The interview is on Mac Central Online and they talk to Jesse about his background and about his impressions on what challenges exist in the early stages of Escape From Monkey Island's development.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- November 29, 2000 -- LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC today announced Star Wars Galaxies as the formal series brand name for their massively multiplayer online role-playing games. On November 30 LucasArts, in conjunction with Sony Online Entertainment Inc., will launch the game's official information site, www.starwarsgalaxies.com.
"And the answer is Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4, Rocky 4, Jaws 4, and Escape from Monkey Island."
"Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4, Rocky 4, Jaws 4, and Escape from Monkey Island," repeats the assistant.
Karnak glares at the source of the echo, "May a plague of locusts feast upon your wooden leg." He tears open and blows into the end of the envelope. After removing and unfolding the sheet of paper inside, he then reads aloud, "And the question is, name four sequels that should be forgotten."
If you do not find the above to be riotously funny, then you surely will want to avoid a game in which I found the title to be eerily prophetic, for the longer I played, the more I could not wait to Escape from Monkey Island.
GC: A lot of people tried to read into your statement last week about Obi-Wan's cancellation. What did you mean by "The expected breadth and scope of the Obi-Wan project could not be met given limitations of technology"?
S. J.: I think a lot of people read into that that we were saying that the PC wasn't high-end enough to deliver what the game was. That is not what we were saying; maybe in hindsight we could have been clearer in our language there.
What we were saying was that there are all these people who want to play this game. The game as it was heading would have worked very nicely on a high-end PC that was fully loaded--but the majority of PCs out there, especially outside of the domestic marketplace, would have struggled to run the game. Again, that would have been a disappointment to a lot of people. The spec was high-end, the multiplayer requirement was high-end--and we really wanted to be able to focus on the gameplay, rather than diluting our ability to do that because we needed to support the variety of machines running from a 233 to a P1000, or whatever. So that is really what that message meant, rather than saying that the PC isn't good enough. We certainly don't believe that.
So there you have it! Anyways, get on over to Gamecenter and read the rest of the interview.
Larry Ahern was the co project leader for 1997's Curse of Monkey Island as well as working on a host of other projects through the years.
LucasArts has lost a great number of their higher profile workers over the last few years, and just when you thought no more would leave; another one bites the dust.
Guybrush ThreepwoodThere is now a summary of almost all the characters in the game, a great guide to all the crazy character creations from the minds of Mike and Sean.
Guybrush starts off EFMI running a legal errand for his wife, Elaine Marley. However, it soon develops into a devious plot involving Australians, monkeys and the Ultimate Insult. Plus he tends to get beaten up by Mrs. Threepwood. A lot.
I'm going to quote it now.. but I have no idea what it means:
La s?rie Monkey IslandTM reste sans doute l?exemple qui illustre le mieux cette d?marche rigoureuse. Alors que le passage ? la 3D aurait pu se faire depuis longtemps, Lucas Arts a pr?f?r? continuer ? d?velopper les aventures de Guybrush dans un univers 2D, jusque l? tr?s bien adapt? ? ce genre de jeu.Something about how they prefer 2d games or something? well anyways I hope those of you who are French enjoy this. (oh and Canadian aswell..etc...)
Oh while we are at it. There is a similar German feature at Gbase.ch
1. play to Lucre IslandThanks all.
2. walk to chess players
3. dance a merry jig
Which will be the best incarnation of the game - Psx2, DC, PC or MAC?The interview is 3 pages long with a number of fantastic new screenshots!
The PS2 version of the game will have the highest poly models and environments as well as more special effects.
I'm taking the EMI bug section offline for a short while - don't worry, it'll be back before you know it!
I've fixed the page now, and the EMI Bug Reporter is back. For now, we simply have to ask you - please ensure any screenshots you upload to the bug page are less than 400 pixels in width otherwise it skews up the page. We'll have a better fix for this problem when DJG gets back from Thanksgiving break (he has so many more ideas than me). Thanks for your understanding! Many happy bug reports!
UPDATE!! by DJG
Hey all, well, right now you can pretty much upload whatever size image you want, but it's only going to be displayed as a 400x300 image so keep that in mind. And thanks to everyone who submitted bugs! Hopefully there's someone out there you can lend a hand.
to submit a bug go here
Or you can browse the bugs already submitted here.
This lovely reporter made by DJG, designed by me, and updated by Jamesh
You can download the file from LucasArts Support or Mixnmojo (1.2mb)
There is a quiz thats needs to be passed before you can gain entry, to ensure only folks who've reached that far in the game can peek at the site.
A song entitled Monkey Kombat is also available from this site, or if not, The Kickstand.
In its quest to apply the "Star Wars" license to as many genres as possible (where's my Amidala Puzzle Pack?), Lucasarts has shipped the PlayStation and Dreamcast versions of Star Wars: Demolition to retail. The catch? It's not too shabby, at all.Seems like the general consensus on Demolition is fairly good.
"Following an extensive review of the project and a great deal of deliberation, LucasArts Entertainment Company has ceased development of Star Wars: Obi-Wan for the PC. The expected breadth and scope of the Obi-Wan project could not be met given limitations of technology and the company's recently heightened quality standards. LucasArts is now planning to bring the game and its assets to a next-generation console platform. Further announcements will be made in this regard next year.
LucasArts remains fully committed to developing games for the PC platform, as evidenced by its current development alliances with Verant Interactive, BioWare Corporation, and other soon to be announced projects.
We wish to thank our fans for their continued support through this process and assure them that our number one goal is to provide them with high quality, fun games."
I'm sure petitions will be up by tomorrow [the LEC community is a big group of petitioners - maybe Al or George could use them =)].
So, Mixnmojo hopes that Manny Cavalera will give Obi-Wan a good ride to the ninth underworld.
The Old Days Part 6: The ScummBar
This final part of the old days feature takes a look at the site that started it all, with an interview with Skyfox and some great old logos. a must for both old and new visitors of The Scumm Bar.
This article was meant to be written to celebrate The Scumm Bar's 4th year online - I was a little late, So Happy Belated Birthday!
With the recent buzz of EMI news and features, I recommend you visit the TheScummBar.Com as regularly as you visit Mixnmojo for your Monkey Island news as their is a lot of features, news and content which aren't mentioned or featured on Mixnmojo.
Amongst which is an exclusive interview with Dominic "Guybrush" Threepwood. Before you dismiss another samey LEC interview, don't bat your eye-lid just yet... this is an interview with a difference!
Also Note- Dom has a Gromit (Ala Nick Park's "Wallace & Gromit") stuffed toy! Hehe, well that made me chuffed anyway...
update: i made an amazingly embarrasing error in this post. Apologies!
ourselves - areselves DOH!!
Don't get excited, you won't see a Episode II trailer or actual footage but you get to see the Lars Homestead set and lots of behind the scenes footage and interviews. In the interviews, Lucas explains the rough plot of the new episode and how it fits in to the Saga, Anthony Daniels commenting on his role of C3P0 and two other interviews with the Australian actors who will play Owen & Beru Lars.
If you don't have the trilogy boxset on video yet, buy it now with the Episode II feature.
It Definetly deserves a place on your Christmas list.
For more Dig goings on head over to The DIG @ Mixnmojo.com
Star Wars: Demolition is actually a pretty good car combat game... it actually corrects some of the serious problems I had with Vigilante 8: Second Offense. It's not perfect, but there's never been a perfect vehicular combat game, and Demolition does more things right than it gets wrong.They seemed to like it!
Here's a bit:
GameSpy: What's married life like? Do you miss the freedom?
Guybrush: Are any of us are ever truly free, Bob? Don't you feel as though some powerful, unseen hand is controlling your actions? I know I do?
Of course, since this is a review there are some "spoiler screens" which can only be seen if you chose to. There aren't spoilers in the impressions themselves, of course!
UK release still set for tomorrow.. I even saw it in town today. Same box etc as the US version.
Exciting news is that Bill Tiller, a fantastic artist who worked on the Dig and CMI, has Posted a message on the SCRAMM forum asking for an decent programmer to assist him in making a 2d Adventure game. If you think you've got what it takes: go and see if you can help!
Once again, many thanks to LucasLearning for these shots.
"The Starfighter Trap," by Steve Miller, is a story I've only just come across, but seems to be quite a good little SW space combat story. If you like reading such things, then go check it out!
The release date rumor seems to have originated form PCGamer UK, and nobody else seems to agree, so I'm still assuming the 17th is the time to celebrate. This month's PCGamer UK, by the way, has a copy of the EMI demo on, and reviews the game inside. They rated it 93% --a great score.
"This is the title to remind everyone just how good adventure gaming can be."
"Huge, hilarious, and original"
"This is the funniest game you'll ever play."
"Adventure Gaming at it's peak"
"This is why the adventure genre was invented"
Another EMI review is up at Gamecenter who give the game a perfect score of 10/10. The review is 3 pages of praise, with a history of the game included.
Finally; there is a nice long review on the Clearly Unofficial EMI site with no spoilers guaranteed. Check 'em all out, folks.
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Spaff
Happy Birthday to yooooou....
Yep that's right. Grand Guru of all things LucasArts and the creator of the Mixnmojo community reaches the grand age of 20!
On behalf of everyone in the community and the staff of Mixnmojo-
Happy Birthday mate!
Swordmaster, of LucasFans fame, has set up this page where you may offer support by writing any fan mail you have to Roy. I'm sure he'd love to hear from all you Throttle fans, so get writing!
EMI SPOILER Act3 - easter egg.
many thanks -mixnmojo team.
EMI.com: Have you ever suggested changing something Guybrush says?You can read the
Dom: On a few occasions, but in general we try to stick to the script as much as possible. It's a real pain for the folks on the other end when we arbitrarily change lines, so we'll only do alternates if some line just really isn't working for some reason, or if we have a particularly brilliant inspiration. For the most part, though, this isn't an issue. LEC's writers tend to be awfully good :-)
[This egg is in Act 1]
using the correct code on the File Retrieval system in the Palace of Prostheses,brings up Mannuell J Calavera 's (GrimFandango star) file!
Thanks goes to TheAmazingXemo for that in-joke
Update: I've actualy found a whole bunch more of these, and so has ZeroXcape, ill post them asap
The website Amazing1.Com is selling lightsabers based on real plasma technology.
The sabers are harmless, but, they are fragile due to there nature (glass tubes) so you can't beat your friends around the head with it.
You can get them in 4 different colours- Purple, Padawan Blue, Sith Red and Jedi Master Green and at varying heights (16,24,36 inches).
I know what I want for Christmas ;-)
The 2nd review is from IGN, this review seems to be slightly longer, and may have a few screenshots that players might not want to see, although they are all from the 1st act. IGN rate EMI 8.7 /10
What EFMI ends up feeling like is a highly honed episode of your favorite show. Old characters reappear, relationships are fleshed out in even more humorous detail, and old locations are brought back for your joy and giggles. While the glitches are definitely frustrating, and the polish is lacking at times, overall this is a welcome return to the eeps and oops of your childhood.Our reviews will be up soon, I'm going to get each member of our team to review it, so you'll get a wider range of opinions. Soon come!
This pic taken in the swamp has an Xwing in the background! cool huh?
I love this egg:) click on the image below to see the pic for yourself
In this shot Queen Amidala speeds along on a planet that looks as though it may be Coruscant (the home of the Jedi council) But i could be wrong.
Think you know better? leave a comment!
In your opinion, what makes Monkey Island 4 this year's best adventure game?
Monkeys. Monkeys are funnier than elves in tights. Of course, being the ONLY adventure game might actually be the clincher...
It helps that Threepwood has a horde of amusing replies when you try to perform an activity without success. Indeed, we spent a fair amount of time deliberately choosing the wrong conversational reply or attempting to use objects where they couldn't possibly work just to hear the comments.
The website, Www.StarWars.AtomFilms.Com will recognize the professional (and sometimes humourous) fanfilms community.
The official LucasFilm press release comments:
AtomFilms and starwars.com are joining forces to launch The Star Wars Fan Film Network - giving fans an official online outlet to share their creativity and have fun with Star Wars. AtomFilms is now accepting submissions of Star Wars parodies and documentaries for consideration to showcase on the site. The Star Wars Fan Film Network will launch later this year as a premier spotlight within www.atomfilms.com.
Ok well i was lying about not having anything to add, we have added an additional forum. The MI posting board, EMI edition, is where you will post about EMI. any messages in the non EMI edition board that we consider to be spoilers will be removed immediatley.
DO NOT SPOIL THE GAME FOR OTHERS. Thanks
So follow this link and let the pictures speak for themselves.
TheForce.Net has scanned photos from Episode II as featured in the French Official LucasFilm Star Wars magazine.
There is about 20 in all, and they are definetly worth looking at!
Fear not, however! LucasArts has done an outstanding job of retaining the original flavor of Monkey Island (mmmm? the taste of monkeys!). The incorporation of 3D graphics enhances gameplay without becoming obtrusive. There's no way you'll mistake Escape from Monkey Island for a first person shooter. In fact, in many ways you won't even notice that it's in 3D as much of the screen remains a static, cartoon backdrop. The key difference graphically is that the characters' features, particularly in close-ups, are rendered exquisitely in 3D.If spoilers aren't your thing I'd recommend passing this review up, as it contains plot points and jokes galore, but if you're still on the fence about purchasing EMI you should definately take a look.
He also said that he will start the film with the word "War" which is ironic considering Episode I finished with Boss Nass getting the last scripted word of "Peace".
Also revealing one of his lines from the film recentley was Temuera Morrison. Morrison, who will play Jango Fett- the father of Boba Fett who will become the genetic template for the Stormtrooper clones in Episode II, told the Melborne magazine "Green Guide" that he will say the line "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.". We also mentioned that he will have a space combat scene with Obi-Wan through an asteroid field.
All very interesting stuff!
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Even more interesting is a short report, from Lucas's right-hand man, Rick MaCallum. The report, Serious Post Production also has a photo of Ewan McGregor as the new look Obi-Wan Kenodi sporting the new Alec Guiness style beard.
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