Interview with Al Lowe: "They Got Violence, We Got Humor"

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GamaSutra has an interview up with Al Lowe, best known for his infamous Leisure Suit Larry series. Lowe is back from retirement and planning a game called "Sam Suede: Undercover Exposure." It promises to be an "action comedy," the idea being that players will find humor where they find blood and gore in other games.

Whereas the Larry games were about a loser who is trying to get laid, this guy is much more contemporary. He's not “out of it” so much as he is out of his element and trying to learn to be a detective. So you'll see some real growth of the character over the course of the game and hopefully in sequels. Surprisingly enough, we intend to do sequels.

Sounds like fun to me! The interview also contains some of Lowe's insights about the state of modern gaming. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Bill Loguidice
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Random Larry and Lowe Thoughts

I have all the Leisure Suit Larry games, though I'm not a real fan of the Sierra style of adventure gaming where you make one wrong move and you're dead, or you miss one object from early on and you can't continue. Still, funny games more or less and he's a good designer. It's a shame the Larry name got farmed out, but there was nothing Lowe could do about it. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out on Lowe's new company, but I can't say I'm expecting much at this time...
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Leisure Suit Larry Games

Didn't realize the latest "Leisure Suit Larry" games were farmed out. That would explain why the latest ones sucked. I downloaded the demo for the Larry Playboy, can't remember the exact title, and it was baaaaaaaad!!! The old games were great if you wanted to play something that wasn't too heavy.

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Yeah, Al Lowe didn't retain

Yeah, Al Lowe didn't retain the rights to the character that he created. I wonder if that's the case with Roberta Williams and the King's Quest series. I imagine it would be. In fact, there are very few classic series that I can think of where the original designers still have the rights to. It's all corporate and most of those rights have been sold and/or acquired multiple times over.
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