In response to some emails he received this week, Tim Schafer has put a page on DoubleFine.com in memory of Roy Conrad, the voice actor of Ben in Full Throttle. Roy Conrad unfortunately passed away earlier this year at the age of 61 due to lung cancer.
As we explained in our opening article, we are still working on a number of technical features. Image support is not completed yet, but we did manage to add some screenshots to our Dark Fall review and our E3 2002: First Looks report. All our upcoming articles will have images. A little later on we hope to add screenshots to all our past articles too, as well as finish the index pages. If you are looking for one of our old articles, you can go to this forum topic for now.
Strategy First has acquired the North American publishing rights for Hannibal and Mistmare, two upcoming games from Arxel Tribe.Hannibal is an action/adventure based on the movie featuring the infamous Hannibal Lecter. The game is scheduled for a March 2003 release, shortly after Red Dragon, the sequel to the Hannibal movie.Mistmare is a fantasy-RPG set in the middle ages. Players can take on the role as a monk on a journey through a ravaged Europe. The game will be published in North America and Europe in the fourth quarter of 2002.
Adrenaline Vault has posted a review of Dreamcatcher's action/adventure Arabian Nights, and gives it a score of 3/5. Here's an excerpt:Fantastic magic plays an important role in Arabian Nights. At the outset, you have just one ring to perform the Firebird Spell. As you complete tasks, you receive other rings, such as the Ring of Lightning. These other rings, shown on the bottom right of the gameplay screen, unlock three new spells; you may sensitively control the strength of each spell you cast. To replenish your magic levels, you may drink the vials of magic you collect during gameplay, which are stored in the inventory. Unfortunately, there is not a ton of difference between the way magic spells work and the way weapons work to aid you in your numerous challenges, and thus the distinctive advantages of using spells to complement your weapons are somewhat squandered.
Episode 6 of Arcane has been released yesterday on Warner Brothers Online.
PC.IGN.COM has posted their review of the point-n-click Jazz and Faust, calling it "ugly, boring, terribly written, and acted out even worse".
A patch for Simon the Sorcerer 3D has been released, which fixes various crashes and bugs that users may have trouble with. To download the update, head on over to Simon 3D's official site, and select the "Downloads" button on the left of the page.
The English trade magazine MCV has confirmed suspicions that have been abound for some time now. Simply put, Cryo Interactive has no money left and may sell the company. It is unknown what led to Cryo's financial problems.
The Internation House of Mojo has posted the first in a series of articles called the Wilmunder Memoirs. Penned by Aric Wilmunder, who co-created the now-famous SCUMM game engine, the memoirs give us an insight into the beginnings of LucasArts (originally called LucasFilm Games).About a month after my arrival, Ron Gilbert was also hired to join the Koronis team as the Commodore 64 engineer. The goal was to build one game and ship it on 2 platforms simultaneously. Ron would later become the genius behind SCUMM and during this time we first developed our styles for working with one another. One technique that I remember Ron using was during an afternoon when we had a disagreement on how to solve a particular problem. We were both very zealous about our proposed solution, and this eventually evolved into a shouting match. Ron got up shouting and left the office slamming the door loudly behind him. That shook me up a bit, since we had always worked well together. Two minutes later, Ron came back, a smile on his face saying, "OK, I got that out. Now let's solve this problem."
Red Herring Online has posted an article on Cyan Worlds and Myst Online. The article doesn't reveal any new details on the upcoming game, but offers some comments from Rand Miller about why he signed with Ubi Soft, and a small hint that Myst Online might be heading to consoles after its initial PC launch.
Both Adrenaline Vault and GameOver has posted their reviews of The Watchmaker today. The adventure is made by the Italian developer Trecision, and offers a real-time 3D world, in which the player is allowed to control two main characters independently, each with different personalities, traits and skills.
Funcom, developer of the much-loved The Longest Journey, has announced that they are cutting staff in all three of their offices. This is said to be done "[a]s part of Funcom's continuing efforts to strengthen its focus on Anarchy Online," their massively multiplayer online game. Considering how many people are rooting for a sequel to TLJ, it would be a shame to see this company go down.
Just Adventure has conducted an interview with Al Lowe, of Leisure Suit Larry fame. They mention Al's recent appearance on television, the future of the Larry series, and his "'off duty' hobbies."
Lucas Arts, the game developer behind adventure classics such as Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and Grim Fandango, recently celebrated it's 20th birthday. You can find several 20th anniversary goodies over at LucasArts' site, such as a logo animation video, and a gallery. The whole story reads as follows:Join the Celebration!
Arxel Tribe has released a movie trailer for their upcoming game, Ring II. The file checks in at just over 17 MB.