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  1. Another vote for Humble and itch.io. Both seem to have pretty low bars for entry so it shouldn't be all that hard to get the game on them. Humble also has the added benefit of having an embeddable widget you can include on the game's web page. Green Man Gaming also sells games but I'm not sure if they're just a vendor for Steam keys. Might be worth investigating anyways.
  2. I believe he was credited as the "Company Historian" in the manuals for the Collection Series compilations that were issues in the 90's. He also has some involvement with SierraGamers according to the main page there.
  3. I think Tommint has the right idea, it seems highly likely this will be mostly used for mobile ports of existing games (SCUMMVM has iOS/Android support now, right?) and re-releases or "remasterings" of older games. I can't see Activision dumping a ton of money into original development, although we do know they are/were interested in farming out the work to companies like TellTale and handling the publishing side. I doubt they're expecting this label/brand to make a significant amount of money for them, but they should be able to make some money and earn goodwill from the AG community by put
  4. What I'm saying is that not all games need to cater strictly to the adolescent white male demographic. If I my hypothetical daughter and she comes to me asking for games that have a female protagonist because she wants to play as a woman, I could probably count on my fingers the number of modern mainstream games which I could give her. I would not have this problem if my hypothetical son asked for a game with a male protagonist. I'd have an even harder time if either of them were LGBTQ and wanted a protagonist to relate to. It's fine if we still have games that cater to adolescent white
  5. Apologies in advance if my post comes off like I'm firing from both barrels without warning. Because this has been irking me all day and I wanted to chime in. Yup. The article Fronzel linked points that out later on: "The sexual violence at the end of that tutorial will single out a fifth of the female audience who have experienced sexual violence". There's also this October 2013 report from the World Health Organization which shows that number jumps up to 35% on a worldwide scale for general sexual violence. Look Fronzel, this isn't some sort of moral panic like the ones you're equa
  6. Currently getting my fake retro on with Shovel Knight and Quest for Infamy. Shovel Knight is a great tribute to the NES platformer games of yore, and I'm on a second playthrough of it on a harder difficulty (because it's fun and there's some achievements I thought might be fun to try and get). QfI has been good fun as well, although I never played any of the QFG games back in the day. I was purely won over by the demo and pre-ordered it as a show of support and because devs gotta eat, ya know? I didn't know which class to pick so I randomly rolled Rogue and I just reached Tyr for the first
  7. That tribute video is great! I never bothered to register for the Replay forums so I completely missed that one. The exploding genitals death is probably my favorite death in the original game. I always get my hopes up every time I check in on this forum (so like once every few months) and I see this thread has new posts. Only to find that, nope, Codemasters hasn't transferred the license to someone else and gotten Al and Josh back together on a new game or another remake. Such a shame the way this one turned out :(
  8. Congrats on the contribution to this Collector. I've used your patches/installers many times and it's good to see you getting some recognition for your hard work :)
  9. Vivendi acquired Cendant? back in the early 2000's which was Sierra's holding company at the time. Vivendi later merged with Activision. That's how Activision owns the rights.
  10. I wouldn't be surprised to hear about the casino game either. Even though I liked the old one back in the day, I didn't see myself getting into any new version if they went ahead with a F2P model even with Al on-board. The fun of the old game was the no-risk single player and having to interact with other people to get free money. But a cynical cash grab? No thanks. Glad to hear the reload bug with the casino games in Reloaded was fixed. Don't think I'll be diving back into Reloaded any time soon but that will make it certainly less frustrating next time I play.
  11. I really hope this means the whole debacle is pretty much over even if it means there will be less popcorn consumption from watching Paul implode (I still feel bad for anyone who caught up in this). I don't think I've seen anything like this since the bizarre incident with one of the Gizmondo founders back in 2006. I'm glad Al finally got out of there. After the incidents in October, I was surprised he didn't leave at the time, but it sounds like he needed to complete his contract before leaving. Given Paul's behavior, I wouldn't be surprised if there would've been a breach of contract
  12. Liked the update, it was really informative and I have a better idea of where things stand now. That was a really rough demo, but definitely an alpha build. I liked the bits I could play, even though I got stuck on the first screen because it took me way too long to realize you had to click and drag to open the airlock. Despite the issues it was great to see something in action and it showed the art and animation worked fine.
  13. It'd be really amusing if the reason for the delay is that Activision contacted them about doing a proper Space Quest game on the sly and SpaceVenture had to be shoved to the side. I don't think that's the case but I'd pay money to see a certain someone's reaction at that. Double bonus if Josh is involved.
  14. Al's got a tip jar on his website. Maybe use that? I don't think calling for an organized boycott helps the situation at all, but giving people a heads up on the antics isn't a bad idea. I am!
  15. The original Larry Casino wasn't terrible for what it was. It's no adventure game but it did have a good selection of casino games and a number of options to tailor how each table worked. It's a shame the WON integration was really loose and completely jarring with how you'd have to bring up a seperate application to join a game. The F2P game seems really cynical, but I'm not surprised Al is going along with it. Last time I checked his site there were a bunch of banner ads for online gambling sites. The man likes his Vegas :)
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