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Humongous Flash Bundle

29 Jul, 2014, 04:19 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
The Humongous Flash Bundle is on now, with a bunch of Humongous Entertainment games for cheap, with a portion to go to charity. Best of all, if you pay $20 or more, you can get all of the games that have been released on Steam so far (that's 1/5 of the usual price). You'll also get DRM-free versions for Windows, but if you run a different operating system, rest assured that most of the games run on ScummVM, so if you run the Windows versions of the game through ScummVM on the platform of your choice, you'll still be getting the same experience.
Telltale Games News

The Walking Dead: Season Three Announced

27 Jul, 2014, 00:37 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Telltale's president Kevin Bruner and the creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, announced The Walking Dead: Season Three at this year's Comic Con. Since Season Two is not even finished yet, nothing was revealed other than the fact that Telltale is working on it. More details will likely come after the current season wraps up.
Adventure News

The Journey Down Chapter Two Taking Pre-Orders

26 Jul, 2014, 20:39 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 1
Chapter Two of The Journey Down, the adventure game inspired by LucasArts classics such as Grim Fandango, is scheduled to release on August 25th. If you pre-order now, it's only $5.99 and you get The Journey Down Chapter One as well (the key is transferable if you already own Chapter One). Half of all pre-order revenue will go to help the Mavuno girl's school project. Find out more about the pre-order deal and see a couple of scenes from the upcoming chapter in the trailer embedded below:
Adventure News

Gamasutra interviews Khris Brown

24 Jul, 2014, 02:08 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Gamasutra | Be the first to comment!

From recording tests with Noah Falstein as Bobbin Threadbare in 1992 to her present work voice directing Broken Age, Khris Brown has played a crucial role in making your favorite Mojo classics talk.

In a new interview with Gamastura, Brown discusses her career, sharing insights she gained from her decades in the field:

In short: know your stuff, be supportive, have no ego, and be ready to laugh. Do not give up after 3 takes. Do give up after 10 takes. We had 27 takes of Indiana Jones saying, "It's a cup full of lava." The actor was exhausted, and we ended up Frankensteining the line anyway (pasting two takes together to create our ideal).

I'm not sure I agree - everyone knows that Doug Lee's best work comes after twenty-five takes, like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Anyway, read the full interview.
Adventure News

ScummVM 1.7.0 "The Neverrelease" is out

22 Jul, 2014, 08:15 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 1
The latest release of ScummVM, the interpreter that lets you play classic adventure games on modern (and not so modern) systems, is now available. This release adds support for 5 new games: The Neverhood, Mortville Manor, Voyeur, Return to Ringworld, and Chivalry is Not Dead.

In addition, the MT-32 emulator has been updated, an OpenGL backend has been added, many aspects of the GUI have been improved, the AGOS engine has been enhanced, Urban Runner's videos are now less CPU-demanding, tons of bugs have been fixed in dozens of SCI games, the Adlib sound in Loom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has been made to sound more like the original, and platform portability for the Tony and Tinsel engines has been improved. The Steam versions of the four LucasArts adventures that were released on that platform are now supported as well.

You can pick up the latest version for your platform of choice at the ScummVM homepage.
Ron Gilbert News

Ronzo Finds Original Maniac Mansion Documents. Gives Them To You.

22 Jul, 2014, 07:04 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: Grumpy Gamer | Comments: 2
So, Ron Gilbert was cleaning out more of his Seattle Storage Unit and found the original pitch documents for Maniac Mansion. And as he already did with his Monkey Island sketches (we reported that, surely?) he scanned them and posted them for your general amusement.

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Read the whole thing and marvel at the illustrations here on Ron's Grumpy gamer blog.

Telltale Games News

The Walking Dead Season Two Episode 4 Release Dates

18 Jul, 2014, 06:59 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
The penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season Two is coming out next week. It will be released for PC, Mac, and PSN on PlayStation 3 and on Vita in North America on July 22nd, on PSN on PlayStation 3 and on Vita in Europe and on XBLA on Xbox 360 worldwide on July 23rd, and on iOS on July 24th. Release dates for Android versions haven't been announced yet. As usual, Telltale has also released a trailer for episode 4, which is embedded below.
Autumn Moon Entertainment News

A Vampyre Story released on Steam, eight trillion years later

16 Jul, 2014, 23:38 | Posted by: Jason | Comments: 6

Your final excuse has just been abolished. Autumn Moon's first (of two) games is now on the one last digital distribution service it had been glaringly missing from. So get on it - aren't you hankering to know what all that fuss was about six years ago?

It seems Bill Tiller had some help getting the game fitted to Steam's specifications. I'm sure many of you share his gratitude:










Buy it for yourself and then a friend! Every million sales make a difference for that sequel's chances.

Miscellaneous news

Comics!

11 Jul, 2014, 17:23 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
There's a few comic related news bits that we missed. First, Zak Gorman, the creator of Magical Game Time, is creating a Costume Quest graphic novel called "Invasion of the Candy Snatchers". It flips the Costume Quest story around, telling the story of the original Costume Quest from the point of view of a Grubbin named Klem.

Secondly, Maniac Mansion co-creator Gary Winnick's Bad Dreams #1 comic was in the list of the top 6 new comics and sold out in it's first week of release. Mojo wishes Mr. Winnick a (very) belated congratulations. Oh, and while we're on the subject of comics, Dirt Nap by Gabe Miller, the Double Fine comic about zombies, is oddly the only one that's still alive. And it's awesome. So, read it, if you haven't already.

LucasArts News

LucasArts old-timers reveal another sequel you've been screwed out of

08 Jul, 2014, 01:17 | Posted by: Jason | Source: US Gamer | Comments: 1

Not sure what you did to deserve this, but the internet has published another one of those excellent interviews with the Lucasfilm Games elders for the likes of us to enjoy. It was conducted by Jaz Rignallm, who'd visited the studio in 1985 on behalf of ZZAP! 64 when games like Koronis Rift and The Eidolon were the hot titles in the pipeline.

The article mostly reads like a transcripted discussion between Rignallm and the following: Steve Arnold, David Fox, Ron Gilbert, Peter Langston and Chip Morningstar. There is rare art and fascinating anecdotes aplenty, including a proposed sequel you surely weren't aware of:

David continues, "About four or five years ago, I got the team together and pitched LucasArts to do a sequel [to The Eidolon]. Loren Carpenter whipped up a demo on the iPhone. You could fly around the landscape. I think we were really close to having a deal in place, and then the president of LucasArts, Darrel Rodriguez, was replaced."

Ron interjects, "He was the one that did all the Monkey Island remakes and stuff. He was a lot more interesting."

"Yeah, he loved the old stuff," agrees David. "He wanted to go back and pull that stuff out and engage the fans in a way that I thought was great. And then the company decided they wanted to do Star Wars again, to focus in that area, and all this stuff got pushed aside. I'd love to see it, but now I think it's even less likely – unless it was a different title."

Bob Mackey, a huge fan of the early LucasArts games, asks, "Right now I guess Disney owns everything you guys have don at Lucasfilm Games. And there hasn't been any word about making these games available via services that distribute old games. How do you feel about that? Knowing that there are these amazing games you worked on that are all just unavailable unless you pirate them?"

David thinks for a moment. "Well, it seems like they're missing an opportunity. If they had a legal way for people to purchase them, I think people would do that, rather than trying to cobble them together with pirate downloads and emulators. But it's not Star Wars. I think they bought Lucasfilm for Star Wars, not old games."

This discussion took place around GDC 2014, before this Grim Fandango remastering business came to light, so here's hoping the missed opportunities stand a chance at being, you know, un-missed in the future.
Developer News

LucasArts vets from the LucasLabs dept. form own Studio

04 Jul, 2014, 23:12 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: IGN | Be the first to comment!
The project lead on the LucasLabs Lucidy game David Nottingham has his own studio, Dynamighty, which he founded prior to the Disney takeover of the Lucas Empire. He also worked on the Monkey Island remake.

IGN has info on the foundation of the studio, which is made up of a good number of former LucasArts employees, and a guy from Pixar.

They have a game 'Counterspy' under development, and you can see an early trailer below.

One to keep an eye out for if you have a Sony gaming device (or a mobile device / tablet) in your household.
LucasArts News

Disney Continues LucasArts' Fine Tradition by Cancelling Almost Finished Game

04 Jul, 2014, 22:51 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: CNET | Comments: 2
Remember that Star Wars Fight Simulator "Attack Squadrons" game Disney was working on? Well, they've gone all LucasArts on it and cancelled development after opening it up to a closed beta
Here's the inside word from CNET.

"After much consideration, we have decided to cease development so that we can focus on other Star Wars game experiences. We truly appreciate the time you spent engaging in the beta."


Damn those current market place realities and underlying economic considerations...
Telltale Games News

The Wolf Among Us Finale Gets Trailer and Dates

03 Jul, 2014, 16:44 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
The final episode of Telltale's episodic series based on the Fables comics, The Wolf Among Us, is going to be released next week. It will be released for PC, Mac, and for PlayStation Network on PlayStation 3 in North America on July 8, on PSN for PS3 in Europe and on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 worldwide on July 9, and on iOS on July 10th. Release dates for the Android and PlayStation Vita versions haven't been announced yet. The trailer is out now as well, which you can view below:
Double Fine News

Double Fine Presents Mountain

01 Jul, 2014, 17:38 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 8
The latest indie title to be published by Double Fine through their Double Fine Presents program has been revealed. It is David OReilly’s Mountain. Double Fine describes it as "beautiful, relaxing, and most definitely unlike anything you’ve played before. It is a completely procedural terrarium of sorts that provides an ambient, minimalist, zen-like experience full of secrets and mysteries. It’s something that is begging to live in a small window of your desktop at all times and be taken in passively over time."

It is available now for iOS and PC, Mac, and Linux for only $1. You totally can't pass it up for that price.

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