Weekly Wiki: S. Scott Bullock

June 29th, 2011 by | Comments Off

What?? You’ve NEVER heard of S. Scott Bullock? Shame on you!

Well, okay, maybe not “shame on you”, but still: this is a fun little piece of trivia that you may find amusing. I admit that this actor reprised his roles in the MI Universe and I didn’t even notice.

S. Scott Bullock is a voice actor best known for providing voices in the Jimmy Neutron series and other animated children’s series and films.

He provided the voices of Lemon Head the cannibal in The Curse of Monkey Island and Otis in Escape from Monkey Island; he reprised each of these roles in The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.

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Polly: What did you think of BTTF?

June 27th, 2011 by | Comments Off

The final episode of Back to the Future is out so we want to hear what you thought of the game.

Polly: What did you think of BTTF?

  • It was excellent! (23%, 14 Votes)
  • Could have been better, but I enjoyed it. (18%, 11 Votes)
  • Good story, but too few and too easy puzzles. (18%, 11 Votes)
  • It was disappointing in all areas. (13%, 8 Votes)
  • I haven't played any episodes. (28%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 61

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Horizons: ScummVM

June 25th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

ScummVM might very well be the best program ever developed in the history of anything. It’s a free program that allows you to run old adventures on newer computers, provided you have the original games of course. It started out as a project to enable old LucasArts adventures to be played on today’s machines, but it has since moved far beyond that and now supports a lot of other games – mostly adventures. That includes some of my favorite games like ‘The Legend of Kyrandia‘ series and ‘Simon the Sorcerer‘ 1+2.

“ScummVM supports many adventure games, including LucasArts SCUMM games (such as Monkey Island 1-3, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max, …), many of Sierra’s AGI and SCI games (such as King’s Quest 1-6, Space Quest 1-5, …), Discworld 1 and 2, Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2, Beneath A Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, Broken Sword 1 and 2, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Gobliiins 1-3, The Legend of Kyrandia 1-3, many of Humongous Entertainment’s children’s SCUMM games (including Freddi Fish and Putt Putt games) and many more.”

The complete list is huge though and you can check it out here. So if you’re in the mood for a little nostalgia with an old game you haven’t played for years because you can’t get it to work ScummVM is your friend.

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iPad gets the rest of the Monkeys!

June 22nd, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Worst. Title. Ever. My apologies, I was not very inspired BUT this dude found out that today, at midnight, Telltale Games will launch the remaining episodes of ToMI (2 – 5) on iPad, on the New Zeeland Store!

“The new episodes cost $9.99 each in New Zealand, which means £3.99/$6.99 in the UK and the US, making the cost of the whole five-part series £20.” – quoted from the article

If anybody owns an iPad, let us know how they roll!  Do you still have the choppy-ness problems? How’s the sound? Let us know!

 

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Weekly Wiki: Did you know…

June 21st, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

I always loved this part of the wiki… so I figured I should post it here in case you guys missed it :)

Did you know…

  • … that there are three monkeys in the Monkey Island series with the name of Jojo?
  • … that in a tribute to The Empire Strikes Back, one of the screens in the Mysts o’ Tyme Marshe has a half-submerged X-Wing?
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Polly: Are you a puzzled agent?

June 20th, 2011 by | 6 comments

The sequel to Puzzle Agent (aptly named Puzzle Agent 2) is set for release on June 30 for the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and your toaster. Pre-order it now for $8.99 and get the original for free! So, did you (like me) love the first chapter and is definitely getting the second or was it not your cup of tea?

Polly: Are you getting Puzzle Agent 2?

  • Yes! Pre-ordered or going to get it soon. (61%, 20 Votes)
  • No, the first one didn't appeal to me. (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Maybe, I (never) played the original. (33%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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Something of the Thread: Blast from the past

June 19th, 2011 by | Comments Off

Here’s something fun for you to do on a rainy afternoon: read through the posts in the Future Monkey Island games forum. It’s pretty cool to read through all those speculations we had before we could even hope Tales of Monkey Island would ever be made. Especially interesting are the posts about the form LeChuck would take in the fifth Monkey Island game. In September 2003, forum member Le Chuck had the idea that perhaps LeChuck would return in his human form. LeChucksRevenge wrote something similar in 2004, also hinting at LeChuck perhaps becoming more attractive and powerful to Elaine than Guybrush is. The same idea is propagated in November 2003 by Media_Circus, in a prediction that turned out to be almost spot on: “I think it would make a great plot twist that LeChuck manages to revert back to his human self and steals (temporarily) Elaine’s heart.” So sometimes Monkey Island fans are a pretty visionary bunch!

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Horizons: The Wager

June 18th, 2011 by | Comments Off

Here’s an interesting game that you may not have tried out yet: The Wager. It’s a free (!) indie game that has you sailing the seas to discover and explore islands in return for coin. On your journey you meet with lots of unexpected occurrences, such as a ship full of ghost pirates. It’s not a long game, but it will keep you entertained for a bit, so it’s ideal lunch/coffee/whatever break material. Interesting tidbit: the game is made by the duo Surprised Man, one half of which is Peter “SurplusGamer” Silk, who you may have seen around the Mojo part of town.

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Weekly Wiki: Scupperware

June 15th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Are you having trouble keeping your sea biscuits fresh and crispy? Are you always looking for a place to store your bait? Then Scupperware is for you! This magnificent product should be in every pirate’s kitchen! Check out the special Scupperware promotion at the Lucre Island bank, and see for yourself the amazing properties of the revolutionary Scupperware!

This post was brought to you courtesy of Scupperware.

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Horizons: Sails

June 13th, 2011 by | Comments Off

Here’s a question for you: How old are the sails anyway?

The proto-Austronesian words for sail, lay(r), and other rigging parts date to about 3000 BC when this group began their remarkable Pacific expansion.  The earliest known depictions of sails are from ancient Egypt around 3200 BCE, where reed boats sailed upstream against the River Nile‘s current. Ancient Sumerians were using square rigged sailing boats at about the same time, and it is believed they established sea trading routes as far away as the Indus valley. Greeks and Phoenicians began trading by ship by around 1,200 BCE. Square sails mounted on yardarms perpendicular to the boat’s hull are very good for downwind sailing; they dominated in the ancient Mediterranean and spread to Northern Europe, and were independently invented in China and Ecuador. Although fore-and-aft rigs have become more popular on modern yachts, square sails continued to power full-rigged ships through the Age of Sail and to the present day. Triangular fore-and-aft rigs were invented in the Mediterranean as single yarded lateen sails and independently in the Pacific as the more efficient bi sparred crab claw sail, and continue to be used throughout the world. During the 16th-19th centuries other fore-and-aft sails were developed in Europe, such as the spritsail, gaff rig, jib/genoa/staysail, and Bermuda rig, improving European upwind sailing ability.

In an interesting recent development, an elderly trawler, TS Pelican, was fitted with what are thought to have been the unorthodox riggings used by the Barbary pirates in the 16th century. The resultant performance has been remarkable, with the Pelican sailing, at speed, over 20 degrees nearer the wind than any square rigger.

If you want to know more, including the parts of a sail and common materials, check out the wiki page.

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