I debated mentioning this, but no mortal could resist. You all remember Bad Brain Entertainment, the German-based adventure studio that sprang from nowhere in 2004? It produced zero games but riled up a lot of adventure fans, first by claiming it would finance A Vampyre Story (it couldn't), and then by intimating that it would purchase and finish Sam & Max 2 (it couldn't).
Jason Some said the whole debacle was just a sleazy tactic for an opportunistic start-up to get publicity in the absence of a track record, while others assert the infant studio meant well and simply got carried away by enthusiasm. One thing's for sure, the young brain behind Bad Brain, Wolfgang Kierdorf, became an instant celebrity in the Mojo culture (though to be fair, news was slow at the time), and I think most of us have a special place in our hearts for Bad Brain even today.
But wait! You might recall that Bad Brain's suspiciously large slate of planned games included more than AVS and Sam & Max. Another was The Whispered Word, which ultimately escaped Kierdorf and wound up safely published by another studio in 2009. Then there was The Orgastic 4, an R-rated spin on The A-Team with animals. It was roundly mocked at the time.
Well who's laughing now? Bad Brain and The Orgastic 4 are back, and Adventure Gamers has a preview. Sure, the team is quick to concede that "funding for the game isn't resolved yet," but quit getting hung up on details. Here's to ten more years of Kierdorf, whom in all seriousness we wish nothing but success.