.
Here is the write-up, and below is the video proof of the reckless endeavor:
Who needs Jack Rodkin when we have our own four readers?
You know Rum_Rogers from the comment section—he’s one of the two odd people you’ll see there—and therefore you will want to play his game. Is it any good? Who knows! I don’t have an Android phone, but I’d try TrVe Metal Quest if I did. It looks good at least.
Hell, all of you people keep reading this, even though we’re not particularly good, so might as well try Rum’s game, right? Right? Right!
Go explore DOTT Remastered to your heart's content:
Thank you, BennyBoy!
Typos aside (and the fact that I can't figure the site out -- is the shirt even for sale?), this Monkey Island-themed tee should possibly interest some. It's designed by crade.one, who we only can assume will receive a cease and desist letter from some obscure Disney department sooner or later.
Run and browse, and see if you are less lazy than me and can figure out the site.
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