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  1. Random thing I noticed a few months ago — there are two versions of the newer art (not the text and cropping which varies a lot anyway).
  2. Agreed that it’s great to see the original cover art back. I was never sold on the Remaster version.
  3. I’d also like to add that I found LeChuck’s face each time he heard Guybrush shouting hilarious.
  4. This seems interesting. I’m not sure how I’ve never come across this! Unless it’s what the upscaled BGs I’d seen turned into. The site seems to be in a wonky state — the menu has dead links and the videos are gone too. I can’t really get a feel for what this thing is actually going to look like, so there’s no alternative, I’ll have to give it a go tonight.
  5. I’ve not heard of anyone getting anywhere in earnest with the updated game, however someone did AI upscale some of the extracted backgrounds and yes it produced promising results. There might be some harder work in the areas where video clips are overlaid upon the backgrounds, as they’d need to be upscaled too in a way that blends. Examples are the mail sorting room, underwater sections, Rubacava’s water, festival, etc. It’s a project I’d love to see happen. I found the camera-relative controls worked great on the PlayStation controller, however point ‘n’ click or tank are my favoured on computer.
  6. This is a thing. See below an unmodified screenshot of the original game taken 10+ years ago vs Remastered: The lighting of the 3D models is generally softer too but I think this is preferable, causing characters and objects to blend in better with the environments. There are even fancy reflected lighting effects, such as Manny's green lockers illuminating his face slightly with green. Overall the game looks and sounds better for sure. I suspect there may be a platform aspect to this. The original game shot was taken on a Windows PC, whereas the Remastered shot was taken on a Mac, which to my knowledge uses a higher gamma than Windows across the board. Indeed, the effect is that of increased gamma, as it's primarily the shadows that are affected. Gamma is pretty easy to adjust on any platform so it is possible you could just tweak that and still enjoy the Remastered edition. Similarly, the Xbox is known to use a lower gamma to the PS4, leading to many a 'graphics comparison' where the Xbox version is said to have richer tone. When I played Remastered it was on PS4, and on my TV I use the film reference darker gamma, so that probably masked this issue for me if it was present on the PS4. It is more noticeable on a computer for sure. As for playing the original, I think it still runs on a modern computer but it increasingly became plagued by rendering issues where the graphics technology moved on. For example, anti-aliasing started causing all sorts of bugs, and so really you could only play it by turning the nicer graphical effects off, leaving it looking more like 'Classic' mode in Remastered, even though many people would have played the original game's better-looking hardware-accelerated mode. Unfortunately I think DREAMM is targeting the inferior mode too as I imagine it'd be much more complex to emulate the graphics card, but I may be wrong.
  7. It's daytime outside! If it's Melee Island, maybe it's from the cut content somebody here speculated about where Cog Island and the Melee clock were intertwined in some sort of time of day puzzle.
  8. I think overall the world would be a better place if nobody used the term ‘rose-tinted glasses’.
  9. It did and it didn’t. There was enough ambiguity — Chuckie’s glowing eyes and Elaine’s comment about the spell being the usual suspects — for there to be never-ending debates about it during the last 30 years. I think it’s good that some closure has been given to that particular hole in all of our childhoods, while at the same time introducing new layers of intrigue that will torment us until we die.
  10. I know what you mean, but for me that tonal shift was something I liked. I am totally guessing but I feel like they tried to make Monkey Island feel more like a safe, gentle place this time around that Guybrush knows well. Getting there is no longer some big mystery, and there’s actually not much there any more — or so it seems. Obviously it becomes quite unsafe in the end but it generally has a warm, nostalgic feel that I enjoy.
  11. I think it’s a gotcha more than a puzzle. If you try to follow its logic it’s pretty time-consuming, but just ticking limes or I guess any box is probably enough. I was in no mood to keep reloading and trying options. He does give a subtle clue when you examine the fish at any point, saying that the portion is essentially bottomless (or something like that). This of course is how I was able to try 10,000 contest attempts before resorting to the hint book. But it also nods towards the fish always being there to use.
  12. I’m not sure tides exist in the Monkey Island universe. Shall we examine arguments for and against?
  13. Or is it the same island and the state of the tree and indeed which island you’re on really just down to your imagination?!
  14. As well as the face value gag, I guess this could be another example of the secret’s unveiling being foreshadowed. That secret, anyway.
  15. Wow. That’s my daughter’s name and I didn’t pick up on that at all. I did notice the superficial resemblance between Dee and Lila, but also Flair. The name aside, Lila makes the most sense because…
  16. Maybe not an obsessive fanboy but I definitely got that collector geek sort of vibe from him, which fits the character.
  17. Initially I thought Dee was meant to be a child version of either Madison’s magic wielder or Flair, similar to the whole Chuckie/LeChuck and Boybrush/Guybrush paradigm. This never came to anything so I’m guessing it was just a similar design (indeed just like how the two adult characters I mentioned look similar), unless anyone knows better.
  18. I hereby designate this an award-winning take. Thank you.
  19. Please wrap any Return to Monkey Island spoilers in spoiler tags.
  20. This is from the pre-release thread but it’s still compelling I think, especially given Ron’s cryptic post on Twitter a while back asking why Guybrush arrives on Melee Island via the arch and not via the docks — something he does again in Return. * Archway? Park entrance? * Guybrush and blind Melee lookout stand in the same place as Guybrush and deaf Booty lookout relative to the entrance? * Big Whoop is Booty Town but also not? And in Return now a seaside park too? * Big Whoop ticket desk is Captain Dread’s ship? * Guybrush arrives on Melee expecting weenies, which happen to be next to the Big Whoop entrance? * You also start Monkey Island 2 next to a weenie shop?????
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