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  1. More marketing mess up: "Return to Monkey Island is an unexpected, thrilling return of series creator Ron Gilbert that continues the story of the legendary adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge". But according to some, it's not the third part of the story that started in MI and continued in MI2.
  2. No, I would never say that there's a jarring or extreme difference between MI and MI2. MI2 looks like a game made a couple of years later [a year], which took advantage of the technology they had at the time. It looks different, but only slightly so. It's above all visually consistent. Curse has an art style that is jarringly different from the first two games. But it's a classic style, not an abstract one, so to me is not as jarring. Same with the Special Editions. I find the style chosen for Return to be the most jarring because it's more abstract and "modern", specially with the first two of which this is meant to be a continuation of. But if that's how Ron wants it to look, he has my full support. And Return is the third part of the story that started in MI and continued in MI2. I do think it's pedantic to argue that point, but I'm not going to feed that discussion.
  3. *sigh* Sure, okay... I'm not going down that rabbit hole. You know what I meant and I think I clarified my original point well enough.
  4. Again, I don't dislike this abstract style in and on itself. I like it. I simply dislike that it's jarring for the third part of a trilogy (and even for the MI series in general, I think it's probably the most jarring art style). But if they were to remake the first two games with this art style, it would cease to be jarring and would bring some visual consistency to the trilogy.
  5. I agree with this. I don't dislike the art per se, I dislike it as the art style for a Monkey Island game. I respect that this is how Ron wants the game to look, and I wouldn't want the game to be any other way than what he wants, but there's no denying that it's visually jarring. At least to me, more jarring than any of the previous art styles. If they were to remake the first two games in this art style, I think I might love it. But that's not going to happen (would Ron even be interested in doing that?).
  6. That's right. In fact, from what Ron has said on the issue, what we'll be getting from the other games is just certain ideas and aspects acknowledged and adopted. Ideas that Ron likes. Everything else will be ignored if it gets in the way of the story he wants to tell.
  7. I'm also a member of The First One is Better™ club.
  8. Speaking of the art style, it wouldn't surprise me at all if we got a toggle to switch between modern and pixel art.
  9. Maybe I'm alone in this, but I found that very disappointing. I was hoping that Ron could do his sequel without having to worry about the baggage established in the spin-off games (that's what I call Curse, Escape and Tales), which don't reflect his vision.
  10. Is it? I think it will take the industry to a very segregational place and that's not a good thing. The whole point of acting, specially voice acting, is that one can pretend to be someone else, fictional or not. And in regards to voice acting, how one look is even less of a factor. I don't know what criteria casting directors have when they choose one actor over another. It might be personal preference, it might be pure discrimination against a certain factor or trait, it might be perception of financial return, it myght be all of these or none of them. But it's dangerous and sets a bad precedent to generalize and run with assumptions for the entire industry in order to try to solve an apparent problem of equality of opportunity with equality of outcome. In this case though, they admitted that it was purely out of ethniticity, which only feeds the idea that (voice) actors should take roles where they share certain immutable traits. Personally, I'm not a fan of this decision, but it is what it is. The remaster does look great.
  11. I think Ron did say when musing about a possible MI3a that it would be different from what he planned back then. So there was a plan for a sequel.
  12. I can't believe LucasForums is back!
  13. I think it was discussed on some old thread on the now archived TPM forum. I'll see what I can find.

  14. It's sad to see that with the advancements of technology and special effects in general, where wild creativity can be accurately portrayed on screen, Star Wars is now confined to human beings and earthly location that never attempt to create the sense of wonder and exoticness of a galaxy far, far away. Even worse, they do it just to pander a vocal few who never grew past their own nostalgia (just like The Force Awakens). Apparently, one just needs to put some imperial walkers on a Caribbean beach and call it Star Wars. Play Safe: A Star Wars Story.
  15. Nice, thanks. P.S: Sorry, it wasn't tags, I meant prefixes. Those could even be created for every sub-forum.
  16. Could you move these two? [Download] BAP Map Tool (Obi.exe) + Manual [Download] Mace Windu, Darth Maul & (New) Obi-Wan Models Perhaps there could be a generic modding forum for these standalone games with tags for each one so that threads could be filtered by game.
  17. Where's the content of the already 'archived' forums?
  18. Since the current (soon to be archived) forums are the only source of information/discussion about some of the older games and respective modding, where can people discuss them after the archival process?
  19. It's more "family first" than not wanting to do more Star Wars. The fact that he took his time to write the story of a sequel trilogy is a testament to that. I can enjoy the movie, quality or lack thereof isn't the issue. It's what we could have but don't. The version as envisioned by the person who created this fictional universe. When did I make that accusation? Although I can certainly say they don't know Star Wars better than the guy who created it. I don't doubt that. Star Wars by comitee, pandering to the audience... Definitely a new Star Wars era. Not one I want though.
  20. Lucas made six chapters of a story. For consistency sake, if not for authenticity alone, I'd rather have the last three chapters the way the original author wants it than something made up by someone else.
  21. The whole focus on pratical effects, for example, and the implication that they are returning to something that was never gone to begin with. Trying to appeal to disgruntled fans instead of the next generation. Etc... Another misconception. It's well documented that people in the production did make suggestions. The whole 'yes man' argument is a pure lie. All one needs to do is watch BTS material to confirm that George accepts and declines suggestion that were offered to him, just like in the OT. He even says something along the lines of "if it doesn't work out, I'll take the blame". But he ended up approving it all, one way or the other. If he didn't like something, you bet it didn't end up in the final film. Even the whole 'I know' he ends up approving despite his initial preference for another line. And again, it wasn't any different in the PT. I can enjoy licensed fan fiction. It's a different issue when the 'real deal' is offered to them and they ignore it to produce their own story. They are free to do so, sure, but I see it as pretentious and even disrespectful. I don't have a problem with people enjoying what they like. They don't have to like what George does. I'm speaking for myself, not for others. Still, this is Episode VII, not spin-off #21. A direct sequel of Lucas' story. The decision to ignore the story (not the script) he provided them is downright insulting as far as authenticity and creativeness goes. I'm sorry, but that argument is just a strawman. No big production is made by one single man, that's a given and it's pointless to point that out. Lucas didn't draw an X-wing, or built the Death Star miniature, or was stuffing hair into the Chewbacca costume, but he envisioned them and was behind it all. For example: People give Stanley Kubrick credit for 2001, not random employee John Doe who helped build the spaceplane miniature. Same for every other creative in every medium. But somehow, for Star Wars, the norm is taking credit away from Lucas. Same thing with CGI. It's fine for every single blockbuster, but with Star Wars (which always used state of the art technology), it gets teared down no matter what. I find these double standards almost sickening so much is the unfairness of such attitude. It's even more sickening when Disney-owned Lucasfilm indirectly feeds it on purpose. Anyway, if people end up enjoying the movie, good for them. I mean it. As a huge fan of the saga, I just won't support a project done like this. If I watch it, I'll probably borrow the DVD/BD from a friend.
  22. Empire was George's, just like any of the six movies. To ignore is huge involvement in the movie just because he didn't direct it is erroneous. And I wish this movie was as original and bold as the prequels. Unfortunately all we get is nostalgia driven fan fiction made by people pretentious enough to think they know better (along with a ridiculous marketing campaign). I won't give them any of my money. Had they handled things differently and more respectfully, I would have given them the benefit of the doubt.
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