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Lucasarts....

....how far you've fallen. From Day of the Tentacle and Tie Fighter to Force Unleashed II.

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TIE Fighter turned me to the Dark Side

and don't forget the epic Grim Fandango!

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Golden Era!

They have made some of the best games I've ever player!

- The Secret of Monkey Island (1&2)

- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

- Day of the Tentacle

- Sam & Max Hit the Road

- Full Throttle

- Grim Fandango

- Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe

- X-Wing

- Tie Fighter

- Dark Force

- Jedi Knight

Even if they are a shadow of their former glory, I'll drink to their legacy

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Your'e so right....

.... Where are the X-Wing/Tie fighter games for the 21st century?

Thats an IP begging to be updated, and bound to sell in the bucket load (IMHO).

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Some list

A lot of my favourite games on that list.

Whatever happened to good storytelling in games?

/old fogy icon

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erck

They'd turn them into some kind of horrible turret shooters with pretty cut scenes with some jedi fps added in for good measure.

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yikes

I was gonna say 'they made one', then I looked it up and found X-Wing Alliance was released in 1999. Yikes. Did not realize it was that old.

Yeah, a new game in that series would be awesome. They had a few more recent Star Wars space-fighting games, but none with the sim-style controls and gameplay of the X-Wing series, sadly. Loved those games.

I'm sure everyone still remembers the first mission of the fifth campaign in TIE Fighter. Man, did I not see that coming. Classic design =)

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Loved X-wing...

Still have it installed on my old Pentium, but alas, my Gravis Analog Pro joystick is getting worn out, and I'm having problems finding a good replacement.

Incidentally, Rebel Assault and DoT was sold bundled with OS/2 Warp Connect for a while.

But here in Norway most of the shops had no clue what 'the other box with the IBM logo' was...

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@AdamWill

For me, it was Campaign 4, Mission 1 of X-Wing, where you had to defend the galaxy's slowest moving freighter from a Star Destroyer and a never ending wave of TIE Fighters and TIE Bombers, with only one other X-Wing for assistance.

That was a true gaming challenge and it felt pretty epic when I finally managed to beat it.

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Tie Fighter

Keep an old Pentium 400 running DOS 6.22 & Windows 3.11 with the os2 workplace shell on an old Biostar mobo (+ full sized Cirrus VLBus VGA) for Tie Fighter to this day - along with an original SB AWE32 with the old type simm sockets and Pana interface. Was just about enough firepower for you to join the dark side... The same machine normally runs Cakewalk and a dumb Fatar midi piano for SWMBO and has done since the mid '90s.

Amazingly enough Windows 3.11 is still available for Technet subscribers!

The old Quickshot joystick + 8 bit ISA card still plugs on.

Loved the TIE Fighter mods (shields, torpedoes) missions and the freighter called Etmon Orlac that needed inspecting :)

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Only one problem here

...which is that LucasArts have, for some reason, not made DotT available on Steam. Get on it, LA, there are loads of us willing to pay cold hard cash for another chance to play the game :)

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Steam releases were their non-remakes

My assumption was that LucasArts released the games they weren't intending to remake on Steam.

After that, they released the remakes of Secret of Monkey Island, then Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge.

Sadly, LucasArts got a new CEO during the MI2 remake, so chances are we won't see any further remakes.

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DoTT!!! Yay!

Indeed, Day of The Tentacle is one of my most favorite games of all time. I remember playing it back in ye olde BBS days of yore and being absolutely impressed by the graphics, voices, and of course, the incredibly amusing storyline and puzzles.

I replayed it just last year using DOSBOX, and I must say it has not lost of any of its charms. Wonderful game, a true classic.

-dZ.

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Ah those were the days

games like Day of the Tentacle and Normality were so much better than DN Forver and they cost less. Sigh.... maybe I should create my own chron-o-john and go back a few weeks to stop myself clicking pre-order on steam...

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Hands off that hamster!!!!!

"Bernard, float over here so I can punch yew"

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Happy

Laverne! Whatchew doing upsterrs?

I'm upstairs? I got lost!

So affected was I by DOTT that my first program read sprintf("Hello, Mr Tentacle Guy")

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SCUMM was the best

Pity it hasn't occurred to them that they could release a HD version of DOTT on iOS and XBox Live and make a bundle, a la Monkey Island.

DOTT was by far the funniest SCUMM game (I hesitate to say the best, as it was quite short, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis holds a special place in my heart).

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hum

I always rated Sam 'n' Max the funniest, and Grim Fandango the best. (How can you top Sam 'n' Max's intro?)

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My favourite LA game was Full Throttle, closely followed by DoTT. I haven't looked at ScummVM for a while, so I was impressed to see they now support games that I played on the Atari ST such as Personal Nightmare and Elvira.

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Remake Maybe?

Last weekend I finished Monkey Island 2. I grabbed the remakes of both on Steam for not very much. Perhaps Lucasarts intends to remake all of their classics, meaning that we might see Day of the Tentacle appear on Steam.

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Great game

When I was little, my sister got it for Christmas one year as a way to get her to use the computer more. I remember we played it for ages and had a blast. It seemed big at the time as it came on six floppy disks - huge!

For my birthday I got Sam and Max Hit the Road and it started a love of adventure games that has lasted since.

What's amazing now is that I still remember so many of the puzzles and the dialogue. Agree with the people above, I want it on Steam along with all the other Lucasarts adventure games.

Ah... the good old days when Lucasarts did something other than Star Wars and even the Star Wars games it did were decent. Better stop there otherwise I'll start reminiscing about Civ 2, Theme Park and C&C as well. "When I was your age the PC had its own games and wasn't full of stuff designed for games consoles!".

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Takes me back to the good days of PC gaming...

Leisure Suit Larry 1+2, King's Quest, Full Throttle, Dark Forces 1+2, C&C, Syndicate Wars (the first one)...

I never got to play DoTT or Maniac Mansion, always wanted to though.

I've had a Nintendo, and N64, original X-Box, PSP-3000, but nothing has been as much fun as those old PC games.

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nitpick

"Syndicate Wars (the first one)..."

The first game was just called Syndicate. Syndicate Wars was the rather flawed sequel.

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*BEEP* *BEEP*

But I've installed the bloody soundblaster 16 drivers, what's going on? where's my arsing sound? and wher's my arsing XGA resolution? sodding Windows 3.1.......

Aaah, happy gaming days.......

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Pfff

Probably got your expanded and extended memory mixed up again =P

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It was always...

...either the CD-ROM or mouse drivers that did it, ate up those last few kb which meant having to dick about with settings.

A handfull of custom boot floppies took care of everything :)

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Ahh custom boot floppies.

Anyone else remember the Evesham Micro / Vale machines that had making a games boot disk as part of their start-up menu?

Think this was one of the first games i completed, and the first decent use of the cd-blaster.

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Happy

Stop this thread please...

...it bring up too many memories!

Or rather..not enough of it.

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Sound

I used to love all of the options before games like this.

"What video type? VGA, XGA, CGA, etc."

"What soundcard? SB Pro, SB16, SB 2.1, Audigy, etc."

Never quite being sure which options are best, so always trying a different one only to have the game bail when the first character tries to speak.

Ah, the "good" old days.

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dammit

where is my 636k bootdisk (with mouse driver!)?

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Aahhhh

SB16 IRQ 7, voices, SFX, loading DOS into the high memory area, hacky config.sys menu's, trying to get as much of your 640k back so you can play a game....oh man that was when you *had* to know your stuff, and that was when I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up....

Beer so I can cry into it over joyous memories...

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@trevor3

SB16... you really had to know your stuff if you only had a soundblaster 'compaitble' card instead of the real thing.

It seems amazing now, in the days of high powered graphics cards, that in the good old days it was usually sound that was the major issue. I still remember how much better settlers 2 sounded when i got a SB AWE 64... nowadays, throwing away the soundcard and using integrated was one of the better choinces I made.

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Maniac Mansion

Don't forget that if, in Day of the Tentacle, you go and use the computer in (mumble)'s bedroom, you end up playing the original Maniac Mansion which DotT is a sequel to.

Yes, in CGA. With PC speaker music. And it's still awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFkPSZthxNE

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Maniac Mansion...

tried playing it. got bored, so went to talk to the horse...

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WARNING!

Make sure not to try that in DOSBOX!! In order to exit it the Maniac Mansion in-game game, you must press CTRL+C, which the DOSBOX simulation passes directly to its virtual kernel, causing you to exit the DOTT game and all back to the DOS prompt.

This is a known issue with some games in DOSBOX. Make sure to save your DOTT game before playing the Maniac Mansion one.

-dZ.

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aye

run dosbox with -startmapper and remap it.

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Re: aye

As far as I know, CTRL+C cannot be remap, since it hooks to a lower level interrupt routine.

-dZ.

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Gotta love POSIX systems

stty intr ^@

dosbox

stty intr ^c

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Squeaky mattress

That stupid mattress stalled me for a full 6 hours. Ah - the good old days before walkthroughs available on web browsers. Kids today... Blah blah.

Oh, and don't forget Maniac Mansion (fully playable) inside Ed's computer.

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lol

yeah in the olden days we had to wait for the solutions in the back of pc gamer!

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Mr Jones I persume ?

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis first adventure game I finished from start to end :D

X-Wing, Tie-Fighter and X-Wing Alliance need a god damn remake, their combat still has not been topped.

Nothing like running a raid in X-Wing only to have a god damn star destroyer turn up out of no where and the music to kick in.. Man those kids today have no idea what they missed :D

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Happy memories of Star Destroyers

Most of the Star Destroyers in X-Wing could be destroyed, if you had the patience to knock down their shield generators and the will to obliterate every enemy; IIRC, the best one was the aptly named "Badi Dea", which launched dozens of attackers as soon as you hit it. If you destroyed all six in each squadron, a new squad would launch - And if you just killed 5 of the 6, the last would occasionally crash itself so a new squad could launch.

Yep, I had a lot of time & very little money back then

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Happy

Happy days...

Now being relived thanks to scumm on android and <ahem> copying the CD onto the phone... it's tricky picking some things up.... still, nice to hear the voices again.

Sam N Max also runs quite happily too.. unfortunately these are the only scumm games I actually legally own (OK, maybe copying them onto the phone isn't 100% legit....)

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It was cool, but...

I still couldn't help hoping for a more forward sequel to Maniac Mansion / Zak McKraken despite how nice this game was. IMO it never did manage to really top either of the first two.

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Erm voices...

... Didnt the voices only come a couple of years later with the advent of CDROM (a 1 speed huge fold out tray as I recall). I remember playing the original release 3.5" floppy of this game, and all "voices" were simply cartoon style Bubble Text. All sound was produced by my state of the art Soundblaster sound card, with a whopping 8 bits of sound, and no wavetable. The whole game sounded like it was being played on a 70's Hammond Organ.

However, it remains my all time favorite adventure game. I still remember having to <spolier alert> paint tippex on the bottom of the fence, in order to turn the cat that rubbed up against it, into an apparent skunk!

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i seem to remember

that the floppy version had the voices during the intro, rest of the game was text. It also took more than 5 floppies...10 or 15 or some crazy amount, like that Sherlock Holmes and the Scalpel thingie.

And Full throttle being the first complete talkie, only available on CD.

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Good memories

I remember seeing a demo of DOTT and thinking "I must get that game". I think overall I've bought that and the Monkey Island series of games at least 3 times in the past (and the Monkey Island remakes again on the XBOX).

It's hard to say which one I like the most out of DOTT and Monkey Island, maybe DOTT trumps MI ever so slightly.

I remember introducing a couple of friends to DOTT back in the day, they occasionally quote lines from DOTT to me, and I make an iPhone owning friend jealous when I showed him DOTT running in ScummVM on my Galaxy S.

I hope that Lucas Arts do a remake of DOTT, although saying that it's pretty much spot on all ready.

Mine is the one with the fake imitation diamond in the pocket.

Rob

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I do remember, but

I do remember having and playing this game, but I don't remember any details because the game just was not one to remember.

Played it through, and immediately forgot about it which is a strong indicator that it wasn't all that great.

I've played a few games that were on my mind for days after finishing them, but they were few and far between.

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