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December 2000

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Sunday, December 31, 2000

Merry New Year!
Posted by Skyfox @ 22:31 GMT
Or is it Happy New Year? Either way... all the staff here at The SCUMM Bar wish you a monkey-filled 2001 (hey, they had them in that SCI-FI film... with sticks and bones and beatings... oh, eck.)

Saturday, December 30, 2000

It's A Skull! I'm Scared!
Posted by Huz @ 9:22 GMT
And from the "and finally" department: Have you tried typing skull in EMI? Well worth a go. This only seems to work in some locations, but it does work. Really.

Sorry I don't remember where I read this. (Hopefully not on this site...) :)

There's another skull-related activity available in the game: Murray Pong! To activate this, spin Murray on Jambalaya until he starts repeating himself, face Guybrush away from any objects, and type murrayball. I've not tried this one yet, but thanks to milegend.com's forum for this one. :)

A Defeat
Posted by Huz @ 9:16 GMT
Gamespot (not the UK edition who have already voted EMI as best adventure) have posted their 'Best and Worst of 2000' article. Escape from Monkey Island was shortlisted for the categories of "Best Story" and "Best Adventure", but was beaten in both by The Longest Journey from Funcom. Read all about it here.

SiteWatch UK
Posted by Huz @ 9:13 GMT
Various snippets of news from around the web, some of it new and some of it not-so-new:

  • Grim Fandango Central has posted an interview with Bret Mogilefsky, lead programmer on Grim Fandango and initial lead programmer on EMI. An interesting read if you're at all interested in what goes into making a LucasArts adventure.
  • ArenaGames have posted a look back on the heyday of LucasArts adventure games.
  • Looking for injokes and secrets? The World of Monkey Island have updated their 'funny things' section. They've also posted a nice piece of fan art.
  • Voodoo Extreme have chosen EMI as their Adventure Game of the Year, beating competition from The Longest Journey and... nothing. They didn't give a third prize. Read why here.

Wednesday, December 27, 2000

EMI Wins Best Adventure Award
Posted by Emma @ 23:59 GMT
EMI has been voted Best Adventure Game of The Year over at GameSpot UK and was up against fierce competition from games such as Devil Inside and In Cold Blood. The entire article can be read here.

Tuesday, December 26, 2000

DALnet Problems
Posted by Emma @ 14:51 GMT
Those of you (including myself) who are ops/regulars on #monkey-island may have noticed that most of the servers are down. Due to this we have decided that twisted.dal.net will be the official server until the problems heal or that server falls victim also. I will keep you all posted in any changes in the official server.

Monday, December 25, 2000

Merry Christmas. One and All!
Posted by Skyfox @ 3:40 GMT
All the Staff here at The SCUMM Bar wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Check out this festive picture that Paco created, can this guy draw or what!

Sunday, December 24, 2000

A HighLand Christmas Gift!
Posted by invisibelle @ 3:18 GMT
After over 550 days without an update, telarium has finally brought us new music, a Christmas surprise.
You can download it here.
Nice flute, too. ;)

Saturday, December 23, 2000

Results of #MI Survey
Posted by Emma @ 18:32 GMT
The results of the #monkey-island Christmas Survey by Mutton are now ready to view! A very good laugh with most of the channel regulars and yes, even The SCUMM Bar staff being mentioned. You can see the results here.

'Tis the Season
Posted by invisibelle @ 14:45 GMT
LucasArts.com has a pop-up Christmas greeting, and it looks pretty darn cool. If you haven't seen it already, do so now.

Friday, December 22, 2000

EMI Viewer Thing
Posted by Huz @ 20:24 GMT
Version 2.0 of the EMI Resource Viewer, a program allowing you to view some of the background images and textures from EMI, has been released by gamefileformats.com. Here's a list of things it can do, taken from the readme text file:

  • list the contents of a LucasArts/Monkey Island 4 bundle (the *.lab and *.m4b files)
  • show the background graphics (*.til in the bundles)
  • show the TGA texture maps
  • show the BMP texture maps (or rather copies of the actual texture maps)
  • show the LAF font files (still not complete but it almost works)
  • play the AIF audio files (used for the background sound effects, not for speech)
  • show some text files inside the bundles (*.tab and *.sur files)

    Interested, eh? Download the file here and read the included text file for more details!

    MI5 Competition
    Posted by Skyfox @ 8:49 GMT
    Bit late with this one, but nevermind that! EscapeMI.com are running a competition! Tell ya what, I'll just tell you what they told me, ok?

    EscapeMI.com is pleased to announce our last contest of the year. From now until December 31, 2000, we are accepting entries for Monkey Island 5 introductions. We want this contest to be a fun way to end Escape from Monkey Island and begin thinking of Monkey Island 5. All entries must be 200-300 words and sent via our Contest Entry Form. For more rules and information, check out the entry form.

    As the prizes for this contest, we will be giving out three free copies of Grim Fandango to the top three entries. We are looking for creative, piratey, and humourous material to post on the web. May the best Monkey Island fans win!"

    http://www.escapemi.com/contest1200.html

    Another EMI Review...
    Posted by Mandalor @ 5:35 GMT
    There's an EMI review on FiringSquad: http://firingsquad.gamers.com/games/mi4review/. They gave EMI a 90%.

    Thanks to Figment for the news.

    Tuesday, December 19, 2000

    EMI Art in a CMI Style
    Posted by Skyfox @ 11:49 GMT
    Paco has once again delivered to us some stunning FanArt! It is once again in the style of CMI... but with EMI characters... it even *giggle* has the *chuckle* duck!

    Interactive Fiction EMI article
    Posted by Mandalor @ 8:00 GMT
    Interactive Fiction has an excellent three-part article on the puzzles in EMI. They deal with: The Evolution of Puzzles, Why EMI's Puzzles are Good, Where the Puzzles Go Wrong.

    Thanks to EscapeMI.com for the news

    EMI WinAMP skin
    Posted by Mandalor @ 7:49 GMT
    To make your pc even more EMI-themed, you can download a EMI WinAmp skin from winamp.com. Pretty cool.

    Thanks to Telarium for the news.

    Portugese walkthrough
    Posted by Mandalor @ 7:47 GMT
    The EMI walkthrough has been translated to Portugese. You can find it at http://www.lagzero.com/parceiros/adventurer/mk4/dig.html.

    Thanks to Gabriel Moser Torres for the news.

    Monday, December 18, 2000

    Christmas present from The Monkey Center
    Posted by Mandalor @ 12:08 GMT
    The Monkey Center (monkeycenter.escapemi.com) has posted a "Christmas Present" for the #monkey-island users. You can find it here. Pretty cool, I think. Go see for yourself!

    Thanks to Jojo for the news.

    Saturday, December 16, 2000

    Vote EMI
    Posted by Skyfox @ 10:12 GMT
    GameSpy are currently holding their Gamer's Choice Awards, there is quite a bit of competition in the adventure catagory... but last I looked, EMI was winning! Thanks to EscapeMI.com for the news!

    Friday, December 15, 2000

    Another MI cartoon strip
    Posted by Mandalor @ 18:23 GMT
    There is another MI-inspired cartoon strip at http://www.thebench.org/index.php3?strip=1779. This one includes Murray.

    Thanks to Jeremy George for the news.

    Yet ANOTHER EMI Review
    Posted by Pedgey @ 12:59 GMT
    PCZone (a UK PC games mag) have put their EMI review on their website. They gave it a rather nice score of 82%, however, they were quite brutal. The reviewer had these comments:

    Escape From Monkey Island is an enjoyable,
    professionally created and amiably funny game. It doesn't
    do anything startlingly new, but is still an essential title for
    the hordes of people who grew up playing adventures.
    Because you are still out there, aren't you?

    BEWARE THOUGH! This review contains spoilers!

    Thanks to Darren Szech for the news.

    Thursday, December 14, 2000

    Monkey Island Computer Icons
    Posted by Emma @ 18:04 GMT
    Website The Videogame Wallpaper Page that I mentioned a while back as having LEC icons now has Monkey Island icons! Well worth a look.

    Monkey Island Related Comics
    Posted by Emma @ 0:44 GMT
    GodzillaX8 e-mailed me to inform me of some Monkey Island related comics over at The Bench website. At present there are two comics, the first comic can be found here and the second by following this link. Both are quite amusing and cute, so they're worth a look.


    Thanks to GodzillaX8 for this news.



    Wednesday, December 13, 2000

    Mike and Sean Interview
    Posted by Emma @ 14:57 GMT
    The Clearly Unofficial EFMI Site now has another exclusive interview with the project leaders of EMI, Sean Clark and Mike Stemmle. In this inverview the guys talk about the making of the game, the cast and crew and also the future. The interview does contain some spoilers and can be read here.

    The first Mike and Sean interview can be found here.


    Thanks go to _Muppet_ for this news.

    Tuesday, December 12, 2000

    GameSpy Poll
    Posted by Emma @ 17:53 GMT
    GameSpy have a poll in which you can vote for what you think was the best adventure game of the year (yes, EMI is in there) To vote and view the choices go here.

    EMI mp3 converter
    Posted by Mandalor @ 16:10 GMT
    The "Hell Bovines", a minor programming group, has made a nifty little program that is able to convert the *.m4b music files from EMI straightly into MP3. This one is a Scummbar exclusive! You can download it here.

    Thanks to Michel Maas of the Hell Bovines for the news.

    UPDATE: This file just renames the .mb4 files to .mp3 as the music used in EMI is already in MP3 format. Only use this program if you have no idea how to rename files ;-)

    Monday, December 11, 2000

    Congratulations Ben!
    Posted by Skyfox @ 7:46 GMT
    Congratulations to the webmaster of the Kickstand, Ben_Whatsisname and his wife! Baby_Whatsername was born at 1:11am on 12/11/00, weighing 6 lbs, 6 ounces and 18 inches long. Ben was quoted as saying "Instead of crying, she looked at me and cried "I wanna be a pirate!" That's my baby!"

    Saturday, December 9, 2000

    New EMI Screenshots
    Posted by Emma @ 20:58 GMT
    For anyone who is yet to play Escape from Monkey Island, you may like to know that LucasArts now have 6 brand spanking new screenshots of the game over at their EMI section.

    Swedish and Greek Walkthroughs
    Posted by Emma @ 20:25 GMT
    Swedish Monkey Island site Swemonkey have a walkthrough of EMI available in Swedish. Whilst Greek site AdventureNet have a Greek version available.

    Thanks go to |DonGrif| and Justmc for this news.

    Gamespot UK Competition
    Posted by Skyfox @ 18:32 GMT
    Just noticed this now... Gamespot UK have a competition to win Escape from Monkey Island. So if you are too much of a scrooge to go buy it... then again, you may just want as many copies as possible!

    An Interview with Tim Schafer
    Posted by Emma @ 18:14 GMT
    Website Gamespot have an interview with ex LucasArts man Tim Schafer who was the project leader on Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and more recently Grim Fandango. In this interview Tim talks about his new games company "Double Fine" and life after LucasArts. This interview can be read here.


    Source: Mixnmojo

    New York Times review!
    Posted by Mandalor @ 10:24 GMT
    The New York Times had a review on EMI this thursday. They had a pretty long review saying about the same things every other review has said, including: great gameplay, hilarious, decent graphics and great voice acting.

    Thanks to Eli for the news.

    Friday, December 8, 2000

    New LEC Poll
    Posted by Skyfox @ 14:00 GMT
    LucasArts have updated the Monkey 4 site with a nice new poll. This one asks "Have you completed Escape from Monkey Island" the answer in my case is no... I'm pacing myself... really.. what do you mean bad excuse? It's the truth! Well I don't care what you think anyway... *sulk*

    Thanks to Swordmaster for the news.

    Thursday, December 7, 2000

    Spanish Walkthrough
    Posted by Emma @ 8:06 GMT
    Monkey Island Argentina have added a walkthrough of EMI in Spanish which you can find on the site.

    Thanks go to Vacacionero for this news.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2000

    Nokia MI Ringtone
    Posted by Emma @ 7:45 GMT
    Monkey Island fansite The Legend of Monkey Island now has the Monkey Island theme tune ringtone available for Nokia mobile phones. As well as that, the site has the ringtone available for Ericsson and Siemens phones, which you can find here.

    MI1 Screenplay
    Posted by Emma @ 4:43 GMT
    Trapezoid has written his version of a Monkey Island 1 screenplay. At the moment the screenplay is limited to the first act of The Secret of Monkey Island but it's still worth a look!

    Thanks to Trapezoid for this news.

    Sunday, December 3, 2000

    WOW, What a Site!
    Posted by Skyfox @ 18:26 GMT
    wowwebdesigns.com just sent me a nice email to say they have added The SCUMM Bar to their list of sites with WOW Web Designs (hence the name, how did you miss that?) This is what they had to say... cheers guys!

    Incredible opening page truly loyal to the spirit of the Monkey Island series complete with the cloudy background, Murray and the green spit! Excellent graphic job!

    Top 10 Monkey Island Sites
    Posted by Emma @ 18:06 GMT
    The Monkeycenter webpage has compiled its list of the top 10 Monkey Island sites kicking around on the web. The list gives the possitives and negatives of every site, The SCUMM Bar came in an admirable third place.

    MI 1 and 2 With Voices
    Posted by Emma @ 17:15 GMT
    Would you like to see LucasArts remake Monkey Island 1 and 2 with voices? If so then you will be interested to hear that there has been a petition set up to support this. Just like the petition for the making of MI5, the petition will be sent to LucasArts after it has finished. This is a great chance to try and persuade LEC to make MI 1 and 2 with voices so get voting!

    Thanks go to Pakolmo for this information.

    EMI + Strategy Guide
    Posted by Skyfox @ 6:03 GMT
    For all those in the UK who feel a little left out by not getting the Walkthrough with their version of EMI like the US versions, i saw something interesting while watching Blam on Sky 1. Gameplay.com are selling EMI and the Offcial Stratagy Guide for 34.99. If the EMI guide is as good as the CMI guide, it's well worth getting.

    Friday, December 1, 2000

    #Monkey-Island Survey
    Posted by Emma @ 23:06 GMT
    It's almost Christmas again, which means only one thing (apart from presents and all that malarky) it's time for the annual #monkey-island survey! - created by #mi op Mutton. So if you'd like to voice your opinion on the things/people which were part of the channel this year just go here.

    Mixnmojo EMI Competition
    Posted by Emma @ 22:55 GMT
    Site of all thing LucasArts, Mixnmojo are running a competition where you can win a copy of EMI - signed by the project leaders Mike Stemmle and Sean Clark! There are 10 copies to be given away. To win you must create the Ultimate Insult, if you can. The contest is open to anyone and will run until the 15th of December. For more information go here.

    Please note that you must be signed up as a member of Mixnmojo to enter the competition.


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