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  1. Here's the sought-after forum for old-timer LucasFans visitors. A warning to new readers: the discussion may not make any sense to anyone. But that's the way they like it. Go figure.

  2. Oh gawd, there are too many... Just a few from the top of my head.


    Sam & Max Hit the Road

    Sam: That was a pleasantly understated credit sequence.

    Max: I enjoyed the cheesy retro ambience.

    Sam: What the hell are you talking about, Max?

    Max: Sam, either termites are burrowing through my skull or one of us is ticking.


    Grim Fandango

    Waiter at Blue Casket: She takes from the rich and gives to me to pour.


    Manuel: Glottis... Glottis... is that a German name?

    Glottis: Oh, no! My roots lie not in any Earthly nation's soil. I am an elemental spirit summoned up from the Land of the Dead itself and given one purpose, one skill, one desire... TO DRIVE! Or, to change oil or adjust timing belts if no driving jobs are open.

  3. Originally posted by Natty

    I don't know whether it's a 'choice' to be gay or whether it's a I can't think of the word I'm looking for, ok basically they're born gay. The thing I don't get with gays is why does it take them to realize at the age of 14/15/16 that they're gay? I personally don't have anything wrong with gays- I love em dearly, they're so cute personality wise, especially drag queens :D


    (Just briefly stepping into this heated discussion.)


    Natty, that is natural development for any teen. A person becomes aware of his/her own sexuality in teenage; some sooner, some later. It works the same way for straights, bisexuals, gays, lesbians, transsexuals or whatever you happen to be. There's a lot of uncertainty connected to that particular age when one's exploring sexuality and many people who end up being straight in their lives have gay experiences then -- and vice versa. Also, this uncertainty mixed with the heterosexual expectations of the society lead to the fact that gay teens are more likely to attempt or commit suicide than straights of the same age.


    Swordmaster signing off in rainbow colors. :cool:

  4. Originally posted by LucasTones

    I was really suprised, not to say pleased, when I got my 'volume 1 issue 1' adventurer.


    Me too. :) I got it indirectly from Ebay, from someone who was selling old LucasArts software and had some extra copies of The Adventurer when I contacted him/her. He/she was kind enough to send me a copy of the first issue for a minimal fee even though I didn't bid on any of the items.


    I got my copy of the Loom from Ebay for a bargain price, too. Complete with audio drama on cassette, illustrated manuals and all that of course. :D

  5. I have some copies of The Adventurer (two earlier ones in the newspaper format and some in the later A5 size), posters for Rebel Assault 2 and Fate of Atlantis, an EMI coaster (uh, beermat) and postcard (cheers Remi!), soundtracks for The Dig, Outlaws and Grim Fandango, LucasArts baseball cap, The Dig novelization, Fate of Atlantis comic series (four issues) and a Grim Fandango cardboard stand. That's about it, I think.

  6. Originally posted by QueZTone

    the soundtrack of Outlaws which was as audio tracks on the game cds, was it actually also released as a just audio tracked cd soundtrack? So i mean the soundtrack as a seperate cd, seperate product.


    Yes, there was a separate album release too. I believe it was only given out as a bonus from the LucasArts Company Store; I got my copy off of Ebay. The music itself is identical to what appeared on the game CDs, I believe, and the cover leaflet only features a few lines from Clint Bajakian so you don't get much extra value with the release. Still, it's a nice album. :)

  7. As stated above, Peter's score to Grim Fandango includes more musical influences than probably any game score I've heard. The orchestral bits definitely honor the classic film noir scores from movies such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. You might be interested in checking out film composers Max Steiner and Adolph Deutsch. The jazzy parts are influenced by legendary musicians such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and the likes. Peter mentioned going to some L.A. swing clubs for inspiration when composing the music, too. (There are many sub-genres in jazz so it's difficult to say exactly which type of jazz you would enjoy, but here's a useful link to Verve Music Group -- click on the JazzEd button in the navigation bar and you'll find a page that helps you find your favorite jazz styles.)


    The ethnic tracks include mariachi plus Peruvian and Indian elements. This is what you can find in the "world music" section of your record store and library; the albums are usually categorized by country so it shouldn't be too difficult to locate something similar. Look for older folk music rather than newer pop music, though. ;)


    A bit off-topic, I found it extremely entertaining how Peter included bars from "Internationale" in the sea bee's revolution part of the game. A very cultivated detail which further strengthens the emotional impact of the scene.

  8. Being a long-time fan of LucasArts music, I can nothing but agree with you all. I'd love to see a compilation album with re-orchestrated music from their games, or better yet a whole series of reorchestrated albums, one for each adventure. I'd die to hear a real symphony orchestra perform some of their finest pieces live -- been my wet day dream for years already. :D And yes, Monkey 2 would definitely be at the top of the list, along with Fate of Atlantis.


    Luckily, we have official soundtracks for The Dig, Outlaws and Grim Fandango. :)


    (Tel, if you are reading this: any more reorchestrated tracks coming in the near future?)

  9. Originally posted by Hel-ter

    The whole idea of Manny and Meche is taken from Chinatown: just imagine the interrogating scene is Manny's office


    The interrogating scene could be from any film noir movie for that matter. Meche is the femme fatale in Grim Fandango and the game keeps up with the film noir tradition by not actually revealing until the very end if the woman in question is actually all that innocent or not. As a huge fan of film noir, GF was a true feast for eyes, ears and mind. I actually hoped you would've had the option to switch into B&W mode, as in Sam & Max Hit the Road! ;)

  10. Originally posted by JiveMonkey

    Whoa whoa whoa speaking of Legolas (long blond haired elf with bow) that scene with him shooting down 4 or 5 orcs in a row is SIMPLY AMAZING. :D I couldn't help from clapping it's so cool


    The scene near the end? Oh yeah, babe! That was so cool! I actually missed it the first time around but on the re-viewing catched it and cheered in my solitary state. :D

  11. Having read both The Hobbit and LOTR several times, I really liked the movie. Even though no movie can ever catch _all_ the details and history laid out in the books, The Fellowship manages to keep the story easily approachable while still retaining the sort of epic quality of it that keeps you in awe. The audio-visual presentation is top-notch and acting for most parts great, if not excellent. Middle Earth was presented on screen pretty much the way I imagined it, thanks to Mr. Tolkien's verbal skills (overly verbal, if you prefer...). And I really liked Liv Tyler, I thought she was the most elvish elf in the whole movie!


    I don't feel like repeating myself over and over again (this is the third forum to which I'm jotting down my thoughts already), so I'll just skip to the bottomline which is that The Fellowship is a tremendous film which I've seen twice already and plan to see several times more in the weeks ahead. I'm looking forward to the sequels with great anticipation!

  12. The favorite (or at least the most atmospheric) moment must be from the opening scenes of The Dig, when the sun comes into view from behind the asteroid, Low says "May all your prayers be with us" and Michael's stunning music goes crescendo. I get shivers from that part every time. *thinks about it* *shivers*


    Another great one is in Grim Fandango: the transition movie between the first and the second year, when the camera first tracks up the restaurant tower, stops in the sky and then tracks back to the casino with excellent cinematic scoring from Peter is a true winner. (And the best cutscene in the game, IMHO.)

  13. Originally posted by Schmatz

    I mean, I don't know if you guys remember, but those Lucasarts Insider things came with the games sometimes, and some of them had comics.


    It was called The Adventurer! (Sorry, I just had to mention it. :p) Anyway, the Collected Sam & Max includes the comics in The Adventurer that had been published when the collection went in print (that's 1995, I reckon). The few comics appearing afterwards were featured on Jake's site, including the "dying" (Afterlife) and "cowboy" (Outlaws) ones.

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