Loom, The Dig, Star Wars, Indiana Jones - Now on Steam!

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Good news for adventure game fans--LucasArts is releasing several of its best graphical adventure games on Steam. Of particular note here is The Dig, which is one of my very favorite adventures and a seriously underrated title in my opinion.

It's not clear to me if these will receive graphical upgrades or what. I'm also wondering if this will mean a further crackdown on the ScummVM community. Let's hope not.

Is anyone out there playing the monkey island episodic adventures? I haven't heard much about them.

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I believe this is going to

I believe this is going to be the standard optimized DOSbox stuff. Nothing to get excited about, other than it being legal.

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"Unreleased" versions

Yep, definitely Dosbox, but at least it's the best DOS versions: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/07/06/lucasarts-steam-debut-includes-previou...

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Ho-hum. Yeah, I guess it's

Ho-hum. Yeah, I guess it's not really anything to get excited about. The scummvm guys have already done such a great job that it's practically a no-brainer to get these games running on modern hardware. I hope they'll at least do a good job with the manuals and do something about the copy protection. That was always an annoying thing to have to deal with back then.

As I recall, you needed to consult the manual frequently to play LOOM and the Indiana Jones one was just downright evil.

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Ho-hum. Yeah, I guess it's not really anything to get excited about. The scummvm guys have already done such a great job that it's practically a no-brainer to get these games running on modern hardware. I hope they'll at least do a good job with the manuals and do something about the copy protection. That was always an annoying thing to have to deal with back then.

As I recall, you needed to consult the manual frequently to play LOOM and the Indiana Jones one was just downright evil.

According to the article they'll be kind enough to provide PDF documentation to "get around" the copy protection (i.e., not removing it). Definitely nothing for long-time fans to see here...

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According to the article they'll be kind enough to provide PDF documentation to "get around" the copy protection (i.e., not removing it). Definitely nothing for long-time fans to see here...

That's pretty lame. I guess it would be tough to take it out, though. It should have never been put in, but so it goes. I bet if they'd just pump up the production a bit, they'd get a lot more reaction. Just making legally available what's already widely available...Kinda "so what" reaction. "Now you have to pay to download Loom instead of just downloading it for free from the fan community!" Whoopee.

I'm really wondering how they're going to do the Indiana Jones one, because as you'll recall it had the color filter and those stupid code tables. I guess they'll just have to give you a pdf with all of the codes in it.

It seems to be a pattern I'm seeing:

1. Wait for fan communities to build up a huge online community around an "abandoned" product
2. Let them develop apps, emulations, etc. and wait for it to get to 100% efficiency with really good interface
3. Release an "official" package using or borrowing the community's stuff
4. Charge for it
5. Go after the fan communities and shut them down.

That's pretty disgusting. I'd be much, much more impressed with a company that didn't do 1-3. How about re-releasing something that no one has successfully emulated? That'd be a lot more exciting to me. I think the Amiga Forever team did that well. Sure, there was emulation available, but it was hard to use. They did a service by simplifying it. I don't see that kind of thing here.

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More on the subjects of the games themselves rather than the distribution method, I have to say that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade The Graphic Adventure is a really fun game to play. I highly recommend it. I would say it is probably one of the best TV/Movie to game adaptations I have ever played. Those types of games are usually not very good, but the adventure game genre lends itself well to adaptation. I suppose you could argue that X-Wing and games of that nature are great (and I agree), but Indy3 is a blast.

LOOM - I have only played this game once, and I really liked it. I plan to play it again someday. I still have the talkie CD version here. I am not sure about copy protection for it, but I know you don't have to consult the manual at all for the CD version. The nature of the game requires you to remember certain strains of "notes," and you can write them down in the official book that came with the game. No need to actually write them in there. You could just scribble them down on a sheet of paper. I am about 95% sure that was the only reference you had to make to a hard copy of something in order to play the game - and that was still something written by you.

I plan on playing the episodic Monkey Island game, but I think it is just now seeing its release. I hope it is good.

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Monkey Island Info - Press Release

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PRESS RELEASE
Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Gets Dated!

LucasArts previously announced the return of the classic Monkey Islandâ franchise with two new projects due to be released in the near future. Telltale will premiere the Tales of Monkey Island™ game series on Tuesday July 7, delivering a completely new epic storyline and swashbuckling flair that will unfold across five monthly episodes on PC and WiiWare™.

The Monkey Island celebration continues on July 15 when LucasArts publishes The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition, a completely re-imagined version of the first game in the series that adds updated high definition graphics, a re-mastered musical score, and full voiceover to the classic adventure game originally launched in 1990. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be made available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC via Steam and other online distribution channels.

In addition, the company also announced a new initiative in its effort to revive its classic and beloved franchises by making select games available for the first time ever as digital downloads online via STEAM.

In this first round of releases, ten fan-favorite LucasArts PC games will be made available Wednesday, July 8 on Steam®, Valve Corporation's delivery and management platform for the PC. Scheduled for release are classic adventure titles like LOOM™ and The Dig® and hit action games including Star Wars Battlefront® II and Star Wars Republic Commando®.

The complete list of games to be released on July 8 via Steam includes:

* Armed and Dangerous™
* Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis
* Indiana Jones® and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
* LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
* LOOM™
* Star Wars Battlefront® II
* Star Wars Republic Commando®
* Star Wars Starfighter™
* The Dig®
* Thrillville®: Off the Rails™

“This effort is going to make it possible to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to LucasArts’ classic games,” said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. “It also gives more people a chance to play our games by making them available long after they’ve disappeared from store shelves. We hope our fans are as excited as we are about our plans and we can’t wait to share what’s coming next. This is just the beginning.”

Future announcements about the re-release of LucasArts’ back catalog titles will be made through LucasArts’ Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/lucasartsgames.
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