September 2008


Fandom takes many shapes and comes in many forms. The Monkey Island franchise has some of the most earnest, and clearly most creative followers of any gaming series. See what some enterprising folks did to bring their digital heroes to life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R91iBFsdrvI

Since Hallmark probably has all the other “holidays” sown up, someone, somewhere decided there should be a National Talk Like a Pirate Day. In celebration, MSNBC did a brief throwaway piece on the Top 5 Pirates in videogames. Monkey Island’s Guybrush Threepwood (starring as part of the lenticular cover of the book!) made the cut.

Way to go, Guybrush, er, aargh. Etc.

Demo versions of LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Fracture went up on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network recently. Definitely give TFU a go; it’s a really fun take on a bigger, badder Force, and the story is an absolute must-see for fans of the movies (the first three, anyway). This demo apparently became one of the biggest downloads on both services when it went live.

And Fracture came out too…

Just in case you’re a Star Wars fan who has never found this site (or wants a fairly definitive answer on the race of the hammerhead creature in the cantina scene [insert own argument point here]) you have to check out the Wookieepedia.

If not for specific references, it’s still a staggering repository of information you’re likely glad you don’t know.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Got a spare 24 hours? How about spending it completing 12 of LucasArts’ classic adventures?

This guy did:

From Maniac Mansion via the Monkey Islands to Grim Fandango, this stop motion video is pretty incredible!

In late August, Starwars.com wrote up a brief preview blurb of the book. That was nice of them!

It may not be clear, but this book does not have four separate covers… it’s actually one cover, but a very special lenticular treatment (that merges the four images depending on the angle at which you view it).

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