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The Votes For The Five Amnesia Fortnight Games Are In

26 Nov, 2012, 12:06 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 2

The Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight Humble Bundle Votes Have Been Cast, and the four pitches to become prototype games have been decided:

Hack n' Slash led by Brandon Dillon: an action-adventure (2D Zelda-style) where a young elf uses her hacking skills to cheat her way through.

Spacebase DF-9 led by JP LeBreton: a simulation game where you build a space base where aliens can live and work, and watch interesting stories emerge from their simulated lives.

The White Birch led by Andy Wood: an ambient platform game (in the style of Ico or Journey) in which a young girl climbs a tower to escape a dark, hazardous forest.

Autonomous led by Lee Petty: a first person perspective construction and action game where you where you collect primitives and energy to build self-directed automatons to both explore and survive the hazardous environment of the futuristic "junkyard world".

Also, make sure to check the Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight Humble Bundle site at 2PM PST today, where Double Fine will have a live stream going.

Update: The list of games being made into prototypes has expanded to five! The additional pitch being made into a prototype game is:

Black Lake led by Levi Ryken: an action-adventure where you track animals trough a folk tale forest and purge evil from their dreams which have spilled out into the world.

For those who missed the voting period, you can still donate to the bundle and get the five new prototypes, and prototypes for Costume Quest and Happy Song (which became Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster). If you donate more than the average (currently $7.22 USD), you'll also get the prototype of the stop-motion and Monster Hunter inspired RPG Brazen.
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Brazen Prototype Added to Amnesia Fortnight Bundle

23 Nov, 2012, 10:21 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!

The Amnesia Fortnight Humble Bundle is still going on, flaunting its uniqueness in its on-going effort to get you to donate to it so you can vote on which of the four game pitches will become prototypes over the two week period that is this year's Amnesia Fortnight.

To sweeten the deal, Double Fine has added a new prototype to the mix: Brazen. This prototype, led by Iron Brigade project leader Brad Muir, mixes Monster Hunter with Ray Harryhausen inspired visuals (the stop motion special effects seen in classic Hollywood films such as Jason and the Argonauts and the original Clash of the Titans).

A DRM-free direct download and a Steam key will be given for Brazen to everyone who beats the average (currently just under $7 USD). Everyone who already donated to the bundle will receive the bundle, regardless of the amount spent (think of it as an early adopter's bonus).

Telltale Games News

The Walking Dead Episode 5 Is Out

20 Nov, 2012, 23:22 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!

The final episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead, No Time Left, is out now on the PlayStation 3 through the PlayStation Network.

It will be out on European PSN, Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade, PC, Mac, and even iOS tomorrow. Additionally, all five episodes will be released on disc at retail stores for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on December 5th.

Update (November 21, 2012): It's out everywhere now already, including Telltale's store.
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Dan Connors to Jake Rodkin: "We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

20 Nov, 2012, 21:08 | Posted by: Jason | Source: North Bay Business Journal | Comments: 9
So maybe they're not there yet, but Telltale Games, which has doubled in size in the last two years, is growing so big that their building literally can't contain it.

Telltale Games in October signed a five-plus-year lease for 22,000 square feet of offices formerly occupied by San Rafael-based design software developer Autodesk on the fourth floor of Marin Executive Center at 4000 Civic Center Dr. in north San Rafael. That nearly doubles the size of Telltale’s studio, currently located on the east side of the city.

“We’ve maxed out where we’re at,” said Dan Connors, chief executive officer and co-founder. “Civic Center will give us room we need to grow our team and take on more projects on a yearly basis.”

Telltale plans to move into its new home in March or April. The new studio will be able to accommodate 160 employees and satisfy company growth plans for the next few years, he said. The company plans to ramp up the staff in 2013.

Currently, the company employs 125 in its current location at 101 Glacier Point near the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge.

The full article recounts the pretty remarkable and continued story of success that is the eight year old studio. Also: wow.
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Amnesia Fortnight: This time it's personal

19 Nov, 2012, 21:11 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 7

You probably remember Amnesia Fortnight, Double Fine's game jam that gave us awesomeness like Costume Quest and Once Upon a Monster. Well, Double Fine is doing it again, and this time you can vote for your favorite concept!

This all runs through Humble Bundle and by contributing there, you not only get to vote, but you also get to download prototypes from this year and last year's Amnesia Fortnight, and... Really, don't read this, but go read and watch the actual announcement instead. Then spend, damn you!

(Spend.)

LucasArts News

The Old Republic Free For Public

16 Nov, 2012, 21:44 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: Star Wars The Old Republic | Comments: 1
The Star Wars MMO "The Old Republic" has launched its Free-To-Play option for those who don't care for monthly subscriptions. The press release says:

BioWare, a studio of Electronic Arts, and LucasArts announced today that the new, Free-to-Play option for the critically-acclaimed, massively multiplayer online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic is now live. Now players can experience the complete storylines of all eight iconic Star Wars classes, all the way to level 50 for free. This new option complements the existing subscription offering, providing players with maximum flexibility in how they choose to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic.

“We want to give our players the freedom to enjoy Star Wars: The Old Republic when and how they want,” said Matthew Bromberg, General Manager of BioWare Austin. “There has never been a better time to start playing with us.”

Also today, BioWare released Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated, which adds new areas to explore, a new Companion character and more...

So there you go, if you've wanted to play more Old Republic Era Star Wars game, but don't like the thought of monthly fees, give it a try.
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Sam & Max surfs digitally

15 Nov, 2012, 23:55 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 4

No, not the game -- you didn't seriously believe that to be the case, did you? -- but the comic anthology. It is now available digitally from Comixology, which means you can read classic Sam & Max comics (alongside the infamous Jake Rodkin extras) on your iOS or Android device.

For only $15 you'd be a complete tight-ass not to buy this, so run and get it!

Telltale Games News

Three Releases Are Iminent

15 Nov, 2012, 15:39 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!

There are three games by Mojo-related companies that are soon to be released. One has a firm release date. That one is the final episode of The Walking Dead, which will be released on November 20th for PlayStation Network in North America and on November 21st for XBLA, PSN in Europe, and iOS.

The next game that's coming very soon is Double Fine's Kinect Party, which according to True Achievements, now has a placeholder page on Xbox.com with screenshots and cover art (although they didn't reveal the url of the placeholder page, they did post the aforementioned images at their site).

The third incoming game is another Double Fine title: the free-to-play iOS game Middle Manager of Justice, which was featured as a recommended download for iOS in this months Game Informer (so either the editors of the magazine are just wishful thinkers, or the game is coming out soon).

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People vainly state the obvious

14 Nov, 2012, 00:44 | Posted by: Jason | Comments: 1
It's a funny thing. The Disney buyout seems to have served, in part, to remind people of all the great games LucasArts once made, leading them to wonder why in the hell they're being kept in cold storage. The remarks by Disney about a potential focus on mobile platforms in particular has fueled the question: why not bring the oldies to handheld devices?

You take this guy over at Android Apps, who searches for logic in the dearth of PC games, modern and legacy, on his favorite gadget, and comes up short:

I look at games like Deponia and a new Edna & Harvey episode, point-and-click adventure games built like the old LucasArts SCUMM games from the '90s, and wonder how it's possible they aren't available on my tablet.

[...]

And then there are the archives. GOG.com is a great place to find old games, but can you imagine them having a mobile marketplace? Older titles like Fallout, Syberia and Syndicate would probably kill on mobile.

And what about this suggestion by Pocket Gamer of ten LucasArts classics to find a home on iOS and Android? The list, which represents the space opera only with Super Star Wars, reads like a roll call of beloved LEC originals.

It almost seems like there's this indeterminately sized society of weirdos that loves those old games and would like to see them given the modest respect of a place in the digital space. It's too bad this admittedly profane cult of individuals can't happen to include the people who actually have the power to make it happen.
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Six Telltale Games are 80% Off at GOG.com

10 Nov, 2012, 21:14 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
GOG.com, the DRM-free digital game store, is having a 80% off sale this weekend on all of the games by Telltale Games that are part of their catalog. The games on sale are Sam & Max Save the World ($5.99 USD), Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space ($5.99 USD), Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse ($6.99 USD), Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures ($3.99 USD), Back to the Future: The Game ($4.99 USD), and Tales of Monkey Island ($6.99 USD).
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Oh No! More Mojo Tidbits

10 Nov, 2012, 15:15 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!

Here's another post chock full of tidbits related to the companies Mojo covers, but that aren't big enough news to warrant their own news post.

Double Fine's Middle Manager of Justice should be coming out for the public on iOS soon. The team is still hard at work killing bugs, polishing the game, and addressing feedback they have received from the people who have become beta testers after the accidental release of the game this summer. In the meantime, to tide fans over until the game is released, there's a nice blog post over at Double Fine about the origins of Middle Manager of Justice as an amnesia fortnight prototype, including the original pitch video and character concepts.

Also, for those of you (if there are any of you reading Mojo, which is doubtful) who haven't yet pre-ordered Double Fine Adventure, there's still time to become a slacker backer at the current $15 USD price tag. That price includes the game once it's finished in DRM free form for PC, Mac, or Linux and a Steam code to get the game through the Steam client, access to the unfinished beta on Steam (once it's available), and digital access to the Double Fine Adventure documentary series. You'll get over a dozen of the Double Fine Adventure documentary videos right now. In a week the price will be raised to $30 USD, to reflect the amount of goods you'll recieve, as well as how much you'll receive immediately (as opposed to before, when there weren't as many goodies already available to backers).

Finally, the Grim Fandango inspired The Journey Down: Chapter One, the first part of a four chapter game, by Mojo forum poster Skygoblin, is now available on IndieGameStand at a pay-what-you-wish deal (starting at only $1 USD). It's well worth picking up, if you haven't already. It's an excellent chapter that's a great tribute to the LucasArts classics, while holding it's own amongst them.

Telltale Games News

iOS Catches Up With The Walking Dead

09 Nov, 2012, 12:20 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
As is the norm with iOS releases of their games, Telltale has not updated their blog about it, but the iOS version of The Walking Dead is finally caught up to the other versions. Episode 4 was released for iOS yesterday (and the iOS version of episode 3 was released on October 18th). The game can be purchased in a multipack or as a single episode inside of the application.
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An adventure game fan has died

08 Nov, 2012, 20:45 | Posted by: Zaarin | Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Comments: 5

Francis "Randy" Sluganski, whom most of you know as the former owner and editor of Just Adventure, has died after a decade long battle with cancer. Mojo and Randy have not always seen eye to eye, but his enthusiasm for the adventure game genre and his efforts to promote it can't be faulted. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in these difficult times.

LucasArts News

Angry Birds Star Wars Is Out Now

08 Nov, 2012, 10:47 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 2

Angry Birds Star Wars is out now for 99 cents on iPhone, $2.99 on iPad, in HD format on Android for $2.99, on regular format for Android for free (with ads), on Windows for $4.99 (including Windows 8), on Mac for $4.99, on Kindle Tablet for $2.99, and on Windows Phone 8 for 99 cents.

According to Nokia, Angry Birds Star Wars will also be available for Windows Phone 7.5 once Rovio and Nokia "make sure everything works as well as it can".

I just played through the Tatooine level, and it's actually pretty fun. It's essentially a blend of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space with lightsabers, blasters, and the force, but the latter are implemented well and make for an entertaining experience.

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Guy gets worried for no reason over fate of Star Wars 1313

03 Nov, 2012, 19:31 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Examiner.com | Comments: 8
Over at Examiner.com, some poor fellow has worked himself into something of a row over what he perceives to be uncertainty surrounding the fate of Star Wars 1313, which you may recall as the game that's so mature it stays up past its bedtime on school nights.

"Star Wars 1313" is now at the mercy of Disney, as the entertainment monster has just purchased Lucas Film for $4 billion, but will this affect the game's development and whether or not it appears on next-generation consoles?

According to a report from IGN on Tuesday, this purchase has apparently placed a cloud of doubt around the project for no reason other than the fact that Disney is really looking to focus on developing titles for mobile and social platforms.

While it's true that the future of internal development on consoles now rests beneath the shade of a big fat question mark, I don't know that there's reason to fear for what's already in the pipeline, and I all but do know that Star Wars 1313 is immune to the scorched earth policy that will ensue in the unlikely worst case scenario. Everyone except me has been eating up all the media released to date for that game, which has excited the internet to wedding night amplitudes since the first glimpse; it's a preordained success and isn't going to be pitched. I'd stake my Brimstone Beach membership card on it.

No telling about those other games. Although Star Wars 1313 is the only example to really enjoy public broadcast, LucasArts has supposedly been revving up internal development over the last couple of years. Other projects they've been working on are that Battlefront-looking shooter for Xbox Live Arcade as well as some unannounced flight sim and potentially a couple of others. (Peruse the company job site and choose your own speculation in a game I'm fond of calling, Choose Your Own Speculation.)

While history should certainly keep anyone from ruling out the possibility of the reset button being smacked on in-house development (again), neither can we assume that Disney wouldn't allow LucasArts to operate in a similar fashion to how they are today. That's why there's little reason to fear a "hostile takeover" scenario; certainly, there's no more hostile an environment for interesting ideas than the one that Lucasfilm has imposed itself on its game subsidiary for the past several years. I'll give the new foster parents a chance to rise to the ambition of doing worse instead of assuming it. The safest assumption, of course, is that little will change whatsoever.
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Lucas Will Use Disney $4 Billion To Fund Education

01 Nov, 2012, 19:49 | Posted by: ThunderPeel2001 | Source: The Hollywood Reporter | Comments: 3
As George Lucas owns LucasFilm outright, and as the company has little debt, he will be pocketing the majority of Disney's $4 billion himself. And what does it plan to do with this insane sum of money? Put it towards charitable endeavors in education.

As Lucas is already the chairman of Edutopia, which is part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, it's possible the money may go into that.

"For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company," Lucas said in a statement Wednesday. "As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy."

Move over Bill Gates, there's a new kid on the block.
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Disney's LucasArts to move towards Mobile & Social platforms

01 Nov, 2012, 00:54 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: Polygon | Comments: 13
Polygon has posted some comments from Disney CEO Robert Iger regarding the future direction of LucasArts;

Disney CEO Robert Iger briefly discussed Disney's plans for game development using the intellectual properties acquired in the acquisition, saying, "We're likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We'll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they've already demonstrated to the other platforms."


So they're continuing with Star Wars 1313, licensing out Star Wars to 3rd party developers and will be churning out mostly Mobile games. So, no change in company direction there at all.

Let's just hope that porting the back-catalog of LucasArts' classic games to tablets and smartphones is on the agenda.

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