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  1. I don't think I've heard about this project before, but it sounds (and looks from the screenshots) like an awesome fan work! Thank you for your efforts on the English translation. And happy holidays!
  2. Yes, I did read that bit on the email, but thought it was unclear, too. I guess we wait and see.
  3. The article here mentions that on GOG one should see the discount at the game's page, if they already own the original. This is not working like that, not yet anyway. The game's page (on GOG) still shows the full price. You have to click on "preorder now" on the game's page to see the discount (and at the same time the game gets added in the shopping cart).
  4. Does anyone know if the Game History Foundation intent to make the youtube stream publicly available at some point. They did sent me the link to the archive but there was no mention of it going completely public /accessible to everyone.
  5. Inclusivity is a good thing. I argue that how it is currently applied in the gaming industry (and movie industry and other sectors) leads to a bad place for the reasons I've listed. I don't see it promoting unity, or even harmony in business or the society that receive its products. I do see it used as a new marketing "weapon" or an evasive maneuver to deal with a current overreacting crowd and/or signal allignment with specific politics. It will unfortunately change if or when the tide shifts. And the tide is guaranteed to shift because when you apply inclusivity in an extreme way, it builds up resentment or at the very least people get too weirded out. To make the point more ridiculous, should black people only voice black characters? Should chinese-americans only voice chinese-americans? Is a purple character in a game (eg. other Sam & Max) considered a person of colour and thus -- just to be safe -- a black actor should voice them? Should voice actors be changed for new remasters of other games or movies of the 2000's or before in anticipation of not angering twitter people? Noah has a point. As a *counter* bit you could watch Bill Burr's "Paper Tiger", about a comment on Bryan's Cranston's case being cast as a paraplegic. You cannot expect (or demand) an actual paraplegic to be cast in a paraplegic role because it severely limits the options and talent available, and it's also not your (or any random person's outside the production crew) choice to make. Nor does a random person know the specifics of making of a movie or how not getting your first (second or third) casting choice (and being presented with an outsider's choice) or recasting to avoid complaints affects production. Or how a script re-write potentially affects plot cohesion, characterisation. Even under the "normal" circumstances that require re-writes and recasts, like unforeseen unavailability, illness, death. In the end, it's a director, a producer and possible a marketing consultant that make the decision. These people rarely actually care about inclusivity or being fair to minorities, especially if it goes against the movie or game making profit. It's just that they care about it this specific period, because the media and loud people on twitter "care", and that creates backlash and the bad kind of attention. However, for actors like Cranston or Johansson you could make the argument Noah makes, but without it being specifically about minorities. The big (and arguably quite good at their job) actors will get more roles, even roles that could very well be played by less popular or unknown actors (not even necessarily minority ones). This is how the industry works, and it's not about minorities or someone being racist, or whatever -ist or -phobic. People will make it being about minorities and racism or whatever, media will make it about that too, or at least enhance the complaint, but they are completely missing the point, as I see it anyway, But being enhanced and encouraged this is surely leading to a very bad place because it is a overreaction and hyperbole, on top of it being poorly justified (and with a poor understanding of why things are the way they are) and that cannot be sustained for long without causing serious issues to products and possibly an ugly backlash. I'm already reading the word racist and every kind of -ist and -phobe thrown around on Twitter and such, as if they lost their actual meaning. People barely have to provide reasoning or proof for a claim and they get their way based on the crowd they influence or how much harm they can make to a newly released product. None of this is good. And none of this was like that when this trend started. It's not getting better. It's getting worse.
  6. Because this happened in this day and year, of course. Me assuming they did it for that reason, does not necessarily mean they actually did it for that. However, I mean, just look what is happening in the industry, it cannot be just coincidences. Nobody seems to want the "bad" kind of attention and companies rush to make changes at the first tweet. The "bad place" is an answer to the question about the slippery slide ie. "we may be heading there". Obviously, it's not a "bad place" for a developer to make a decision that reflects their political views, albeit it is a bit more complicated than than, when that decision concerns work already published, like in this specific case. Well, from my perspective, that is an overreaction. It didn't use to be "controversial" and it really is not at least among the people I'm talking to. And Sam n Max season one released in the mid to late 2000's. A modern era. People were cautious to avoid racism back then, too. It wasn't that much different then, but it seems in US the line for "racisim" has been moved. I am also aware that the trend is also in some western European countries. I kind of think that it originated in the US and it's more prominent there, but I may be wrong about that one. All I'm noting is that it's a weird trend which in my opinion it will ultimately and inevitably die out. Because it's not leading to the good place it hopes to.
  7. I thought I just described it above. Isn't it obvious? To me it looks like a step backwards (hiring based on skin color and removing content out of fear of what people will complaint *loudly* about) and a slide into a pit of creating resentment everywhere -- eg. dismissing (or worse firing) talent or existing work for the sake of "current politics", being called a racist, bigot, (or at the very least "hater" if you disagree with this trend (in many places, it's not my experience here nor on most non-US forums), and essentially having the terms "racist' etc meaning degraded. It's probably more bad stuff. Hence, a bad place.
  8. The modern sensibilities change as time passes and politics shift. The dangerous slide is to try and respect the most loud complaints. It's hiring and firing/dismissing based on skin color, it's "respecting" that an actor cannot voice a black character because he/she are not black themselves, it's "respecting' that an actor cannot portray a paraplegic because he is not paraplegic himself. This goes on of course, it's not just two or three examples, and all just in the past year. It's a slide towards a really bad place.
  9. Always nice to discover stuff like this. I bet this art (the original asset) is still somewhere on someone's drive, waiting to be shared! If it were to be restored, it would probably have worked as a secondary camera angle during the intro cutscene.
  10. Well, in this particular case, the reasoning behind recasting the character was that the voice actor was white (portraying Bosco, a black character) and that did not "sit right". It was not an offensive quote, or an offensive portrayal. Just... that. It's basically because this is apparently a thing that's been happening in the last year or few and mostly in the US. Looking at it from a country outside the US), this looks weird. It's pretty much specific to this current period and specific politics (and therefore marketing) in the U.S. P.S. The Larry game(s) always had intentionally garbage humour and I think one can find many insensitive quotes and situations. even for their time, if *for some reason* they are looking for them.
  11. Hmm, I haven't tried with my old lucasforums account, but I'm pretty sure I was more of a lurker, and barely ever posted. Also the e-mail connected to that account was probably a now-defunct one on yahoo. I used to love reading threads on the lucasforums, especially ones on the sub-forums for the adventure game titles. But, anyway, hey all!
  12. Only thing that should matter is if he did a good job with the voice acting or not. All the rest of it is, I agree, because of this day and age. I really don't think this should be a thing, but here we are, and the decision is already made by the devs of the remaster.
  13. I mean, yes, I understand why they would not want that, if they are still maintaining a policy of shutting down every fan made attempt on the titles or their (acquired) IP property. But on the other hand, maybe it's time to rethink that policy? All these old titles are basically rotting currently, and I can't see how it would hurt to allow release of these old tools --probably with some basic license to protect assets or whatever. Modding community and open source projects are basically doing stuff "backwards" and working off their own tools and understanding of the resources format for stuff like fan translations (including font localization and image exporting/translation/re-importing) and open source engine implementations (ie. ScummVM's work). And that work, considering that we now know these tools exist and are *very* viable and friendly to use even today, is basically trying to re-invent the wheel and it's thus taking a longer time and more effort to produce the desired result. It is work that made these classic games accessible to a larger crowd, though, while not endorsing piracy, and I can't see why Disney would not appreciate that.
  14. The fan game creation community and modders would do wonders with those early LucasFilms Games tools. Which seemed surprisingly easy to use (the scripts too!) and also working without issues, albeit under dosbox or some such.
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