Blog: If Mr. Gilbert would make another Monkey Island

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Yesterday Ron “Grumpy Gamer” Gilbert published a blog entry on his website discussing his ideas on how he would make a new Monkey Island game if he had the money, and, more importantly, the rights to the series.

This post is a must-read anyway, but I’d like to highlight some excerpts here anyway:

Three – It would be a retro game that harkened back to Monkey Island 1 and 2. […] Nice crisp retro art, but augmented by the hardware we have today: parallaxing, depth of field, warm glows, etc.  All the stuff we wanted to do back in 1990 but couldn’t. […] It’s authentic.  It doesn’t need 3D. […]

Six – Full-on inventory.  Nice big juicy icons full of pixels. […]  They will be so nice you’ll want to lick them. […]

Nine – I would rebuild SCUMM. […] It was a language built around making adventure games and rapid iteration. […] I’d build an engine and a language where funny ideas can be laughed about at lunch and be in the game that afternoon. SCUMM did that. It’s something that is getting lost today.

Ten – It would be made with a very small team. Not 30 or 20, but 10 or less.  It means the game would take longer, but it would be more personal and crafted with love. […]

Eleven – […] I’ve spent too much of my life creating and making things other people own. Not only would I allow you to make Monkey Island fan games, but I would encourage it. […]

Seventeen – The game would be the game I wanted to make. I don’t want the pressure of trying to make the game you want me to make. […]

Ron really knows his gig. I wish him all the luck in this world and say: thank you for the dreams!


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One thought on “Blog: If Mr. Gilbert would make another Monkey Island

  1. Berthold

    Versteh dann aber nicht, warum er nicht einfach loslegt. Das Team von damals war nur eine handvoll Leute stark und mit seinem Ruf sollte er keine Probleme haben das entsprechende Backing irgendwo zu bekommen. Und selbst wenn er das Monkey Island Universum nicht direkt nutzen darf, ein Riff mit neuen Charakteren wäre fast noch besser um nicht die selben überstrapazierten Figuren wieder tanzen zu lassen. Hauptsache Michael Land ist wieder mit am Start!

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