After a little over a month of beta testing, ScummVM 0.12.0 was finally released to the public today.Head on over to the official site to grab a copy!
Support for five new games, including Kyrandia books two three, has been added. The following changes and improvements were done to the SCUMM engine part:
- Rewrote parts of Digital iMUSE, fixing some bugs.
- Rewrote the internal timer code, fixing some speed issues in e.g. COMI.
- Improved support for sound effects in Amiga version of Zak McKracken.
- Added support for mixed Adlib/MIDI mode in Monkey Island 1 (Floppy).
It seems like this might actually happen, as the European ratings board PEGI have just rated the game for handhelds. It's possible that the Wii and PS2 versions will be released with the next-gen LucasArts version, but the handheld versions were deemed different enough to be released earlier.
Interestingly, they've been given a surprisingly high rating: 16+.
At the very least, this does confirm that the title Staff of Kings is correct. Now, why haven't LucasArts said anything? Even the Clone Wars games haven't been rated yet!
UPDATE: Well, well, well. Since this was spotted, several sites have starting discovering new info. Here's two things I don't think anyone's noticed:
1. A2M confirmed that they were working on an Indiana Jones title for LucasArts, so that rumour's true.
2. That PEGI page has REMOVED the rating for the PSP version of the game. It did seem odd, as the PSP version is likely very similar to the PS2 version, for that one to be released. The radically different DS version alone makes more sense.
Kotaku also have a few interesting points, such as the possibility that the Nazis will be once again Generic Soldiers. Oh, and we got quoted by TheRaider.net. Woo!
Ron's latest masterpiece will be released sometime in 2009.
My opinion is that there existed some major difference of opinion between the team and a particularly influential person, who didn’t like the direction we were going. And in the end those differences could not be resolved. So in the end instead of a team that had worked on Full Throttle 1 working on the sequel, LucasArts went with a team that hadn’t worked on the first game instead. And again, in my opinion, that was a mistake.The article is peppered with beautiful "Payback" concept art by Tiller. It may not be new, but I don't think I've seen it all before.
Those aren't the only Mojo Guests showing up at PAX. It is apparent that one Ron Gilbert will be there, though he is quick to note that
If you should happen to be like most people and are unavailable to physically attend the expo this weekend, fret not. The always worthwhile Telltale Blog will likely be brimming with coverage of what went down.
In the interest of clearing a few things up, he had this to say at the conclusion of his e-mail:
P.S. some things about these fanarts:You heard him. Enjoy.
1. The pink fox thing is my fan character, DJ.
2. The little bug man is........HARRY THE FLY! Lol I love how he turned out!
3. The hamster on my ear in the first pic is my little companion. Ed and I both have hamsters. Ed's hamster, I decided to nickname Hermy while I named my hamster, Chaka.
4. The second pic is backwards but it says day of the tentacle.
That's all! Enjoy!
There are a load of brand new screenshots, though.
Based on my experience, this will do three things to the listener: 1. It will make you smarter; 2. It will make you laugh; and 3. It will make that baby you are pregnant with look like Tim Schafer. So, you know: listen.
I don't know how you are, but whenever I go around to somebody's house for tea, a part of me is always panicking because I don’t know how long to stay for. Sometimes it seems that the line between staying too long, and not staying long enough, is too thin for conception. The problem applies all across the board: to television, to theatre, and to electronic entertainment.
The following article was formulated in seven hours worth of cold, dirty bath water.
The game's official website has been updated with a new trailer showing off the game's art as well as Froderick's voice!
The site also promises more updates and screenshots over the following weeks so check back regularly!Tingler Updates: The site also confirms our previous report that the game will indeed be released October 30th, just in time for Hallowe'en. Hooray!
Impression? Certainly reminiscent of the Dark Forces games, a lot of cool powers available off the bat, and it quite possibly has the potential to be a very fun game. On the flip side, the controls are, in my opinion... funky...
Additional Note from Gabez: Penny Arcade celebrate the arrival of STFU's demo with this most amusing comic
Update by Tingler: Not long to go now. Here's something to tide you over...
One quote that some of your favorite Mojoers found interesting, reads, (and is translated obviously,) "We like the net community around the franchise, the same way we also love the Sam & Max comunity or the Mix'n Mojo community." (Emphasis added.)
Awww. And to think this comes from Telltale, that actively removed our link from their Friends section! But hey, that's probably part of their special kind of love.
There's a few things of interest in there, especially his correction that Psychonauts was not a flop as many believe - or as he suggests, actually want to believe.
Oh, and there's a quick glimmer of hope for Brütal Legend, where the interviewer suggests that it's still possible that Activision may pick up the title - they're still currently just "reviewing their options" about the Sierra games they haven't taken yet.
20 percent of players who buy a first episode next buy the whole season altogether, says Connors. Without providing specifics, he also said "most players" buy the whole season at once directly from Telltale, while "retail is the most powerful content-mover out there."Read it all! And as always, be sure to check Telltale's blog section for the latest article related to the company. That way we can get away with forgetting to mention them.
It's a NES rom of Maniac Mansion hacked kinda crazy. Most of the text is changed. Some of the graphics are altered.. specifically the characters are ALL JACKED UP! Hence, they are zombies. See.. it kinda plays like a fake sequel: The radiation was so strong the first time the kids saved Sandy that it mutated them into zombies. Now they're out for revenge. The goal is to blow up the house!Read more about his efforts (which have been going on for five years) in his forum thread, where you can grab the ROM and run it through your NES emulator of choice.
Anyways: there's this upcoming event called PAX, which is a convergence of the Geeks of the World on Seattle; this happens on August 29th, just in time for school to start. And guess who's gonna be there? Deathspank! In the form of merchandise, too.
Christmas has finally come early.
Firstly, The Dark Knight continues to beat all expectations and has now ousted Star Wars: A New Hope as the No. 2 Top-Grossing Film of All Time in the domestic US market. Bear in mind the new Batman film has only been on the market for five weeks, whereas A New Hope has had 30 years.
And if that weren't enough, new animated movie The Clone Wars is doing absolutely shockingly and has only made $15.5 million this weekend - which was also beaten by The Dark Knight. It's basically a TV cartoon pointlessly put up on the big screen, so obviously the fans aren't as stupid as they appear (cough).
Although I quite enjoyed it... I'll get me coat.
If you've seen The Dark Knight four times already and would rather poke your eyes out than see The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, why not give it a whirl?
Then visit here, of course.
According to the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, a lot of developers are annoyed at Nintendo for keeping this a secret from them, and the most vocal of them is LucasArts.
According to GameInformer:
LucasArts in particular wasn't happy at being kept in the dark - especially since it created Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels specifically for the console. The game was even included in Nintendo's press conference, the setting in which the Wii Motion Plus was introduced - which the game doesn't use, much to LucasArts' dismay.While I understand LucasArts' annoyance, especially as swordfighting was one of the minigames used to demonstrate the device at E3, if they'd waited until MotionPlus was available Lightsaber Duels wouldn't be out until late 2009 - way after the Clone Wars TV series has finished.
According to Variety, MTV are definitely not publishing the game as was rumoured. MTV's official statement after being asked directly is that they aren't publishing the game, and that:
"We are big fans of Tim Schafer. We hope the game finds a good home."Meanwhile, rumours are thundering through the internet that Electronic Arts may be taking Brutal Legend on board. This doesn't match up with an insider source's earlier comment saying that the publisher would be an untraditional one, but it's very possible the aforementioned publisher was MTV and negotiations simply fell through.
Once known for dismal working practices and unoriginal release schedules, EA has been working very hard recently to change how they're perceived by generating new, original games. The upcoming Spore and Mirror's Edge are a testament to this, as are recent outputs such as Mass Effect and Crysis.
No other publisher could market Brutal Legend as aggressively as EA, so I'd be very much open to seeing the game join the 'new' EA and its line-up of quality games. It is by far the best chance Brutal Legend has of hitting the kind of widespread exposure it most probably deserves.
Whether this is just good timing or intentional marketing, whatever, the game's coming out!
To complement our excellent review, Telltale decided to release the episode itself, so what the hell are you reading this for?
What would happen if Obi-Wan had used Jedi Knight's Force Speed in the battle with Darth Maul?
Steve Purcell has uploaded a couple of new scans to his blog.
Mark August 11 on your calendars, for that is the very day.
Update by Jason: Also, the five episode season is available for pre-order for the PC at a cost of $34.99, identical to Sam & Max. Individual episodes are $8.95. Additionally, the WiiWare versions will be 1000 Wii points ($10) per episode.
Reminder By The Tingler: It should be pointed out that this is the American release date only. While of course that won't affect PC owners, those wanting the special Wii Ware version outside the US will have to wait a little while longer. Although according to Telltale, the delay should be fairly minimal.
Anyway, one of the CHUD guys was visting LucasArts/ILM HQ for whatever reason and couldn't help but notice some unrevealed concept art for the elusive game. For obvious reasons said images couldn't be shared, but here's a summary of their findings:
- Art with Indy and the staff of Moses shows Indy striking water with the staff, with Nazis in the background.If we were talking about any other game these tidbits would be nothing to write home about, but this is about as big a deal as news on the upcoming Indiana Jones game gets.
- The same elephant chase art that's been around for a while is up, so the elephant ride/chase could still be a go.
- In addition to San Francisco locations include India and China; I was hoping the elephant chase might take place on Lombard St. Sigh.
- One piece shows Indy looking at the Golden Gate Bridge being built. Previously we'd heard the game takes place in 1939, but the bridge was finished in 1937.
- Art also shows a Zepplin called the Odin.
- The response to inquiries about the title Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings were met with a smile and 'the title is not announced'.
Run over and read like crazy! Oh, and that wonderful piece of art is totally another Dan Lee original.
However, I have to direct you to this video at GameSpot (standard version here), which cheered me up immensely and shows that LucasArts do still have a sense of humour. Well, they did until they got rid of all their staff anyway.
Basically, it shows the Apprentice picking up Jawas by the head, electrocuting them, and then booting them like a football. Disgusting creatures, but they do fly well.
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