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  1. This seems a little suspect. I thought Scott Murphy hated Mark Crowe's guts? Is this a remarriage of expediency? http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/interviews/234/ "Would I want to work with Mark again? No, I don't think so. As I learned the hard way, Mark was not a very good partner in the long run. When he decided to go to Sierra's Dynamix division, he didn't have the decency to tell me he was leaving until we were headed to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. The only reason he told me then was that I was inevitably going to see him talking with Dynamix management personnel about the move while we were out there. I lost a lot of respect for him, and then lost more when I learned some other things about him a couple of years later from people I am not at liberty to name who made me understand that he had loyalty to only himself. I was really bummed to learn what he was really like, or what he'd become. When we worked on the games together and did interviews I would compliment him to the media about how great he was at what he could do with a few pixels, that he was the best in the business, but never in my memory did ever say a single good thing about what I did, and I spent a hell of a lot more time on the games than he did, not to mention the VAST majority of the writing. I was very disillusioned with him for that."
  2. After reading the AMA and watching Josh Mandel's vidoe, I'm convinced. The game isn't JUST a remake after all - it's a top-to-bottom re-imagining, which sounds pretty exciting to me! Always liked the first LSL (not loved), and had fond memories of playing it at age 9 not knowing what condoms were (lol). So am plunking down $25 for it. Hope it succeeds!
  3. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is far and away my fave adventure game. The story, the research, the atmosphere, the characters...all perfect. As for the rest: 2) The Secret of Monkey Island 3) Hero's Quest: So You Want to be a Hero? 4) King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 5) Loom 6) The Curse of Monkey Island 7) I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 8) The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery 9) The Colonel's Bequest 10) Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail! Alts: Conquest of the Longbow, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Gold Rush!, The Last Express, etc.
  4. Welp, despite stating my deep skepticism toward this Kickstarter in post #21, in the end I just plonked down $50 to support Jane Jensen's initiative. Ultimately she *did* create my all-time favorite adventure game series. Despite my misgivings about Gray Matter, I think Gray Matter 2 sounds interesting since that particular girl was one of the most interesting characters out of the university bunch. And anyhow, now I can vote on which project goes first! So I can't complain afterwards... So yes, if anyone has initial skepticism towards this kickstarter, I think Jane's subsequent updates worked to ease many of my concerns. So hopefully people will also follow to plonk in some moolah for Jane!
  5. As mentioned in another thread here, I'm very conflicted by this kickstarter. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father's is my favorite game ever, but so many things are wrong with this kickstarter. Beginning with these lines on the site: “Jane is known for games with complex, dark plotlines ala Dan Brown. “ Excuse me, but what? Is this a practical joke? Plus, I also was very disappointed by Gray Matter. And it's not just the low-budget feel - it's the cheesy Phantom of the Opera character, the terrible ending, the disappointing magic trick puzzles... Everything about it was just...lacking. I'm interested in the Moebius and the Jane Austen projects, but am not interested in Gray Matter 2 whatsoever. I just hope Jane still has it in her to create another great game. But I'm admittedly far from convinced nowadays.
  6. I'm conflicted by this one. I used to love Jane Jensen's games (especially the Gabriel Knights and King's Quest VI), but Gray Matter left as sour note for me. The game is, frankly, not very good, and I'm already ignoring the low-budget issue that plagues the game. The whole ridiculous Phantom of the Opera character is very cheesy, and the ending was just really poor - both dramatically and as puzzles. Talking about puzzles, the magic tricks were very disappointing, especially when compared to the genius of Le Serpent Rouge. I was hoping Gray Matter was just an aberration, but if she's going to make a 2nd one then I think I'm out. Which is unfortunate, since if Jane's kickstarter was structured differently, I would have been happy to plonk down $100. But this seems very convoluted and not very appealing to me. And I must be one of the few people who found the Scarlet Furies songs annoying in the game. Exascerbating the issue is how this kickstarter describes Jane Jensen: "Jane is known for games with complex, dark plotlines ala Dan Brown. " WTF? Really? No thank you.
  7. In general I like Tim Schaefer's games, but I never developed the kind of passion for them like I did with the Jane Jensen Sierra games (KQVI, the Gabriel Knight series). And sorry, but Grim Fandango doesn't hold a candle to Gabriel Knight 1.
  8. For me it would be Sierra's extremely underrated GOLD RUSH! I loved the game, and it was one which actually had replayability (with its three different paths to the West).
  9. By far the most overrated adventure game for me has to be SAM & MAX HIT THE ROAD. I found the characters incredibly insufferable and unfunny, and the puzzles which involved "Use Max" was some of the cheapest I could remember. I cannot explain how much I hate this game - I really, really, really do.
  10. I've played pretty much nearly all LucasArts and Sierra adventure games, and overall I think Sierra does come out on top for me. Favorite Sierra games: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Hero's Quest I: So You Want to be a Hero? Leisure Suit Larry in Love for Sail! Gold Rush! The Colonel's Bequest Conquest of the Longbow Favorite LucasArts games: The Secret of Monkey Island The Curse of Monkey Island Loom Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
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