Before work began on the Day of the Tentacle remaster, Tim and Dave sat down and played through the original game in its entirety, equipped only with their memory. The result is fascinating, humorous, and three hours in length:
We have awful news to share today as audio veteran Jory Prum has passed away. Since 1999, Jory has been credited on innumerable titles published by LucasArts, Telltale, and Double Fine in a broad scope of sound design, recording, and engineering capacities.
Those of you who follow Jory's colleagues on Twitter may know that he was involved in a bad motorcycle accident last month from which he sadly did not recover. You can read the statement from his parents as well as heartfelt remembrances from some of his colleagues - including Julian Kwasneski - here. It appears to be one of many articles published in tribute of Jory today.
While we may not have known him personally, any reader of this site will be familiar with games to which Jory Prum made a vital contribution. It's hard to imagine titles where sound design could be less trivial than the sort he worked on while wearing any number of hats. The reason we celebrate the best of these games as timeless is because good stories endure, and Jory's work - far from merely a technical supplement - serviced those stories. Our condolences to his friends and family.
They'll also be selling merchandise at the show, including the Raz and Two Headed Baby Pinny Arcade pins, and a new special edition game bundle box. The bundle contains 10 games, with 10 game cards drawn Jon Magram and Melissa King. The game cards can be seen below (click to see them in a larger size).
I'll also be volunteering at the Double Fine booth at PAX East this weekend, so if you're at the show, come by and say hello. :)
Go explore DOTT Remastered to your heart's content:
Thank you, BennyBoy!
Well, tie me down and call me Betty—our Day of the Tentacle Remastered review was published in a timely manner, much thanks to Zaarin who buckled down and took one for the team. Yes, we’ve reached the point where playing a game ”on the clock” is considered something of a chore, which means we’re old and grumpy.
Not surprisingly Zaarin gives the game some love, and… Just read the damn thing. We bled to get this thing out on time.
The folks behind Kotaku's Split Screen podcast paid a visit to Double Fine's studio to gab with Tim about the remaster of Day of the Tentacle (reminder: March 22nd!) and various other things Double Fine. A text excerpt is available, if you're ridiculous. If you're not, go listen to the hour-long conversation.
Toward the end Tim gets asked a question many of us had, which is whether Double Fine has plans to pursue additional remasters after Full Throttle. His take is that the other LEC adventures should only get restored by their respective project leaders. But since Double Fine has established the all-important relationship with Disney, I'm thinking any Moriarty or Fox or Clark or Stemmle or Ackley or Ahern who might be interested may want to start by reaching out to the two-headed baby. Won't you, guys? For Mojo?
It's scheduled to be released on March 22, 2016. It will be released for PlayStation 4 and Vita as well.
At the time, [LucasArts] had an archive room. They had two full-time archivists, even in the floppy days. And there was a room full of drawers with floppy discs where the game wrapped, and even milestones in between, before the end, you would take it down to Wendy and—they're credited as being the "burning goddesses" in the credits—because they burned all the CDs. It was the burning room. They sat there burning CDs all day long. But, in the old days, there was a whole room, and two full-time positions of archiving stuff.
I feel like there was the feeling at LucasArts, because Lucas himself had that archive, the barn, and that's where all the LucasArts stuff is now, is in the barn at the ranch. So, there was that feeling of, take care of the artifacts of the thing that you're making, because you'll want them someday.
There will be a Day of the Devs lounge that, according to the GDC event schedule, will be held every day of the convention (from Monday March 14 to Friday March 18) from 10AM to 5PM PST.There will be 12 games shown off at this year's Day of the Devs:
- Below by Capy Games
- David OReilly Game 2 by David OReilly
- Headlander from Double Fine Productions
- Day of the Tentacle Remastered by Double Fine Productions
- SUPERHYPERCUBE by Kokoromi
- Return of the Obra Dinn by Lucas Pope
- Dreams by Media Molecule
- Bound from Plastic
- Hob by Runic Games
- ARENA GODS by Supertype
- Manifold Garden by William Chyr
- Severed by DrinkBox Studios
- Line Wobbler by Robin Baumgarten
- Rez Infinite by Monstars + Resonair
And it is Zak McClendon*, former Design Director at 2K Marin and Harmonix who's probably best known for his work on BioShock 2.
Will he successfully design a more challenging level than the Meat Circus, or will he utterly fail at his duties? Oh, let's not stress him out just yet. He deserves to enjoy the moment.
*Unfunny Zak McKracken pun removed at the discretion of the Mojo Quality Assessment Bureau.
They just can't get enough! This time out, Gamasutra chatted with Tim about Double Fine's continued success with raising money, as demonstrated recently by the (partially) crowdfunded Psychonauts 2: Benny Fideleo's Revenge. Read it because that's just a good habit.
If you're a smart little catfish you've probably been watching Double Fine's "Devs Play" on Youtube for some time now. While terrific, the series is not usually germane enough for us to highlight here on the incredibly crowded front page, but I really must acknowledge the latest episode, in which Tim asks Michel Ancel questions about Beyond Good & Evil while Double Fine producer Greg Rice plays said seminal masterpiece:
Tim Schafer as good at teasing out some great anecdotes from Ancel including that the famously polite Miyamoto was kind of a dick in his assessment of the game at E3, and how one of the game's hovercraft was modeled after the limo in Full Throttle. There's also a good story about a naked Italian man. Better than mine, anyhow.
For his part, Schafer draws a spiritual connection between the game and the Psychonauts franchise. And fails to coax out a release date for Beyond Good & Evil 2.
The good folks at Electric Playground paid a visit to Double Fine and played a whole bunch of Day of the Tentacle: Remastered while Tim talked about it. Oh, and it's on video:
Okay, so you hardly needed Mojo do learn this bit of bad news, now a week old, but we should acknowledge the passing of heavy metal icon "Lemmy" Kilmister.
Other sites have done better than we ever could at attempting to put Lemmy's larger metal career in perspective, but we'll always remember him for his performance as the bass-playing Kill Master from Double Fine's Brütal Legend.
I mean, all of you -- all three of you -- had expected this: the Mojo Psychonauts 2 Pledge Goals!
As usual, we are pimping out Jason, and this time he graciously agreed to perform Coach's intro speech in Psychonauts in French! OK, he didn't agree to this, and I only assume he knows French because he's in Louisiana, but either way… Thanks Jason! All we ask, is that you make this a $3.5 million pledge, and Jason will do his thing, as he always does.
If you've missed it, Double Fine has been releasing some cool stuff during this campaign. Earlier, they released an awesome two part retrospective on Psychonauts called The Color of the Sky in Your World, as well as previously unseen concept art from the original Psychonauts.
They've also been releasing season two of their Devs Play series, where developers play classic video games, usually with guests that helped create them. This season, since they've been produced to help promote the Psychonauts 2 campaign, they've been focusing on the games that influenced Psychonauts, and those that will influence the sequel.You can go straight to the Devs Play Season Two playlist here, or view this season's episodes individually: Spiro the Dragon with Ted Price, Ratchet and Clank with Ted Price, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time with Patrice Désilets and Assassin's Creed II with Patrice Désilets.
If you missed season one, be sure to check it out as well. The first season plays around with the format more than the second, with episodes some episodes focused on speed running and emulation, but even those are worth watching. There's some really interesting tidbits in each of these episodes.
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