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Anson Jew compiles reel of lost LEC animations

30 Dec, 2013, 18:12 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Anson Jew's Blog | Comments: 2

While the rest of us were distracted by the insidious influence of loved ones, reader Threepwood4life spent his Christmas noticing that former LEC animator/artist Anson Jew, already known for his LEC animation reel that includes a rare Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix clip, has put together a new compilation comprised exclusively of discarded material. It's basically What Mojo Exists To Report On: The Movie.

Check out his blog post for a rundown of all the clips included.

Miscellaneous news

Revenge of The Mojo Tidbits

20 Dec, 2013, 19:02 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
It's time again for a post that lets you know all the small tidbits of Mojo related news that are happening now.

First, ex-Mojoer (and multiple Game of the Year award winner) Jake Rodkin's new studio Campo Santo has become just that much cooler with the addition of former Double Fine lead artist Jane Y. Ng to the team. Seriously, with the roster of talent they have at the studio already, their first game is sure to be awesome.

Secondly, you might remember the Kickstarted album by Sierra veteran composer Ken Allen of orchestrated versions of his video game songs. You might be wondering about the progress of the album. Mr. Allen reiterated last month in the comments section of that Kickstarter campaign that the project is currently on hold as he works on sound design and makes new compositions for SpaceVenture, the upcoming space comedy adventure game by The Two Guys From Andromeda (the creators of Space Quest). As music was always an important piece of what made Sierra's games popular, and Ken Allen was a big part of that, it's great to see the Two Guys and Ken Allen working together on a project again.

Telltale Games News

The Walking Dead Season Two Episode 1 Is Out Now

18 Dec, 2013, 17:33 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 1: All That Remains is out now for most platforms. It's available for PC and Mac through Steam and the Telltale Store, for Xbox 360's Live Arcade and PS3's PlayStation Network in Europe and North America, and on iTunes (where the title gets even larger as Walking Dead: The Game - Season Two).

Telltale's PR Person Laura Perusco posted in the PlayStation blog that news about the PlayStation Vita release will be coming shortly after the holidays. There's no word on the release date for the Ouya version (although The Walking Dead: Season One is scheduled to be released on Ouya in Winter 2014, so it won't be releasing sooner than that).

LucasArts News

A New Star Wars Flight Combat Simulator? Yes, please.

18 Dec, 2013, 06:46 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: Star Wars Attack Squadrons | Comments: 4
Disney / LucasArts has surprised everyone by announcing a new Space Combat game. While it doesn't have the much loved single-player campaigns that made the X-Wing series so popular, it's a welcome return to the cockpit for Star Wars fans. Here's what we know;

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons isa free-to-play space combat game for PC, being developed by Area 52 Games, in conjunction with Disney Interactive and LucasArts. It allows players to customise and tune "popular Star Wars ships" like X-Wings and TIE fighters and will support dogfights of up to 16 players.

Signup for the Beta at the official website here.

So, lets hope this is a first, tentative step back into the Space Combat genre, and Larry Holland's number has been passed on to the Mouseketeers at Disney...
LucasArts News

Noah Falstein made Ron Gilbert, and therefore Monkey Island

18 Dec, 2013, 03:21 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Develop | Comments: 2
Develop has run a two part (1, 2) interview with industry and LucasArts veteran Noah Falstein. The designer discusses the old days, including how he dressed up as a fallen cosmonaut for the Rescue on Fractalus! manual, how he wishes his initial version of The Dig had gotten made, and how you owe him for the hiring of Ron Gilbert.

But I think I had more impact by hiring people into LucasArts than I did from my own work. Ron Gilbert, Lawrence Holland who did the X-Wing and Tie Fighter games, Brian Moriarty who did Loom – all of them are people that I either found or that came in to work on a project of mine. And once Ron came in, we hired Dave Grossman and Tim Schafer, who are now the creative director at Telltale Games and the head of Double Fine respectively.

So perhaps our biggest impact on the gaming community was being a nursery or proving ground for people who would go on to become much more significant contributors within the games industry.

Falstein’s anecdotes are great, although I guess if you know your Lucasfilm history this interview largely treads old ground. Still, it’s hard to ever get enough stories of the formative years of George Lucas' wonderful, expensive experiment that resulted in not only the SCUMM games, but Pixar Animation Studios and Avid’s nonlinear editing tools as well. More importantly, Thrillville.
Telltale Games News

The Walking Dead Season Two Gets Release Dates

17 Dec, 2013, 08:13 | Posted by: Jennifer | Source: Telltale Twitter | Comments: 1

Telltale just made a post on Twitter announcing the release dates for The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 1: All That Remains.

It will release later today for PC and Mac (through the Telltale Store and Steam) and for PlayStation 3 in North America. It will then release tomorrow worldwide for Xbox 360. The iOS version will be coming later this week. The European PlayStation 3 release date, as well as the release dates for the Vita and Ouya versions have not yet been set.
Irresponsible Games News

Interview with Gene Mocsy About 1954: Alcatraz

17 Dec, 2013, 07:21 | Posted by: Jennifer | Source: GamingLives | Comments: 1
While we're on the subject of Gene Mocsy, you might remember that he started a company called Irresponsible Games, whose first game will be a point-and-click adventure game called Alcatraz: 1954, which, unsurprisingly is about escaping from Alcatraz prison in 1954. Gene originally designed the game himself using the Panda3D-based engine that MunkyFun designed for Autumn Moon's adventure games A Vampyre Story and Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island. However, the game soon was picked up by the German adventure developer Daedalic, and it was converted to their Unity-based engine.

GamingLives has an interview with Mr. Mocsy which details that event, and gives many more details about his company's first game. One of the most interesting details in the interview is about the wide choice the player has in solving the puzzles, and the consequences some of those choices might have:

"Multiple solutions are something I always want when I play games – that and an overhead map. I made sure those were in my game. It was a bit of a hassle, but I scripted the original game myself, so it was just a matter of my time. When Daedalic bought the game and re-ported it to their engine, they created an enormous flowchart of all the possibilities – that was when I realised the headache I’d caused everyone! It’s all for the player. I want you to keep moving ahead and not waste time guessing what the designer intended."

"Certain quest-lines get even more exciting and tension-filled [depending on your earlier actions], I’ll put it that way. Don’t worry about making wrong choices – you’re escaping from Alcatraz, there’s no time to second-guess yourself. Just go."

The game will be coming soon to PC. Daedalic had announced that it would be released this year, however, as no concrete release date has yet been set, it probably won't make that release window.
Autumn Moon Entertainment News

Perils of Man Delayed To Early 2014

16 Dec, 2013, 16:57 | Posted by: Jennifer | Source: Perils of Man FAQ | Be the first to comment!

You may be wondering what is going on with the upcoming free iOS adventure game Perils of Man, which is being developed by IF Games and designed by Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy of Autumn Moon.

Its previous release date of October 2013 came and went, and the official Facebook page has been surprisingly quiet about the situation.

Surprising no one, the game's FAQ has recently been updated, indicating that the game has been delayed to early 2014. However, there's no word on whether they still plan on releasing the game in two episodes as originally planned.

Adventure News

Al Lowe and Josh Mandel Quit Replay Games

16 Dec, 2013, 10:20 | Posted by: Jennifer | Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun | Comments: 4
Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe and co-writer Josh Mandel have left Replay Games due to the abusive and destructive behavior of Replay founder and CEO Paul Trowe.

As you know, last year he sabotaged fellow Kickstarter campaigns with false press releases and hurtful and deceitful comments (both under his own name and possibly under an assumed name).

Unfortunately, that behavior hasn't stopped, as he posted some hurtful words and unfounded claims at the SpaceVenture Kickstarter page in October. That behavior caused several Replay volunteers to criticize Paul's behavior publicly, leading Paul to fire them and ban them from the Replay forums. Worse, he insulted and publicly outed one volunteer as a transsexual woman (her name has been omitted from the twitter post to save her from any more emotional duress).

Additionally, Kotaku has posted an article that details Paul Trowe's arrest in October 2012 for showing a sex video to an underage teenage girl.

Al Lowe has stated that his leaving the company had to do with these and other reasons. Replay Games still owns the rights to make Leisure Suit Larry games for now, but if they do decide to make more, it will be without Al Lowe or Josh Mandel.

We at Mojo wish Al and Josh (as well as the Replay volunteers and employees who were affected by this) the best of luck in the future.

Double Fine News

Hack 'n' Slash To Be Released in 2014

11 Dec, 2013, 09:43 | Posted by: Jennifer | Source: Double Fine Action News | Comments: 2
Hack 'n' Slash is getting a full retail release, joining its Amnesia Fortnight 2012 siblings Autonomous and Spacebase-DF9. Like the latter game, Hack 'n' Slash was partially funded by the Indie Fund.

The game follows a young elf who uses her computer hacking skills to cheat her way through an action-adventure game. Hack 'n' Slash will be released in the first half of 2014 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, both on Steam and in a DRM-free version

Film and TV News

Disney completes Indiana Jones takeover from Paramount

08 Dec, 2013, 01:44 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: Variety | Comments: 3

Move over Broken Sword news! Variety is reporting that Disney has acquired Indiana Jones. You may have thought they already owned it with the LucasFilm buyout, but apparently not entirely.

The Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise. Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm. Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.

Can the mouse whip the franchise back into shape, and is anyone willing to have a crack at a new videogame (Telltale!)?
Telltale Games News

Telltale to make "Tales from the Borderlands"

08 Dec, 2013, 01:27 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: VGX | Comments: 3

Telltale Games has not only confirmed that is is making Game of Thrones episodes at VGX, but will also be creating new Borderlands episodes.

Not too much to report at this stage, but you can see confirmation of the news on Kotaku, where they report:

“You get to shoot stuff, but in a different way,” said Telltale’s Kevin Bruner at the show. “It’s gonna play like a Telltale game — you’re going to be engaging characters and developing relationships, but it’s very much in the borderlands world. It’s this great hybrid of everything that’s great about Borderlands and everything that’s great about Telltale.”

Telltale Games News

Updated: The Next Telltale Series Could Be is Game of Thrones

08 Dec, 2013, 01:16 | Posted by: Jennifer | Source: IGN | Comments: 5
According to IGN, they have received reports from multiple unnamed sources that Telltale is working on a episodic series based on Game of Thrones.

As IGN points out, it would be a perfect fit, as the Game of Thrones books tell the story from a perspective of a different character in each chapter, similar to how Telltale's 400 Days was handled.

This is just a rumor though, and as such should be taken with a grain of salt. When IGN contacted Telltale Games for confirmation, Steve Allison, Telltale's senior vice president of marketing stated, “We get these sorts of rumors about what we could be working on next cropping up all the time. Officially we have no comment.”

JP Update: Confirmed by Telltale on facebook.

House of Mojo News

Mojo reviews Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse

06 Dec, 2013, 19:41 | Posted by: A Pirate! Yar! | Comments: 7

So let's address the elephant in the room here: Yes, Mojo is reviewing Broken Sword 5. No, Revolution is not part of the greater LEC-family of companies. Yes, this is part of an expansion of Mojo. No, we're not turning into a general adventure site.

What we are doing is broadening our focus just a tiny little bit. To put our mission-statement-of-sorts in the words of our idea smith, Thrik: “Mojo: Classic LucasArts adventure games, and games that are similar to them.” We'll be covering everything we've always covered, while adding a handful of other games that make sense within Mojo's spiritual scope. Broken Sword for example. Dyscourse, where Tim Schafer is a character. That kinds of stuff. Derivative adventure games that try to ape the success of LucasArts in the 1990s without understanding what they were actually about? We will not cover those.

So basically we're turning into Just Mixnmojo+-ish and we're feeling good about that. Hopefully you will too.

And what better way to kick this off than by reviewing Broken Sword 5? Remember: Mojo still loves you!

LucasArts News

Charlie Brooker's How Video Games Changed the World

06 Dec, 2013, 18:55 | Posted by: Zaarin | Comments: 2

For our UK readers only, here's Charlie Brooker's How Video Games Changed the World on Youtube. There's supposedly a Monkey Island section approx 35:27 minutes in with Ronzo "Ron" Gilbert and Tim Schafer.

Thanks to reader Artisa for telling us about it! Since I'm not in the UK I can't watch it so don't blame me if the link is wrong!

Adventure News

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse is out!

04 Dec, 2013, 20:03 | Posted by: Zaarin | Source: | Comments: 1

Well, the first episode at least. While Double Fine has been fiddling away on Broken Age, Revolution has run a successful Kickstarter, developed the game they promised to make, and released it. The second, and final, episode will be out in a month or so.

Broken Sword 5 returns to the same aesthetic as the first two games in the series, looking more like a LucasArts adventure than whatever else we've been covering the past decade. Here's a screenshot:

And some plot info courtesy of the press release:

Revolution PR

When a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery, George Stobbart and Nico Collard are thrown, seemingly by chance, into the investigation together. From Paris to London and beyond, the trail becomes a race against time as dark forces from Europe's turbulent past are woken from their slumber. Broken Sword characters old and new are encountered - but who can George and Nico trust? The journey they are on reveals a conspiracy as old as the written word, whose ancient heresies will cause innocent blood to spill once more...

Both episodes can be picked up from the usual outlets like GOG and Steam. Vita and mobile platforms will also follow, according to Revolution.

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