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January 2001

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Monday, January 29, 2001

Plunder3D Update
Posted by Pedgey @ 14:44 GMT
The Plunder3D mod for Half-Life has recieved an exciting update, specifically, GregD has finished the LeChuck model. Also, they have recruited the fantastic Paco Vink to help create concept art.

Find out more about this mod here.

Times Review
Posted by Pedgey @ 14:05 GMT
The British newspaper "The Times" has finally gotten around to printing a review of EMI, and to be honest, it sounds like the reviewer just didn't understand what the Monkey Island games are about at all!

You can find a scan of the review here, sorry about the quality, but it's the best I could get.

Thanks to Soc for the news and the scan :)

UPDATE: This just in from http://espanol.escapemi.com "coincidentally, a Argentine newspaper called Clarin did the same bad thing like Times reviewing EMI. Is a coincidence or the general public newspaper don't feel anything like us to the games, adventure games & others games?"

Saturday, January 27, 2001

New LucasArts Poll
Posted by Pedgey @ 16:40 GMT
There's a new poll at LucasArts.com, "Which of our holiday titles did you enjoy the most?", and at the time of writing, EMI is well in the lead! :)
The full results are as follows:

Battle for Naboo - 22%
Demolition - 7%
Escape from Monkey Island - 64%
Indy Infernal N64 - 7%

Thanks to |NIB| for the news.

Thursday, January 25, 2001

Monkey Kombat Help
Posted by Emma @ 0:28 GMT
Those nice people over at The World of Monkey Island now have a chart to help anyone who is stuggling with the Monkey Kombat part of EMI. You can view the chart here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Ripping Costumes
Posted by Emma @ 14:20 GMT
The website that brought us SCUMM Rev - LucasHacks, have a costume viewer program that allows you to view all the costumes used in Monkey Island. At the moment, this can only be used for the CD versions of MI1 and MI2, but support for the other two games is being planned. You can download the costume viewer here.

Monday, January 22, 2001

I knew it!
Posted by Chariset @ 16:56 GMT
LEC has opened a new feature called 'Ask LucasArts,' and the name says it all. To ask a question or see the posted answers (the current question is 'Do people from LEC visit fan sites?' if that piques your interest), go here. (Thanks to The World of Monkey Island for this news.)

CyberHippyVideo, a Website which shows FMVs from computer games, now hosts the EfMI opening video. RealPlayer required. More thanks to Mike Miller for this bit of info.

Saturday, January 20, 2001

EMI for PS2?
Posted by Huz @ 9:18 GMT
Got a Playstation 2? Lucky you. Here's a quote from an IGN article entitled 'Off the Record' that might interest you:

In the next few weeks, LucasArts is going to announce several new games for several platforms, and one of those games will appear on PS2, and it's going to be somewhat of a surprise. We promised not to say anything yet, but think of it this way, when was the last time you saw a graphic adventure on PS2? You soon will. Another hint: "Hoo-hoo-hoo-he-he-he-he haw haw haw-haaaaw!!!!!"
What's it all mean? Why is the last hint too bizarre to be much of a hint at all? And what's this "incredibly exciting game announcement" mentioned in the latest LucasArts Insider? Time will tell...

Friday, January 19, 2001

New Updater!
Posted by Chariset @ 20:29 GMT
Greetings from me, Chariset, the latest newsmonkey on the SCUMM Bar. It's good to be here. I don't know whether I'll find any news before anyone else does, but I'll certainly keep an eye out. =)

EMI For The Mac
Posted by Emma @ 18:26 GMT
The new "LucasArts Insider" newsletter has officially announced the Mac port of EMI. The publisher of the Mac version, Aspyr Media, now have a product spotlight of the game. Mac users can also pre-order the game at the site by clicking here.

Thursday, January 18, 2001

Bill Tiller Leaves LEC
Posted by Skyfox @ 12:00 GMT
Just saw this announcment from Bill Tiller over at Mixnmojo. Bill Tiller is to leave LucasArts in the next couple of days. Most of you will know that Bill was responsible for all the Background art in CMI... which is considered by many to be the best art of the series. We wish Bill all the best in his future job.

Sunday, January 14, 2001

Did I Mention I Like PC Format?
Posted by Skyfox @ 15:04 GMT
How about that, it finally happened... my favourite PC Magazine, PC Format, mentioned our little Monkey Island site. I'm so proud... *sniff* Mixnmojo and The World of MI were also mentioned.

Thanks to Bone_Man for the scan, which you can view here,

Thursday, January 11, 2001

MI Voice Acting is a Success
Posted by Emma @ 19:06 GMT
GameSpot now have the results of the top 10 games its readers consider as having the best voice acting. CMI and EMI were praised for their voice acting, coming in an admirable 3rd place! To read what was said about the voice acting in EMI and CMI just click here. Also, that other great LucasArts game Grim Fandango came in a well deserved 2nd place.

Insulting Results
Posted by Huz @ 13:16 GMT
The International House of Mojo have announced the ten winners of their Ultimate Insult competition! The entries were judged by Sean Clark and Mike Stemmle, and each of the winners will receive a copy of EMI autographed by the pair. Congratulations to all who won - find out if you're one of them here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2001

Funniest MI Game
Posted by Huz @ 18:02 GMT
LucasArts have added a new poll to their Escape From Monkey Island page: Which Monkey Island game induced the largest percentage of audible guffaws, laughs and/or chuckles?.

Vote or face the consequences!

In-Jokes and Voices
Posted by Huz @ 17:53 GMT
Three pieces of news from The World of Monkey Island:

Firstly, the site has compiled a huge list of in-jokes - over 60 in total! I'm sure you didn't spot a few of them.

Secondly, an interesting piece of news I saw on the site: the Weevil's Annotation Assistant page has posted instructions on ripping voices from EMI! It's quite an involved process and I can't say whether it works or not, but check it out here.

Finally, a bunch of EMI saved games have been added to the site for those who've lost their own or want to skip to a certain part in the game.

Monday, January 8, 2001

New MI2 Remix by Highland
Posted by Emma @ 18:08 GMT
Highland Productions have a brand new remix of the Governor Phatt's Room tune from Monkey Island 2. The remix is an MP3 which you can download here , downloading this is highly recommended! Other MI2 remixes by Highland can also be found there.

Sunday, January 7, 2001

Secret Lines!!!
Posted by Mandalor @ 17:04 GMT
LucasArts have always something hidden in their games, but this time, it's too weird. Is it a flaw, or what is it?

Check it out yourself:

Open the i9n.m4b in your "Monkey 4" folder. Then open the bundle and look at the file called "Script.tab". Save it/convert it to *.txt and open it in winword. You'll discover 230 pages of EMI script lines. You'll probably think they're all from the game, but they really aren't. There are some "secret lines" included... Seems like LucasArts had a hard time figuring out how long the game script should be...

Try these positions in the document:


Now THIS is something to take a look at!

BIG thanks to Stefanie Uhr for the news.

Note: These files do not seem to be included in the English version. So far, I have been told that people with the German or Spanish version of the game can access these files.

Live the Life of Guybrush...
Posted by Emma @ 16:48 GMT
Yes! Now you can live your life as Guybrush or LeChuck! (Well, almost.) The Sims Resource webpage now have some great skins of Guybrush and LeChuck available for 'The Sims'. Check them out here.

Thanks to The Legend of Monkey Island website for this news. These skins were created by Niko watts and Jonathon Carr !

Saturday, January 6, 2001

The Memoirs of Guybrush
Posted by Emma @ 15:16 GMT
The Monkey Center webpage now has a new feature named The Memoirs of Guybrush Threepwood - The Monkey Island Years, which is a piece of Fan Fiction written by Liam Harper. The novel is based on a Monkey Island 5 story. At the moment part one can only be read, but it's supposidly a great read. You can read the first part of the fanfiction by following this link

Thanks to Trond B. Tenfjord for this news.

Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Posted by Huz @ 13:42 GMT
More news from assorted Monkey Island sites:

  • All LucasArts games contain tons of easter eggs and EMI is no exception. At The Adventure Guild they've compiled a list of known easter eggs, complete with a screenshot for each. Check out this page here.
  • Owners of Panasonic mobile phones who felt left out when the Legend of Monkey Island site posted MI ring-tones for other phone brands should feel downcast no longer! The Kewlman Monkey Island Webpage has posted the MI ring-tone, Panasonic-style. It's an exclusive, apparently!
  • Confused by EMI's mildly annoying filing system puzzle? Then insert your Spanish-speaking brain, and head over to Monkey Island Argentina where they have a full list of all possible combinations. Check out some of the names available. :)
  • The Plunder 3D project, a spiffy Monkey Island mod for Half Life, showed some sign of life this week as its site was given a pretty makeover. Check it out!

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