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Monday, December 31, 2007
End of an era Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (69)
First, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Next, I will announce that I am closing 'World of Monkey Island'.

This was a hard decision and I've been thinking about it for over a year. I couldn't convince myself to let go of this site, but finally I realized that it's time for me to move on. This website started out of nothing and grew to be the biggest Monkey Island site on the net, but I've reached a point in my life where running a website doesn't have the highest priority and the motivation is also dwindling quickly as there's nothing happening with the MI games. It's been seven years since the last game and there's no indication of a new one coming anytime soon. Basically, I no longer have motivation to continue this site and after 10 years I feel this is the right time to close the site. I came to this decision in August, but I wanted to give the site a 10 year anniversary and I felt the last day of the year was an appropriate day to close the book on WMI. I asked a few people I would trust with the site if they wanted to continue it, but they all declined with the same reasons as me.

I am very proud of this website and what I've accomplished during its 10 years. I can't make a list of all the wonderful things this site has brought me (I actually started making a list, but it was very long), but I have been very happy working on it for 10 years.

Also, don't forget about the Monkey Island wiki which is an excellent and much more effective way to make an information site.

The site will stay online and all content will be available, but news updates, content updates, and fan stuff updates will stop. However, the forums will continue to function as they do now. Haggis has agreed to become an administrator and keep the forums alive so the community still has a place to go. There is also one exception to the stopping of news updates; When Paco makes new comic pages they will be added along with a news post.

The email service will continue, but I urge anyone who uses it to get another free email, like a Gmail. I don't know how many actually uses a @worldofmi.com email. It's ugly and you only get 25 MB of space. Also, the email service will be unsupported so if it goes down it's not sure to come back up. Gmail gives you 2-3 GB and better service, so sign up for one of those :)

Like a bad horror movie I want to leave open the possibility of WMI opening its doors again. It might not be under my command, but in case Monkey Island 5 is announced by LucasArts or someone buys the rights to MI this site will probably spring back to life.

I am not sure I said everything I wanted in this news post, but it's really difficult to write. I want to thank everyone for visiting this site throughout the years. Maybe you've been here from the early years or maybe you're new here, but I hope you have enjoyed your visits.

I also wish to say a very big thank you to everyone who has helped me with this site over the years. Such as Haggis, Ryback, and Junaid. I hope I'm not forgetting anybody. A special thanks goes to Paco who has added so much great art to this site, including the comic of course, and has become a great friend of mine.

Oh, and if anyone is wondering, the skull in the Voodoo Lady's predictions represented this day :)

See ya on Monkey Island!

Monday, December 24, 2007
Merry Christmas! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (19)


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monkey Island wiki Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (26)
Today we reveal our biggest 10th year anniversary celebration as we launch the Monkey Island wiki! A wiki is an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Hande, Ryback, Haggis, Paco, and myself have been busy for over six months getting the wiki ready, but Hande deserves a special thank you as he has contributed most of the main articles and spent a lot of time making sure the MIwiki had a lot of useful info, but I'm of course grateful to all. It's still far from done though, and this is where you come in.

We hope that users of the community will find this an exciting, interesting, and fun project and wants to contribute to it. Maybe you find the article for Guybrush is missing something or the Ron Gilbert article is too short and you know just what to add. Then head over there, make an account, and start editing. If you're unfamiliar with wikis there's a useful help section which explain the different syntaxes used in the wiki, how to make text bold, italic, etc.

If you have a lot of great ideas and want to help shape the look and usefulness of the MIwiki and you're interested in becoming part of the MIwiki moderator team, then send me an email and tell me why you want to be a moderator. All we ask is that you're interested in the MIwiki and willing to spend at least some hours each week on it.

Remember. you don't need to be a moderator to contribute to the wiki :)

Either way, check out the Monkey Island wiki at www.miwiki.net and have fun.
We hope you'll like it!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Ron Gilbert on the phone Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
A German TV-show did a telephone interview with Ron Gilbert. You can watch the clip on YouTube here. No new info revealed, but fun anyway :)

Thanks to Xelzy for the notice.

Sunday, December 16, 2007
Page 52 of MI1 comic Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (16)
You probably don't care anymore. It's like burgers and fries; It tastes good once in a while, but when you get it every day it gets boring. Anyway, we present page 52 of Paco's MI1 comic :) This is the last page for now, but Paco promises to continue the comic on a more frequent basis in 2008. For now, enjoy page 52 :)


Saturday, December 15, 2007
Page 51 of MI1 comic Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (13)
The party never ends! Today we give you page 51 of Paco's MI1 comic. Enjoy! Will there be another new page tomorrow? Maybe! Who knows? Well, I do...


Friday, December 14, 2007
Return of the MI1 comic Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
What? Where? You thought is was dead. You thought we buried it alongside Rapp Scallion. You thought... something else, but no, it has returned! Another fine prediction from the Voodoo Lady comes true today as we present a new page of Paco's MI1 comic, Sure, it's been a while since the last page, 22 months actually, so enjoy this baby, you never know how long it will be until the next! No, hehe. I joke. That's what I do, I make stupid jokes and get weird looks. Anyway, enjoy page 50 and be sure to check back tomorrow, there might be another treat in the stocking...



Monday, December 10, 2007
Forums moving Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
Update: The move is complete and the forums are back up.

The forums are currently unavailable as we are moving them to another database. We expect them to be up again around noon Monday.

Monday, December 3, 2007
See the MI play in Texas Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
Chris Heady, of the Monkey Island play wrote to say this:

Julianne Cain is the first person to accomplish a successful run of the Secret of Monkey Island play in over two years. It's going up at San Marcos High School in San Marcos Texas. December 3rd, 7th, and 8th... for those who can travel. Go. This should be great.

So if your near San Marcos Texas, make arrangements and go see it :)

It should be a movie Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
Another day, another list. Alvaro alerts us that New York Entertainment has posted a top ten list entitled 'The Ten Video Games That Should Be Movies (and the Directors Who Should Make Them)'. The list isn't too serious as it claims people are sick of pirate movies and therefore places Monkey Island at #9. The suggested director is a nice choice though.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Holland loves us Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
Monkey Island and worldofmi.com was mentioned In the Dutch news paper 'NRC Next' last Thursday, November 20th on page 35. Jaap Jansen emailed to tell us about it and was nice enough to include a scan of the article. I have no idea what it says, but Jaap provided a rough translation as well:

4 PLAY

A lanky boy named Guybrush Threepwood wants to be a pirate and arrives on a Caribbean island. Soon, the attractive governess has to be rescued from a spook pirate. This is not the plot of a bad b-movie, but of a classic computer game. The secret of Monkey Island. This adventure game, from 1990, is still worthwhile. Of course, the graphics can not be compared with those of today, but what makes MI as much fun is its humor. A pirate apprehends you on the street and says. "You fight like a dairy farmer" Then you say "How appropriate, you fight like a cow!" Also the three successors are decent and have ensured a true cult scene. Worldofmi.com has been publishing for 10 years stories and art of fans. And in 2005, the American Hammond High School even witnessed a genuine Monkey Island play.


Our quest for world domination is one step closer!


Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monkey Island on your iPhone Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
If you own (or stole, in which case you should really turn yourself in to the police) an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can now install ScummVM on it, with which you can, for instance, play the first 2 Monkey Island games no problem, and Curse of Monkey Island with a little juggling. All the gory details on how to get ScummVM on your hipster accessory can be found here at the ScummVM wiki.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Saturday, November 24, 2007
Ten Years Ago on Kotaku Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Kotaku has posted a small article named Ten Years Ago: LucasArts' Monkey Island Duo. The feature has a few questions and answers with Jonathan Ackley & Larry Ahern from 10 years ago and comments on whether their predictions turned out to be right.

Remember, we also did an interview with Jonathan Ackley a few years after the release of CMI. Read it here.

Thanks to Wally B. Feed for the notice,

Sunday, November 18, 2007
Dominic Armato turns 31 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
We don't usually mention birthdays here on WMI (mostly because we forget them), but BeeKay84 reminded us that today is Dominic Armato's birthday and the nice lad with the sweet voice turns 31 this year. Happy birthday Dominic!

MI makes another list Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Next Generation has posted a list of what they think are the 50 Greatest Game Design Innovations. Although not mentioned by name, we must assume The Secret of Monkey Island is the inspiration for #9.

Thanks to Scott for the notice.

Sunday, November 11, 2007
Checkmate LeChuck Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (8)
Check out this cool chess game at The Adventuress where the pieces are made out of clay in the shapes of our favorite adventure characters. As the king and queen we have Guybrush and Elaine while LeChuck and an undead Elaine make up the royal couple on the other side.

Source: Seanyboy and Grumpy Gamer

Techno remix Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
If you like techno then this is for you. DJ PEP! has submitted a techno remix of the Monkey Island theme to the fan music section. Check it out here and start dancing!

Sunday, November 4, 2007
Ron Gilbert interview! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (13)
The Fortune Lady's first prediction has come true! After 10 years we finally managed to corner Ron Gilbert in a public restroom and force some answers out of him. Read the full interview in which we learn his true feelings about Halo, how often his thoughts wander to half-naked men in ropes, if he's tired of Monkey Island, his view on future games and much more. Maybe he even reveals THE Secret?! Maybe not... Find out in our 10 yeah anniversary interview with Ron Gilbert :)

Here's an excerpt to wet your appetite;

I love episodic. When I left Lucasfilm back in '92 my original idea was to do episodic adventure games (mailed out on floppies!). That idea morphed into going the smaller adventure games for kids.


Saturday, November 3, 2007
EMI, the quick and easy way Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Like yesterday, the Quick And Easy Week brings us Monkey Island fans both an updated and a new tool, this time to aid in running Escape from Monkey Island smoothly. The updated tool is the Escape From Monkey Island Launcher, while the new tool is - you guessed it - Escape From Monkey Island Setup. For more information on what's new, go here.

Friday, November 2, 2007
CMI, the quick and easy way Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
It's Quick And Easy Week over at Quick And Easy Software, and Monkey Island fans get some love on Day 5, with the updated Curse of Monkey Island Launcher, and an entirely new tool: Curse of Monkey Island Setup. They should prove especially useful for users of new Windows versions. Read all about these two tools here.

AVS news Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
There's a bunch of news surrounding A Vampyre Story, the one and only Bill Tiller game. Halloween saw the release of this great card, Bill created a Froderick pumpkin for Double Fine's pumpkin carving contest, the AME blog was updated with some mighty fine information, and yesterday was Bill Tiller's birthday. *takes a deep breath* That was it for now.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Thursday, November 1, 2007
PotC Online sets sail Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Pirates of the Caribbean Online launched yesterday and it's free to download and free to play, but you can choose to pay a monthly fee and get access to all weapons, skill, and many other game features only available to paying players.

Based on the popular movie franchise, the game enables thousands of players to go on adventures as depicted in the films and explore the world beyond, as well. You can create and customize your own pirate, captain your own ship, assemble a crew of pirates and try to become the Caribbean's most legendary and feared marauder. Along the way you'll interact with characters from the movies like Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, along with new characters and enemies unique to the game. Players can forge alliances, hunt for treasure, battle the undead and more.

Check it out :)

Source: PC World

LeChuck's theme Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
A new addition to the fan music section comes courtesy of Son of Shrimp. Check out his version of LeChuck's theme here and you can also visit his MySpace page.

Saturday, October 20, 2007
10 years! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (34)
Today we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of 'The World of Monkey Island'! 10 years! Can you believe it? This site has been on the air for 10 years and it doesn't look a day over nine years and seven months. A decade has gone by with pirates, monkeys, news, interviews, trivia, secrets, glorious fan art, impressive fan music, exclusive features and a lot more great stuff.

We have to celebrate this of course and we have some amazing features planned that we're going to reveal in the coming weeks. This has nothing to do with the fact that we're a bunch of lazy monkeys that hasn't finished it in time for today (by 'we' I mean Paco and Haggis. Mostly Paco. All Paco actually). It is because we want to take some extra time to make it perfect.

At the bottom of this news post you can see an image drawn by Paco in which the Voodoo Lady is predicting what the future brings. Can you figure out what is coming? It's one of those fancy images you can click on to see it in full size. Go ahead and start guessing! It's a hoot!

Until all is revealed you can enjoy the cool new logos on all the designs. They are temporary and not available in stores, so enjoy them while you can!

Guess what new features are coming and remember to check back and see if you were right! Here, have a piece of birthday tofu chicken made by the Cannibals...
Remind me to get new caterers.



Monday, October 15, 2007
Gentlemen, start your time machines Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
Last Saturday, it was Monkey Island Music Day. Somehow, this totally slipped our minds, despite being a pirate tradition several centuries old. Luckily, Destructoid saves the day with some videos you can watch, so you can pretend you totally celebrated this musical occasion after all.

Source: Grumpy Gamer

Monday, October 8, 2007
How to write an adventure game Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
There's a very interesting article on bit-tech.net, titled How to write... an Adventure game. In it, two game designers, one of them being Dave Grossman, are quizzed about the intricacies of writing adventure games. If this is your thing, check it out!

Sunday, October 7, 2007
Bill Tiller answers questions Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
Adventure Gamers has posted an interview with Bill Tiller about A Vampyre Story. Here's a teaser:

What happens is that the vampire hunters are actively trying to hunt down Mona. They know there's another vampire in the castle and they're in the castle for a reason, which I won't reveal. They kind of make it difficult for Mona, they ruin some of the stuff that she needs. That's one way they get involved. Second, there's another villain, which is Shrowdy the vampire, who is so obsessed with Mona that even after he's killed, he's still obsessed with her. So he comes back in the form of a ghost.

Check out the whole thing :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Guybrush for president! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (13)
Today is the day that you can vote for Guybrush Threepwood in GameFAQs' character poll! So get voting already.

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Zack & Wiki: Spiritual successor to MI? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
In an interview with Wired, Zack & Wiki producer Hironobu Takeshita talks about the inspirations for Zack & Wiki. When asked about the similarities to point-and-click adventures from about 10 years back, here's what he says:

That's exactly it. The director of Zack & Wiki is a really big fan of PC point-and-click titles. He played those for many years. After he joined Capcom, he was always saying that he wanted to make one of those adventure games himself. So when we decided to make this adventure game, we were able to combine some of the elements of PC point-and-click games and also use the Wii remote control motion system and put them together into a sort of action/adventure/puzzle game, which really allows us to create a new experience for players.

Read the entire interview here.

Source: Nintendic (via)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sink your teeth into this Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Are you eagerly awaiting A Vampyre Story like I am? Here's a few things to make the waiting easier.

Our friends over at Adventure Gamers whipped up a preview of the game and Gaming Today has a Q&A with Mr. Tiller about A Vampyre Story.

Last, but not least, the official website has the trailer that was shown at the Games Convention in Leipzig. It brings back memories of classic adventures and I just love Mona's voice acting :) I can't wait!

Be sure to also check out Haggis' new blog, The Pumpkin Post, for more info and coverage of A Vampyre Story.

Source: Mixnmojo

Mojo turns ten Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Read all about in this special feature over at the House of Mojo. We might only be a footnote in Mojo history, or they in ours, but it's still very interesting to read. And just so you read it all the way to the end, there's some interesting information in there about what Dominic Armato is currently doing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Ask Tim Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
NeoGAF are holding an interview with Tim Schafer. The good news is that you can send in questions. The bad news is that it's apparently quite a hassle to become a forum member there. The awesome is that you can put your questions into the comments section of this Mojo news post, whereupon Mojo reader numble will pass the best of those questions on.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Monday, September 24, 2007
Pirate song Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Hande adds to the fan music section today with a song from his cartoon Anime Pirates 3 It's sang over the original tune from Escape from Monkey Island and you can check it out here :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
It be Talk Like A Pirate Day Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
Arrr.

Sunday, September 16, 2007
A barrel of monkeys Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and I thought I'd catch on some news:

If you're still playing Counter Strike you might want to check out this map of LeChuck's fortress by Jacob "FreeLanZer" Østergaard. More screenshots here.

Jonathan has made some Monkey Island videos on YouTube where he has mixed clips from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies with AmiGamer's Mega Monkey Medley. Check them out here and here.

Remember this tune by Ben Shelton? Now you can watch a video on YouTube of the music on top of the Monkey Island intro.

Monday, September 10, 2007
Monkey Island park music Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
There's a video up on YouTube of Austrian band Vronz playing some cool Monkey Island music in a park, and it seems as though it's well received by the audience. Check it out here!

Source: Ueshiba

Sunday, September 9, 2007
Gilbert's new game Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
As you know Ron Gilbert is working with Penny Arcade to create an episodic adventure game. The title of the game has been revealed as 'On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness' and you can check out the official site along with a trailer for episode one here.

Source: HPFFE

Saturday, September 8, 2007
Vote for Guybrush Posted by: Haggis | Comments (7)
Not yet, but soon. GameFAQs are holding another one of their video game character popularity contests, and Guybrush is present as well. He'll be coming up in division 8, and he's up against some fierce competition. Check out the schedule here, and don't forget to vote!

Source: Dirk Spaans

Monday, September 3, 2007
Blowing Monkey Island Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
A different piece of music has been added to the fan music section today. It's aptly named Monkey Island played on trumpet by Ben Shelton and you should give it a listen :)

Updated with a better MP3 version.

Sunday, September 2, 2007
Got myself a cryin' talkin' sleepin' walkin'... Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Just an advance note that September 19th will be Talk Like a Pirate Day again, so you can hurl Monkey Island insults at your friends, who will have no idea what you're on about. But the fun doesn't stop there! Indeed, pirate brethren, September 20th sees the birth of a brand new pirate holiday: Walk Like a Pirate Day! So now you can talk the talk and walk the walk!

Source: Pirates and Privateers

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
New A Vampyre Story site Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
Remember A Vampyre Story, Bill Tiller's upcoming game? Of course you do! Well, now there's a new web site, hot on the heels of Double Fine's newly released site. Point your browser to this general direction to admire it in all its glory!

Be Guybrush or Elaine Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
Feeling piratey? Want to be someone different at your next fancy-dress party? Then why not try dressing up as Guybrush or Elaine? Detailed instruction can be found here at Instructables.

Source: d.a.one

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Double Fine redesign Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Double Fine - you know, Tim Schafer's company - has a web site. That web site is now totally new. There are also forums now. The interesting thing about this? In the forums, there is a (currently empty) section called "Games of Yore", which promises to feature discussions on Monkey Island and other antique games. So you may want to register for when the time comes for Monkey Island fans to take over the DF forums.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Friday, August 17, 2007
Guitar island Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
The fan music section is really enjoying a revival this week as another piece of music is added. Today's addition comes courtesy of ben bosco and is the Melee Island map screen arranged for guitar. You can also check out a YouTube video of ben bosco playing the tune on guitar :)

Memories Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
Peefy found this old episode of a show called 'Computer Chronicles'. This was originally broadcast in 1991 and takes a look of some of the hottest new games. A few minutes is spent on classic LucasArts goodness with glimpses of technology advanced games with sophisticated animation such as Indiana Jones 3. Loom, and, wait for it, The Secret of Monkey Island.

If you just want to watch the LucasArts minutes you can catch that segment on YouTube by clicking this lovely link. I love Brian Moriarty's haircut. He must have spent hours in front of the mirror :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007
Speed metal bar Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
The fan music section is alive again as Thomas J. Bergersen has submitted his cover of the Scumm Bar theme. In his own words it's a 'speed metal version of the Scumm Bar theme complete with the rudimentary super fast solo'. Take a listen :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Guitar bar Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
The fan music section stirs today as Jouko Haapaluoma has contributed to it with a guitar cover of the Scumm Bar theme. You can also find a video of him playing the theme on his guitar over at YouTube. Check it out :)

Friday, August 3, 2007
Top of the pop Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Yet another one of those fascinating top-something lists has popped up courtesy of GameSpy. This time it rates the Top 25 Video Game Cinematic Moments and the intro from The Curse of Monkey Island takes the impressive 24th spot! The list is some months old, but no one apparently noticed it. Thanks to tmfm2000 (pronounced exactly as it is spelled) for pointing us in its direction.

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Monkey Island on speed...in English! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
Remember this? We said an English version were on its way and now it's here! Majus emailed me to tell me that the English version is now available on his website. Just aim your mouse at this link and enjoy!

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Monkey Island posters Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
Of course you all know Laserschwert, the talented Photoshopper who makes all sorts of things for your enjoyment, like CD covers, and... wait for it... posters! For a limited time only, you can download them at Adventure-Treff.de. For more information and additional download locations, check out this Telltale forum thread.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Big icons Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
If you're using a fancy new operating system, chances are you'd like to use some big icons for your Monkey Island games. Well, now you can download them at this location. Or if you don't want to use them as icons, print them out on adhesive paper and stick them on walls all across town. Or something.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Best games ever Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
EDGE has issued a special edition of its magazine, containing the 100 best video games of all time. You'll find The Secret of Monkey Island in 79th place in the list, which is headed by The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Source: Next Generation

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Community news Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
The third part of Nightlight Productions' Monkey Island radio play, Beneath Monkey Island, is online. Listen to it here. In other news, The Essential Guide to Monkey Island is back online, so you may want to check it out.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Monkey Island on speed Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (18)
The German website MajusArts has made a flash movie which shows the entire story of The Secret of Monkey Island in only a few minutes. Quite hilarious even if you don't speak German and an English version is also be in the making. Apparently is has even been featured on TV in Germany.

Thanks to Neola for the heads up.

Thursday, June 28, 2007
PotC vs MI comparison #1138 Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
There's an article here that discusses some similarities between the Monkey Island games and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Of course die-hard Monkey Island fans have already noticed the similarities, but it still gives further weight to the argument that PotC is indeed a Monkey Island rip-off. Read it here.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Friday, June 22, 2007
Believe it or not Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
Links to the videos of the Monkey Island play has finally been added! Just go to the MI Play page, click on the 'Videos' link, and download away!. There are also links to the videos and the bloopers video at YouTube. If you're not familiar with the Monkey Island play then this is a perfect opportunity to read about it, see pictures, and watch it. Check it all out!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Remix for your ears Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
The latest addition to the fan music section comes from Gustavo Herrera who has submitted a remix aptly entitled 'Church remix'. Sounds a bit R&B to me and you expect Guybrush to start rapping :)

Saturday, June 16, 2007
PotC IS the Monkey Island movie Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (15)
We got some very interesting information yesterday from a very reliable source.

First off, as we had suspected, Jim Ward (president of LEC) is strongly against doing any old IPs. (Except Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Thrillville) and is against adventure games for financial reasons.

Secondly, As we assumed, the artwork from Steve Purcell was for the canceled Monkey Island movie that ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) was working on in 2000. The really interesting thing is that the movie was going to be produced by Steven Spielberg (who is a big Monkey Island fan himself). He asked Ted Elliott, a script writer who has worked on several Disney movies (including 'Treasure Planet') and on 'Steven Spielberg’s Director's Chair' game, to help with the story for the MI movie.

The Monkey Island movie never got the green light and years later Ted Elliott wrote 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl', which took several ideas from Monkey Island. So basically the first two PotC movies are the Monkey Island movie.

Our source wants to remain anonymous, but you can be sure this information is correct.

I guess the similarities between the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Monkey Island were not coincidences...

Friday, June 15, 2007
SMI remake in three amazing dimensions! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
Check out this post over at the Mixnmojo.com forums, where a certain paprik123456 sends word of a project he's working on: remaking the first Monkey Island game, in 3D! For the ones among you who are of little faith, he has some examples of backgrounds on his site, and they look very tasty. So if you're a programmer or character artist and you want to help this guy out, hop on in.

Thursday, June 14, 2007
The Secret of Rumour Island Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
Since posting those pictures sent in by Steve Purcell, the Internet has been exploding with rumours about a possible fifth Monkey Island game. Even big sites, like Slashdot, Guardian Unlimited's Gamesblog, and Kotaku have picked up on the rumour. But should you really get excited? Let's analyse this rumour and see if we can't put it to rest.

First of all, the source of the 'Monkey Island 5 is in production' rumour, Rumor Reporter, is not watertight. But, but, but, what about those pictures? Well, it could be a coincidence that Steve Purcell sent those images just after we posted about that rumour. But, butbutbutbutbut surely those pictures, that are unrelated to any existing or cancelled piratey project must be of a new Monkey Island game?! Well, take a look at this quote from an interview we did with Steve Purcell:

As far as a Monkey Island movie, I'm probably not allowed to confirm or deny in print for numerous, obscure contractual reasons. Although I'd love to share some completely random unrelated pirate images I have lying around.

When looking at it like this, it would seem that those might be the pictures. In other words, Steve had them lying around, and they're not related to a Monkey Island game that's supposedly being produced as we speak. The final nail in the coffin of this rumour would then appear to be this Mojo news post from 2005, which talks about this Monkey Island movie, which Steve Purcell worked on, as well as a certain Tony Stacchi. The latter has some concept art in his portfolio. Go ahead and click on that link, then look at the images in the second row from the bottom. Especially note the fifth and seventh from the left, and compare those to the images Steve Purcell sent in. Note the similarities in LeChuck's hat, and the not entirely dissimilar sea lizards.

So it would appear that the rumours are a proverbial storm in a glass of water. But since I'm not one to crush anyone's dreams, just see this as a possible alternate explanation of recent events.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monkey Island inspires Spain Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
Remember the story about a Finnish band that had a song inspired by Monkey Island? Well, they are not the only ones. Malte Lenhart sends word about a Spanish band named Ska-P who took similar inspiration from Monkey Island.

On their 1998 album "Eurosis" there is a song entitled "Simpático Holgazán" with a beginning that sounds suspiciously like the LeChuck theme from Lechuck's Revenge. You can listen to a sample of the song here.

Because of legal reasons and hordes of lawyers with big sticks the MP3 only contains the first 25 seconds of the song, but if you head over to YouTube you can see a video of the band performing the song at a festival. There is also a video of a group (not Ska-P I think) performing the song in a club. It's hard to hear what they sing, but the LeChuck part is pretty clear. Click here for that.

Update: Many users seem to think the inspiration comes from 'Hall of the Mountain King' by Edwarg Grieg.

Thursday, June 7, 2007
Steve Purcell artwork Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (22)
There was a nice surprise in my inbox when I received some emails from Steve Purcell containing some paintings that is, in his own words, "in no way connected to any existing or canceled piratey project.." Make of that what you will, but the dead pirate guy sure looks familiar :) Enjoy!




Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Monkey Island 5 coming? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (16)
Why yes, according to Bruce of Rumor Reporter, it is, but not before 2008. Here's what he has to say on the matter, answering a question for a person named James:

James, the fifth Monkey Island is coming. I know some of the guys who worked on the music compositions for the original PC classics, and they say that it is currently being planned amidst rumors.

As with any rumour, apply salt generously.

Source: Nindalf

Nightlight Island 2 Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Nightlight Productions, the place to go for LucasArts-inspired radio plays, have published the second part of their Monkey Island radio play, Beneath Monkey Island. Listen to part 2 here, and if you feel you have some catching up to do, here's part 1.

Source: 8 of 12

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Guybrush is a weirdo Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
The site richardcobbett.co.uk has an article about the 50 strangest and weirdest moments in PC gaming. It's a fun read and Guybrush makes an apperence at number 20. You can also find some Ron Gilbert goodness at #32. Click here :)

Thanks to Wally B Feed for spotting it.

Everybody wants a Monkey Island movie Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
Well, maybe not everybody, but most of you people reading this want one, and now Karn Bianco, who is a Cubed³ editor, wants a Monkey Island movie as well. Read it all here, where several Cubed³ staffers share their thoughts on what games they would like to see being made into movies.

Monday, June 4, 2007
Music for your ears Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Olli Suoranta has submitted a new remix to the Fan music section entitled In the cave with Jojo and Captain Rottingham. Enjoy :)

Sunday, June 3, 2007
MI heroes Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
Michael Cochran sends word of two interesting news items. First up there's this Russian poster (WARNING: minor cartoon nudity), which has LeChuck on it, among other gaming heroes. Also, there's this article listing the top 25 video game heroes. Guybrush made it to #15.

Friday, June 1, 2007
Know your pirate islands! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
In the wake of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Forbes Traveler have put up an article discussing 10 famous pirate islands, including a picture slideshow. Marvel at the idyllic vistas that inspired the Monkey Island islands, and maybe even learn a thing or two. Check out the story here.

Friday, May 25, 2007
On Stranger Tides - the movie Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
From the guy that had nothing to do with the Monkey Island play besides film it from the back of the auditorium with nothing but his camera microphone brings you 'On Stranger Tides' and this time its for realz!

Those are the words of Scummbuddy, who directed a student film based on the book On Stranger Tides, which was of course an influence on both MI and PotC. It's well worth watching, so have a look.

Update: Sadly, the movie has been taken down due to some Hollywood big wig owning the movie rights to the book. On the bright side, this could mean we'll get to see On Stranger Tides: Hollywood Edition some time in the future.

Source: Mojo

Thursday, May 24, 2007
Mojo reviews PotC Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Mixnmojo.com (you know, that news site about all things LucasArts and related... and unrelated) have put up a review of Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Gabez. The connection with Monkey Island, which is sometimes referred to by MI fans, is discussed as well. While that connection is probably non-existent, On Stranger Tides actually happens to have been an inspiration for the PotC screenwriters, just as it was to Ron Gilbert, according to Udvarnoky's comment in the Mojo news post. Read the review here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
CMI radio drama - Part 3 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
The third and final part of the CMI radio drama has aired and you can get the podcast (two mp3s) here. It's a stunning conclusion and there's a little hint at the end indicating that we might hear more radio drama, either that or I completely missed the point :)

There's credits at the end, but I also wrote them here, because I think the people behind this deserves recognition for their hard work. (To be fair I copied most of the credits from the podcast site :) This is truly a very impressive piece of work and if you haven't heard any of the parts yet you should check out all the podcasts right here

CMI script adapted for radio by John Cusick. Produced by Sarah Elmaleh using the game's sound effects and music.

Starring Adam Read-Brown as Guybrush Threepwood. Featuring Zach LeClair as the Narrator, Mort the Gravedigger, and Charles deGoulash; Sarah Elmaleh as Elaine and Carnival Patron Number 1; Micah DuBreuil as Captain LeChuck; Aaron Reuben as Haggis McMutton; Jessalee Landfried as Lemonhead; John Cusick as Cutthroat Bill and Dinghy Dog; Edward Bauer as Edward Van Helgen and Griswold Goodsoup; Ben Seretan as Stan and Cruff; Randa Tawil as Minnie Goodsoup, The Snowcone Guy, and Carnival Patron Number 2; Sean Richards as Murray; Mary Lauran Hall as The Lost Welshman; Mike James as King Andre; and Rory Bradley as the Wharf Rat.

Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tycho and Gabe... and Ron Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
You may have read about the episodic Penny Arcade adventure game being made, and about Ron Gilbert being involved with the project. Well, now the guys at Penny Arcade have posted some info about what that collaboration involves:

We had our first meeting with Ron pretty early in the design process. Tycho and I were getting the story fleshed out and we had some ideas about the design and over all pace of the game. We laid it all out for Ron and then he picked up a whiteboard marker and started teaching class.

Go here to read all about it.

Source: Murraybwahahahahahahahaha

Sunday, May 6, 2007
Vote for revival Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
GameFAQs has a poll up on their site that asks the question: Which now-dormant classic game series do you think most deserves to be revived? One of the series to vote for is Monkey Island, so you know what to do (the poll is on the front page and lasts for a day). Update: The poll is now closed, and here are the results.

Source: rikiki

Scissor Sisters like MI Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
xbox.com did a small interview with Babydaddy and Jake from the American band Scissor Sisters Apparently, they both like adventure games and Jake in particular is devoted to Monkey Island and every other year he throws a bi-annual Monkey Island party. Check out the short interview here.

Thanks to Stephen Adams for letting us know about it.

LeChuck in the Scummbar Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
Laurent has submitted a remix of LeChuck's theme and the Scummbar theme to the fan music section. It sounds a bit electronic, I like it :) Check it out here.

Saturday, May 5, 2007
On Monkey Island fanboys Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
A new writer for bit-tech, Joe Martin discusses fanboys in his first column. Interesting is that he got his inspiration to write it by listening to the radio play posted about on this site - he goes on to discuss various degrees of fanboys, and luckily, we seem to get off the hook as not too dangerous. It's an interesting read.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
CMI radio drama - Part 2 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
You can now grab the podcast of the second part (two mp3s) of the CMI radio play by clicking here. Enjoy :)

Friday, April 27, 2007
CMI radio drama schedule Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
Part II of the CMI radio drama airs tomorrow (Saturday 28th) at 2 PM. Eastern (That is 8 PM CET/6 PM GMT). You can listen to the radio station here and the podcasts will be ready soon after. In case they get cut off the air, the podcasts will always feature the whole radio drama. Part III, the last one, will air May 12th, also at 2 PM Eastern.

IGN interviews GG Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
IGN has conducted an interview with Grumpy Gamer Ron Gilbert, founding father of Monkey Island and the SCUMM programming language. The interview is mostly about SCUMM, which turns 20 this year, but still makes for an interesting read. Click here to read it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
PotC featurette Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
The release date of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is nearing and a new featurette about Jack Sparrow has been released at TheMovieBox.net Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to the new featurette.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
MI2 5th best adventure, says IGN Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
IGN have a weekly feature called Top 10 Tuesday, in which they publish a gaming-related - you got it - top 10. This week Last week, they featured graphical adventure games, because this year apparently marks the 20th anniversary of our beloved SCUMM engine. Several LucasArts classics have made the list, and LeChuck's Revenge ended up in fifth place. Have a look at the list here.

Source: The Telltale Blog

Monday, April 23, 2007
Mojo interview with Bill Tiller Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Gabez, of Mixnmojo.com, has interviewed Bill Tiller in and around his office. In the interview, Bill talks about (of course) his new game A Vampyre Story, Tolkien, World of Warcraft, the cancelled sequel(s) to Full Throttle, and yes, Monkey Island. And other things. It's a great read, so just read it already!

Friday, April 20, 2007
CMI radio drama - Part 1 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
I got an email from Sarah about a Curse of Monkey Island radio drama she has made together with her boyfriend for a non-profit university radio station. It will be in three parts and part one (four mp3s) can now be downloaded from this podcast site.

Excerpt from the podcast site:

A grog-swillin', side-splittin' radio drama based on the immortal LucasArts adventure game, on this its 10th anniversary!

Join 'Mighty Pirate' Guybrush Threepwood on an epic quest to save his beloved Elaine from a terrible voodoo curse! Ghosts, cannibals, zombie pirates...and El Pollo Diablo. Originally aired on The Waterpipe Theater, April 14th, 2007


I haven't listened to it all yet, but so far I think it's excellent. The dialogue is very good and the voice acting is impressive, especially from the guy playing Guybrush. I'm looking forward to the other parts :)

Monday, April 16, 2007
PotC3 featurette Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
At ComingSoon.net you can watch a new featurette from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. There's some (hilarious) new scenes shown and a few snips of the main cast saying how great the movie is. Watch it in high definition, low definition, and in tea leaves by clicking here.

Remixed LeChuck theme Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Joona Koski has submitted a nice remix of the LeChuck theme to the Fan Music section. Listen to it here :)

Thursday, April 12, 2007
Monkey Island on Gamecube Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
Wired's Game | Life blog reports that ScummVM, the virtual machine to play older adventure games (like, say, the Monkey Island game) has been released for Gamecube. This might also open possibilities for a Wii port, but for now, here's the Gamecube version.

Source: Game | Life

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Ninja Loves Pirate Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
As we all know, you guys love pirates. And video games. So you may be interested in this indie game called Ninja Loves Pirate. You can also download a demo of the game, so see if you enjoy it. Thanks to Paul Smith for the heads up.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Monkey Island inspires Finland Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
The Finnish heavy metal band Finntroll has a song on their new album "Ur Jordens Djup" influenced by the Monkey Island series. The name of the song is "En mäktig här".

I have no knowledge of this ban so I'll take the liberty to quote Rapp Scallion who informed us about it:

I noticed similarities to the ending of LeChuck's theme and the theme from The Scumm Bar in EMI in this song. I wondered if anyone at the Finntroll-forum had noticed it too, and with a little search I found this post from the keyboardist in the band, Trollhorn:

"Yes, I shamelessly admit that it was hugely inspired by the MI- series, haha! And the "working title" was also known as "Shakira", so draw your conclusions if you will. :D"
.

Check the forum thread here:

Rapp Scallion also provided up with two samples of the song, so you can hear the MI bits. Press your mouse button here and here. Thanks Rapp! :)

Sunday, April 1, 2007
Monkey Island contest Posted by: Haggis | Comments (16)
The World of Monkey Island is proud to present... a Monkey Island quiz, with a grand prize! You could be the lucky owner of a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle, signed by the WMI staff! All you need to do is answer these questions; the first letters of the correct answers will reveal the e-mail address you'll have to send your answers to. Good luck!

1) Pants? He don't need no stinkin' pants!
2) Last name of the guy who lends his voice to Guybrush
3) The colour of Guybrush' ship in Escape from Monkey Island
4) This island is famous for its feral chickens
5) The only female student at Miss Rivers' pirate transmogrification school
6) ____ Wilmunder was one of the creators of the SCUMM programming language
7) This villain has no sense of smell
8) Guybrush had a drinking contest with this aptly-named pirate
9) Syrup made with this flower will make a snake sick
10) If you need a barrister, this is the island to go to
11) According to the Mêlée Island lookout, Guybrush looks like a ____
12) Collector of stuffed animals
13) Has frequent run-ins with the law due to his love of flowers
14) Wherever you go, on sea or on land, you can't hide from ____
15) The name of Slappy Cromwell's theatre show
16) 'Then perhaps you should switch to ____'
17) H.T. Marley participated in a sailing race off the coast of this country
18) The comeback to 'You make me want to puke.'

Saturday, March 31, 2007
Your reading assignment for today Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Welcome class, and thanks for bringing me a fresh apple. Today, you will be concentrating on improving your English reading skills, by reading two articles from the 52nd issue of Games™ magazine. One is an interview with Tim Schafer, the other an essay on Monkey Island 2. You can access the reading material at this location. Good luck!

Source: The International House of Mojo

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Grumpygamer slashdotted Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Ron Gilbert recently made some comments about movies being like games and the new film '300' on his blog, GrumpyGamer.com . The little feature even made the news on slashdot.

Thanks to David for letting us know.

Mojo does GDC Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
Gabez, of Mixnmojo.com fame, has had an opportunity to visit the offices of Telltale Games, and the Game Developers Conference. You can read his report here. (The connection with Monkey Island is that Telltale have a copy of Escape from Monkey Island in their office, and that Telltale are working on a secret project that can't be anything else than Monkey Island 5. According to a highly authoritative journalist.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Pirates 3 trailer online Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
The trailer for the third (and possibly last) film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series is now online. You can watch the spectacle unfold over here. You can also download high definition versions of the trailer at Yahoo! Movies.

Source: The International House of Mojo, and Kedri for the HD trailer

Friday, March 16, 2007
Guybrush on the edge Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
The British gaming magazine Edge magazine ran an article on the importance of gaming avatars and how the best characters change the way a user plays the game.

How could such a feature be complete without the mention of our pirate hero Guybrush Threepwood? Thanks to Wally B Feed for the news and the scan of the article inlay :)


Thursday, March 15, 2007
Capcom making pirate game for Wii Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
Video game maker Capcom are planning a new game for the Wii, called 'Treasure Island Z'. Why should that interest you? Well, it's apparently an adventure game, with the main character being a pirate in search of treasure. A story like that should sound appealing to Monkey Island fans. You can find a scan of the Famitsu magazine article breaking the story here.

Source: Wii UK

Saturday, March 10, 2007
Kotaku previews PotBS Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Remember Pirates of the Burning Sea, that pirate-themed MMORPG? Well, gaming blog Kotaku got a chance to get some hands-on time with the game at GDC, and the ensuing hilarity can be read here. Also, it appears that closed beta will be starting soon, so you may want to sign up for that.

Thursday, March 8, 2007
Snow on Monkey Island Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (13)
Elliot Hyde sent us an email with a link to some great photos of the giant monkey head made in snow. I have no information on who made it, where, or when it was made, but it looks cool :) (No pun intended). Click here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Jazz it up Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
The Fan music section is joined today by two new tunes from Jyrki Talvitie. The first is a jazzy track named The Monkey Island Jazz and the second track is a nutty one called Monkey Island Goes Nuts :) Enjoy!

Sunday, March 4, 2007
Xfire now supports CMI, EMI Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
If you use Xfire, I'm sure this will be very exciting news. If you don't, pretend you didn't read this, or try out the program and tell us what it's like. Apparently, Xfire now supports both The Curse of Monkey Island and Escape from Monkey Island. So now you can chat with your fellow Monkey Island fans without ever leaving Guybrush' wondrous world!

Source: ozzie212121

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Telltale is growing a pirate Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
If you head over to the Sam & Max page over at Telltale Games, and scroll down a little to the Interim Theater, you can watch a pirate being grown. While Jake Rodkin has already denied that Telltale are making a Monkey Island game, a pirate's a pirate, and we like pirates, so check it out. (Warning: It's only slightly more exciting than watching paint dry.)

Sunday, February 25, 2007
Monkey Island, mate! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
As is evident from this news post over at mixnmojo.com, Aussies and Kiwis are able to purchase reissues of many classic LucasArts games, including The Curse of Monkey Island. Head over to the comments section of said news post for the juicy details.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Celtic Scumm Bar Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
A group called Peddler's Tune have done a cover of the Scumm Bar theme, and boy, does it sound good! You can download an mp3 of it here, and you can get a live version here.

Source: evilbob280

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
MI Music at GDC Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
Cubed3 has an article up about the original LucasArts composers performing at the Game Developers Conference, on March 9. Among the songs played will be some Monkey Island music, so you may want to check it out if you have the chance, to see your musical heroes up close.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Saturday, February 17, 2007
PotGSL update Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
It looks like the date for the PotGSL (Pirates of the Great Salt Lake) movie to be released in theaters has been pushed back to sometime between July and August. They''re having problem getting the movie distributed, but are aiming to distribute it them selves and promise a DVD release before the end of the year. If you have no idea what Pirates of the Great Salt Lake is you should check out the official website (Including the trailer), the myspace page, and the first news post we did about the movie.

If you wish to sneak a view of the movie, there's an opportunity to do so at two festivals in the US. Excerpt from the PotGSL newsletter:

"Many of ye have asked, and we're happy to tell ye, we're goin' to do a festival screenin' in Utah!

There are the following upcoming screenings to report:

Four Site Film Festival
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Where: Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden, UT

Regular tickets for this screening will cost $10. Students and seniors get in for $7. But, we've managed to work ye a deal. If you come dressed as a pirate, ye'll get in fer half price!

Lake County Film Festival
When: Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 10 am
Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 11:45 am
Where: Libertyville High School Theater, Libertyville, IL

We don't know ticket prices for this fest yet, but ye can get more info here."

Thanks to Jordan Colton for imforming us.

Sunday, February 11, 2007
New POTC3 screens Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Some new shots from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End have surfaced, and you can check them out here.

Source: /Film

Thursday, February 8, 2007
Making of MI Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
Just a short notice to let you know that the latest issue of Retro Gamer (#34) has a feature called 'The Making of' in which The Secret of Monkey Island is included. What it is about I don't know, since I don't have the magazine, but check it out if you're able to get your hook in it and tell us what it's about :)

Thanks to MisterK2 for the heads up.

Update: We got scans! Thriftweed_ was nice enough to scan the article for us all to see. Enjoyable article that brings back a lot of memories of the golden days :)

Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
PotC Online for free Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
Head over to The International House of Mojo for the complete scoop. The bottom line is that you will be able to download and play the Pirates of the Caribbean MMORPG for free, which could either mean it will be really crappy and filled with Orlando Bloom admirers, or it could mean a gigantic Monkey Island fan reunion, with free grog for all. Also mentioned in the comments section of that Mojo news post is that there's a wiki for the game.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Monday, January 29, 2007
Steve Purcell auctions off original MI2 art Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (18)
Steve Purcell emailed us to let us know that he has put the original back cover illustration for LeChuck's Revenge up for sale on eBay. I've always loved the box art for the original games and it is a real treat to see it in full without text and screenshots covering parts of it. I'm just wondering, is the skeleton holding the frame included? Check out the auction to make a bid and see more close-up images of the illustration.


Friday, January 26, 2007
WoW Threepwood guild Posted by: Haggis | Comments (7)
Ron Gilbert has just posted an announcement over at his blog, Grumpy Gamer. What's it about, you ask? Well, if you play World of Warcraft, you can join a Monkey Island themed guild called 'Threepwood', headed up by none other than the Monkey Island creator himself!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
PotC3 concept art Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (3)
Ain't It Cool News has posted some concept art from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and one of the images is particularly interesting as it shows an island or part of an island made from shipwrecks. (Woodtick anyone?). This art may be considered minor spoilers, so view them at your own risk.

Thanks to Michael Alahouzos for the heads up.

Edit: It seems Disney asked to have the pictures removed, but Herman Toothdecay has provided a link to where you can still view the art. See it while you can :)

Saturday, January 20, 2007
Monkey Island on piano Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (14)
Neola enjoys playing the piano and she does it very well. She has actually posted some videos on YouTube of her playing various Monkey Island tunes on her piano (apparently it's really an electric organ pretending to be a piano) as well as a Pirates of the Caribbean medley. She notes that she didn't read the sheet music but figured everything out by ear, so they might differ from the originals.

Check out the videos, it's enjoyable to watch. I wish I could play like that :)

The Scumm Bar (MI1)
Jojo The Monkey (MI2):
The Scumm Bar (MI4)
Talking To Jojo Junior (MI4):
And A PotC medley

Edit:
Check out Captain Dread as well :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Dramatic music Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
The fan music section keeps growing and today we've added Ashley Tarrant's 'Curse Of Monkey Island Main Theme' in which Ashley took a MIDI file of the Monkey Island theme and added instruments to give it a more dramatic twist. Enjoy :)

Monday, January 15, 2007
Oh la la, AVS goes French Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
French site Clubic - which is about, whatever it is, but it must be interesting if you comprehend French - has posted an article about Bill Tiller's A Vampyre Story getting a French publisher, Focus, which will distribute it to France, the Benelux, and the United Kingdom. Also included are two very nice new backgrounds - it's like Curse of Monkey Island, only prettier! You can read a Google Translated version of the article here.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Sunday, January 14, 2007
World of Monkey Island Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
A guild in the game World of Warcraft aims to create a Monkey Island movie using the locations in the game. The movie will be aptly titled 'World of Monkey Island' :) The film will follow the script of 'The Secret of Monkey Island' although changed a bit so it works better as a movie.

Filming is set to begin mid-January for a release on YouTube. Check out this link for a rough sketch of the intro and poke your nose in this forum thread to read more about the project and give suggestions for locations as well as feedback on the work so far.

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Monkey Island analyzed Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
The Secret of Monkey Island is the subject of an analysis by Jordi Fine, who takes a look at the game from a designer point of view, and particularly how the gamer should experience a story. It's very interesting to look at this game from a different angle, so read the feature over at Game Career Guide.

Source: Gamasutra

Mega Monkey Medley Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
AmiGamer has submitted an amazing MP3 to the fan music section. It's a medley of most of the music from The Secret of Monkey Island and it sounds simply wonderful. My favourite has to be the Melee Island theme, I love the flutes he uses. The MP3 weighs in at 9.59 MB, but it shouldn't be a problem to most and this is surely not to be missed!. Grab it here,

Thursday, January 11, 2007
MI arranged for brass band Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
Dr. Ond submitted a neat MP3 to the fan music section. It's the MI1 theme arranged for brass band and performed live by Oster Brass of Norway. Very impressive to listen to. Get it here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Poll my finger Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (16)
ActionTrip is having a poll on which franchise users would like to see make a comeback. Monkey Island is... well, behind in 8th spot with 5.78% of the votes as of this writing. The poll is in the left pane of the website. Go make a difference :)

Thanks to Mohamed Lee for the heads up.

Edit: It's on 5th place now with 8.57% of the votes. Go vote :)

Edit 2: Monkey Island is now at #3 with 13.44% of the votes. There's less than 3% to snatch the top spot. We can do it!

Edit 3: #2 spot now with 0.54% to the top spot. Come on people!

Edit 4: Monkey Island is at #1 now! Ahead of games such as Diablo and Starcraft. Keep voting though, we need it to stay at #1 :)

Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Ron Gilbert writes about monkeys, steals picture Posted by: Haggis | Comments (16)
Well, actually it's not so much stealing, it's more of an homage to Paco's Monkey Island comic, which was in turn an infringement of Ron Gilbert's game's copyright. Can you spot which of the monkeys from the comic's cover Ron has used in his little write-up, which has nothing to do with Monkey Island but everything with monkey terrorists? Send us the answer on a postcard to win a chance of knowing we read your postcard.

Update: Mister Gilbert has shown remorse and appended a little note to his post that says the image is indeed from Paco's comic. Very nice, thank you!


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