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Friday, December 31, 2004
Happy New Year! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (8)
The entire staff at WMI want to wish you a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2004
It takes two to tango Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
If you happen to be able to play the guitar and have four hands or a friend who can also play the guitar, then you should check out the latest sheet music submitted by Bjoern Seifert. He has arranged the Monkey Island theme for two guitars, so what are you waiting for? Rumor has it that he has also done the Scumm Bar tune from MI1, but he needs a bit o' convincing before he submits that one.

Sunday, December 26, 2004
Nice and scummy Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Version 0.7.0 of ScummVM has been released and it features a Christmas sled of new features and bug fixes. Highlights are:

  • Added preliminary support for 26 Humongous Entertainment titles
  • Added support for FLAC (lossless) encoded audio files
  • Added native support for Macintosh versions of some SCUMM games -- this means the 'rescumm' tool is now mostly obsolete, and you can now play those games directly from the original CD
  • Added smooth horizontal scrolling for The Dig, Full Throttle and COMI (matching the original engine)
  • Added support for compressed speech and music in Broken Sword 1 and 2
  • Lots and lots of bug fixes.

    Head over there and download the newest version. The ScummVM team has also found a winner of their design contest, which means their website will end up looking something like this.

  • Saturday, December 25, 2004
    Merry Christmas! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
    The entire staff here at WMI want to wish you a (belated) Merry Christmas! Or, if you don't celebrate Christmas, a good evening!

    Thursday, December 23, 2004
    Tis The Season To Be Grumpy Posted by: Ryback | Comments (1)
    Everybody's favorite Monkey Island designer has been busy the last few weeks. He's written a post on the relative size of the computer game and movie industries that was linked to by Slashdot; composed a neat little gaming-themed carol; and last but not least added a Scrapbook section to the Grumpy Gamer blog. (Well, okay, this last went up several months ago and it required the Scumm Bar to bring it to our attention - but we've noticed it now!) Take a look at Gilbert's plan for designing MI5! Gasp at his train ticket! Or alternatively read this MI2 bug report and try to picture Wally as John Travolta in Staying Alive...

    Source: Scumm Bar

    Tuesday, December 21, 2004
    What? It’s still December Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
    You knew something was missing, right? You had that feeling deep in your gut that suggested something was wrong with WMI or you had some bad takeout last night. What your stomach was trying to tell you was that it’s December and WMI didn’t have a Christmas design.

    Well, Paco grabbed his pencils, colors, pirate earrings, and takeout food and got to work. I am hereby proud to show you the WMI Holiday Design 2004. It has replaced Marooned as the default design (you might need to refresh your browser to load the new design) and will do so until the start of January when Marooned will again be the default and the Holiday design will later return in a slightly modified version as a design choice in your user options. I hope you enjoy the design and have a great Holiday!

    Wednesday, December 15, 2004
    Bono Estente! Posted by: Ryback | Comments (8)
    Those of you with memories longer than a couple of months may remember LocoArts,a sort of Argentinian Homestarrunner website. They'd put up a couple of teaser trailers for an upcoming episode in the adventures of "Alejo & Valentina" that would feature a playable flash version of Secret of Monkey Island. Well, it's out now. Play it online or download it to your hard disk before the lawyers arrive. All the dialogue's in Spanish and probably only Argentinians will get all the jokes, but it's a fantastic achievement nonetheless and still pretty enjoyable. Take a look and see if you agree...

    Monday, December 13, 2004
    Monkey Island Play Posted by: Chepito | Comments (13)
    Just recieved an e-mail from Chris Heady :

    April 21st, and 29th of 2005 Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland will be performing "The Secret of Monkey Island."
    This is a sure fire not to miss event.
    I've been putting details about the play on the Monkey Island forum for the past couple of months now. For a long time I wasn't sure if it was going to become a reality, I had to go through a great deal of paperwork in order to get to where I am now. Hope that people can come.


    Sounds like something to see! So if you live in Maryland, try and check it out.

    Thursday, December 9, 2004
    Electronic MI theme Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    TheDICE sent us an electronic version of the MI theme he made a few years ago. Well, I would call it electronic, maybe that's not the right term, but give it a listen here or find it in our fan music section.

    Houseboat Horror Posted by: Ryback | Comments (3)
    Jaded Sierra gamer takes copy of Secret of Monkey Island and ensconces herself on a houseboat on a remote lake, for six days. Will she complete the game in time? Has the adventure-game audience been spoiled by instantly available walkthroughs? Is that Robert De Niro lurking nearby? Read the article for the answers.

    Source: Scumm Bar

    Wednesday, December 8, 2004
    Bad Brain, Good Website Posted by: Ryback | Comments (0)
    The Bad Brain Entertainment website, noted in a news post below, has now gone live. Read about the company, buy merchandise, apply for a job, or take a look at upcoming titles like I-Jet and A Vampyre Story. It appears the Bill Tiller-helmed title is currently set for a release in the first half of 2006, but I'm sure we can all wait that long. And what about that mystery licence we've been speculating on? They're still giving away hints on the front page:

    One last word about those two animals: ultrapinkoletisch! If you can solve the puzzle you have the answer.

    Mystifying...

    Source: Mojo

    Monday, December 6, 2004
    A Brief History of everything you need to know Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
    After all, A Brief History of Video Game Humor is about all you need, right? Funny games are good. And according to that Gamespot article, Monkey Island games are fun, and several other games from LucasArts' heyday. The only problem with the article is that they consequently misspelt Tim Schafer's name as Shafer.

    Sunday, December 5, 2004
    The plot thickens some more... Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
    ...and it's getting thick as the mist on Dagobah. I don't know if that's good or not, but I do know that the folks at Adventure Gamers have interviewed Wolfgang Kierdorf, CEO of Bad Brain Entertainment, who publish Bill Tiller's A Vampyre Story, and who might be publishing some other interesting adventure game that they didn't make themselves...

    All I can say is: yes, we are talking to LucasArts about a game that might involve animals, but that's all folks! I guess we will see what's happening in March 2005 at the latest.

    That's an interesting quote, right? Well, read the rest of the interview right here!

    Wednesday, December 1, 2004
    More Psychotic Rabbit Rumors Posted by: Ryback | Comments (3)
    Website of the moment The Inventory has stumbled across some very interesting news. Bad Brain Entertainment, the German publishers of Autumn Moon Entertainment title A Vampyre Story, apparently have a few more releases up their sleeve. Over at the Inventory Forums, employee Zak Parker let this interesting tidbit slip:

    Tthere are negotiations with LucasArts but I can't get into detail here. Maybe this will be the surprise release of 2005. The game you all wanted but didn't get (except for a fine trailer...)

    There's currently not a lot of content at the Bad Brain website. But take a look at the page source, and you'll see the words Sam and Max in the meta tags. Just search engine fodder? Or do they really know something we don't?

    The plot curdles...

    Source: Mixnmojo, Adventure-Treff

    Tuesday, November 30, 2004
    Forum Party out of control Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
    The online birthday party of The Inventory shapes up to be the biggest online event in the adventuregame genre ever. Yesterday Bill Tiller of Autumn Moon Entertainment answered all questions in the Inventory forum on ‘A Vampyre Story’, his company and the future of adventuregames. Bill is starting to sound like a real CEO already:

    "I can't wait to throw my own company mug with my own company logo on it at my first employee after my first fit of anger! That will be the fulfillment of all I have worked for.”


    You can check out all the questions to Autumn Moon and other adventuregame companies here.
    TellTale will answer all your questions later this Tuesday. Perhaps they'll tell more about their still secret game, so don't miss it!

    Sid Meier's Monkey Island Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
    John Macomber emailed us with a great description to change not only your ships name but also the flags and sails in Sid Meier's Pirates! Here is a step by step process by John to giving your game a Monkey Island quality:

    Creating Ship flags:
    1. Open Photoshop, create new image 256 x 256 Pixels
    2. Create Alpha Channel. Search Photoshop help for a step by step instructions (Step needed for sails only).
    3. Save the file to
    C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Pirates!\flag_NAME.BMP
    4. Download and install DXTBMP from http://www.doug96.freeserve.co.uk/download/dxtbmpx.EXE
    5. Open your flag_NAME.BMP from within DXTBMP.
    6. Select EXPORT:DDS IMAGE
    7. Save your new texture to
    C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Pirates!\flag_NAME.DDS
    8. Choose your new flag in Pirates!
    To make a Sail Emblem, substitute 512 x 512 Pixels when you create the Photoshop file sail_NAME.BMP (Still working on this as the coloring behind the image gets a little tricky.)

    A lot of thanks to John for this news and to see an example of the results, check out the 2 screenshots he sent us below:


    FanArrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    Whoa. It’s been a long time since the last Friday Fanart Fun update, so without further ado, here are the new excellent MI creations by Captain Pinkbeard, Van Mould, Rockbabe and Jacynta:


    And if that’s not enough MI fanart action for you, check out this superweird MI stick figure fight GIF animation, ‘Ex-con’ mentioned in our guestbook.

    Monday, November 22, 2004
    No news today... Posted by: Paco | Comments (4)
    So let's get right to the commercials. In this forum post mister Ferder, of Monkey Island LEGO animation fame, discovered an old The Secret of Monkey Island television commercial. No shocking footages, but a must see for the MI fan of course!

    Saturday, November 20, 2004
    Party in the Inventory Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    The online adventuregame magazine The Inventory has published their 19th issue a little while ago. But, and here comes the big news, the Inventory will also turn 2 years old soon and to celebrate this, they have organised a real forum birthday part-ay! Lots of adventuregamedevelopers and publishers will attend this party, including Autumn Moon Entertainment and TellTale Games.
    Check out the entire partylist right HERE.

    Source: Adventure Island

    Growth Spurt! Posted by: Cronny | Comments (0)
    Telltale Games has just announced... er, that is... announced quite a while ago that they are undergoing massive lay ons, with more on the horizon:

    "This is just the first wave of lay ons. We're expecting many more to come!"

    stated Telltale CEO Dan Connors. Of course, we all know the real reason for these lay ons: its just nature's way of bringing balance to the industry... after Lucas Arts canned all those people a while ago.

    The original news post can be found here and Telltale Games has also provided us with a page about what games that their newly-hired employees have worked on in the past. For that, click hither.

    Source: Telltale Games

    Wednesday, November 17, 2004
    Gold, Me Hearties! Posted by: Ryback | Comments (3)
    Sid Meier's Pirates has gone gold:

    Atari and Firaxis have announced that Sid Meier's Pirates! has gone gold and is on target for a U.S. in-store date of November 22nd and a November 26th date in territories outside the U.S.

    In Pirates! you take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean trying to become the most revered and feared pirate in history - exploring high seas and exotic ports, overtaking enemies in fierce naval battles, engaging in duels and attempting to seize valuable booty. The new Pirates! carries on with the great gameplay and design simplicity tradition of the award-winning original while adding more challenging and exciting battle options, and a deeper and more varied role-playing experience. In addition, an entirely new game engine delivers updated gameplay, stunning new features, spectacular 3D graphics and enhanced surround sound.


    The overseas release will be either November 26th or December 3rd. Reviews should start appearing shortly - in the meantime, you can check out a variety of gameplay movies at Gamespot, and this interesting IGN article on some notorious real-life pirates.

    Source: Addicted to Pirates

    Monday, November 15, 2004
    Fan ficiton update Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    Just off the presses it chapter 3 of Kieran Milward's fan fiction "Return to Monkey Island". Here is a snippet from chapter 3:

    He strolled through the doors and strolled up to the bar. He frowned at the “No Pirates” sign over the counter. “I’d like grog, please,” he said with a smile. A grouchy-looking barman stared across the counter at Guybrush. “I’ll be giving you grog, after you show me your silver.”


    Read the entire third chapter here.

    Sunday, November 14, 2004
    Insightful Gamer Posted by: Cronny | Comments (2)
    Ahoy, mates! Cronny here, reporting to you for the first time as a WoMI news updater. Very glad to be here, and happy to be serving my fellow Monkey Island fans!

    Anyway, on to the news. Ol’ Ron Gilbert over at Grumpy Gamer has borrowed from an article at slate.com to write a piece about why almost all games don’t touch funny with a ten-foot pole (or can't). I know... I know... We’ve all heard him talk about how comedy is about timing and that it is hard to perfect timing in a video game because it’s an interactive experience, but in this piece he explores theories alternative to that one:

    Comedy is a building process. One-liners are great filler, but real comedy it's built in slow layers, and even the one-liners need to be set-up in advance. The 'funny' one-liners you hear in a lot of action games aren't set-up in the game, but rather in some movie you saw three years ago. Without that back-knowledge, the lines aren't really funny.

    Hmm *scratches chin*... Check it out right here.

    We're (almost) bigger than CNN Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (10)
    The WMI staff team has been expanded with four additional news updaters and I would therefore like to introduce Chepito, Cronny, Junaid, and Hobo. I know what you're thinking, it's not like there's an abundance of Monkey Island news right now (not until Telltale reveal that their secret project is MI5 anyway), but we also plan to keep covering news and games from companies founded by ex-LucasArts employees such as TellTale Games, Double Fine, Autumn Moon Entertainment, Pileated Pictures and whatever Ron Gilbert is up to.

    So I ask you to give these new staff members a warm and traditionel WMI welcomst (please no pin-the-tail games though, I'm still soar from the last time) and get the party hats out!

    Friday, November 12, 2004
    Stop! Lego Time Posted by: Ryback | Comments (9)
    Ferder is back with another in his series of stop-motion animated Lego movies. The Secret of Monkey Island 1 3/4 is a ten and a half minute epic that takes off from where his earlier movie The Secret of Monkey Island 1 1/2, ended, and is currently available in high-res (37.9M) and low-res (5.5M) RealMedia format. These movies really do show extraordinary attention to detail and technical skill, so if you haven't seen em yet, then check them out.

    Tiller Tells All Posted by: Ryback | Comments (5)
    Hot on the heels of the news below that Autumn Moon have found a publisher for A Vampyre Story, The Legend of Monkey Island has managed to score itself an exclusive interview with the man himself, Bill Tiller. Tiller talks about his artistic influences, how he got his start on Curse of Monkey Island, and of course the future of adventure games. And what does he have to say about Monkey Island 5?

    Legend of MI:Is there anything you would like to say to the MILegend-community?

    Bill:Keep bugging LucasArts about Monkey 5. And tell them to get me to art direct it! Just joking. It is time to give another up and coming artist a shot at Monkey Island, like Paco. That guy can seriously paint.


    Heh.

    Wednesday, November 10, 2004
    Interview with a Vamypre Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
    Excellent news, people. Autumn Moon has found a company to fund their upcoming game 'A Vampyre Story'. Xequted has published a great interview with Bill Tiller, famous lead background artist of The Curse of Monkey Island and CEO of Autumn Moon Entertainment:

    Xequted: How would you describe up A Vampyre Story in five words?

    Bill: Monkey Island meets Young Frankenstein. That is really it. We are going to take the puzzle feel, and the game play of the Monkey Island games and combine that with the feel and humor of Young Frankenstein, except in color, and animated, and no Mel Brooks, Terri Garr, or Gene Wilder. But other than that it will be just like it.

    Read the entire interview with new pictures and even storyboards here!

    Source: Adventure - Island

    Tuesday, November 2, 2004
    Pirates! Delayed Somewhat Posted by: Ryback | Comments (4)
    The bad news: Sid Meier's Pirates has been delayed. The good news: instead of coming out on November 16th, it'll be out on November 22nd instead. Heck, these days that's practically bringing the release date forward.

    In further Pirates! news, three short gameplay movies have been added to Gamespot. (Scroll down a little). And you can find some further Pirates! movies here.

    Source: Addicted to Pirates

    Saturday, October 30, 2004
    They're not telling (yet) Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
    In a surprise Update, Telltale Games have announced... absolutely nothing. Well, that's not true, of course. You can now actually talk on their new forums. Hurray! And they also said in their newsletter, concerning their new game, and I quote:

    Ok, we can't actually announce anything... yet. We can; however, give you a hint - some of you are right!

    So, we still don't actually know a lot... but if you post in the comments what you think the new game will be, chances are one of you is right (hint, hint).

    Friday, October 29, 2004
    Friday fanart fun (Extended Edition) Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
    This week a super Friday Fanart Fun update. Not only do we have new art by Hannu Mäkinen, Rockbabe, 3pwood, The Wizard's Lair, Finn and Wibble182, but we also received 3 cartoons by Travis Washburn. Check it all out below:

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    Thursday, October 28, 2004
    Post Boozeup News Posted by: Ryback | Comments (5)
    Well, that was some birthday party hangover, huh? Here's what's been happening the last week while we've been sleeping:
  • TellTale Games CEO Dan Connors gave another interview, talking about adventure game prospects in the current market. No more news on their upcoming games, unfortunately.
  • The Scumm Bar posted pics of a guy dressed up as Guybrush. Well, we all need a hobby.
  • Idle Thumbs added part two of their Ron Gilbert interview.
  • Paco changed the headers on his website!!!1.

    Yep: pretty quiet.

  • Thursday, October 21, 2004
    Adventure Game Economics 101 Posted by: Ryback | Comments (2)
    Not that I want to distract everyone from the glorious celebrations going on below, but hey: Ron Gilbert has put up a detailed post on the economics of producing a 2D adventure game. May make for sobering reading.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2004
    WMI turns seven Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (25)
    Today is the seventh birthday of "The World of Monkey Island" and we celebrate that by publishing three, no, four, no, FIVE brand new pages of Paco's MI1 comic! You'll get to watch the sweet side of Meathook and the inside of Fester Shinetop. Bring out your party hats, put the presents on the table (you did bring presents, right?), and get your complimentary WMI-birthday drink made from strawberries, vodka, and cheese. It's experimental, so stay close to the bathroom. Enjoy!





    Tuesday, October 19, 2004
    Your Monkey Island Needs Covered Posted by: Ryback | Comments (10)
    A new hosted site has come under the banner of The Mojo, Lucas Covers. It's your one stop shop for printable DVD covers for LucasArts adventures, and they've got one for each Monkey Island game. So get over there and pretty up your bookshelf.

    Saturday, October 16, 2004
    Ron Gilbert speaks Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
    Over at Idle Thumbs they have posted part one of an interview with Ron Gilbert. covering such things as his feelings for Doom 3 and his short love affair with Prince of Persia. There is also a little something about Monkey Island, but no answer to the infameous question.

    Part two of the interview will be up on the 20th of October, which is obviously a cheap attempt by the Idle Thumbs staff to capitalize on the birthday of WMI, which is also on the 20th of October, but of course you already knew that and have it noted in your calender. Be sure to check back here on the 20th as well, we might just have a little something for you.

    Friday, October 15, 2004
    Chapter 2 of Rebellion: The Last Rebel Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    Chapter two of McPirate's popular fan fiction "Rebellion: The Last Rebel" has been added. Here's a snippet:

    The wind increased in strength, and as if in a booming response lightning came down from the gate, striking the ship’s mast. The noise was terrible, and the ship was near to capsizing, but in the last minute Angus managed to turn it towards the storm and stabilize it. And it was in that moment that Angus noted the burned rifts on the sail. The sail had holes, and the holes formed letters.

    Read the entire second chapter here.

    Thursday, October 14, 2004
    Want to be a news updater? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
    Our news updaters are a busy bunch and therefore we are looking for additional news updaters to help them out. So, if you surf the net for news daily and want to be part of one of the biggest Monkey Island sites on the net, then you might be who we're looking for :)

    There are a few requirements though...You must

    * Have the time to check the net for news at least once a day.
    * Have an interest in updating news and informing other people about what's happening with MI/LucasArts/the community.
    * Be generally interested in Monkey Island/LucasArts news.
    * Be generally interested in games and news from ex-LucasArts employees and companies they might have started (i.e. Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer, Autumn Moon Entertainment etc.).
    * Write English very well.
    * Have humor.
    * Be able to provide me with a beta account for the European World of Warcraft beta test.

    Ok, you can disregard the last one as it's not really a necessity, but it will certainly improve your chances of becoming a news updater. Hehe...oh well.

    If you think you're right then send me an email and write a little about yourself.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Wednesday, October 13, 2004
    New rocking fan music Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
    Benj Allison has sent us a great new MP3 for the Fan Music section. It's called "Tri Island Rock" and you should download it now! You can also visit his band's website here.

    Monday, October 11, 2004
    More Monkey Flashing Excitement Posted by: Ryback | Comments (18)
    So... remember LoCoARTS, the Spanish Flash website who recently put out a spiffy trailer for an upcoming web-playable version of Secret of Monkey Island? Course you do. Well as it happens they''ve just put out another teaser, and while most of this one seems to be taken up with a cell phone advertisement the ending certainly shows a lot of promise. Stay tuned, etc.

    Saturday, October 9, 2004
    Monkey Island 5 from Telltale? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
    In the latest newsletter from Telltale Games is a link to a "secret" image showing the staff fotographed with a toy monkey. Could this be a hint that the popular franchise they're working on is Monkey Island? Let's hope so. Of course, it could also just be a group shot with someone's favourite toy monkey.

    Thanks to Laridian for telling us.

    Sam & Max 2 a tiny bit closer Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
    You know those awesome people at Telltale Games? Well, there's been quite a lot of speculation as to what their new secret game will be, and it won't be Sam & Max 2. But! There's a possibility they'll create it in the future. Says Marin Independent Journal:

    Although the company is in negotiations for the license of another game, the trio said it is no secret that they want to develop the sequel to "Sam and Max" or something like it. An online petition in support of the canceled game incited the company's launch, they said.

    "When we saw the petition and how upset people were, we knew we had to start Telltale Games," Bruner said.

    LucasArts has a license for the game from the comic book's creator, Steve Purcell. That license expires in May, at which point Connors said he hopes to strike a deal with Purcell.


    Now, if this will all work out, the world is a happy place again, where we'll be able to play Sam & Max 2 in... 2006 maybe?

    Source: Marin Independent Journal

    Friday, October 8, 2004
    It is Friday Fanart Fun Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    And here's this weeks Friday-Fanart-Fun line up: GuybrushMarleyThreepwood , LeBrush and GuyChuck , Hannu Mäkinen, Rockbabe, 3pwood and Mega Monkey. Voila:


    PotC DVD details Posted by: Paco | Comments (4)
    For all the Pirates of the Caribbean moviefans: Buena Vista Home Entertainment has released the details of the 3rd disc included in the upcoming Special Edition of the film, which will be available November 2nd.
    Click HERE for all the details.

    Source: Animated News

    Thursday, October 7, 2004
    LEC Legal Arise From Slumber Posted by: ryback | Comments (6)
    LucasArts has asked the music site LucasArts Soundtracks to take down all their Indiana Jones and Star Wars soundtracks, as the copyright is merely licensed, not owned by LucasArts. The site owner has already complied, but fortunately all the other soundtracks are still available.

    Source: Mixnmojo

    Wednesday, October 6, 2004
    Psycho-previews Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    Gamespot has published a great Psychonauts preview, featuring new screenshots and footage from the game, the trailer and an interesting interview with Tim Shafer. Tim talks about the story, the characters, emotional bagage, the very definition of adventure games and the music done by Peter McConnell. Good stuff, be sure to check it out.
    IGN also posted some new videos from this excellent game, but beware of spoilers.

    Source: Mojo

    Tuesday, October 5, 2004
    Telling a Tale about Games Posted by: ryback | Comments (0)
    Oh god, that headline's awful. Anyway, following up on the recent Gamespot interview, Adventure Gamers have been having some chats with the people at TellTale Games, and have written a nice little feature about the company. It seems TellTale are focused on creating "television adventure games", which are a little difficult to explain in the space of a brief news post, so go read the article and then we can talk all about it.

    Source: Scumm Bar

    Monday, October 4, 2004
    Dressed as Guybrush Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
    Craig has sent us a picture of himself dressed as Guybrush for the Dragon Con in Atlanta. The coat was hand-made and took him about three months to complete. Of course, what would Guybrush be without Murray? You can see him in the cage by Craig's left hand and in one of the other images are depicted some props, such as the rubber-chicken-with-a-pulley-in-the-middle. You can also see a picture of a great-looking wanted-poster and a business card.

    This all looks great and I really like the wanted-poster. Now, where's MY coat?




    Sunday, October 3, 2004
    Fan fiction Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
    Bored? Waiting for the email from Blizzard saying you got into the European beta for World of Warcraft? Yeah, I'm waiting too. Here's some good Monkey Island fan fiction you can read while waiting. Not signed up for the beta? Well, read it anyway.

    First up we have chapter 7 of Lucy Kitching's Monkey Island 5 - Operation Guybrush.

    “Ms Marley!” he splutters, immediately consciously attempting to sober up. “Wh... What are you doing here? You never usually come down here. In fact, we very rarely find any women in this place, let alone incredibly attractive ones such as yourself.”

    Read the complete 7th chapter "Last steps before leaving the Melee".
    Next is a new story by Lecter_66 titled Eye of LeChuck: The Return to Monkey Island.

    The town of Mêlée was in a state; roofs had collapsed due to the shards of the statue bursting from the beach. Windows were shattered from the waves of sound that echoed from the crater where LeChuck and Mandrill were finished and hopefully gone.

    Read the entire prologue.

    Get ready for the one game that goes mental Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
    The official Psychonauts website has had a major update! There's tons of new stuff to see and read about Tim Shafer's upcoming game, but be sure to sign up at the New Recruits page to get access to the cool Gray Matter page, which has an exciting new gametrailer, plus some stunning wallpapers! So go there. Now!

    Source: Mojo

    Sam and Max - Not Totally Dead? Posted by: ryback | Comments (5)
    It seems something may have come out of the outcry over LucasArts cancelling Sam and Max 2. A new company, TellTale Games, has been founded, and as CEO Dan Connors tells Gamespot in this interview:
    “When Sam and Max: Freelance Police was abruptly cancelled last March,” Connors says, “we were moved by the groundswell of support from the fan community, including an online petition to continue the development of the game.”
    But that's not all. Most of the TellTale Games team are ex-LucasArts employees who left the company after S&M 2 got canned. And now they're working on an adventure game:
    We've quietly begun development on an exciting license that we can't wait to tell you about! Well, actually we HAVE to wait to tell you about it, but we can tell you it's something many of you already know and love, and that Telltale's only a part of the exciting things that are brewing around it. If you've enjoyed any of the products we've helped create in the past, you're sure to love this one!
    Could this be Sam and Max 2? Could it even be, as suggested at the Scumm Bar, Monkey Island 5?

    Watch this space.

    Friday, October 1, 2004
    Fanart on Friday Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    Oh my, the days go by so fast. It's Friday before you know it, which means: fanartupdate!! In this update, Rockbabe submitted 3 comicpages and 3pwood also submitted an image:


    Wednesday, September 29, 2004
    Psychonauts for PS2 Posted by: Haggis | Comments (12)
    Okay, so everybody's favourite two-headed-baby-faced company Double Fine will apparently release a PlayStation 2 version of its Psychonauts, in addition to the announced XBox and PC versions. Says Eurogamer.net:

    According to the Official US PlayStation Magazine, Psychonauts, the mildly deranged and inventive action-adventure spawned in the minds of Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions devco, is on its way to PlayStation 2. That's in addition to the previously announced Xbox and PC versions. Although the game had been Xbox-exclusive on console, it seems that Majesco's decision to publish it (in the first half of next year) has given Double Fine licence to explore other avenues, and the PS2 is certainly a good one to explore.

    Source: Eurogamer.net, who apparently got it from the Official US PlayStation Magazine

    Monday, September 27, 2004
    Birthday cake Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (23)
    Break out the fine china because today is the birthday of Paco Vink. The Dutch lad turns 22 years old, but doesn't look a day over 21 and 6 months. What's your secret Paco? Rumor has it he sleeps on a madrass made of used cotton balls and only eats things that are green or start with the letter Q. It's a bithday cake full of surprises I can tell you that.

    Let's not forget that today is also the birthday of our staff member Junaid, who don't usually get a birthday update because I always forget his birthday is today too. Let's say it one more time, all together now: Birthday!

    Sunday, September 26, 2004
    Fan music addition Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    Marius Finnstun has submitted a new piece to our fan music section. It's an acoustic version of the Monkey Island theme and it sounds great, although it has some weird noises at the beginning. Too bad it's so short. You can get it right here.

    Thursday, September 23, 2004
    New Scumm Utility Posted by: ryback | Comments (1)
    Over at the Scumm Hacking boards there's been an announcement of a new Scumm ripping utility: LucasRipper. Documentation is a little light on the ground, but what the program does is rip all the graphics from old Scumm games - backgrounds, sprites, animations, even fonts. Supported games include everything from Maniac Mansion to Full Throttle, in every conceivable version. Note that this is still beta software though, so use at your own risk.

    That Was The Weekend That Was Posted by: ryback | Comments (0)
    Well, Talk Like a Pirate Day may be over, but the fallout continues. The Scumm Bar have announced the winner of their Talk Like a Pirate Day competition, and over at the Talk Like a Pirate Day website (you know, I'm starting to get sick of typing that phrase out) there's a big list of all this year's TLAPD happenings. Time-lapse videos, marriage proposals, bizarre photographs - check it all out.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2004
    Paco, the maniac Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    When Paco is not slaving away in the cellar working on the comic he is studying hard to be a lumper jack, or coal mine worker, or something. I don't know, something with animation or cleaning, I wasn't really listening. Anyway, check out his site for some great-looking concept art and sketches for his new animated short project "The Cottage". Check it out! There's also some other stuff, like a new short animation clip and an advertisement for children's books.

    Let's get Grumpy Posted by: Paco | Comments (6)
    Ron Gilbert has updated his Grumpy Gamer blog with an very interesting post on Tim Power's On Stranger Tides, which was the actual inspiration for Monkey Island. A very interesting read, so head over there right now!

    update : Mister Haggis found an interesting site with more info on 'On Stranger Tides' . Click here!

    Sunday, September 19, 2004
    Arrr. Well blow me down. Posted by: Paco | Comments (2)
    Ahoy there maties. Ok, so some people also have to work in their weekends, so I am actually writing this update on Monday and pretending it is still Sunday the 19th, the official International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which I totally forgot to celebrate. But, hey, that be the magic of the Internet, you can simply travel back in time! So go on, you crazy people and talk like a real pirate.

    Friday, September 17, 2004
    Friday Fanart Fun! Posted by: Paco | Comments (2)
    This week we have new art submitted by only two artists but that doesn't mean we can't have a party this Friday. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Rockbabe & Maya! Whoo! Woo.



    Yeah.

    Thursday, September 16, 2004
    Play that monkey music Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    If you posses any musical skills then this is for you; Ben Bosco has sent us several additions to the sheet music section. The music is from The Secret of Monkey Island and arranged for guitars, chords, keys, and bass. They are all in great-looking PDF files and you can download them all in a zip file here.

    Ben also made the sheet music available in Power Tab format and they can be downloaded here. I have no idea what this format is or how it works, but it should be very useful if you're playing the guitar or bass.

    Get your instruments out and start playing that great Monkey Island music!

    Monkey Island Radio Play Posted by: ryback | Comments (8)
    Man, everyone's adapting Monkey Island these days. Deshrill from the Adventure Forums has been busy at work on a radio play adaptation of SMI. There are three episodes so far, and although he says he's finished now maybe he'll make some more if you go pester him with praise. In the meantime, get the first three here:

  • Episode 1
  • Episode 2
  • Episode 3

    Source: Scumm Bar

  • Flash Monkey Island Trailer Posted by: ryback | Comments (6)
    Thanks to Belaus from the forums for alerting us to www.locoarts.com.ar, who make Flash cartoons, but in Spanish. It turns out their latest creation is a teaser trailer for what is either a series of Flash cartoons or a cut-down web-playable version of Secret of Monkey Island. In Spanish. (Belaus, help me out here.) The technical quality is outstanding and it looks like a laugh, so check it out.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2004
    Behind the Scenes at E3 Posted by: ryback | Comments (2)
    Adventure Gamers have dug up some photos they took at this year's E3. Among the highlights: Dominic Armato, looking as handsome as ever, Monkey Island 2, on a TV and miscellaneous Adventure Gamers and Mixnmojo staff, with groupies. Go and check them all out.

    Source: The Scumm Bar

    WMI News: Never More Than Three Days Late Posted by: ryback | Comments (1)
    Well, usually. Anyway, as you may already be aware, September the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day., and in honor of that fact the Talklikeapirate guys have teamed up with the Scumm Bar to run a really cool competition. All you have to do is come up with some brand new piratey slang, and you could win a copy of Well Blow Me Down. (It's got an introduction by Dave Barry, it must be good.) In any case, there are already dozens of authentically colorful entries, so if you want to win you better enter now, you nabberwads.

    Friday, September 3, 2004
    It's Friday! Posted by: Paco | Comments (17)
    Yes. A brand new fanart update. This week we have some stunning new art by Neil Joshi, Jack Sparrow, Alex Novikov and Cutthrush! But wait, there's more! The one and only Ado has submitted two absolutely breathtaking new digital paintings! So kick back and enjoy!



    Thursday, September 2, 2004
    Who cares? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (21)
    LucasArts has opened some official message boards where you can currently discuss their latest three Star Wars games and Mercenaries. Nothing else! Big whoop.

    Monday, August 30, 2004
    Page 40 & 41 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (26)
    Paco has done it again! Turn off the radio, poor a mug of grog, and enjoy page 40 & 41 of Paco's MI1 comic. These pages see the introduction of Meathook and his talking tattoo. The conversation is hilarious and is it just me or is Guybrush's facial expression spot on in every frame? Enjoy!


    Sunday, August 29, 2004
    Pirates! trailer - Round two Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    A new trailer for the upcomming remake of Sid Meier's Pirates! can be found here. This trailer is much better than the previous one as you can actually see what's going on.

    Source: Idle Thumbs Forums

    Saturday, August 28, 2004
    Grumpy Gamer #2 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
    Over at Grumpy Gamer you can now find the second installment of "The ongoing adventures of a guy who sits around and complains a lot...". The guy neither sits nor complains though, but check it out anyway :)

    Thursday, August 26, 2004
    Melee in Lego Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (21)
    Romão Santos is working on building the entire Melee Island in Lego and he has sent us some images to show his work so far. This is quite impressive and I can only imagine the amount of work that has gone into this. Check out the images below!

    Update: Romão Santos sent us an additional six images, one of them depicting the inside of the cathedral and several showing the docks and wall. Great work!




    Links redone, massive celebration Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
    The links section has been fixed up a bit. There are now less categories and they're more organized. Furthermore, links to dead sites or sites that hasn't been updated in years have been removed. That's it. Nothing big, but there you have it.

    Wednesday, August 25, 2004
    Monkey Island in concert Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    Remember the live eclectic orchestral game music concert that were to place in Leipzig, Germany on August 18th? Well, Alien426 atended the concert and you can download a recording of the Monkey Island music performed live here. You can also read his article about the whole event here.

    Source: The Scummbar

    Ron Gilbert flashes you Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    The Gilbert has opened a comics section over at his website grumpygamer.com. The first comic is made in Flash and is shortly named "The ongoing adventures of a guy who sits around and complains a lot...". Check it out before your neighbour!

    Friday, August 20, 2004
    Page 39 of the comic Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (32)
    Headlines never lie. At least, not very often. Paco has graced our weekend by releasing page 39 of his MI1 comic and it has one of my favorite images in the comic so far; the view of Hook Island. That's one juicy piece of art I must say. Anyway, enough of my ramblings about liquid drawings. Enjoy page 39!


    And the secret is... Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
    Maybe we'll never know. But you can read an interview with Ron Gilbert on Austrian site Rebell.at. Interesting points about Monkey Island, adventure games, and games in general. Have fun reading it, but don't expect to find out the secret of Monkey Island.

    Source: Adventure Gamers

    Friday Fanart Fun! Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    It's been a while, so it's about time we give you another fanart update!
    Check out what artists JointSmoker Ash, Dan Hornbek, Carla and Neil Joshi have created in the past weeks. Enjoy:


    Tuesday, August 17, 2004
    No news today Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (26)
    There is no news today. This post is not news, it's simply a message to tell you that there is no news today. Now, go away. Nothing to see here*.



    * Except page 37 and 38 of Paco's MI1 comic.

    Friday, August 13, 2004
    LucasArts confirms layoffs Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
    In a recent press release LucasArts confirmed that 31 people have been laid off as part of a major restructuring of the company. Peter Hirschmann, a two-year LucasArts vet and former Electronic Arts producer, has been appointed vice president of product development.

    Jim Ward has been president since May and he says that "Since joining LucasArts in early May, I’ve taken a hard, critical look at our business. I’ve come to the conclusion that to make LucasArts thrive and to position ourselves for the long-term future, we need to make some fundamental changes.".

    Some of these changes include that LucasArts will concentrate on fewer titles and has outsourced some untitled Episode III games. Read more details at GameSpot and check out the official press release.

    LucasArts layoffs Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
    According to GameSpot and Ron Gilbert, LucasArts has fired 50 emplyees and cancelled all internal projects except one. Furthermore, more layoffs are reportedly likely in the coming weeks. None of this is not officiel information yet as LucasArts has declined to comment.

    This brings the total number of layoffs at LucasArts to 79 since April.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2004
    Three years and 36 pages Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (15)
    Tomorrow it's three years since Paco published the first pages of his MI1 comic and what better way to celebrate that than by releasing page 36? It's a day early, we know, but the page was finished now so what are you complaining about?


    Grim Fandango at your service Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    Our fellow network site, Grim Fandango Network, has returned with a brand new design and new sections and features. Go check it out and eat a burrito.

    Melee Island in 3D Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    If you have Half Life lying around then you should fire it up and download this map of Melee Island created by Snarkpiy. Use it for deathmatch fights or just for a nice walk through the streets of Melee Town.

    Source: The Scumm Bar

    ScummVM update Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    Version 0.6.1b of ScummVM has been released with all kinds of mouth watering features such as the ability to run on 64-bit machines without crashing plus loads and loads of bug fixes. Grab it here.

    Thursday, August 5, 2004
    Hot steaming sword fight action Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (26)
    Today we give you page 34 and 35 of Paco's MI comic. Yes, two pages at once, don't you just love it? Witness the battle of the century when Guybrush and Carla fight to the near death. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will be half naked?* Find out by checking page 34 and 35 below. Enjoy!


    *Pages may contain partial nudity. Adult discretion advised.

    LucasArts show Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    Remember the episode dedicated to LucasArts that the cable channel G4techTV would be screening? Well, The Scumm Bar now has it available for download here. The file is 20 MB, not the best quality, but watchable. Oh, all non-adventure stuff has been edited out, so check it out!

    Stan the man Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    Legend of MI has posted another interview with an MI celebrity. This time the chair is occupied by Patrick Fraley, also known as the man behind Stan in Escape from Monkey Island. He also recorded a little wav file for your enjoyment. Check it all out here.

    Tuesday, August 3, 2004
    Confirm what? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
    There was a problem with the forums when a new user tried to register as the required confirmation code did not show up. Therefore, new users could not register for the forums or any other WMI features. The problem has now been fixed and registration works again. Apparently, this problem has excisted since July 19th, but I wasn't made aware of it until yesterday when Thanos6 was nice enough to email me about it.

    Monkey Island Hits the Screen! ...the TV Screen, That Is Posted by: ryback | Comments (3)
    I see over at the Scumm Bar that obscure cable channel G4techTV will be screening an episode dedicated to the LucasArts Entertainment Collective, er, Company. The Secret of Monkey Island is among the featured games, so this should be of interest to all Scummies. The episode is due to screen on August 3rd, 2pm EST, 11am PST. By my watch this is only a few hours away, so if there're any particularly important appointments looming, better cancel them now.

    Source: Scumm Bar

    Sunday, August 1, 2004
    Short and Simple Posted by: ryback | Comments (1)
    Quick and Easy Week has just wrapped up, and if you've been late to the party, here's what happened in the past two days: first a new version of the CMI Launcher, whose features I won't even try and describe, and now the brand new ScummVM Quick & Easy, still the best ScummVM frontend out there.

    Friday, July 30, 2004
    Paco is in da house Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
    Can't get enough of Paco Vink? No? Then have a lot of fear, pacomania.com is here!. Ok, that was lame, but fun nonetheless. Anyway, Pacomania is Paco's own website showcasing some of the stuff he has been making when I haven't had him locked up in the basement working on new comic pages.

    Seriously, check out some of the great stuff he has created such as the short animations "Les Scissors" or "Welcome to Swing City" (my personal favorite), or the first pages of his AstroMania comic. Go there now!

    We want MI5 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    If you still believe in LucasArts and want them to make Monkey Island 5 you can sign your name and arguments in this guestbook made by Kousha. Once there are 2000 entries or more they'll be mailed to LucasArts. The chances of convincing LucasArts to make MI5 are probably slim, but there's no harm in trying.

    Friday Fanart Fun Posted by: Paco | Comments (2)
    Time for another round of fanart, because the gallery is stuffed with great new pieces submitted by artists JointSmoker Ash, Dan Hornbek, Abcdefgustikpet, Ferder, Jack Sparrow and Nilsy! Be sure to check them all out!




    Wednesday, July 28, 2004
    Still Quick and Easy Posted by: ryback | Comments (0)
    A double pronged update today, day 3 of Quick and Easy Week: not only a site redesign, but a new version of the Resource File Creator/Dumper. This utility allows you to decompile the resource files used in Escape from Monkey Island, Full Throttle, The Dig and Grim Fandango. Then when you've done that you can edit the individual files and recombine them (back into the game, apparently). And of course the whole process is completely Quick and Easy, but then what else would you expect?

    Tuesday, July 27, 2004
    And more goodies for your toolbox... Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
    A new version of ScummVM is out, yay! One of the updates in this version that should particularly concern us is that sound glitches in CMI should be resolved. Also lots of other bugs have been fixed, so go download.

    Background Information Posted by: ryback | Comments (1)
    The celebrations continue on Day 2 of Quick & Easy week, with the release of a brand new version of the EMI Background Viewer. So if you've always wanted a nice bit of EMI art to use as wallpaper, check it out.

    Monday, July 26, 2004
    EMI in hi-rez... but how? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
    Mojo community site Quick & Easy, home to lots of cool utilities for your favourite LucasArts adventures, is having a Quick & Easy week, with every day an interesting bit of information about a utility (and updates and completely new tools!). Day 1 has the EMI Launcher, which lets you do cool stuff with... launching EMI... like running it in a higher resolution, yay! So go get it if you already haven't.

    Friday, July 23, 2004
    Tell It Like It Is Friday Posted by: ryback | Comments (3)
    It's been a few months now since LucasArts cancelled Sam and Max 2, but if you're still pissed off then good news, you're not alone. Scumm Bar newsman Gabez is even angrier than you, and he's channeled that anger into an Open Letter to LucasArts, where he tells the former innovator exactly where they now stand in the marketplace. It's sarcastic, but also persuasive.

    Monday, July 19, 2004
    Being Ron Gilbert Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
    Did you know that grumpygamer.com is Ron Gilbert's website? I didn't, until now that is. Mr. Gilbert gives his view on several issues such as the reason adventure games suck and using celebrity voice actors in games. Check it out!

    Source: Idle Thumbs

    Fan animation Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
    Kaleidoscope has submitted a short animation to the fan animations section. The animation is entitled "Monkey Island 5" and you can check it out here.

    Edit: Kaleidoscope has submitted another animation called Guybrush dreams away.

    Thursday, July 15, 2004
    Straight from the horse's mouth Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
    "LucasArts has fallen from its throne and is no longer the king of adventure games. We make crappy games and therefore you, the employees, must suffer. Star Wars 4ever!" - This is basically what LucasArts' current president Jim Ward says in an internal memo that has appeared on the net.

    More specifically he says that "given the financial situation of the company" there will be no bonuses for the employees this year and that they must make "Insanely great games that will restore the luster to the LucasArts logo so that when we, and our consumers, see it on our packaging and on our games, we'll all know that the Gold Guy is once again the mark of leading edge innovation, creativity and amazing fun.".

    I find it rather amusing that he speaks of innovation and specifically creativity when they cancelled the only creative game they had in development. When reading the memo it is clear that he knows the company has gone downhill and that their recent games have been bland. He then talks about the zillion Star Wars games in development and how they should be the best games ever and rule the galaxy.

    Read the memo yourself, it's an interesting read.

    Source: Mixnmojo

    Monkey Island music live Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    Pack your bags and make plans to be in Leipzig, Germany on August 18th when music from the Monkey Island series is performed as part of an eclectic live orchestral game music concert at the Games Convention. "FILMharmonic Orchestra" will be performing the music which has members from the Prague Symphony Orchestra. For more info check out an article at Music4Games or the GC 2004 program info and ticket page.

    Source: Mixnmojo

    Ron Gilbert a go-go Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
    In a recent interview Ron Gilbert announced that he's going to make a game for adults and that a publishing deal is about to be signed. It won't be an aventure game though, but other than that there is no information about the game. A German transcript of the Austrian radio interview can be found here . (Why is there not an English one?)

    Edit: tentacle-guy has been extremely nice and done an English translation of the German transcript. You can find it in the comments.

    Source: Mixnmojo

    Sunday, July 11, 2004
    Page 33 a go-go Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (16)
    Let’s skip the usual bun of worthless babble and go straight to the meat; page 33 of Paco’s MI1 comic. Enjoy!


    Friday Fanart Fun Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    No it's not Friday, I know. Just messing with your head. The weekend is already almost over, but not without an classic WMI Friday fanart fun update of course. This week we have some great new fanart by Nilsy, Jack Sparrow, JointSmoker Ash and the absolutely brilliant mister Dan Lee!


    Credit where credit is due Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    The highly anticipated Credits section is back online. I know you will go there several times a day, but try and retain yourself, I already predict our bandwitch exploding now that this section is back. Well, on a more serious note; the people who have submitted in-jokes, secrets, errors, references, etc. over the years certainly deserves credit. Without them, the trivia section would not be what it is today. (Containing over 950 pieces of trivia.)

    Saturday, July 10, 2004
    Bite me Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
    Our good friends at Adventure Gamers has published an interview with Mike Kirchoff of Autumn Moon Entertainment, a company founded in 2002 by former LucasArts employees. The company is currently looking for a publisher for the game "A Vampyre Story", which they will start production on as soon as a publisher is found. Check out the interview for more on Autumn Moon Entertainment, A Vampyre Story, and concept of proof screenshots for the game.

    Thursday, July 8, 2004
    Can't get enough Neil Ross? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    Over at Insomniac Mania they have published an interesting interview with Neil Ross that gives a very detailed insight into his career and work on numerous different projects. (Nell Ross did the voice for Wally in MI3 and Hugo, the perfume spritzer guy, in MI4.) There was also a contest where you could win Neil Ross autographs, but that seem to have ended.

    Edit: It appears the contest hasn't ended after all. There's still around 50 Neil Ross autographs to be won. Go to this forum thread to read more and to enter. Good luck!

    Thanks to Rob for the heads up.

    Friday, July 2, 2004
    Dave Grossman interview Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
    Okay, I don't know why I totally missed it, but The Legend of Monkey Island have a great interview up with Dave Grossman. It seems that they're focusing on interviews lately, and I must say they're doing a great job. Read the interview here.

    Sweet Friday Fanart Fun Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    It's been a while, but it's back, the official Friday Fanart Fun © here at WMI.
    Let's take a look at the art submitted by artists Devil_Mushroom, Lemow's Gallery, LeMike, Abcdefgustikpet, Dank and newcomer Nilsy. All great stuff as usual!


    Guybrush for president Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    Just like last year, over at Gamefaqs they're having a 'Best Character Ever' contest. And Mr. Threepwood is in and up against Bowser in the first round. So throw your support behind everyone's favourite wannabe pirate and head over to Gamefaqs.

    Get ready for Adventure Posted by: Paco | Comments (2)
    For all the Monkey Island fans in Holland, after a short downtime, the Dutch website Adventure Island (former lordofmonkeyisland.nl) opens again, with a new design. The site now offers info on all sorts of adventure games instead of only covering Monkey Island. Well worth checking out (even if you're not from Holland).

    Animated Zombie Pirates Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    This isn't exactly Monkey Island related news either, but hey, it has zombies and pirates in it, so what more would you want?
    Two years ago stop-motion animators Marc Spess and Rich Lauzon started working on an animated short film 'Zombie Pirates'. You can check out pictures, storyboards and other info on the excellent Zombie Pirates website. The creators hope to get enough funding to make their project into a 24 minute short. They still need help on Zombie Pirates in all areas including setbuilding, puppet fabrication, voice talent, animation, musical score and more. So if you have experience in one of these fields, be sure to check out their jobs pages.

    Tuesday, June 29, 2004
    LucasArts shows human face Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
    This is not exactly Monkey Island related news maybe, but still very interesting. A boy with leukemia designed a game especially for kids with this disease.

    "The game he created is about fighting cancer, and it reflects Ben's own battle with leukemia. It takes place inside the body, on a playfield of mutating cells. The hero, a boy on a hovering skateboard, uses high-tech weapons to destroy these cells by collecting the seven shields that protect against common side effects of chemotherapy."

    Now, the LucasArts part:

    "Johnston -- whose game credits include "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "The Secret of Monkey Island" -- volunteered his help.

    He got permission from LucasArts -- part of the empire of filmmaker George Lucas -- to use its recording studio off hours."


    Read the entire article here, or download the game.

    Monday, June 28, 2004
    Adventure games are... alive! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
    Remember that interview with Bill Tiller? In that interview, he said: "I am also working on my own adventure game idea a lot more now. It is called A Vampyre Story. Hopefully soon, I can get funding for it and possibly do 2d adventure games for a living."

    Well, it seems that dream is now a reality. Check out this article on SPOnG.com for more information on the game, which is supposed to be finished around Halloween 2005, and about the adventure game studio in question, Autumn Moon.

    Monday, June 21, 2004
    I'm lacking a good headline Posted by: fanatic | Comments (1)
    Brief news update: New fanfiction: "Kevin Crowley and How I Discovered The Essence Of A Pirate: Memoirs of Jack Seagull 1670-1689". Due to the journal like nature of this one, and the short-length of some entries, it is currently divided by months.

    Also "Chapter 1: The End and The Beginning" of McPirate's "Rebellion: The Last Rebel".

    Enjoy.

    Saturday, June 19, 2004
    Johnny Depp Cries His Eyes Out Posted by: ryback | Comments (8)
    Sorry, I can't think of any Lego-related puns. Anyway, forumite Ferder has just completed a brand new animated stop-motion Lego movie, The Secret of Monkey Island 1 1/2. Filling the story in quite nicely between Monkey Islands 1 and 2, there are three versions are available for your viewing pleasure: high-quality Divx (14.3 mb), medium-quality RealMedia (8.4 mb), and low-quality poor cursed dialup users only RealMedia (1.6 mb). And, not having seen any of Ferder's work before, I have to say it's all quite professionally done and obviously took a lot of effort. Go watch.

    Wednesday, June 16, 2004
    Who is Neil Ross? Posted by: ryback | Comments (0)
    The Legend of Monkey Island is on a roll, they've put up yet another interview. This time it's Neil Ross, who was co-announcer on the 75th Annual Academy Awards telecast. Also I think he did voice on some Wally character in a Monkey Island game or something. All that and more, much more, here.

    The Retro Bar Posted by: ryback | Comments (1)
    The Scumm Bar has just announced what they're calling The Summer of Retro™, wherein they upload all sorts of historical interview transcripts and chat sessions and such that, through downtimes and upgrades and hack attacks, have languished in distant corners of the Mojo server. First cab off the rank is this interview with Ron Gilbert, printed in Amiga Mania at the time of Monkey Island 2's release. There won't be any surprises for veteran Monkey fans, but if you're new or just feel like refreshing the memory, then read and learn.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004
    Huzzah for more Fanfics! Posted by: fanatic | Comments (8)
    Wow, so, major update.
    Things added recently:
    Chapter 7 of "I Went There" by Marty Hooie
    Chapter 2 of "Return To Monkey Island" by Kieran Milward
    A sailing poem in the style of William Butler Yeats by Raine Treen
    Act One of "And Broken Fragments" by Tyraa Rane

    And last but not least, part one of the Sequel to "Rebellion: The Beginning" (Formerly known as just "The Beginning") "Rebellion: The Last Rebel" by McPirate

    Sorry it took so long everyone, and if you submitted something, but do not see your work up anywhere, please contact me! :)

    Pirates official Trialer in full screen. Posted by: Meathook | Comments (14)
    This may come a little late, but after checking around at the Pirates Fan sites, I found the tiny trialer shown at the Pirates Official web site in Full Screen at the Addicted to Pirates fan site.
    Personal I didn't get much out of the little flahs movie at Pirates Offisial site, but now the game looks much more interresting. Great graphic, and seems like great gameplay also.


    This is Sid Meyer like we want to see him!

    The download can be found here.

    Some new adventure game Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
    Okay, so it's not Monkey Island 5.

    Slashdot sez: "Fans of LucasArts-style adventure games (Monkey Island, Day of Tentacle, etc) would be wise to check out the brand-new, freely downloadable PC graphical adventure entitled No-Action Jackson, from independent developer Britton O'Toole.

    Since we are fans of Monkey Island, that applies to us, right? Right. So go and see what it's all about. Yeah, slow news day.

    Sunday, June 6, 2004
    Mega Monkey Bundle Posted by: Meathook | Comments (20)
    Lucas Arts have as we all know, delayed the production of Monkey Island 5. What they however did instead was to release a Monkey Island package containing all 4 of the MI games.

    This is taken from the Lucas Arts announcement:

    "Monkey Island® - The Complete Series
    For the first time, all four chapters in the Monkey Island series are available together for one low price! Series includes The Secret of Monkey Island™, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge™, The Curse of Monkey Island™ and Escape from Monkey Island™. All the humor - and all the insults - together at last. "

    This collectors edition as I call it can be ordered online at lucas arts main site, or you might as well click here

    Thursday, June 3, 2004
    Fanart time Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
    Special Update! The brilliant Ado has submitted a brand new artwork called "Young Elaine". Check out the beautiful work below:


    Yet again it is time for one of those worldfamous WMI fanart updates. This time we present you shiny new fanart by Neil Joshi, WillyChuck, Ruska, Lemow's Gallery and the one and only Devil_Mushroom! Check it out kids:


    Murray alias Delk Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    The Legend of Monkey Island has posted another interview with one of the voice actors from "Escape from Monkey Island". This time it's Denny Delk, voice of Murray the skull, who is in the chair. You can read the interview here.

    Tuesday, June 1, 2004
    New Kid In Town Posted by: Meathook | Comments (10)
    HOWDY folks! I am Meathook - The newest World of MI crew member
    My job is to preserve you with news about... what was it again.... hum, oh yes. Monkey Island, and anything who got something to do with it.

    I once used to hang out at the forum, but that was a long time ago - So I am ready for a fresh start now.

    Looking forward chatting with ya all at the forum!

    Thursday, May 27, 2004
    Wally Wingert Interview Posted by: ryback | Comments (7)
    The Legend of Monkey Island website has put up an interview with Wally Wingert, who we all remember as the voice of Herman in Escape from Monkey Island. Read it here, and be sure to listen to the exclusive MP3 file at the bottom...

    Wednesday, May 26, 2004
    Ex-LucasArts talent wins prize Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
    And again it is proven that former LucasArts employees are extremely talented in everything they do, and the aforementioned company should massively scratch behind ears (not mine, though). Graham Annable, who worked on several LucasArts games, including The Curse of Monkey Island, was named Best Local Cartoonist of the San Fransico-ish area. Uh, that's all, actually.

    Smallest video ever Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
    So, I bet you're dying for some news on Sid Meyer's remake of Pirates!, right? No? Well, you're gonna get it anyway. The official website for Pirates! has opened its doors and you can find screenshots concept art, pirate stories, and much more on the beforehand mentioned website.

    On the main page you can also see a trailer for the game although it is being shown in the smallest video size ever in the history of the world and there doesn't seem to be anyway to change that. The graphics doesn't look that good, but of course it's hard to tell on such a small video. The game is scheduled for a PC release in the fall, but until then, check out the website and the very small video.

    Source: GameSpot

    Saturday, May 22, 2004
    This isn't page 32 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (19)
    In an unprecedented turn of events Paco has not released page 32 of his Monkey Island 1 comic. My constant poking did not help speed up production of the comic and Paco actually didn't find it quite enjoyable. Do not check out page 32 below.


    Maniac Mansion Deluxe Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
    This isn't Monkey Island related, but it is LucasArts related and I'm sure all you adventure lovers will love it. Anyway, LucasFan Games has released a 256 color remake of Maniac Mansion with a more userfriendly interface. If you (like me) never played Maniac Mansion because the pixels were gigantic and, well, now's your chance.

    Grab the remake here (Click "Launch public download") before LucasArts shuts it down.

    Source: Mixnmojo

    Friday, May 21, 2004
    Whack a Guybrush Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (13)
    Fusion sent us version 0.1 of his Flash game entitled "Whack a Guybrush" where you can punch Guybrush or yank his ponytail. Check it out by downloading it (Right click => Save As) or just press the link.

    Sunday, May 16, 2004
    Two pirate sequels Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (14)
    Look forward to 2006 because two "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels are coming your way. Coming Soon! reports that the entire cast and production team is said to return and production will begin shortly on Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3. The movies will be released six months apart in 2006. It is also confirmed that Rolling Stones' Keith Richards will be playing Jack Sparrow's dad. This was requested by Johnny Depp because he modeled Sparrow in the first film after the musician.

    Source: Coming Soon!

    Friday, May 14, 2004
    Royal wedding Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (13)
    Being Danish I felt it was appropriate to mention the event of the century (at least for Danes) that takes place today when the crown prince of Denmark, crown prince Frederik, is marrying his future wife and future queen of Denmark, Australian Mary Donaldson.

    Congratulations to the happy couple from WMI.

    Wednesday, May 5, 2004
    Comicersary Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (30)
    Woohoo! We reached a milestone today when Paco finished page 30 of his MI1 comic. He actually reached the fabled milestone last night, but lazy me went to bed early so the page has been sitting in my inbox all night. Well, enough about me and my private life. Enjoy page 30!

    Bonus UPDATE: Just finished page 31. Go read! -- Paco.


    In other, but related, news; The problems with some people not being able to view the comic pages and fan art should be solved thanks to the help of Neil Joshi (we love him).

    Tuesday, May 4, 2004
    LucasArts gets new president Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
    Jim Ward, head of marketing and distribution for Lucasfilm, has been appointed new president of LucasArts.

    Jim Ward has been named president of LucasArts, the video-game entertainment division of Lucasfilm Ltd., it was announced today by Lucasfilm Chief Operating Officer Micheline Chau. In addition to his new role at LucasArts, Ward will retain his duties as the head of marketing and distribution for Lucasfilm.

    Read the full press release here.

    Source: Mixnmojo

    To your right you'll see the Weenie Hut Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    Paul Murtagh is at it again and has created a scenery for Scabb Island for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 with custom objects made with Easy Object Designer. I still haven't got my clammy hands on MFS98, so I have no way of testing this, but I'll assume the best. Try it out and give us some feedback! You can download the file here (518 KB) or from our Fan games section.

    Monday, May 3, 2004
    Viva La Fanart! Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    It's been quite some time since the last fanart update, so without further ado I present to you these brand new pictures submitted by Neil Joshi, fed27, Cutthrush, Sirick, Abcdefgustikpet and last, but certainly not least a very devoted Monkey Island fan, Chris Chapman, who got a permanent Murray tattoo. Be sure to check it all out!



    Saturday, May 1, 2004
    In-jokes, secrets, and errors, oh my! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (16)
    Believe it or not (you probably won't), the in-jokes, secrets, errors, trivia, references, and item lists have returned. The section was previously known as the awfully titled "Funny things", section, but is now called the more appropriate name Trivia. The in-jokes are now listed in subcategories which are then again are listed under four main categories. This will hopefully give a better overview of all the jokes.

    Most images have not been added yet, but they will be added continuously in the future. The search function has not been implemented yet, but will be sometime later. I also wonder, did anyone ever use that?

    The credit page is also not ready yet, but all names and emails of past contributors as well as future ones are of course saved and will be visible on the credit page when it's done.

    Also, new in-jokes, errors, etc. and new categories are no longer marked with a red "New" tag. Instead, on each page you can select to highlight in-jokes, errors, etc. newer than a certain date. That way, you can easily see what trivia is new since your last visit for instance. New trivia will also not be added in huge bulks like before, but continuously as we receive them. Please see our new guidelines for submitting trivia for further info.

    Check it out now by selecting to highlight trivia never than February 2nd 2003 for instance, I believe that's when there was last an update to the section, and you will see what new trivia has been added with this update. You should also check out the old trivia as there's probably a lot you can't remember.

    If you are too lazy, you can also go directly to the pages here where I have already chosen to highlight trivia newer than February 2nd 2003:

    MI1 in-jokes, MI2 in-jokes, MI3 in-jokes, MI4 in-jokes
    MI1 secrets, MI2 secrets, MI3 secrets, MI4 secrets
    MI1 errors, MI2 errors, MI3 errors, MI4 errors
    MI1 trivia, MI2 trivia, MI3 trivia
    References

    Please note that some of the pages contain a lot of info and can take a while to load, especially since our server has been unusually slow the last week.

    In the trivia section you can also still find the complete list of books in the Phatt Island library and item lists for the first three games.

    Enjoy!

    Tuesday, April 27, 2004
    Murray's day out Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
    David Williams has submitted a short LEGO stop-motion animation to the Fan animations section. The story is about a little adventure Murray has when he is "set loose" in a modern-day town. It's done entirely in logo and has apperently taken a few weeks to do. You can check it out by downloading the movie from the Fan animations section or directly here (8.33 MB).

    Saturday, April 24, 2004
    Crisis at LucasArts? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
    LucasArts fired 29 of its employees today, bringing the number of faithful workers down to 389. If Mike Stemmle or Sean Clark is among the 29 is unknown.

    "A LucasArts spokesperson told GameSpot the cuts were made "to bring studio staffing levels into line with the current development slate." Other sources said the news was presented to LucasArts employees at a meeting held late Friday afternoon."

    Source: GameSpot

    Saturday, April 17, 2004
    Party like it's 1981! Posted by: Paco | Comments (21)
    WMI webmaster and popstar Dalixam, has turned 23 today! To celebrate his birthday I bought him this way cool monkey HAT. Well, I dare him to be unsatisfied.


    Happy Birthday, Ken!

    Thursday, April 15, 2004
    LucasArts article Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    PC Gamer UK has published an article about LucasArts cancelling Full Throttle 2 and Sam & Max 2 in their May issue. The article has no new info, but merely comments on the situation and some of the upcoming adventures from other companies. You can see a scan of the article here.

    Source: The Scummbar

    EMI in high resolution Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    jeunealbert has created a patch for Escape from Monkey Island that lets you play the game in different resolutions. You can download the patch here, but make sure you read the instructions first.

    Source: The Scummbar

    Wednesday, April 14, 2004
    Emails and images Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
    The two old emails for Paco and myself (paco@worldofmi.com and ken@worldofmi.com) have been disabled due to being spam magnets. I alone get over 200 spam emails a day. If you want to email us please do so through the WMI mail system; Paco and Dalixam

    Recently some users have made me aware of a problem they're having where some images won't load in their browser, mostly fan art and comic pages. I have no idea why this problem suddenly occured out of nowhere or what is causing it and subsequently, I don't know how to fix it. Not surprisingly it's a bug in Internnet Explorer and what is less surprisingly is that Microsoft knows about it, but won't fix it.

    I will of course continue to investigate the problem and hopefully find a solution, but until then all I can recomend you do if you are experiencing this problem is downloading a better browser such as the excellent FireFox. It's new, has no problems displaying the images, and seems faster too. I recently switched to FireFox myself. The current version of Internet Explorer is 2½ years old, it's time to upgrade anyway.

    Monday, April 12, 2004
    Sunny weather Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
    Isn't it a beautiful day today? At least here it is. The sun is shining...ahh. Anyway, we have six new concept art images from MI4 for you. Count 'em, six! These are supposedly from the official strategy guide, so some of you may have seen them before if you spent money on the guide. To the rest of you; go see! You'll find the six new images of the Voodoo Lady, Otis, Ignatius Cheese, Jumbeaux, Murray, and Jojo under "Concept art" on the MI4 page. It's the bottom six that are new in case you were wondering.

    The good old days... or something Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
    This news update is a little weird, but there's something with a David Fox, who co-authored classic LucasArts games, such as Maniac Mansion. It seems that the mention of the 'L-word' sparks a discussion about more recent LucasArts adventures...

    Uh... just have fun clicking on that link, ok?

    Wednesday, April 7, 2004
    Come fly with me Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
    Paul Murtagh has created a Monkey Island scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98. Included are lots of custom objects made using Easy Object Designer. You can download the scenery in our Fan Games section where you can also find Paul's Melee Island scenery.

    Sunday, April 4, 2004
    Music for your ears Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
    In our Fan Music section you can now find a massive zip file containing 18 tracks from a CD entitled "Plays Melodies From Monkey Island with Sinus, Square and Sawtooth" by "Thomas From Sweden" where he plays selected tunes from the Monkey Island games. If you haven't figured it out already, Thomas is from Sweden and included in the zip file is a list with the original Swedish track titles. You can get the 37.2 MB zip file in our Fan Music section or directly here. It’s quite good and defiantly worth a listen.

    Thanks to SuperDOS for getting permission from Thomas and supplying me with the MP3s.

    Saturday, April 3, 2004
    Talking adventure Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    Josh Horowitz has posted a new edition of "The Avault Show" over at The Adrenaline Vault entitled Adventuring into the Past where select adventure game characters are interviewed about their past work and what they are up to now. Meet stars such as Larry Laffer, Roger Wilco, and an amusing character from the Monkey Island games. Check it out!

    Friday, April 2, 2004
    So silly Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    As most of you quickly guessed, the news we posted yesterday about "Elaine on the run" was an April Fools joke. We didn't have time to prepare anything special this year, and we knew we probably couldn't fool many of you anyway, so we decided to post a fun little story that hopefully made you laugh, or at least chuckle lightly.

    I just noticed that someone totally copied our idea for a fake press release and they even got a mention on GameSpot while we didn't. Outrageous. *Grumble*

    In related April Fools news, you should check out the Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time!!1! at Adventure Gamers if you haven't done so already. It's hilarious. Afterwards you can check out the real article here.

    The Scumm Bar posted an announcement of "Escape from Monkey Island 2", then a screenshot, and then news of the cancellation.

    Thursday, April 1, 2004
    Elaine goes solo Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (22)
    In a surprise press release LucasArts announced today a Monkey Island spin-off game entitled "Elaine on the run", which will have Elaine Marley-Threepwood as the main character. The game will not be a traditional adventure, but a first-person obstacle game in which the player must make sure Elaine ducks, jumps, and avoids different obstacles as she "runs from the troubles of marriage". The target audience is said to be adult females between the age of 30 and 50 with a lot of suppressed anger brought on by their incompetent husbands.

    "Elaine on the Run" will be available on the PS2, Gamecube, and the X-Box and will retail Q4 2004. LucasArts is so confident of the succes of the game that they're already working on a sequel where Elaine has to fight her way up the corporate ladder in the Tri-Island bureaucracy. Title and release is still unknown, but we'll post more on that as it develops.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2004
    Gilbert Talks (Again) Posted by: ryback | Comments (0)
    It's a little old by now, but AGDZine have up an interesting interview with Ron Gilbert, talking about game design, fangames and fanfic, why nobody makes adventure games anymore, some movie called Pirates of the Caribbean, and many other fascinating topics. And this is the sentence you click on to read it.

    Source: Scumm Bar

    Sunday, March 28, 2004
    A Pirate I Was Meant To Be Posted by: Paco | Comments (4)
    Yet again not completely Monkey Island related news, but what can you expect when our friends at Luca$Arts keep cancelling their adventure games. Check out this Gamespy preview of the remake of Sid Meiers 1987 classic Pirates!, with some promising screenshots and nice looking concept art in their gallery. Well worth a look for all you Monkey island and/or Pirates of the Caribbean fans. Thanks to Seanyboy for the heads up.

    Saturday, March 27, 2004
    One down, and another one started Posted by: fanatic | Comments (0)
    Two new chapters have been added to complete Tyraa Rane's The Second Element II: Through A Glass Darkly. Go Read Chapter 5 and Epilogue
    And while you're at it, you can have a look at Part I of Return to Monkey Island by Kieran Millwood

    Excerpt:
    The voodoo lady held up her hand, quieting Guybrush. “Be patient. All your questions will be answered. Just give me a moment to think of a way to answer them in way that will confuse you.”
    Guybrush raised one eyebrow. “Huh?”
    The voodoo lady looked embarrassed. “Whoops. Ah, let me see… I have summoned you to tell you of what you must do to save Elaine.”
    “I knew I had to go with her!”
    “Don’t interrupt. Elaine is on a quest to find Captain Scurvy’s hidden locker.”
    Guybrush thought for a moment. “Back in grade school, I had trouble finding my locker.”


    Now that you've seen that, I know you want to go read it.

    Thursday, March 25, 2004
    Sorry about that last post.... Posted by: Paco | Comments (4)
    Let me make it up to you with this post. The brilliant Ado makes a short comeback and threats our eyes to a beautiful new piece of art: Sea Monkey! Just look at those impressive waves, you can almost hear them splashing against the rocks. Ado was also kind enough to send us a handy high resolution wallpaper version of this piece, which you can find in our wallpaper section.


    Wednesday, March 24, 2004
    Savvy? Posted by: Paco | Comments (5)
    Not completely Monkey Island related, but I just couldn't resist. Check this out.
    I know you love it.

    Monday, March 22, 2004
    It's Bloody Good Posted by: ryback | Comments (2)
    The Scumm Bar have added yet another hosted site to the panoply: Blood Island 3D. Created by fanartist Goblin, this appears to be an effort to recreate the Blood Island environment with very lush, detailed, 3D artwork. There's a few pictures already up and a poll to determine which area of Blood Island gets tackled next, so go tell him what you think.

    Source: The Scumm Bar

    Friday, March 19, 2004
    Friday Fanart Fever Posted by: Paco | Comments (3)
    Yes, yet again it is time to blow your mind with some stunning new fanart!
    This time we have a lot of new art submitted by artists MirandaCapsize, Raven Bjerkeli, Kenley Browne, Kvack and Madonna:


    Tuesday, March 16, 2004
    ScummVM 0.6.0 released Posted by: ryback | Comments (1)
    A new major release of ScummVM has just come out. Support has been added for Full Throttle, the earlier versions of Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken, and Broken Sword 1 and 2. Best of all, the ScummVM now supports the full version of Flight of the Amazon Queen, which you can download as freeware! So visit the downloads page and load up on goodies.

    Monday, March 8, 2004
    Musical gaming Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
    The Marin Independent Journal have an article up about music in video games. Among others, Clint Bajakian is mentioned, who worked on Escape from Monkey Island. For a sexy photo of Clint Bajakian For the article, click here.

    Update: JBRAA noticed that Mr Bajakian is actually working on Psychonauts. Cool.

    Comic relief v.29 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (17)
    After recent events I bet we could all use something to comfort us with, so sit back, relax, drink a mug of grog, and enjoy page 29 of Paco's MI1 comic.


    Sunday, March 7, 2004
    Fan Novel Update Posted by: fanatic | Comments (0)
    Yay! Tyraa Rane has added another chapter to her novel " The Second Element II: Through A Glass Darkly". Act Four can now be read here

    We want Sam and Max 2 damnit Fanart update! Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
    So. After the last couple of wild days, I think it's good to let off some steam and take a look at the new fanart that's been submitted in the past days. Artists Sirick and Leo Wichtowski submitted several new drawings. Greenparrot and Neil Joshi submitted both a new piece. The Fanart-of-the-week-award© goes to Jean-Baptiste Hervet who created the wonderful 'Inn at night' image:


    Return of the hints Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    Completely unrelated to Sam & Max I would like to announce the return of the hints section. It's back to help you get through the Monkey Island games using the brand new "Puzzle Smacker 3000" system. So check out the hints if there is a puzzle you just can't solve. Enjoy!

    Saturday, March 6, 2004
    Speak your mind Posted by: Haggis | Comments (8)
    You can now also discuss the debacle at the source. Go to this forum thread at the LucasArts forums to make your opinion heard.

    Hate central Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    If you want to share your hate and/or anger towards LucasArse or take joy in others', then visit WWHS - LEC Hate Central. You should especially check out the "Hate art" and "Hate sounds" page. Enjoy!

    Source: The Mojo

    Petition time Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    As is the habit with these things; the cancellation og Sam & Max 2 has spawn a petition aiming to get the game un-cancelled. I doubt it will happen, but the petition currently has over 5000 signatures and it can't hurt to sign it.

    Source: Cal on email

    Friday, March 5, 2004
    The creator speaketh Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
    I hope I'm not going over the top with Sam & Max updates (after all, we're a Monkey Island site), but I couldn't resist this one. Mixnmojo have the official reaction of Steve Purcell, spiritual father of Sam and Max, on the cancellation of the games. Go there to read it.
    PS If you're getting sick of my Sam 'n' Max news, please tell me.

    Actual Monkey Island news Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
    First of all there's a new site that lists old gaming merchandise related to the company that made Monkey Island games in the past. Could be handing for finding stuff on eBay, or something.

    Also, The International House of Mojo reports that the Japanese were insulted by insult swordfighting.

    On a side note, The Unnamable Company is setting up forums, but wisely locked them in advance. Update: That forum appears to be open for business now, so you can tell LucasArts what you think of them now.

    Source: Mojo, of course, and a guy named Trunks on one of the comment pages of Mojo.

    Thursday, March 4, 2004
    Vote for the best Posted by: Haggis | Comments (10)
    This won't ease our disappointment in people we thought we loved, but top gaming site GameSpot now has a poll up, in which you can vote if you're sad about the cancellation of Sam and Max 2. Vote 'Yes' now.

    Source: Mojo

    Wednesday, March 3, 2004
    Sam & Max 2 canned Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (22)
    Yes. LucasArts has cancelled the only adventure game they had in development since MI4 in 2000. Not long ago they axed "Full Throttle: Hell on Wheels", which were, reportedly, quite a bad game so not many tears were shed then, but now they have also axed "Sam & Max 2: Freelance Police"! A game I for one was looking forward to. It looked to be great and had gotten good previews.

    I have no words for what I am feeling right now. I have completely lost faith in LucasArts. What was once a great company who produced the best adventure games has diminished into a mediocre Star Wars games production facility. I think we can kiss any hopes for a Monkey Island 5 goodbye.

    You should read the excellent editorial by Mixnmojo. They are much better at putting feelings into words and they perfectly reflect what I'm feeling. There is also information on how you can email the responsible people and let them know how you're feeling.

    Thursday, February 26, 2004
    Wally Wingert interview Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
    The Dutch Monkey Island site, Lord of Monkey Island, has just turned one year old and to celebrate their birthday they have published an interesting interview with Wally Wingert, the voice behind Herman in MI4. Check it out to get a little insight into who this guy is and his experiences with recording the voice for Herman.

    Happy birthday!

    Sunday, February 22, 2004
    Shocking news!! Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    Well, okay not really shocking. It's just another normal fanart update. Check out all the new art by Sirick, Dangemouses Pictures and Neil Joshi below:


    Friday, February 20, 2004
    Title Fight? Posted by: ryback | Comments (2)
    GameSpy has a glorified poll up, which they're calling a "Title Fight", asking people to vote for their favorite classic LucasArts adventure. And the winner of that goes on to take part in Title Fight! The Ultimate Gaming Grudge, which I guess is like a WWF with Mario in it. Anyway, with over ten thousand votes already placed, this is sure to be the most scientific gaming poll in world history, so get over there and make sure Monkey Island wins.

    Source: Scumm Bar


    Monkey Island 5: The Rumors Are Back Posted by: ryback | Comments (8)
    According to the Scumm Bar, the latest edition of PC Gamer UK has news of a new Monkey Island game. The money quote:

    "LucasArts informers let the monkey out of the bag: there is, apparently, a fifth Monkey Island game in production. The adventure genre continues to cheat death."

    And they've got an image scan to prove it. Be sure to check the Scumm Bar story for more, including a response from LucasArts.

    Monday, February 16, 2004
    New fan comic page Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    Hannu M. Mäkinen has continued work on his comic and has completed page 8 of "The Secret of Monkey Island".


    Sunday, February 8, 2004
    Sunday Bloody Fanart Sunday Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    It's been a while, so let's take a look at what's new in the fanart gallery. New artists WillyChuck and Sirick both submitted 2 images and on top of that new artist Rockbabe submitted 3 new drawings. But wait, there's more, Akril created 2 new colorful drawings and some guy named Paco submitted a rough sketch. That's it for this week, tune in next time for more fanart.


    Thursday, February 5, 2004
    That belongs in a museum! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
    So, apparently, there's this computer game exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center. 'What does this have to do with Monkey Island, man?' Well, this:

    "Housed in two small galleries and along one side of the mezzanine above the Cantor Center's main lobby, the exhibit also includes a digital timeline and documentary videos of game play that illustrate how storytelling elements like plot, character development and game settings have evolved in computer games. Visitors also can play computer games themselves: Zork (1980), The Secret of Monkey Island (1990) and Baldur's Gate II (2000) show the progression from text-based to graphical adventure to role-playing games."

    So if you know where Stanford University is or you somehow manage to go there, you can play SMI, and probably look at some nifty display about the game.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2004
    Alternative song Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
    A college station in Austin, USA, named KVRTV airs a show based around gaming fanboys and they have released a parody of the "Pirate Song" from "The Curse of Monkey Island". It ain't a pretty listen, but still quite humorous.

    You can download it here and you need a QuickTime player to play the file.

    Source: The Scumm Bar

    Friday, January 30, 2004
    It's page 28 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
    Just when you thought dairy was healthy and a brush is something you paint with, along comes page 28 of Paco's MI1 comic and shatteres that perception of reality. Or whatever. Enjoy!


    Wednesday, January 28, 2004
    A readin' we will go Posted by: fanatic | Comments (0)
    And once again Tyraa Rane has introduced to us a new novel! "The Second Element II: Through A Glass Darkly" is the sequel to "The Second Element I: Camera Obscura"! So there's a good chance that if you liked it, you'll like this one!

    Also, Marty Hooie has added another chapter to his infamous tale of H.T. Marley, as Chapter 6 of "I Went There", ties the story into what you already know from the games!

    Sunday, January 25, 2004
    Design update Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
    All the designs have had their backgrounds and colors changed and tweaked a bit to make it easier to read the text on certain backgrounds and such.

    The random design feature is also finally available. "What's that", you say? On the options page where you select which design to use you can now also select "Random design" which means that the design will be picked at random each time you enter the site. If you are logged in that is.

    Furthermore, you can also select which designs to include in your random cycle. For instance, if there is one or two designs you just can't stand then you never have to worry about seeing them even if you have chosen "Random design" :)

    Check it out by logging it and going to your options page. If you don't have a WMI account (a forum account) yet I suggest you quickly sign up for one here so you can see all the seven fabulous designs :)

    Wednesday, January 21, 2004
    Melee Island from above Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
    Paul Murtagh has submitted a Melee Island scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 to the Fan Games section. If you've always dreamed of flying around the Caribbean, this is your chance :)

    I have no idea how this works as I don't have Microsoft Flight Simulator, but included in the zip file is a detailed readme file that explains how to install the scenery and the history behind it. You can grab it here.

    Friday, January 16, 2004
    Friday Fanart Fun Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    It's time again to take a look at this week's submitted fanart. Artists Akril, Raven Bjerkeli and alfonso submitted new pieces to their galleries. Enjoy the show:


    Wednesday, January 14, 2004
    We want Murray! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
    GameSpy has posted a Top Ten of Videogme Sidekicks and three LucasArts characters made the list. Max from "Sam and Max" took fourth place while our favorite talking skull Murray snagged third place. In the top spot we find HK-47 from "Knights of the old Republic".

    Thanks to Tyraa Rane for the news.

    Monday, January 12, 2004
    Swedish Top 100 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
    In the first Swedish PC Gamer magazine this year, the final results of a survey that started in the fall concerning the hundred best PC games ever was revealed. Earlier the magazine editors made a similar article whith their favorite games, "Monkey Island 2" was placed as number 24 and "Grim Fandango" took the 1st place as the best PC Game ever.

    After the article they asked the readers to send in the names of their favorite games, so they could make a readers top 100 list.

    All the Monkey Island games made the list with EMI at #60, MI2 at #52, MI1 at #42, and CMI at #31. Three other Lucasarts Adventures were also on the list. "Full Throttle" took the 71st place, "Day of the Tentacle" landed at #59, and "Grim Fandango" was number 8.

    Lucasarts were the third most frequent company on the list only beaten by Blizzard and Valve. 7% of the games on the list were adventure games and beat genres such as sport, management, arcade, turnbased strategy, racing, and simulators. RTS and FPS had the most games on the list procentually seen.

    Thanks to Gito-San for the news.

    Friday, January 9, 2004
    Fantastic fanart Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    Check out the excellent fanart submitted this week by artists Cap.Maros, Ramen, Neil Joshi and Murrayonette:


    Monday, January 5, 2004
    Wow! ANOTHER Novel! Posted by: fanatic | Comments (1)
    More Fan Fiction has been added. This time Andy Humphrey's Return to Monkey Island.
    Go read, it's good for you.

    Sunday, January 4, 2004
    New line to punch Posted by: Paco | Comments (8)
    Aye, mateys! The swashbuckling adventures of Guybrush & Crackers continue as they find themselves on a ship with a mysterious captain. Check out the new punchline comic right here. Winner of the previous punchline was deltafry, and you can view it in the punchline archive.

    Friday, January 2, 2004
    Friday Fanart Fun © 2004 edition Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
    First fanart update of 2004. And something tells me it certainly won't be the last. Check out what artists Akril, Cap.Maros, Gasthatsmells, Neil Joshi and Raven Bjerkeli created:


    Thursday, January 1, 2004
    Two New Chapters Posted by: Fanatic | Comments (0)
    Wow, two new chapters to the thrilling novel by Tyraa Rane! I have nothing to say except read them.
    Act Four
    Act Five


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