15 Years later...

Sep 28, 2005 ten past midnight

Fifteen years ago this month...

Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Steve Purcell, Mark Ferrari, Mike Ebert, Martin Cameron, Michael Land, Barney Jones, Andy Newell, Patrick Mundy, Aric Wilmunder, Brad Taylor and myself wrapped up The Secret of Monkey Island.

I'd have you all over for a big BBQ, but the house is a mess.

Other people's comments:

Posted by Andy on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five past ten am

Congratulations, I can't tell you how much joy Monkey Island gave me, you must be a very proud man.

Posted by polepower22 on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to four pm

Congratulations. monkey island is the best point&click adventure ever. Please monkey island 5

Posted by Ron on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to eleven am

Awesome Ron!

Now give us 5! :P

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to eleven am

If only it was my decision to make.

Posted by Vincent Hamm on Sep 28, 2005 five to two pm

Just curious, but if you were actualy given the opportunity to do it, would you go back at a 15 years old game (13 years old if you count to mi2, I dissmiss the others) ?
Wouldn't that be a little of a 'stuck in the past' syndrome ? Wouldn't you prefer to make something new ?

Posted by Huyderman on Sep 28, 2005 five to eleven am

An anniversary worth celebrating. Truly one of the greatest games made.

Posted by Vincent Hamm on Sep 28, 2005 quarter past eleven am

And so, 15 years ago, Ron created the question that would haunt generations of adventure game players... But what the heck is the secret of Monkey Island ? :)

(not that I do care particularly myself, just wanted that it was also the anniversary of this never-answered question :P)

Posted by Dan on Sep 28, 2005 quarter past eleven am

I'm 19yo and I've 'discovered' Monkey Island at the age of eight. For some reason every year I find myself playing MI/MI2 once again, even now in 2005. Maybe because MI is a hard-to-die-piece-of-undead-game. Maybe because the present games industry is boring. Maybe both.
Thank you for creating Monkey Island, Ron.

Posted by Macerlask on Oct 2, 2005 twenty five to ten am

Yea something similar happened with me, I think I was 5 or 6 years old when I played it in my Aunt's computer (286), it was the CD version that came out close to 1991. Now I'm 19 years old, and I'm studding Computer Science, and all because of your game.

Ron your game changed my life.

You should be proud of your creation, it's a master piece.

Posted by Fabio Bortolotti on Sep 28, 2005 twenty past eleven am

Happy Birthday Guybrush!

Posted by Cremaster3 on Sep 28, 2005 quarter to noon

Ron, can you post a scan of disk 144?

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Sep 28, 2005 five to noon


Posted by Cremaster3 on Sep 28, 2005 quarter past noon

I was pretty sure you had those disks.  That puzzle sure had me "stumped" ;)

Posted by scummbuddy on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five past six pm

You should have saved that one for next April Fools

"Hey look what I just found!"

Posted by Filippo on Sep 28, 2005 five to noon

OMG... what have I been doing for the past fifteen years?

Posted by Shura on Sep 28, 2005 noon

That's really cool. :) Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2 are still among my most favourite computer games of all times (and with scummvm, I'm still able to play them, too). :)

Posted by Ardalan Samimi on Sep 28, 2005 noon

Monkey Island is the greatest game ever!!! Thanks Ron, I don't know if I have said this before.. But YOU are cool!!

Posted by Moti on Sep 28, 2005 five past noon

At last, a proper chance to say "thanks for Monkey Island" without being off-topic! :)

So, Ron (yeah, and the rest whose blog this isn't, particularly Michael Land for the music): THANK YOU for the unbelieveably wonderful piece of my life that is the Monkey Island series.

Random thoughts: I've given up explaining my emotional involvement in a computer game to people - Pong, MI and DeathSpank-types all being considered "computer games" doesn't help... Anyway, some games are true works of art, and 15 years later, we definitely need more of that magic in games. You can only go back and replay the classics so many times.

Posted by chet on Sep 28, 2005 five past noon

I willl pay 8 gazillion dollars for disk 144. c'mon Ron, it's not doing you any good.

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Sep 28, 2005 ten past noon

For 8 gazillion dollars, I will not only make you a disk 144, but I'll fill it with all the stuff that was under that stump.

I'll forward you bank wire transfer instructions.

Posted by sloppy joe on Sep 28, 2005 one pm

Wil you be using those money to buy the rights for MI from Lucasarts? and make us MI5 (or 3)

:)

Posted by Whup on Sep 28, 2005 quarter to five pm

For 8 Gazillion bucks he could almost buy LucasArts itself!

Almost.

Posted by sloppy joe on Sep 29, 2005 five to seven am

That isn't too interesting with all the non-interesting games coming from that direction nowadays

Posted by PissedOffMonkeyIslandFan on Sep 29, 2005 nine am

Almost?

Posted by Whup on Sep 29, 2005 ten to five pm

It'd be like buying the Death Star...

Posted by lame on Sep 28, 2005 ten past noon

what a coincedence! i played it for the whatsoever time in my life last week.

also i will beat my future kids if they won't be falling off their chairs laughing when i will hand it to them with a smirk.

Posted by m0 on Sep 28, 2005 twenty past noon

Ahhhh, yes. I love hearing these names, for me it's a synonym of quality gaming. Something you don't hear very often. Somebody hire these folks! they're responible for the greats! (If you don't, history will come back to hunt ya'll.)

And ohhhh remember the line: "Look behind you, a three-headed monkey"

(that was 15 years ago, already?)

My own personal cheers for Mr Gilbert & the gang

Posted by Ninja Girlden on Sep 29, 2005 ten past noon

The screenshot with the actual three-headed monkey is the background on my laptop. ;)  My brother used to yell that for years when trying to distract me.

Posted by Robert on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to one pm

Congratulations! And thanks, I get nostalgic about that game now, Imagine that!

Posted by Alex Saveliev on Sep 28, 2005 quarter to one pm

I hope you have played already the latest Tim Shafer's game?
Isn't it GREAT?! :)

Posted by Udvarnoky on Sep 28, 2005 one pm

Who's this Steve Percell? ;)

Posted by Alan De Smet on Sep 28, 2005 ten past one pm

"My name is Guybrush Threepwood, and I want to be a pirate!"

Possibly the finest opening line in any game ever.

I recently replayed the series with my girlfriend, and on the whole they aged well.  MI1 visually looks, well, 15 years old.  But it's still funny and fun.  In my mind it defines the elements of the modern adventure game.  It achieved a perfect balance.  When I first played MI2 it didn't do much for me.  In particular, I didn't like the ending.  On replay, it was better than I remembered..  MI3 aged quite well.  I think the team did a good job of capturing the essence of MI1 and 2.  MI4, well, hmmm.  When I first played MI4 it seemed like a fine, fun game.  Perhaps at the time it had been so long since MI3 that I was desperate and blinded to its flaws.  Playing MI4 within a few months of the previous 3, it's a far, far worse game, a shadow of the previous 3.

Posted by Call Me Squinky on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to five pm

I agree with you completely.

But really, the only redeemable feature of MI4 was Guybrush's "sexy" voice. That always had me in stitches.

Posted by borsht on Sep 28, 2005 quarter to seven pm

I actually far preferred 4 to 3.  3 dropped the ball on the story, replaced the old, characteristic art style with a boring Disney-esque cartoon style, had a far less clever sense of humor, and featured none of the original team (making it essentially a lame 'fan game').  What a disappointment.

After that, MI4, as poor as it was, at least had some writers from the Sam & Max days, and its spirit and humor skewed alot closer to the originals, even if the story and monkey combat sequences were totally idiotic.

Posted by countingpine on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to one am

I remember when CMI first came out.  I was worried about LucasArts giving Guybrush a voice and a cartoony style, but I figured I'd get used to it.  I think it's a credit to the game that I not only got used to the style, but learned to accept and love it.  The only quibbles I really had were the way Wally was brought back, and it was perhaps a bit unfair to the MI4 team to marry Elaine and Guybrush.  And, yes, some of the humour was a bit childish.
With the humour, though, I'd say the childish bits were only the tip of the humour iceberg.  It was everywhere, from Guybrush's facial expressions to the Plunder Island Naturalist Society.  There were a few running gags, and a lot of in-jokes.  A lot of the humour was clever, and most of it was funny.
With MI3, as in MI4, the most was made of the new graphics style the team ventured into.  The graphics and characters are all beautifully drawn, and you can hardly tell that it had to be reduced down to 256 colours.  We probably have Larry Ahern, who was on the MI2 team, to thank for this.
The sound was perfect, it brought in just the right atmosphere.  And as you played the game, and talked to all the "NPCs", you could see that a lot of care and work had gone into each one.

All in all, I found the game fun, and a joy to play.  It may have been different from the first two, but it was a good game, and that's what's most important.

(That said, Ron, I still have hopes that one day you'll make Monkey Island 3A, or at least make sure Monkey Island 5 includes a divorce)

Posted by Macerlask on Oct 2, 2005 ten to ten am

Well, I really liked Monkey Island 3, in fact my favorite games are the 1 and 3, but I should say that monkey island 4 should have not existed.
I never heard the voices of guy brush in English because I have the CMI in Spanish & EMI too, but i could say that the guys of ERBE (the company that use to do the translation of Lucas Arts to Spanish a long time ago, now that is the work of EA) made an amazing work.

Posted by jp-30 on Sep 28, 2005 quarter past one pm

!5, eh? My how you've grown. Why I remeber you when you were a newborn, giving me hours of pleasure in my friend's Amiga. Now look at you? You'll be driving a car soon and thinking about college.

// wistful sigh //

Posted by Dalixam on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to two pm

15 years old and still one of the best games made.

Posted by Neil, Brighton, England on Sep 28, 2005 twenty to two pm

I was introduced to "Secret" for the first time the other day and I'm enjoying playing MI2 at the moment. Two of the funniest, best thought-out games.

Thanks very much.

Posted by Torvus on Sep 28, 2005 twenty to two pm

hy ron.i thank you for greatest game Monkey island the game is so awfully great that i want to cry... it inspired me to try to make my own game because todays games are ugly 3d and got no weed so i got an idea lets make game similar to monkey island on weed & rubber chickens and so on... pictures:  http://island-of-plots.wz.cz/English/download.html
main page http://island-of-plots.wz.cz
well its not just about weed and im not on weed but it looks funny :)
hey ron got any tips for game? sorry for my stupid english
YOu must do a seqel in 2d graphics plz plz i beg you
it has been a long time we monkey-playes have nothing to play
so can you do something about it?


live long & prosper
voodoo

Posted by DasJan on Sep 28, 2005 five past two pm

Psssst, it's "Purcell" ;)

Oh, and: Happy birthday Guybrush!!!

Congratulations Ron for creating a license that's so successful that LucasArts still wants so much money for that you can't pay it. I think this would be a good moment for LucasArts to give you the license as a birthday present with a nice pink ribbon with a large bow in it and a greeting card with a hand drawn Guybrush on it.

Posted by tom|rebell.at on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five past five am

word! :)

or even better, they should finance it :D

Posted by KRS on Sep 28, 2005 ten past two pm

I think it's really significant that so many of us still play through Monkey Islands 1 & 2. When we know the games inside out the central game mechanic, the puzzle solving, is gone, but there is still something there that compells us to play again. I think that's the sign of a great game and it's all too rare.

Posted by drunkymonkey on Sep 28, 2005 ten past two pm

Good grief. Monkey Island is just younger than me. I grew up with it, I used to play it with my brother on the amiga, and it was brilliant. I sort of inherited the games, and I still play them every once in a while. The music, the characters, the art, they all came together perfectly.
Ron, I would like to tank you for making i my mind the best adventure game I have ever played, the opening of the Secret was so atmospheric I will never forget it. It started off a saga.
15 years ago eh?
For some reason, it makes me sad.
There won't be another like Monkey Island, that's for sure.

Posted by pmarin on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to three pm

THANK YOU!!!!  For me it�s the best game, I love it.

Posted by Martin Gantefhr on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to three pm

Jesus. My son was already negative 3 when the game came out.

I'm officially old.

Posted by 3pwud on Sep 28, 2005 ten to three pm

We love and revere you for giving us a friend. I'm gonna drink a Grog in celebration, then spend the next five weeks in bed hungover :)

GROG! GROG! GROG!
     GROG! GROG! GROG!
          GROG! GROG! GROG!

Is Guybrush just a little child in his brilliant dreamworld?

Posted by Yeahstyle on Sep 28, 2005 five past three pm

wow... 15 years... and Monkey Island is still alive, that�s great!
Thanks Ron, and of course the whole team that made MI1 and MI2.

Alvaro, from Chile.

Posted by NinjaGirlden on Sep 28, 2005 half past three pm

Happy Birthday Monkey Island!  I've played it every year or two since I originally used the Dial-a-Pirate wheel to play.  Thank you, Ron, for all you've done to make games this wonderful.

Posted by Marc Mathea on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five to four pm

Ron, my best wishes to you and your old lucas arts fellows...
keep on pushing !

Posted by Fernando Lisboa on Sep 28, 2005 quarter to four pm

I grew up with Guybrush Threepwood.
To him I owe a lot of good memories.
To you and all the team I can only say:
Best.Game.Ever!

Posted by Ryan on Sep 28, 2005 five past four pm

italics How appropriate. You fight like a cow. italics

haha, Thank you for a fantastic game. :-)

Next you need to make us a humorous sci-fi adventure extravaganza... with pirates, and ninjas... and a shrubbery!

Posted by Greg on Sep 28, 2005 ten past four pm

Thanks Ron, I just discovered all the glory of monkey island about six months ago
and I love it.
So how much is the monkey island rights?

Posted by sirboxalot on Sep 28, 2005 ten past four pm

Seriously Ron, thank you. You don't know me, but thank you for grog's contents, rubber chickens with pulleys in the middle, a used ship salesman turned used coffin salesman, thank you for spitting contests and dance move treasure maps, voodoo ladies and monkies, monkey heads, navigator heads, ghosts, zombies, disk 22, a certain traveling circus, and making grave robbing fun(ny).

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Sep 28, 2005 quarter past four pm

and making grave robbing fun

I didn't make grave robbing fun, it's always been fun.

Posted by sirboxalot on Sep 28, 2005 half past four pm

You're right. Grave robbing is such a thrill in just your boxers.

Posted by DasJan on Sep 29, 2005 quarter past eleven am

How did you get Ron's boxers?

Posted by Whup on Sep 28, 2005 five pm

Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Steve Purcell, Mark Ferrari, Mike Ebert, Martin Cameron, Michael Land, Barney Jones, Andy Newell, Patrick Mundy, Aric Wilmunder, Brad Taylor and myself wrapped up The Secret of Monkey Island.

Thanks everyone!

How I'd love to have a beer or two with some of the names on that list!  Speaking of which, I wonder if we'll ever have a Ron visit here in Australia?

Posted by Stewart on Sep 28, 2005 quarter to eleven pm

What kind of beer?

Posted by Ender on Sep 29, 2005 ten to five am

Fosters, of course!

- Ender
   Co-Lead Dev, ScummVM

Posted by Stephen Vaughan on Oct 17, 2005 quarter to two am

Why Not jst Have a pind of grog :P

Posted by Whup on Sep 29, 2005 ten to five pm

Coopers is the beer of choice in Adelaide (at least among us younguns), although VB (Victorian Bitter) is probably the most popular throughout the country.

Most young Australians have never even seen a Fosters... its not a popular beer at all!

Coopers do some damn nice brews though: Pale Ale, Draught and (my favourite) Sparkling Ale.  Hard to beat a jug of Sparkling outside a Rundle St pub at 1 oclock on a 40 degree (celsius) night...

Posted by Ender on Sep 30, 2005 one am

To be honest, I wanted to answer Cascade. Thats a REAL australian beer. But since I've been living in Perth, I haven't seen a bottle once.

Which sucks, because I grew up on that stuff when I lived in Tassie :)

- Ender
   Co-Lead Dev, ScummVM

Posted by Olivier Mehani on Oct 8, 2005 twenty five past five am

Root beer !

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Sep 29, 2005 five to nine am

I'd love to come to Australia!  It's high on my list of places to visit.

Posted by rabbit on Oct 4, 2005 half past five am

You know, New Zealand is a lovely place aswell.

Especially Christchurch.

Have a meetup there! I'll come.

Posted by LSH on Sep 28, 2005 quarter past five pm

<<four notes from the Indiana Jones theme>>

Posted by HkB on Sep 28, 2005 twenty five past five pm

I recently got a high end, portable, carefully designed for the best 3d-full textures-AI-blabla games......just to play this two masterpieces. And we are 15 years far away from it�s release? Do bureaucrats or money-crats need anything else to wake up?

Thanks to THE MONKEY. :)

Posted by kenn on Sep 28, 2005 ten to six pm

We all loved MI..... very much... c'mon Ron give us a new game, something we can all treasure again and celebrate in another 15 years time

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Sep 28, 2005 ten past six pm

Patiences grasshopper.

Posted by jp-30 on Sep 28, 2005 seven pm

You have patents on grasshoppers? Ahh, I see it now... The Mystery of Grasshopper Island.

Posted by badenglishihave on Sep 28, 2005 twenty to eight pm

The Secret Of Grasshopper Island 2: Locust's Revenge

Then some company will come out and buy out the Ron/the development team and Grasshopper Island 3 will be made by a bunch of incompetent nincompoops.

Posted by Afrika on Sep 28, 2005 five past eight pm

I'm with every one else when I say thanks.  Awesome game...

Posted by Kedume on Sep 28, 2005 quarter past ten pm

The best adventure game ever made. Thanks.

Posted by Kolzig on Sep 28, 2005 quarter to midnight

The best adventure game I have ever played in my live. (and one of the first)
This game changed the world of gaming for young guy like me in 1990 when I was just eight years old.

I had no knowledge of the english language but still I managed to play the game, and as I played the game, I started to learn my first words of english through the words in the game and what happened on the screen.

Thank you Ron and the whole incredibly talented crew who were responsible for this gaming legend to be born. It's a wonder that such a team ever existed in one place at the same time, so much talent. :)

Posted by Owen on Sep 28, 2005 ten to midnight

Wow, it's pretty incredible to think I was only 6 when I first played this game. Thanks for all the memories Ron. I still have to go back and play 1 and 2 once a year or so. And just to put my 2 cents in, I preferred CMI over EMI without a doubt. I loved the artwork, and the game was just so much fun to play. Maybe it's just because of that awful control scheme that was used in EMI. I really miss the old point and click adventure games of my youth. Anyways, cheers Gilbert, this Warsteiner is for you, and I wish you much success in the future.

Posted by BiscuitMan on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to one am

Monkey Island is what got me into gaming in the first place.  Happy birthday MI!

Posted by LoDeRuNnEr on Sep 29, 2005 twenty past one am

Also Congrats from me for this awesome game. It has been my first game ever and i played it for 3 days and 2 nigths without getting real sleep at the age of 8 till the end =)

Maybe without this game i wouldnt be a gamer and a programmer these days ;)

Happy Birthday MI and thanks to the whole Crew!

Posted by Magius on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five past one am

First of all, let me thank you for making Monkey Island. Trully a masterpiece that will remain as that for ages.
Second, I must say...C'mon! make something new...If you had the creativity to make MI, you sure can make something different...
stop complaining about a licence you don't have and create a new one.
make a game about cavemans, elfs or farmers...
just put the same creativity you put for MI and maybe you will raise the money you need to buy MI IP back!

Posted by tom|rebell.at on Sep 29, 2005 twenty past five am

ron is doing something new, but you have to keep in mind a few things:

first of all, it may be hard to meet the high expectations if there are things like Monkey Island in your portfolio

second: monkey island was not made by ron alone. much of the praisefor the dialogues has to go out to tim schafer for example as far as i know, which you can see if you play grim fandango oder psychonauts. so, as much as i respect ron, it would be hard for him alone, to create a new saga like monkey island, without talented and creative news people helping him. and i think it's hard to find a team like the guys who were mentioned by ron above.

third:  gaming industry today is not the one from 1990

but as said before: ron is doing something new. and hell, aren't we all hoping that it will make us all laugh again and talk about it in 15 years, like we remember guybrush today? ;)

Posted by Whup on Sep 29, 2005 ten past six pm

second: monkey island was not made by ron alone.

Ron (or at least LucasArts) put together a talented team before, no reason why he can't do it again!  If anything, the talent pool should have increased in 15 years!  Hopefully Ron would sign on some of those talented and creative artists wanting to try something different that he's mentioned before.

Posted by Misty on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to two am

Happy birthday, Guybrush.
Ron, just a quick thank you from the bottom of my heart. Peole like you make the games industry great less awful.
I'm sure that this legacy must sometimes feel like something of an albatross, but it's one heck of an achievement to have made this many people this happy.
Thanks for posting this and giving me an on-topic opportunity to get all soppy.

Posted by Tim on Sep 29, 2005 twenty to two am

12 years old and totally addicted - my first memories of Monkey Island.

I too am one of those gamers that plays through the whole series of Monkey Island games at least once a year...

Happy birthday Guybrush, you fight like a cow!

Posted by chris on Sep 29, 2005 quarter to two am

Happy birthday Monkey Island!

Posted by Sebastian on Sep 29, 2005 quarter to two am

First of all - thanks for great hours, probably days (counting how many times I played it through), and thanks for a fantastic franchise with pirates.

Now to business. :)
I know your site is licensed using by-nc-nd; That Monkey Island disk would be an awesome addition to Wikipedia. However, it should be less restrictively licensed, usually GNU Free Doc License or CC by-sa. I say "should", because the English Wikipedia also accepts fair use images while many others don't. So, to use it to the fullest extent on all Wikipedias, you would have to drop nc and nd for the image.

Please think about it. :-)

Posted by Aitor Garcia on Sep 29, 2005 ten to two am

Simply a huge thanks for MI. I played it when 11, now I am 26 years old and  I think it was the main reason because I decided to work in software industry.  We're all waiting praying for your next work.  Make us happy soon!

Posted by Francis on Sep 29, 2005 two am

Now I just need to print these disk images, put them into my disk drive, and I will have my own illegal copy of Monkey Island

MUHUHAHAHA !!!!

(Or maybe I will have to shrink these images in Photoshop because I just have a 3"1/2 drive)

Posted by jp-30 on Sep 29, 2005 twenty past two am

To read the MI data from a printout of a floppy disc you will need an optical drive.

Posted by Francis on Sep 29, 2005 ten to three am

I might also cut the edges and use my CDROM drive - It's optical, innit ?

Posted by Oded Sharon - Buy A Car For Ron Gilbert on Sep 29, 2005 five to three am

Mazal Tov !!

I say, this calls for a convention. Like us trekkies and our 40th anniversary.

Oded Sharon.

Posted by Tomsn on Sep 29, 2005 half past three am

Congratulations to you Ron!!

Monkey Island 1 and 2 are two of the greatest and funniest games I�ve ever played. Still now I love to go back to monkey island now and then to put dogs in coats, drink lot�s of grog and pronounce myself as the greatest pirate ever.

Thank you guys for some really great times.

"Oh look behind you, a three-headed monkey!!"


Tom

Posted by Ozgur Yildiz on Sep 29, 2005 twenty to four am

Ron you're really cool!
i'm from Turkey and do ya know, you're really a popular guy in Turkey too! And Monkey island series are the most popular games ever here!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2005 twenty to four am

a woodchuck should chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood, as long as a woodchuck would chuck wood. ;)

Posted by born2code on Sep 29, 2005 five to four am

Hurray! Happy anniversary, Guythreep Brushwood (it's GUYBRUSH! ;)
This means it's also the 15th anniversary for the noble art of Insult Swordfighting! Let's make it an Olympic event for all to appreciate!

Posted by Marco Weber on Sep 29, 2005 five to four am

Cheers, Ron Gilbert!

Thank you for one of my sweeter childhood memories
and one of the best games ever published.

Marco

-----------------------                                                                                                                                                             "Look! A three-headed monkey!"
        - Guybrush Threapwood

Posted by nea on Sep 29, 2005 four am

What a wonderful time... congratulations... those were the days i grew up to become a man ^^
I currently play it on my DS... just great...

Posted by Diduz on Sep 29, 2005 four am

I just remembered I was thirteen years old when I was playing Monkey 1. Now I'm 28! AAAAAARRRRRRGH!!!!! I had almost managed to forget it. You're evil, Ron.
Domenico

Posted by Guy.brush on Sep 29, 2005 four am

I just wanted to thank all of the guys who created Monkey Island, not only Ron Gilbert :P

btw is Micheal Land still @ LucasArts?

Posted by dimi3000 on Sep 29, 2005 twenty past four am

Happy Birthday Monkey Island.

I miss you :(

Posted by Kaminari on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five past four am

Why would anyone want a 5 when you can go on a whole new franchise?

"The Midget of Donkey Island"

The unbelievable story of Larry Wilco, a flooring inspector who sells his boat for a mule and hacks his way through an utterly evil Empire that declared war on point 'n' clicks a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Posted by Dark Voodoo on Sep 29, 2005 quarter past five am

Thank you very much for this fantastic game!!!! I hope Monkey Island 5 will come...

Posted by Johnny on Sep 29, 2005 quarter past five am

Happy Birthday Ron ! =)

Posted by freak on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five past five am

I'm LOVIN IT!!!!! Grats ;)

Posted by tom|rebell.at on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to six am

heck, can't say anything that wasn't said before. monkey island is the game that made me a gamer. it's kinda strange to recognize, that i know the biographies of nearly the half of it's creators. :D

so shame on you ron & co.! I could be rescueing the world now (or at least cats from big trees), but instead i'm a dumb nerd, readingy a grumpy weblog, and nearly crying because there ain't never gonna be a game like a 15 year pseudo pirate-adventure again!

Posted by Keno on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to six am

Congratulations!!!
I learned some of my first english with Monkey Island! It�s one of the best games ever!

Posted by miguel on Sep 29, 2005 half past six am

Congratulations, Ron. You have no idea how happy you made me in my early teenage years, how much of my time I used to dedicate to all the Monkey Island stuff, not only on thinking about the puzzles, but also by fantasizing about swordfights and stuff. To me, Monkey Island was as important as the Indiana Jones movies.

I will always want to be a pirate.

Posted by Alanar on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to seven am

"The Secret of Monkey Island" was my fist adventure-game. Even today it's my favourite game. I mean, other games like "Runaway - A road adventure" or "The Westerner" (maybe you know the games) are also good, but the best adventure-games are the "Monkey Island" games. I play them even today.
Happy birthday, LeChuck, Stan, Herman and (of course) Guybrush and all the other Monkey Island characters.
And congratulations to Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer, Steve Purcell and all the other people made Monkey Island.

(my English isn't that good, but I hope you all understand what I mean ;) )

Posted by Scott on Sep 29, 2005 ten past seven am

MI was probably the first game I really sat down and played, thank you for that.

now, i'm just curious - is there any way to go about purchasing the game anymore?  or all the old SCUMM games while we're at it?  I'd love to play them all again, and i'd prefer to do it legally....

Posted by Glamis on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to eight am

Fifteen years... I can barely believe it.

Thank you very much Ron.

Posted by Jeff Houser on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five past eight am

I guess I'm unqiue in the fact that I played the games a few years ago (when trying to catch up on the few adventure games I missed growing up).  I still don't understand the ending to MI2.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed both of them.

Posted by Brian on Sep 29, 2005 half past eight am

Thanks for the best adventure game I ever illegally copied in the early nineties. I still use the insults to strike down little old ladies on the street.

Posted by Brad on Sep 29, 2005 ten to nine am

Happy anniversary!

Posted by TomasSK on Sep 29, 2005 five past nine am

Happy birthday Ron & Guybrush! :) Little bit of clich� (but true) words:  thanks for my first adventure, thanks for a game that learnt me first English words, thanks for my most favourite game, thanks for a game that contributed to choosing game development as my occupation... and best luck for the future!

PS:Just being curious - have you actually ever tried to buy the rights to MI back from the Wookie factory?

Posted by TomasSK on Sep 29, 2005 ten past nine am

And one more thing - I apologize for illegal copying the first two MI's in the early 90's. I am not sure if they were sold in Slovakia that time but I bought them at least retrospectively from Wookies... but I still feel guilty - I guess no $ went to the original Monkey team :(

Posted by Vlado on Sep 29, 2005 ten am

They were not available here but i got them in Vienna that time. But it for sure was the best game i ever played! Vlado from Slovakia.

Posted by on Sep 29, 2005 ten past nine am

Ron, Thanks a lot for Monkey Island, just for that you deserv to go to heaven (if there is one), no matter how many bad things you do to the world from now on.
I wish I was rich so I could buy the Monkey Island rights from LucasArts and give them back to it's real creator.

Posted by Bucky on Sep 29, 2005 quarter past nine am

Your skull gets to be on the top of the stack for remembering this Ron.

Probably the most enjoyable project I ever worked on in the games industry with the most talented (and entertaining) group of artists and programmers I ever saw.  I still have one of my sketchbooks from the project.

Thanks for the memories Ron!

Posted by Hagay Giller on Sep 29, 2005 quarter to ten am

Hi Ron, my name's Hagay, I'm from Israel. MI1 and 2 were my first adventure games, played at a friend's house when we were 10 years old... (I'm 22 now.) I was too young (and didn't know enough english)  to understand some of the humor, but over the years I've played the series so many times I can now pretty much quote the first two games by heart.

Last year I was at the Game on show, and when I saw the original art for MI I just smiled like a maniac and had to take a picture of myself with it...

Thanks for all the memories.

Posted by Talvin on Sep 29, 2005 ten to ten am

Congrats! I always loved the game and it brings very nice memories back to me. Thanks for giving me a great time. I hope and pray there will be a new episode of the game.

Posted by Gabriel on Sep 29, 2005 five to ten am

Wow. I'm speechless... now THIS is an aniversary worth celebrating. One of the best games ever, no doubt about it. Cheers!

Posted by Jerome on Sep 29, 2005 quarter past ten am

Ron Gilbert, THANK YOU from Spain... 15 years ago I was playing Monkey Island in my Amiga 500, and today I'm still doing that, but in a P910...

Ehh... yes, the BBQ, it could be funny to have an spanish friend there, don't you think so? If you do send me an email, 'amigo mio'...

Posted by Sonny on Sep 29, 2005 quarter to eleven am

Thank you for one of the best games I ever played!

If only EA had the rights to Monkey Island, we'd be eagerly awaiting the 15th part of the series. "Monkey Island 2005 with improved graphics, a whole new soundtrack and the official '05 insult swordfighting license."

Posted by Alfredo on Sep 29, 2005 ten to noon

Ron, gracias por crear un hito en la historia de los videojuegos!!
Quiero que sepas que compre mi primer mouse para poder jugarlo!!!-
Saludos desde Argentina.
Alfredo.

PD: Sigo esperando otra obra de arte tuya!!!.

Posted by Ronnie on Sep 29, 2005 noon

I must admit though, MI2 was better

Posted by Jeff on Sep 29, 2005 five past noon

Years ago, I dressed up as Stan for Halloween.  Even made up the business cards.

Posted by Jon on Sep 29, 2005 ten past noon

Thanks for the memories, Grumpy. Hows Monkey Island 3, then?

Posted by Arnd on Sep 29, 2005 half past noon

Hi Ron, thank you very much for creating this great game. It was one of my best times playing it and ... I will be patient ... waiting for things to come ... hopefully soon ;-)

Posted by Suki on Sep 29, 2005 five to one pm

Thank you so much...  I was about 10 years old the first time I played MI 1&2... they were my very first games and I still can remember how my brother tought me how to use SCUMM...  I still play them today, and still laugh as hard as I did when I was 10.  
Well.. actually, I have to thank you and your crew once again because MI is the reason why I'm gonna be married soon. The first time that I met my fiance was in an usual chatroom some years ago, and as he saw my username "Elaine_Marley" he couldn't resist saying "I can hold my breath for ten minutes!" to me... :)
we are so deep in love today... however, I will let you now when we got married ;)
And if I should ever give birth to a daughter we will call her "Elaine". :)

So thanks again Ron,

Suki  

(I'm sorry if my english is full of mistakes, but I'm from Germany...)

Posted by Stephen Vaughan on Sep 29, 2005 ten past one pm

I Want to say This is the coolest game ive ever played. I played it when i was 4 and im still talking about it now. This is the game that got me learning C++ programming so i could make games just like u.

Posted by Whup on Sep 29, 2005 five pm

Actually, I'd have to second that.

Thanks for the inspiration =)

Posted by chrisf on Sep 30, 2005 five past three am

third.
Also, aaaaaahhhhhh for Suki's message above.

Posted by Drakos on Oct 9, 2005 five past six am

Fourth...

Without MI I probably never would have realized how exciting it is to create games.

Monkey Island also taught me english.

Posted by Stephen Vaughan on Sep 29, 2005 quarter past one pm

Monkey island1 and 2 are both amazing. I play them all the time and never get bored. i think that M1 should be made into a movie it would be cool. I start to make a game and in the end i end up playing your's instead of creating my own. Its just an awsome game thanx ron

Posted by Corey Atad on Oct 8, 2005 nine am

"i think that M1 should be made into a movie it would be cool."

Hey. I'm in the process of writing a scrip for a MI1 movie. I have been working on it for almost two years now, but I got side-tracked about 6 months ago and haven't continued. When I first played MI3 I realized how well it would translate into a movie. I then went beck and played MI1&2 and realized that if I made a movie of MI1 and incoporated some ideas from 2&3 it would be an even better movie. This was a number of years ago.

I then got the inspiration to start writing a script for it when I first saw Paco's Comic on WMI. I workedd on it quite steadily for a while, but I eventually found that I didn't like where the script was going. It was too much like the game/comic and that wouldn't make a good movie. I sent the script-in-progress to WMI and they posted about it. I got a few emails telling me how good it was, but none telling me the things that should be changed. I've been pushing myself to start it back up again, but I haven't gotten around to it.

I actually sent it to you, Ron, a couple of times. But I got NO RESPONSE. Ron, respond please. Just read it. Its not so long. the rest of you can read it at  http://free.hostdepartment.com/s/smallfrozenhamster/SOMI.pdf. I don't think that is the most up to date version o fthe script, but it's fairly close. I think I cut some stuff out of that one.

What I want to do is really incorporate ideas from MI2&3 into it. If annyody can help me out with that I would appreciate it very much. I would love to somehow get BLood and/or Skull Island into it. They are actually my two favourite locations of any MI game (no offense Ron.)

Well see ya.

Posted by Donkey on Nov 8, 2005 ten to one am

Isn't Pirates of the Carribean essentially a MI movie? I mean, it has it all... ghost pirates and such...

Posted by Stephen Vaughan on Nov 8, 2005 six am

Yeah it even has scenes in the same as monkey island like the part where they are trying to escape the prison. with the key in the dogs mouth and the pirates trying to bribe him with a bone.

Posted by someone who went around on MUDs as 'Guybrush' on Sep 29, 2005 twenty to two pm

Hey, I remember running into either you or one of the other MI creators on the End Of The Line MUD (run on the stanford.edu's machines...) back around the time MI2 came out. Was that you? If it was, it was nice chatting with ya. ^_^ Thanks for making a brilliantly enjoyable and funny series of games.

Posted by thwidra on Sep 29, 2005 twenty to two pm

Last week I've played Monkey Island, again... It's still my favourite game and I enjoyed it really, really much. But I'm still trying to find out, what the secret of Monkey Island is... Well, I've startet Monkey Island 2...

Posted by pakkun on Sep 29, 2005 twenty to three pm

15 years already. wow. This game really did live up to the name of the genre. Something about it captured imagination. I remember feeling like it was a window into a real living, breathing world. Undoubtedly one of the best games ever made. I would pay more than the price of a regular new game for a new MI made by that team. Even if it was the same 256 graphics scheme with the SCUMM system. It shows you dont need flashy graphics and new technology to capture imagination. Good job, guys. thanks

Posted by Rip on Sep 29, 2005 quarter to three pm

Thanks Ron. Monkey Island 1 and 2 are the Monty Python of computer games.

Posted by guillirojo on Sep 29, 2005 twenty five to four pm

� Feliz Cumplea�os Guybrush !

Posted by Aidan on Sep 29, 2005 five pm

Hey I still have those exact disks..... and the box.
Monkey Island 1 was the game that got me interested in computers in the first place when I was 8. It took me forever to finish....
Anyway THANKS RON for a great game

Posted by Greg on Sep 29, 2005 five past five pm

I've been a MI fan since the original release. I introduced my wife to it a couple years ago and she loved the whole series. We're replaying them right now (started as a celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day). I'm looking at the original box and floppies next to me on the floor as I type this. We're currently on Part II of Curse of Monkey Island, and loving every minute.

It's El Pollo Diablo!!

Posted by SiN on Sep 29, 2005 twenty to seven pm

Yay, finally being able to say thank you without being off-topic!

Cheers for Monkey Island Ron!

SiN

Posted by Aralforn on Sep 29, 2005 seven pm

How nice!

Too hours playing that game. Too memories. All that stories beneath Monkey Island (Stan, Big Whoop, Voodoo Lady, Herman... not THAT MAN WITH TROUSERS IN MI4, the Scumm Bar, the Grog receipt...).
I told jokes from Monkey to my friends. And I was the only one of the group who played the game. I felt special. My older cousin played MI2, for example, and he missed a lot of the jokes. He didn't understand'em... And me... My only wish was to grow up to became a pirate.
And then that "Lynch ending"... Yeah, MI1 was the first, the BIG GAME; THE CLASSIC. BUT... MI2 had that fabulous ending. I was growing to became a pirate, but I was wrong. THE SECRET, THE BIG WHOOP, is not being a pirate; it's just your way trying to be one. It's your voyage, your trip thourgh the seas, finding the ending of the adventure. There's a song in my country that says something like: "When you're ready to travel to Itaca, you must pray to Gods, ask'em for adventures and danger moments, you must pray to gods, asking emotions and a very long and hard voyage."
But when you discover that, you are too old to be young. And, yeah, that's the secret. That's the Big Whoop, too. That's the prize to the adventure... Growing WITH the adventure, never reaching the end. Admit it; MI2 was better 'cause it had the secret. And we are still playing those games.
You must keep the adventure alive, never reaching the end, 'cause, after that, we still are young boys and girls trying to find our brothers and sisters.

Long life to MI1 and MI2! (And for the ones that make MI3 and MI4, WHAT YOU DID TO THE REAL GUYBRUSH?! Where have that macho beard gone? You killed Guybrush! You, ** pirates!)

And greetings from Catalonia! Happy Birthday, Monkey Island! I was 9 years when I first played Monkey... I ended the game with 11. Now that game itself is 15 going on 16... The world keeps going... Bring us to the horizon.

Posted by Miguel on Sep 30, 2005 ten to one am

Thanks Ron, for the most greater adventure that I have ever played. Greetings from Spain!

Posted by Anakin on Sep 30, 2005 twenty five to three am

Man,what more should I say........overwhelming but not surprising
I dont think,there's much to add,except that I always felt this special bond between Guybrush and me and know i learn,that we dont only look similar (according to others),but almost were born an almost the same day.....Ok,for me it was 10 years earlier ;)

enough of me..... Thank you so much,Ron!Life wouldn't be the same without you and your Masterpieces.

Posted by Zender on Sep 30, 2005 quarter past three am

Hey Ron, any chances you can show us some stuff that was left out from the final versions of MI 1 & 2? Or even strange beta screenshots and things like that, you know, rare stuff :D

Posted by Bonjour Cat on Sep 30, 2005 twenty past three am

Happpy Birthday Guybrush!

I was only 4 when my bro and I played MI1... it taught me to read! :D

Posted by florian on Sep 30, 2005 ten to four am

Hoooray! Happy birthday Monkey Island! That game is one thing I grew up with, and I'll ever be a fan. Hope there will be more adventures, but please not in that disturbing 3D graphics... :D Monkey Island changed my life when I was young, since I first played it I have become obsessed with pirates :) Maybe you go and have a look at my website!!

Thanks for all Ron, your fan, Florian

and... ahoy! :D

Posted by Gabez on Sep 30, 2005 five to five am

Happy birthday and congratulations!

Posted by Rodi on Sep 30, 2005 twenty five past five am

Yay, Monkey Island is 15 years old! Congratu-diddly-ations.

Posted by biggestfan on Sep 30, 2005 twenty to six am

Hi! thanks you so much for games. The very bests was monky island 3 the curse. The other ones were okay but that one was you best by far. Thanks so much to you!

Posted by Someone on Sep 30, 2005 half past six am

haha

Posted by Sonny on Sep 30, 2005 five past eleven am

Well, Monkey Island 3 DID have the best graphics ;)

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Sep 30, 2005 twenty to noon

Only the original 16 color EGA graphics are officially recognized as "good" or "best".

Posted by jmackley on Oct 1, 2005 twenty five to eight pm

My personal favorite was Secret of Monkey Island, and my favorite character was Lemonhead.  "And it says, "made by Lemonhead," just like mine."

Posted by Nur Hussein on Sep 30, 2005 ten past six am

Ron, I have to ask you about the ending to MI2, did you intend for the whole Monkey Island games to be just a daydream? When the story picks up again in MI3, it seems to have been an "evil spell".

Posted by STN on Sep 30, 2005 twenty five past six am

That's the second biggest diskette I've ever seen.

Posted by Joshi on Sep 30, 2005 half past seven am

The best times of my life were spent moving that lovable little bunch of pixels around the screen and wishing I was a pirate...I really need to get out more...and possibly employ some newer jokes.

Posted by Edmundo on Sep 30, 2005 ten past nine am

"Que apropiado, tu peleas como una vaca."

It must have been 9 years ago when I ran into the pirated spanish copy of this wonderful game. I remember the 3 floppy disks... and where was disk 144?! You bastards! I want my uh... money back.

Posted by Grog Dinker on Sep 30, 2005 half past ten am

Very very thanks for all, Monkey Island!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tobe on Sep 30, 2005 eleven am

Thank you for hours of fun. And for getting addicted to videogames.

Posted by Chester on Sep 30, 2005 quarter past noon

Hooray! I love Monkey Island so much. There's even an homage stump joke in "Psychonauts". Thanks for making me love games. Hi Bucky!

Posted by Matthew Wood on Sep 30, 2005 ten past one pm

Hey man! I cut my career teeth on this game. Thank you for making such a great game. I met some interesting folks in the test pit. I was 17 and you guys let me be the Lead Tester on the VGA version...kick ass! I wrote about it on the Star Wars blog. Kudos! What sweet memories.....
Grievous has got nothing on LeChuck....
http://blogs.starwars.com/matthewood/2

Posted by Someone on Sep 30, 2005 ten past one pm

Happy Birthday MONKEY ISLAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by lionking on Sep 30, 2005 ten past one pm

Hi Ron. Thanks for making the two greatest games I ever played. And for showing me what a metronome is used for! I can't believe it's been 15 years since SMI.

Posted by Benjamin Vigeant on Sep 30, 2005 twenty past one pm

Wow, congrats. I remember getting the Lucasarts classic collection (loom, MI, maniac mansion, zak, indiana jones) and just being absolutely floored by Monkey Island. MI1 (and its sequel) will always be an example of brilliant adventure game design, and thank you for making the sort of game that I was always looking for.

Posted by Pythagoras on Sep 30, 2005 half past one pm

15 years have passed. I have grown up but Guybrush is the child remaining inside me. Bring him to life again.

Posted by EMu on Sep 30, 2005 ten to two pm

Happy Birthday Guybrush&co!

i play MI 1 when I was 10 and I just learned English cause of this game :)
(better then in school)

please MI 5 !!!

greetz from Germany

Posted by Porcho on Sep 30, 2005 twenty five past two pm

I first played The Secret of Monkey Island about 8 years ago. It was Easter time when my cousin and me were sitting in front of my old computer; enjoying the magic of Mel�e Island despite all the chocolate eggs. It was the beggining of a love that still lasts!

Congratulations from a Brazilian fan!

Posted by Stoney on Sep 30, 2005 twenty five to three pm

I wanted to thank Ron for those great two Monkey Games, i first played Monkey 2 on an old 80286 Computer and still love it.

If only u would still have influence on how Lucas developes further MI Games, anyway i wanna see a part 5. :)

Thanks for a great time that still lasts from Austria.

Posted by acidfreak on Sep 30, 2005 twenty five past three pm

I just love this game since i�ve got an Computer. One of the first games i played on my 286 sx 25 in 1994. Gybrush Treepwood, the smartest and funniest charakter since adventures has been digitized... Come back for more please...

greetz from germany

acidfreak  

LETS DRINK GROG GROG GROG GROG!!!!! :D

Posted by Kassidy on Sep 30, 2005 five to four pm

Un pollo de goma con una polea en medio? Y eso pa qu� servir�?

Yep, the game worked in spanish too. I remember back 14 years ago playing this game, and it still brings a smile to me. Thank you for the great memories. Saludos, salud, y viva por us!

Posted by speon on Sep 30, 2005 twenty five to six pm

Whenever I speak of my favorite games of all time (vocally or online) I always put Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge in the top 3. Years later, that same sense of spirit, panache and fun persists in all it's 256 color glory. A few years ago, I sought out a Roland MT-32 and Michael Land's music still sounds as rich and enjoyable as it did in 1992. The moody, somber LA logo music instantly brings me right back to fond memories Scabb and M�l�e islands...

When I was but a wee lad, my gaming world consisted of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the occasional arcade game. One fateful day, I was introduced to a magnificent title on the NES that went by the name of Maniac Mansion. Finally! Here was a game that didn't consist of just jumping over gaps on scrolling 2D backgrounds. There were actors doing things independently of the player - you didn't even need to be on the same screen as them! I didn't have to worry about dying, (well, for the most part) I could just concentrate on enjoying the story, the puzzles, and the amazingly detailed and interactive environment. I recall vividly drawing out detailed maps of the mansion in my 8th grade notebook. I was solidly hooked...and I wanted more. Sadly, there just weren't that many games of its kind on console systems.

A few years later I received my first computer and soon discovered (by chance in gaming magazine) that Maniac Mansion was originally a PC game. (!) Fortunately, LucasArts' address was listed in the periodical and I wrote them a hand-written letter beseeching them to inform me how I might purchase Maniac Mansion for the PC and how I might find other games like it. A few weeks later, one of the earliest copies of The Adventurer arrived by mail and a whole new magnificent world was opened unto me.

Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island were truly seminal games of my childhood and young adulthood, and in truth, were watersheds for my desire to pursue gaming as a career. I look back fondly upon these games and the sequels they inspired and continue to relish and enjoy them today.

For that Ron (and Lucasfilm/Arts of yesteryear), I am eternally grateful.

Posted by Headrock the Mighty Pirate on Sep 30, 2005 quarter past eight pm

Ron, a warm thank you for what has always been my #1 favourite game of all. I'd pay you, but I already did (LOL). :P

Can't express it in words.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Posted by [TH] Troll on Oct 1, 2005 five past midnight

Happy Birthday, Guybrush!

Posted by space ace on Oct 1, 2005 twenty to one am

\o/

Posted by Emmy on Oct 1, 2005 ten to one am

<3.
Thank you for contributing to the making-me-grow-up-with-a-strange-sense-of-humour fund.
-Emmy.

Posted by Hilbrand on Oct 1, 2005 two am

Great thanks on creating a historical masterpiece...... or 2! and ive just heard telltale is probably making a completely new sam and max.....
Cause Lucasarts failed us!

greetz

Hilbrand

Posted by space ace on Oct 1, 2005 twenty five to three am

hmm and when in 1991 was mi2 finished? it's interesting how the greatest game took only one year to make...

Posted by James Wilkinson on Oct 1, 2005 twenty five to three am

Hurrah! Shame Monkey Islands 3 and 4 sucked. But you weren't involved in those... were you?

Posted by Pikanto on Oct 1, 2005 ten to four am

"Monkey Island" was one of my first games and it's the only one I still play in nowadays.
Right now it's running on my PSP while I'm posting here.^^
Hope there are some freaks who can port it to the 360 otherwise I wouldn't know what to do with MicroSoft's fine piece of design that lags of fine games to play...

Posted by Petri Purho on Oct 1, 2005 ten past four am

Thank you for 15 years of joy and laughter.

Posted by Keko on Oct 1, 2005 half past eight am

Maybe i'm too flatterer right now, but...

Just thinking about connections. It's a masterpiece of art, devoted by thousands over the world, claimed to be the best ever made, done in the very early days, remembered several years later ...

What I'm talking about?

Is maybe Monkey Island the Citizen Kane of game industry? Is Guybrush a kind of Charles Foster Kane ?

Is Ron Gilbert the Orson Welles of video games?
Of course, he is.

Keko from Argentina - sorry for this improvised english.

Posted by space ace on Oct 1, 2005 twenty five past nine am

patiently waiting for his touch of evil pirate

Posted by zr-rifle on Oct 1, 2005 ten to ten am

Ron, your team gave us some of our most pleasant childhood memories. I sincerely hope my children may someday have the same fortune.

Good luck!

Posted by superemu on Oct 1, 2005 eleven am

finally got to complete all four games recently.  They're all great in my book.  Thanks for the wonderful characters.

Posted by Hans on Oct 1, 2005 noon

Juheirassa

Posted by Gam on Oct 1, 2005 quarter past noon

Congratulations. Thanks for many hours of fun. :)

Posted by wilson on Oct 1, 2005 twenty past noon

You've given me the funniest hours i've every had in my whole life - i am not able to show my gratidute towards you and the whole team. I just say: we are not worthy :)

Gabor Takacs
Game critic for 576Konzol
http://www.576.hu/index.phtml?action=kiadvany

Posted by Rob Scannell on Oct 1, 2005 five past two pm

Monkey Island Forever

Thanks Ron

Posted by Christian on Oct 2, 2005 quarter past four am

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag,  Guybrush! ... und nat�rlich auch alles Gute f�r LeChuck!
Thank you Ron for making one of the coolest games ever!
Greetings from Germany.

Posted by spaceship789 on Oct 2, 2005 twenty to five am

It is a coincidence then, that yesterday I worked on the character map graphics for the original version of SCUMM that ran on c64. (remember those very limiting 4x8pixel blocks Ron?)

http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8752&start=135

It ended up as a bit of of a proof of theory that MI would have never worked for c64, but still fun nethertheless :)

I came to a greater appreciation for the graphics in the EGA game. Some of the MI EGA screens have to be the best things ever put to EGA.

Posted by Jan on Oct 2, 2005 quarter past five am

Hats off from Germany to you, Ron. You've created a hell of a game, one I keep playing each and every time :o) Thanks for countless hours of swashbucklin' fun :o)

Jan

Posted by Tsht on Oct 2, 2005 twenty past five am

I played MI2 one more time, a year ago. I just wanted to spend little time... But I did the whole game one more time ! This is one of the few games I must replay entirely while I just want to spend little time playing ;)
The Lucasfilm hotline... ^^

MI was so great... The stump thing, when we discovered it I was little boy and we really asked ourselves questions about what was this disk 144! And it finished by a "Game Over" if I remember correctly!

Posted by Macerlask on Oct 2, 2005 ten am

Ron, I'd like to be there, working on your next masterpiece and be part of the magic.

Posted by Robert_Johansson on Oct 2, 2005 twenty to noon

Congrats 15 years later is a little late. I don't know why you never finished good and evil.  Times change. The market changes. You either change with the times or you don't and you can't sell stuff and you complain more than you code. I enjoyed your past work. Good luck.

Posted by born2code on Oct 2, 2005 quarter past three pm

BTW: I'm still stuck on MI2. It's the 1st puzzle: The CodeWheel ;)

Posted by Jordan UK on Oct 2, 2005 ten to four pm

Thanks Ron for the many, many hours of entertainment!

Posted by Fortuna on Oct 2, 2005 five to four pm

Hello,
The amount of posts on here are testament to the games success and longevity.
I was about 14 when I first played MI (Amiga) and the nostalgia still lives with me so much today that I play the first 2 about once a year. I used to bunk off school and play it at my friends house with his sister :)
Moments I remember are Guybrush turning green in the water when Fester chucks you in and that navigators head, that just freaked me out.
Thanks for the memories and thanks for giving us such a great game.

Posted by The One Eyed Falafel Guy on Oct 2, 2005 five past four pm

Dudes, that's a lot of posts. This just shows how many people ware mentally maimed and scarred by that great game...

I still have my dad's original MI Box, complete with all the floppy disks, the manual and the "dial-a-pirate". all signed by our guru :)  I'll just give it a hugg before I go to work...

http://sa.arandoir.com/images/Tarim/p13_b.jpg

Posted by KRS on Oct 2, 2005 five past five pm

I was going to wait for four more posts so I could be the 200th, but I can't be arsed.

Posted by Yo on Oct 2, 2005 half past seven pm

I dont think we'll ever see a new Monkey Island again. But it always will be remembered as a legendary adventure series.

Posted by FF on Oct 2, 2005 twenty to eight pm

BTW, Ron, I would like to know your opinion about "Fenimore Fillmore - The Westerner", in the case you have played it. It contains many similarities to Monkey Island series, but with a cowboy in the far western.

Posted by Chris Heady on Oct 2, 2005 ten past eight pm

Ron you and your buddies made an incredible story,
one which could be adapted into whatever medium someone chooses to put it in.  Whether it's through fan art, a comic strip, songs, or a play by some high school kid; monkey island still lives on strong after fifteen years.  

Btw the production of the play got me a scholarship to go to college.

People are still wowed when they hear I adapted a video game to the stage, the story is really just that good.

Posted by Anna on Oct 2, 2005 quarter past ten pm

The Secret of Monkey Island will always be something very special to me.
It's not one of the best games ever made it actually is "THE" BEST GAME ever made!!!
Well I think so at least :)

Ah yes, those were the good old days.

Posted by Yuri on Oct 3, 2005 quarter past two am

Ehy ron why don't you write something about the creation of MI?
I always asked myself where some things of the story and the jokes come from, maybe there is something funny about it, for sure you had fun creating it.
Share with us some "back stage" story! (please)

Posted by 4c!d.8uRn on Oct 3, 2005 twenty to four am

How old is Guybrush at this time?!? 37?!?

Posted by Pakman on Oct 3, 2005 twenty five to five am

Sorry in spanish... :-)

��15 a�os!? el tiempo pasa demasiado r�pido. Desde luego que esta aventura es una de las mejores, bueno dir�a que es la aventura definitiva. Aut�ntica y genial por todos lados, �tantos recuerdos! es imposible explicarlo, Ron eres el mejor.

Now in english:

The Secret of Monkey Island is the "ultimate" graphic aventure, it's really great and original. Thanks for do it.
from Spain.

Posted by Burke on Oct 3, 2005 quarter past six am

I liked the game, just not the adventure aspect of it. I wish it would have more firstperson action or some cool minigames, like the latest Leisure Suit Larry.

Posted by Thorn on Oct 3, 2005 half past six am

Surely you must be joking :-)

Posted by Der Zocker on Oct 3, 2005 ten to seven am

So nun mal auf Deutsch

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, w�rde mich �ber ein 5. Teil freuen.

Posted by SF on Oct 3, 2005 ten past nine am

Hey, that disk is clearly from the VGA version! It wouldn't be 15 years old yet! Where are the original EGA disks, Ron?

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Oct 3, 2005 ten past nine am

Wow.  Someone finally noticed that.  I was beginning to think I'd slipped one by.  I don't have the EGA version.  I am a notoriously bad pack rat.  

At least it is the 5 1/4 floppy version.

Posted by SF on Oct 3, 2005 half past eleven am

Now I'm starting to wonder if you pulled that disk image off of Mobygames... : )

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Oct 3, 2005 half past eleven am

If you dig any deeper, you'll discover I had nothing to do with Monkey Island.  It's all starting to unravel.

Posted by Ludwig on Oct 3, 2005 twenty past noon

Aha, I knew it. Zsa Zsa Gabor was the real creator of Monkey Island - and that also happens to be the fabled secret. Your house of swindling cards is coming crashing down now, Mr. Gilbert.

(Oh, and do come and visit South Africa some time. You'll find our grumpyness is nearly unmatched.)

Posted by unnamed on Oct 3, 2005 twenty five to four pm

Ron, what happened to you? You are now a black spot! LOL

Posted by mondaen on Oct 5, 2005 five am

but you are elvis, arn't ya

Posted by Stephen Vaughan on Oct 17, 2005 five past two am

Of course u had nothing to do with Monkey Island I thought of it all :P

Posted by omloflump on Oct 3, 2005 twenty to nine pm

Hmm. It seems you're going to have to get a pirated version...

Posted by Burke on Oct 4, 2005 twenty to two am

Man, I hated that badly xeroxed copy protection wheel with a toothpick in the middle.

Posted by Firmin on Oct 5, 2005 quarter to six am

The other solution was to Xerox each position of the wheel. I think it turned out to be 16 positions in all, so 16 sheets...

That was quite a lousy protection indeed.

15 years have passed between paper wheels and DRM...

Posted by gulmer on Oct 3, 2005 twenty past one pm

It's been 15 years already? Wow. I guess now might be a good time to ask:
How do I get the fish from the back of the kitchen? ;)

Posted by Someone on Oct 3, 2005 quarter past three pm

It's just a red herring.

Posted by m0 on Oct 3, 2005 twenty five past three pm

Fifteen years later,

Who would've thought about the 40 GIG DVD....

Hollywood, we're still waiting for the blockbuster Guybrush debut on screen!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2005 ten past eight pm

Happy Birthday Guybrush :) And cordial thanks, for developing my favourite adventure, Ron.

I wrote recently a test for "The Secret of Monkey Island".  I would say an almost perfect timing. :D

If you like to read - have a look here
...it's in german, but there are also some pictures :)

Posted by BitRabbit on Oct 4, 2005 five to three am

Happy Birthday then :)

Strangely, although MI was a good game, I always preferred and by far, Maniac Mansion and Zak Mac Kraken... Don't know why. Might be related to the fact those two were also available on my beloved C64. And also the fact that seeing those two games on a 8bits computer with64K of memory was quite outstanding. Think of it... 64K to hold a game like Zak !!!!

Well done Ron !

Posted by Nerssi on Oct 4, 2005 quarter past six am

Monkey Island was something like tintin in its own genre and so fabulous, legendery and memorial that I woudn't dare to run the game again and shed some more tears for the good old times. I wish for us all the fifth epizode!
I still owe my English, music and programming skills to this game and the following series.
Thanks Ron. Just wanted to let u know that there are people in Iran looking forward to playing the next epizode after all these years...

Posted by Ben on Oct 4, 2005 twenty past seven am

Happy birthday Monkey Island. It is easily the greatest game I have ever played. I must have been 10 when I bought the game and spent weeks trying to complete it. I still have the original disks and box sitting next to my computer even though I no longer own a computer with a floppy drive.

Posted by Jimmy Rayne on Oct 4, 2005 ten to ten am

I say we all pool our limited resources together, form the Guybrush Coalition for Freedom and collectively BUY The Monkey Island Franchise, then hand it over to gilbert to make 5! and 6! And 7! Until there is no more monkey island to tell!

We shall topple the idioticy that Lucasarts has become! FORWARD FOR FREEDOM!

Monkey Island is the #1 Greatest PC Game. EVER. Thanks to all of it's creators for filling my head with visions of three headed monkeys.

Posted by bara badwan on Oct 4, 2005 five to noon

15 years and still running that is one great game

Posted by Jayel on Oct 4, 2005 five to three pm

Thank you making the world less sucky.

Posted by Jack Tayler on Oct 4, 2005 five to four pm

My italian version of Monkey Island! EGA 16
http://img371.imageshack.us/my.php?image=monkeyita1ks.jpg

Posted by Magnetobot on Oct 4, 2005 quarter to eleven pm

Good ol' Monkey Island.  I remember when I was in about 2nd grade I wanted to be Stan for halloween, but even finding clothes THAT snappy is hard.

thanks for all the wonderful memories mr. gilbert.

ps: thanks for making my site referer of the week!

Posted by Dave on Oct 5, 2005 half past one am

isnt it amazing that in 15 years just how far the technology has come?
and isnt it even more amazing than in 15 years there has never been a better adventure game made that Monkey Island. Thanks for your, and all of Lucasarts Games work on these games, they certainly made my childhood brighter and they offer me a small glimmering hope deep inside my soul that one day there will be an adventure game made worthy to claim "its better than Monkey Island 1"

Posted by Deimar on Oct 5, 2005 two am

Thank you Ron for the best game Ive ever played. I remember playing it for first time with 7 years at my old Amiga with my best friend... The laughs were so high that the nieghbours came to my house asking for some silence ;). So for that, and all the times Ive replayed MI and MI2, many thanks.

And Happy Birthday Guybrush!

Posted by Roy on Oct 5, 2005 six am

WOW !

Posted by John on Oct 5, 2005 twenty to eight am

Hey RON !  How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood ?


... its your turn



Greetings from Greece

Posted by Lostio on Oct 5, 2005 twenty five to nine am

Wow, 15 years? And it seems just yesterday when I started loving those genius masterpiece games...

Still haven't lost hope. Somewhen, somewhere, someone will be making a decent Monkey Island 5. Someday...

Happy 15th anniversary, Guybrush! :)

Ron, I wouldn't mind it that your house is a mess. I say this needs a celebration; on with that BBQ!

Posted by NMH on Oct 5, 2005 five to eleven am

Greetings Ron,

What can I add to what many of your fans have already said?

Thank you, thank you, thank you for creating, along with your team, such a MASTERPIECE of a game. It has to be some great game if it made me ignore Scud missle sirens during the first Gulf War! :O

The top game in my 20+ gaming years.

Best Wishes from Saudi Arabia,

Nabeel

Posted by TMW on Oct 5, 2005 twenty five past eleven am

Just wanted to say thanks for giving me that glorious game those 15 years ago. I was 9 when I played it, and I think my sense of humor was greatly influenced by that game and other lucasarts classics. Surprisingly, unlike other childhood items, I still have the game w/original box & all that crap. Maybe someday you & Tim can collaborate on another classic. Thanks for the memories. -TMW <timwilk_at_gmail.com

Posted by flo on Oct 5, 2005 half past two pm

thank you for releasing this game.  
it was my first adventure game. i was 10, when i played it on my amiga 500 and it's the best game even now.  

there are only a few games, that have a special place in my memories...these games are: the monkey island series and Loom.

Posted by Johnersfang on Oct 5, 2005 twenty five to six pm

I was there. 'The secret of Monkey Island'. Most certainly my all time, and Im sure many thousaunds if not millions of other peoples. favourite. I agree with everyone else, its the greatest series of games (particularly 1 & 2) ever thought of, let alone made. I absolutly enjoyed beyond belief the amazment of the MI series. Thank u Ron for bringing it to us! I alone with countless others want an MI5, more then any other game, even if ot only wrapped the series up, Id be more then content. It really is the greatest game ever. If that never happens, I guess I just want to let Ron, the legend, know that I am priviledged to have played and throughly enjoyed his creation and gaming experience - I agree with all of those at the SCUMM BAR that it is irreplacable and that no game can dream of coming close to the standards that MI has become worldwide. Thank you so much, Johnersfang

Posted by Francis on Oct 6, 2005 twenty five past two am

230+ messages of praise and veneration !

Can someone bring up a bit of controversy before Ron's modesty suffers from this concert of unanimity ?

For instance : that fake game-over part where Guybrush falls from the cliff WAS NOT FUNNY AT ALL ! And also, in MI2, the peg leg hotspot is FAR TOO SMALL !

Posted by Capn_Nacho on Oct 6, 2005 twenty to six am

I must agree, the peg leg was really small.

But man, you rock, Mr. Gilbert.

Posted by space ace on Oct 7, 2005 ten past two pm

sure.

grim fandango was better :P

Posted by space ace on Oct 7, 2005 ten past two pm

well on second thought maybe not, but it's equally great :)

Posted by Mike on Oct 6, 2005 ten past three am

A stroke of genius. Thank you.

Posted by Brady on Oct 6, 2005 half past noon

I raise my glass to you Ron

Posted by Dominik on Oct 6, 2005 twenty past one pm

Even after 13 years MI2 for me still is the best game ever. Hey, I learned english playing that game! And - heck - it sure wasn't easy trying to understand some of that gibberish.
And - sorry Ron - I have to admit that I played a pirated version back then. Could that be the reason why I still have nightmares of swashbuckling swearing ghost pirates...?

Posted by TheSmashingPenguin on Oct 6, 2005 five to three pm

+1 on Dominik.

Including the pirated version related stuff.


But after, all, ok, I played on a pirated version.
But back then, I REALLY wanted to be a pirate.

Posted by Francis on Oct 6, 2005 twenty five to eleven pm

Knock *Knock*

FBI ! Please open the door !

Posted by Tobias Maack on Oct 7, 2005 quarter past one am

I didn�t know the date, but two Days later i played (and solved) it on my PDA and the feeling was almost like the first Time. Really a great Game. Actually i play Monkey Island 2 and think i�m gonna solve it today.

Posted by Phil on Oct 7, 2005 twenty five past one am

Ron, what are you up to these days pal?

Posted by Jonas on Oct 7, 2005 half past three pm

Well, i was one years old when the game came out.. But still Monkey Islands is seriously one of the best games ive ever played. !!

Posted by Funkyjunk on Oct 8, 2005 twenty to four am

Did you notice that LucasFan Games (creators of Maniac Mansion Deluxe and The New Adventures Of Zak McKracken) was shut down by LucasArts? At least from their website it seems so:

http://www.lucasfangames.de/

Posted by Desperate Greek Adventure Gamer on Oct 9, 2005 twenty five past two am

I noticed it too , through the Indy FOY site forum. Software companies are starting to really get on my nerves. They should learn to leave independent game creators alone!!
And the irony is that these projects are not commercial. They think they are losing money?? Of course they are! And it's only because THEY did not think about projects like this or were too scared to fund them.
At least let's hope that FoY does not receive any cease and decist letters. (Cross your fingers Ron :P )

Posted by Enpep on Oct 8, 2005 twenty five to seven am

I bought a computer to my grandma (76 years old) a year ago, and she played MI 1&2. She enjoyed a lot with them and me too being her walkthrough, less times than i ever thought. The problem was to start with those games because she has never been enchanted again since then with others. Because you didn't make games man, you made magic

Happy Birthday

Posted by Someone on Oct 8, 2005 eight am

uhauhaauhauh my game is the best

Posted by Spoofer on Oct 8, 2005 twenty past nine am

Happy Birthday Monkey Island!!

I have a question: Whats up with Monkey Island 5?

Posted by Corey Atad on Oct 8, 2005 five past two pm

"i think that M1 should be made into a movie it would be cool."

Hey. I'm in the process of writing a scrip for a MI1 movie. I have been working on it for almost two years now, but I got side-tracked about 6 months ago and haven't continued. When I first played MI3 I realized how well it would translate into a movie. I then went beck and played MI1&2 and realized that if I made a movie of MI1 and incoporated some ideas from 2&3 it would be an even better movie. This was a number of years ago.

I then got the inspiration to start writing a script for it when I first saw Paco's Comic on WMI. I workedd on it quite steadily for a while, but I eventually found that I didn't like where the script was going. It was too much like the game/comic and that wouldn't make a good movie. I sent the script-in-progress to WMI and they posted about it. I got a few emails telling me how good it was, but none telling me the things that should be changed. I've been pushing myself to start it back up again, but I haven't gotten around to it.

I actually sent it to you, Ron, a couple of times. But I got NO RESPONSE. Ron, respond please. Just read it. Its not so long. the rest of you can read it at  http://free.hostdepartment.com/s/smallfrozenhamster/SOMI.pdf. I don't think that is the most up to date version o fthe script, but it's fairly close. I think I cut some stuff out of that one.

What I want to do is really incorporate ideas from MI2&3 into it. If annyody can help me out with that I would appreciate it very much. I would love to somehow get BLood and/or Skull Island into it. They are actually my two favourite locations of any MI game (no offense Ron.)

Well see ya.



P.s. Sorry for the double post if you saw the first one. I meant this to be at the bottom.

Posted by Francis on Oct 10, 2005 three pm

I've just had a look and I do agree with you. This sounds rather "gamy" to me. I am in no way a movie or gaming industry professional, but for what it's worth, I think the game mechanics and movie mechanics are very different (although there may be similarities). A catchy line in a game will sound dull or "over the top" in a movie.  Although there are movie-like scenes, MI is based on "written" dialog while a movie is "live action"  dialogs.

Not being an english speaker doesn't make my point easier to explain. And as I said, I am no writer anyway. So my opinion isn't worth much.

Maybe it would be interesting to hear what Ron has to say about the differences between the movie medium and the game medium, about how speech in games made the storytelling evolve within the past few (15 ?) years, and about his perception on the mechanism of humor in adventure games.

... Or maybe noone is actually interested in this and I should go stick to the "Ron you ROCK !" type comments.

Posted by Corey Atad on Oct 11, 2005 ten past four pm

I agree completely. What makes it difficult for me to convert the game to movie is that this script happens to be my first ever crack at screenwriting. I have written somethings since I started it, but this one was my first try.

And to answer your comment about Ron reading it. I guess he just doesn't like it, or me, or possibly both. I have emailed him twice about it and posted here, and yet no comment. Wierd.

By the way. YOu said you are not an english speaker. Where are you from. Your english seems to be exellent.

Posted by Francis on Oct 12, 2005 ten to one am

I did not comment about Ron not reading it, I just said that a man with his experience has sure many interesting views on storytelling.

Posted by Chirp65 on Nov 1, 2005 five past one am

"Hey. I'm in the process of writing a scrip for a MI1 movie."

Dude! That is awesome! Someone definitely should!I have some ideas if ur serious about that help thing. But you'd better make it BRILLIANT if you want a success! Anything less would not do MI justice! Watch this space.

Posted by on Oct 8, 2005 twenty past eight pm

I love the series, and since I am from europe I hope you enjoy havin�
your fans all over the globe. Since I first played TSoMI on an amiga
I still enjoy having fun with it on my newer computer running SCUMMVM.
Have fun, rock�n�roll The Lord of......................

Posted by Hsurbyug on Oct 8, 2005 quarter to nine pm

"eeehh.. I don't wanna look like a dunce"
"Ye, ye, I know what you're thinking... stop it"

Posted by Spoofer on Oct 9, 2005 quarter to nine am

Monkey Island is the best game ever. The first I played was MI3 (sry for my english I'm german ^^). And then i bought MI1 and Mi2. At the release of MI4 i bought it, too. And now I wait for MI5 ^^. PLEASE make MI5. Monkey Island is the best game and will it be ever.

RON I LOVE YOU

Posted by A German on Oct 9, 2005 half past ten am

In german:

MonkeyIsland war nicht mein erstes Adventure und ich spielte es zum ersten mal erst vor 2 oder 3 Jahren, aber es ist das beste �berhaupt! (Ich bin �brigens 19) Gespielt habe ich es in der richtigen Reihenfolge ;) Erst 1, dann 2 und dann noch 3 und 4. Mein Lieblingsteil ist MI2: Le Chuck's Revenge :D Mein gr��ter Wunsch w�re ein MonkeyIsland 3a ;-) Aber bitte kein 3D, MI4 ist schrecklich! Um ehrlich zu sein: Ich w�rde mir eine 256-Farben-Version w�nschen, im selben Look wie MI1 oder 2 :D

Also dann: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Posted by Suki on Oct 10, 2005 quarter past eleven am

Du sprichst mir aus der Seele! ;)
So m�sste Monkey Island 3a aussehen!! Zu schade nur, dass Lucas Arts die Rechte f�r MI immernoch in ihren giiierigen Krallen h�lt... ~.~

Posted by A German on Oct 11, 2005 one am

Ja das ist zu schade -.-

Posted by Jan The Man on Oct 10, 2005 five past four am

Ron you rock...  I just saw Lost with the episode of the black rock pirate ship and stuff and MI daunted again in my head.. oh... so good fun.

I hope lucasfilm chokes on their lame-ass starwars shit.

Posted by some fat elvis lookalike on Oct 10, 2005 five past one pm

i didn't read at all but did the original ibm version of monkey island come with the 5.25" floppies AND the 3.5" floppies? i'm just curious cause i found a box with both sets of disks

Posted by Ben Mc on Oct 11, 2005 ten to two am

Hard to imagine that it was 15 years ago that I first spotted Money Island 2 in the Shop and bought it on a whim. Little did I know it would become a pillar of my misspent youth - thanx Ron, I wouldn't have spent it any other way. Happy Anniversary.

Posted by rekku on Oct 11, 2005 twenty five past two am

Congratulations from Finland!

Posted by Jack on Oct 11, 2005 twenty to three am

I have the M.I. theme as ringtune on my mobile phone!

Posted by A German on Oct 11, 2005 five past noon

I'm too^^

Posted by A German on Oct 11, 2005 quarter past noon

ohoh, I should no more try to write in english^^

correction:  I also

Posted by Travis on Oct 12, 2005 twenty to eight am

"Me Too" would work just fine. :)

Posted by Francis on Oct 12, 2005 five past nine am

"So do I" sound less colloquial

Does the 300th msg poster get any gift ?

Posted by A German on Oct 12, 2005 twenty past ten am

The 300th msg poster get a cookie ^^

Posted by A german on Oct 13, 2005 ten to one am

And i've the dancing parents on my mobile phone screen :D

Posted by Aidan on Oct 12, 2005 eleven pm

haha Yeh same Here! The Lechuck theme actually

Posted by Francisco Miranda on Oct 11, 2005 five past eleven am

Congratulations to all the one's involved in this game (how long i was waiting  this moment... 15 year) , i played the ega,vga and the sega cd edition of Monkey Island 1 and i still love the ega edition.
Thanks to MI I learned to judge a game for the content and not the graphics, and i apply that in everything i do since then.
By the way, in the ega version there was a special combination to make the ending appear (not the real one), anyone remember this one?

well, cheers from a chilean living in mexico who found inspiration in your games.

Posted by Corduroy on Oct 12, 2005 twenty five to five am

Gratz Ron and the team for making the best adventuregames ever, 15 years have truly been a long time for us players to wait for the next one that will capture us again, now being 1 or 2 generations older.
Sure CMI and EMI was fun for a while, but when I�m down in one of my many  nostalgic depressions, I always play the first two parts, made by you guys.
I wouldn�t say that the last two ones are bad, but they just don�t have that true MI-feeling, I mean even with that flashy, fancy graphic and voiceovers, they were still not even close to what you guys managed to create all those years ago.
I believe that you could make a game pretty much like the first two ones concerning graphics,controls and music and pull it of better than CMI and EMI.
Just hope that you�re not are afraid of taking on the burden of trying to repeat your former sucess,we all love you and what you have done for us.
Cause in the end, you are the only one who actually know Guybrush ,being his father and all.
Your fans here in Sweden would love to see you again in the future.
Once again, Congratulations to you Ron and the team!.

Posted by Setzer Gabbiani on Oct 12, 2005 noon

Thank you so much for such wonderful games. I grew up playing MI 1 from when I was but six years old and have played it several times, year after year. It never gets old, merely more hysterical every time, because my sense of humor has progressively become more and more absurdly warped as I have gotton older (I owe that to you and your team).

You have given me many great laughs over the years Mr. Gilbert, and for that I owe you my thanks. May Monkey Island live forever.

Posted by m0 on Oct 12, 2005 eight pm

15 years after .... Come on tell us about the new game already! :) is it going to be like Quest for glory or Fable?

Posted by Amit on Oct 13, 2005 half past seven am

well its the BEST GAME EVER,ive played it since i was very very young im 20 now, will be 21 in jan, but i remember playing monkey island 2 first then number one i still play it now and have in on my mobile phone, i love the music, characters,backgrounds, the lot...i want to also find MERCHANISE on monkey island but even thats hard to find can anyone tell me where, cause ive tried ebay..you can tell how truly good this game is cause even though this game was based on the ride pirates of the carribiean, the movie that claimed to be based off the ride aswell has clearly used material from MONKEY ISLAND itself ,cause i heard the ride itself doesnt have evil dead zombie pirates..also i heard the sequel of the movie has something to do with voodoo dolls like monkey island 2..i saw the poster of pirates of the carribean 2 and saw on the poster a little voodoo doll hanging off the sign...Ron if i was filthy rich i would buy the right of monkey island for you..one day i got bored and thought up of monkey island monopoly, it seem quite cool and i had enough characters and locations and stuff.

Posted by Amit on Oct 13, 2005 twenty to eight am

Hey i dont know if anybodys visited a site called newgrounds but the have a really funny monkey island 2 outtakes heres the link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/111996

and also heres newgrounds page dedicated to monkey island parodies:
http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/monkeyisland.html

enjoy

Posted by Fidge on Oct 13, 2005 five past two pm

Man, In my humble opinion, the greatest game ever invented. I'm only 17, and my dad introduced it to me when I was around 5... so 1992! I would say it had an incredibly strong impact on my sense of humour! I can play it so many times, and It will never get old. Thanks Ron for everything!

Posted by Rasho Hyo on Oct 14, 2005 five past six am

Happy Birthday Monkey Island! Thank you so much Ron Gilbert and the Others...

This is my present for you... http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b269/bobomil/DSCN5074.jpg

Posted by pananag on Oct 14, 2005 five past ten am

I have recently finished the 1 st game and starting Le Chuck's revenge.
It has been many years since the last time I played a MI game. All I have to say, that MI series (not the first two , but 3 and 4 as well) are of the few trully classic games.

Who is willing to play the 'supposedly classics'  first 2 Doom games today? Very few.

On the other hand MI will live forever, because it gives us genuine pleasure and entertainment.

Either you play them now or  1000 years later, their value remains the same (or should I say greater).

Mr Gilbert you are a genious.I'm expecting your comeback with the new game you are developing. I'm certain it is going to be another one classic.

Posted by RycaltoR on Oct 14, 2005 quarter past six pm

Ron Gilbert, you are the embodiment of genius.
Dear LORD:
You have been credited on
The Monkey Island Series
Day of the Tentacle
Loom
Zak McKraken
Sam & Max Hit the Road
Total Annihilation

among others.
Those represent COUNTLESS hours of my life well spent, and honestly helped me gain my current love of english and my pathetically punny sense of humor.  When I think of LucasArts, I think of two names: Ron Gilbert and Steve Purcell.  

I wish that today's games were more like yours, way back when.  I am merely 22, and I have watched the game industry evolve from content into a more gameplay/graphic market.  Halo 2 is neat, don't get me wrong, but who didn't love spending hours walking around clicking "Look At," "Tree," or "give wax lips to yak?"
There was a moral guiding force behind it all, and it in at least some extent embodied chivalry, romance, empathy, and other virtues.  All the while, the games managed to make me laugh with crazy antics (esp. DOTT), loopy characters (like Max of Sam & Max), and hilariously bad yet funny jokes ("You fight like a dairy farmer!" "How appropriate. You fight like a cow!"

These days all I see are sports games, racing games, or sex-filled violent flings.  I miss the 2D adventure games like Loom, or the pixelated chalices in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusdae: The Graphic Adventure.  

Thank you, Ron Gilbert, for helping to cultivate my imagination and values. You are a true SCUMM bag!!! (that's a compliment)

You are the godfather of the adventure game, and, God willing, we shall rise again!!

Supportingly,
Rob W
rycaltor@gmail.com

Posted by protagonist, antagonist, whatever on Oct 14, 2005 five past seven pm

2 games and so many heartily devoted fans. undoubtedly, there are many many more out there than the people who have already commented on this page. thousands. from all over the world. iran, turkey, israel, italy, spain, usa, england, brazil...from every fucking part of the world. amazing. that this game has gotton so universal. this is a mastepiece which knows no man-made limits, borders. uni-fucking-versal.
i congratulate you, ron gilbert. you and all the other people who had laboured to create this masterpiece 15 years ago. i am sure u had fun doin it and we sure had fun playin it! bravo!

Posted by Lucio on Oct 15, 2005 ten past five am

happy anniversary for monkey island..monkey is the best,beatiful,great game of all times..i have 27 years and i have played monkey the first time in july 1991 on the AMIGA 500..only one thing..tnx RON
LUCIO from NAPLES-ITALY

Posted by Pietro Molini on Oct 15, 2005 five to nine am

Thanks Ron! Guybrush's games are my favorites ever!

Happy Birthday Monkey Island!!

Posted by Shiver me timbers... yer 15 on Oct 15, 2005 half past eleven pm

Don't you scallywags understand?...

They are not games; they weren't created for yer sake or for filling the pockets with booty. They are a product of undiluted creative energy, product of the times when game production was an artistic retreat, an experimentation with imagination - and salary was just an excuse for leading a life of a cofee-drinking child. The times when you didn't think of the outcome and created what felt right at the whim of the moment, not what yer experience suggested would make 40-year-old korean ex-businessmen kill themselves by spending 72 hours at the monitor to see a number go up by 1. There is no sense in asking for the fifth Island ye landlubbers, and begad ye shouldnt have asked for the fourth...

Can't ye see? they're not coming back... The times have changed... the coffee-drinking children have grown up and they accept now the beastly fiendish things their 15-year old experience suggests...

Posted by Beren Erchamion on Oct 16, 2005 twenty to three am

Simply the best game ever. Thanks again, Ron.

Posted by Raffaelle -Italia- on Oct 16, 2005 five past three am

Congratulation genious!
Happy birthday Mr. Guybrush!

My dream: A new Monkey Island Adventure!!!!

Posted by Quintopotere on Oct 16, 2005 twenty five to noon

Monkey Island is the best game the human mind could conceive!

Posted by Nicolas on Oct 16, 2005 quarter past six pm

15 years, I can't believe it! What can we do to have a MI5? (Ron must be tired of that!) But please! And by the way, in MI4, the Voodoo Laby said that she sign a contract for 5 games! lol! Seriously, Congratulation!

Posted by 299 on Oct 16, 2005 quarter to eight pm

299

Posted by Whup on Oct 16, 2005 quarter past eight pm

300?

Posted by Someone on Oct 16, 2005 twenty past eight pm

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Posted by Naveed Ahmed on Oct 17, 2005 half past two am

Thanks Ron, thanks for Monkey Island 1 and 2, thanks for Guybrush Threepwood, Thanks for the best game series of all time.

Posted by Giorgio on Oct 17, 2005 twenty past three am

Thank you Ron. You created the best videogames in the history (Monkey 1&2) These will remain forever. THANKS!!! :)

Posted by Rob_Johnson on Oct 17, 2005 seven am

This is all well and good. Mi1 and Mi2 are superior examples of the genre. No doubt.  But the question remains, what are you doing now? Why aren't you inviting your former coworkers over and havign a bar b que? You might get something done instead of just sitting around and complaining.

Don't just stand there. Do something. Your Laurels are rotting beneath you old man. Get to work.

Posted by Michael from Oz on Oct 17, 2005 five past seven am

Thank you for creating Monkey Island. Y'all know who you are. (:

All the best wishes for the future. Your work is forever appreciated.

-M.

Posted by Pope on Oct 17, 2005 ten past seven am

Hey Ronny, can we collect some money for you ? I�ll hope one day you�ll buy the MI-licence from Lucas Arts and produce "Monkey Island V" with your new company "Gilbert Gems"...;o)

Posted by Antares981 on Oct 17, 2005 twenty past noon

Ron.. you are great...
We miss Guybrush...
I hope one day to see Monkey Island V... maybe with the graphic style of the first two episode...
I love pixel art
I love Monkey Island

Posted by plebeo on Oct 17, 2005 twenty to one pm

If a game has a spirit it can never die!!
Thanks Ron for "Monkey Island"!!!

Posted by Filo on Oct 17, 2005 twenty to two pm

monkey island is not only a game...
monkey island is a life-style...
happy birthday...

Posted by Abisso on Oct 18, 2005 ten to two am

Happy Birthday to Guybrush and the whole Monkey Island "cast". And special thanks to Ron Gilbert, whose game is the only one that made me not regret the fact I bought it original!

I've still got that wondrous gamebox with the original 5.25 disks (the Italian version had horrible black&white labels on them, though).

May the legend of the mighty pirate Threepwood will live forever!

Posted by Copons on Oct 18, 2005 half past three am

I remember when I was 7 or 8 years old and in a shop mall I've found a copy of The Secret Of Monkey Island.
I implored my father to buy the game, but he insisted that the game was only in English and I was not able to play it (I'm Italian).
I didn't mind his point and I pressed him to buy anyway the game, attracted as I was by the stunning cover.
Once at home, my scrap PC didn't manage to run the game. I was very sad, but early later, I was able to run it on my cousin PC.
And finally I realized that I couldn't read English language, and I put aside this wonderful game for about 11 years, when I remembered it, found it, and finally played it.

Now I've played almost all of your games, and I have to thank you because you are the main responsible of may greater passion, game design.
Thank you, Ron.

Posted by superpanta on Oct 18, 2005 ten past six am

Ron, "The Secret of Monkey Island" was one of the best videogame in history and he changed my life (when I played Monkey I was 4 :-).

Thank You Ron!!

Manuel

Posted by Hugo Alexandre Mendes on Oct 18, 2005 twenty past nine am

Congratulations for the best adventure game ever.

Thank you very much!

Posted by Dim on Oct 18, 2005 twenty five to eleven am

Was that the entire team for MI?

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Oct 18, 2005 quarter to eleven am

Yes, not including testers.  The Lead Testers were Judith Lucero and Kirk Roulston.  I don't have a list of all the testers.

Posted by Gigi77 on Oct 18, 2005 five to five pm

Thank you Ron,
your fantasy is my dream...

from Naples, Italy

Posted by yak on Oct 19, 2005 five to four am

Another "Thanks a Lot" from italy.

Posted by Zendar on Oct 19, 2005 ten past four am

Ending this game....was like the end of youthness. Really one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life.Thank you Ron.From the deep of my hearth. A masterpiece. THE masterpiece (...and maniac mansion too anyway ;).

Posted by Nanni on Oct 19, 2005 five past one pm

Monkey Island: the best game I've ever played!Thanks!!!

Posted by Liberty on Oct 19, 2005 five to four pm

BEST GAME EVER.

Congratulations!

Any news about Monkey Island 5?

Posted by Ramon Marett on Oct 20, 2005 half past five am

Ahhhh, those were the days, except I had a much smaller Amiga disk, er disksssssssss.

Posted by krs on Oct 20, 2005 six am

Oh yeah! How many was it? I think it was 8 for Monkey Island 2. That 1 Mb add-on hard drive was a dream.

Posted by Ramon Marett on Nov 9, 2005 five am

I think it was more like 14 disks for Monkey 2.  Just goes to show how good a game it was that people were will to keep changing the disks.

Posted by Matteo on Oct 20, 2005 twenty to nine am

Thanks RON

Posted by Gabriele D'Arrigo on Oct 21, 2005 twenty five past midnight

Yeaaaah Monkeyyy!! I love iittt!! UGA UGA UGA

Posted by cc on Oct 21, 2005 twenty five to two am

and its all been downhill since......

Posted by Richy_ITA on Oct 21, 2005 ten past two am

Thanks, Ron. MI signifies much for me, really

Posted by Magnus on Oct 21, 2005 quarter to four am

Congratulations! I have had several hundreds of hours of fun with MI1 and MI2! And thanks to www.scummvm.org i can still play these old classics!

Thanks and good luck in the future!

Posted by skimon on Oct 21, 2005 twenty five past five am

thank u for the greatest game ever Ron!!!!

Posted by Matteo Esposito on Oct 21, 2005 five past six am

A big "Thanks!" from Italy.
I have discoverd this site today... Glad to know about you Ron.
You are the master!

Matteo

Posted by BeniBluemchen on Oct 21, 2005 half past eight am

Time flies...

Gratulation aus Deutschland!!!

Posted by Grant Yeager on Oct 22, 2005 ten past two am

The secret of monkey island was the first game i ever beat. To this day it is still my favorite game (I have played it twice this month and am currently playing my old ega version) i love the entire series. lucasarts adventure games are the reason i fell in love with computing.  Just yesterday I bought a palm e2 just so i can enjoy a handheld MI experience trhough the scummvm interpreter.
Thank you Ron Gilbert for the Monkey Island games
Thank you for creating the scumm engine wich has powered some of the greates games of all kind
Thank you for teaching me that i didn't suck at video games just because i was bad at running and jumping,and
Thank you for giving an eight year old boy the satisaftion of beating a game before his sixteen year old brother fifteen years ago
thank you

Posted by Nihil on Oct 22, 2005 twenty five past seven am

Thank you Ron!!

The Secret of Monkey Island  is one of the best game ever made!

Playing with Monkey Island during my teen-hood was one of the best experience I've ever had in my life!!!

Keep going on!!!

Posted by Bollo on Oct 22, 2005 half past three pm

Many greeting and a big happy birthday from germany/NRW. MI is one of  the funniest game I ever played. My respect to Lucafilm/Lucas arts. I enjoy your games!!!

Bollo

Posted by Yarin VooDoo on Oct 22, 2005 quarter to four pm

What can I say...Ron you're a great man and Guybrush has a special place in my heart forever!

Thanks for all!

Grazie per le bellissime avventure che ci hai fatto vivere, per averci portato la dove nessun altro poteva portarci.

Grazie...

Posted by Allesistrelativ! on Oct 23, 2005 ten past one am

I'm italian, and I'm twelve. Monkey Island is fantastic! (My english is horrible...)

Posted by BDawg on Oct 22, 2005 quarter past nine pm

My interest in gaming has really decreased in the last two years, and the nostalgia generated from reading this page brings me back to a time when my interest addiction for Video games began.  And they were good times as the first computer game I picked from the shelf was The Secret of Monkey Island (must have been the box art...someone else mentioned that as well). I was not very good at the game at first and got stuck almost immediately in trying to find a helmet. But soon I learnt that rubber chickens have pulley's, killer poodle's can be sedated, and most importantly a pot can be a helmet (bits of knowledge that have served me quite well in real life). I have great memories of playing through this game with my Dad helping me as I got stuck (which was frequently). With so many people remembering similar experiences, it truly is a testament to Monkey Island, and of course the genre itself. Maybe we are all just getting old, but I feel lucky to have been around to experience the "golden" years of these games and would like to get that feeling again. But that's the very definition of nostalgia isn't it?

So thanks Ron (May I call you Ron?), for making something that so many people enjoyed. I hope I can do the same someday!

Posted by Duwamish on Oct 23, 2005 twenty to three am

I think the number of comments on this page says it all, the Monkey Islands, are still my 100% fav games. 1 and 2 are by far the best, however 3 is also up there as being top notch, 4, well it isn't the best, but it wasn't bad.

I still go back and play them now and then, and although I know where everything is, there's still a few things that catch me out. After discovering a port to my mobile phone (P800) of ScummVM, I was over overjoyced to find out I could take my Monkey Islands 1 and 2 with me (works suprisingly well on a small touch screen).

Let me pat you on the back (it must be quite sore by now, so ohps! sorry!) I wish games as good as these existed today, oh wait of course they do, I've still got them! MI here I come (again)!

Posted by pananag on Oct 23, 2005 twenty past seven am

Ron , have you ever noticed how many Europeans are among your fans?
Perhaps the majority.I'm from Greece. Adventure games are still respected in Europe. That's why we have seen so many productions during the last years from European companies.

On the other hand I think that in US, people don't seem to esteem them enough.Correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by Alex G. Raccuglia on Oct 24, 2005 twenty five to two am

It'd be good if you give us another dream...

Posted by Simone Pizzi on Oct 24, 2005 twenty to two am

Scrivo in italiano poich� l'inglese lo so poco.
Ma avevo desiderio di celebrare e di mettere anche la mia firma in questo spazio celebrando e rendendo onore ad un vero mito della nostra storia, insuperato e insuperabile, ne da se stesso - vedi nuove edizioni - ne da chiunque altro.

grande Ron, grandi tutti. E' sempre una profonda emozione rigiocarlo ancora oggi.

Posted by Carlo Lanzotti on Oct 28, 2005 three am

I'll try to translate...

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I write in Italian since i know English a little...

But I had the desire to celebrate and to put also my firm in this space celebrating and giving honor to a true myth of our history, unsurpassed and unsurpassable, nor from himself (you see new editions) nor from any other. Great Ron, great all.  It is always one deep emotion replay it still today.

<-

Same things for me too... :�

Posted by garfield on Oct 24, 2005 five to two am

Hi Ron,

My name is Giancarlo and i writing from Italy

congratulations also from me for you and the whole crew...

I've played MI and the others titles from Lucasarts many times...the quests drives me crazy to solve and i very appreciated the sense of humors present in every step..

Actually playing all the adventure games in original language, when  i was a teenager, improve my english language knowledge!

So..happy anniversary and best of luck for you all!!

Posted by Aulbath on Oct 24, 2005 five to two am

A thousand thanks for this great game!
All german point & click adventurers salute you!!

"Hinter dir, ein dreik�pfiger Affe!"

Posted by Someone on Oct 24, 2005 quarter to eleven am

Where are the updates?

Posted by cc on Oct 24, 2005 twenty five to midnight

Why would he take this post out of the spotlight by updating the site?  Who wouldn?t want to endlessly bask in ongoing praise over an achievement that occurred over a decade and a half ago?  But then I?d have to question the usefulness of the entire site?

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Oct 25, 2005 quarter past seven am

But then I?d have to question the usefulness of the entire site?

You're just now questioning the usefulness of this site?  Hey...welcome to the party.  There are chips in the kitchen, but I think all the beer is gone.

Posted by Francis on Oct 27, 2005 twenty past two pm

... And the house is a mess...

Posted by Kent on Oct 25, 2005 twenty to noon

Ron, MI was a great game and I remember playing it with my infant son bouncing and inevitably spitting up on my knee.  Probably the weirdest thing about this reminder of your achievement is the 5.25" floppy disk.  That same infant, now 16, would not know what to do with a 5.25" floppy disk.

Posted by KRS on Oct 25, 2005 half past one pm

Barney Jones as in Barnaby Jones P.I.?

Posted by Ale on Oct 26, 2005 ten past three am

I would like to thank you from Italy, Ron, for what you did with MI.

Everyone of us still laugh and have fun in front of their PC playing MI saga (MI2 was the best in my opinion!), although we are now workers (I am 26)and not the child of 11 that played Monkey Island 1 for the first time!

So, when the #5 of the series? I know that the Market is not the one of the '90 and you cannot give us your opinion about the possibility of a new "Escape" or "Revenge" or "Largo's Embargo" or whatever, but I have just a comment: my brother is 11 years younger than me (he is now 15), and is living only the 3D games period. In any case, his favourite games are adventures, and of course MI!!!

In my opinion adventure games are not died, also GTA San Andreas can be seen as an "interactive" adventure.... what about a Guybrush that can live as in San Andreas....?!

One more, I read a lot of positive comments about Syberia.... ok, nice game, but a sad adventure game, nothing special.... this is however the demonstration that the Adventures are still appreciated by the customers!

So, let's fight for a new Ron Gilbert's MI!!!!!

Posted by Ladykiller on Oct 26, 2005 quarter to two pm

Is there any chance Ron that you will MOVE your a*s for a fifth MI-episode ? ^^

Posted by Brummbar on Oct 26, 2005 half past four pm

Thanks, for MI and everything else.

How sad the progression of gaming since MI's arrival; such awesome technical power (with no end in sight) and so little charm, style and wit.

Thanks again.

Posted by Mak on Oct 27, 2005 ten to one am

I'll bet if I looked up "masterpiece" in the dictionary, there'd be a picture of this game! :)

Thank you Ron! Happy birthday Guybrush!

Greetings from Rome
Marco


(...now we're waiting for the REAL Monkey Island 3!) :)

Posted by Sebbasman on Oct 27, 2005 quarter to four am

Hi Ron!

First of all, congratulations!!! My first computer was an XT, I was 4..i would never forget..how slow run Maniac Mansion on my computer....so I expend my time playing your games at my friend's house..with powerfull computers... of course at the end i bought i newest computer... and play at my home.
Even know I still play your games, ...Monkey Island affect to much to our lifes , imagine when my parents said me what i wanted for christmas i said a rubber chiken  "con una polea enmedio" (sorry i'm spanish..and i dont know this in english)..or how many times, i have said " Look , a three-headed-monkey"...your jokes, are part of the life of people who have grown with Monkey Island.
So , Thanks for make us be what we are now. Thanks for Monkey Island.
Thanks from Spain

Sebastian

Posted by ..:: SLM ::.. on Oct 27, 2005 quarter past nine am

15 years ago...
My Amiga 500 couldn't do anything but unceasingly running and running and running The Secret of Monkey Island...
My think for the best age the story of the videogames has ever known.

Posted by ralphy on Oct 27, 2005 ten to ten am

Sebastian, that would be "with a pulley in the middle".

Posted by Zomantic on Oct 27, 2005 five to noon

Monkey Island is "El Don Quijote" of the videogames community. We're celebrating an absolute masterpiece...

Congratulations, Ron! (And of course Tim, Dave and all the ol' crew)

Posted by Grant Yeager on Oct 28, 2005 ten past two am

Ron, i was just wondering if you personally would have gone withe a demon pirate Lechuck if you had creative control over monkey island 3?

Posted by KRS on Oct 28, 2005 ten past eight am

There's an FAQ with Tim Schafer on the Edge site, should anyone be interested (and you should be). :)

Posted by qper on Oct 28, 2005 four pm

No se como podr�a expresar lo agradecidos que estamos yo y todos mis amigos por haber creado este juegazo. Felicidades! y a ver si hay suerte y la familia crece y tiene un quinto hijo :)

Can't quite express how grateful me and my friends are for creating this great game. Congratulations! and if we are lucky the family will grow and will have a fifth son :)

Posted by Pasco on Oct 29, 2005 five past five am

How much does the Monkey Island IP actually cost?

Posted by Diogo on Oct 29, 2005 quarter to one pm

sniff *sniff* I can trace back my love of video games to the original Monkey Island. It's my Pong so to speak, and it never fails to impress me that even today there is a small legion of people actively working on ways to get us to play this classic on every kind of hardware imaginable (scummvm, I'm looking at you). And an even larger legion of dedicated fans doing the gaming.

I won't launch into a rant about the state of the adventure gaming scene, instead I'll just feel nostalgic for a while and reminisce about rubber chickens with a pulley in the middle ^_^

Posted by BannedOne on Oct 29, 2005 four pm

Well, everything's been said, and I just wanted to add my gratitude to Ron and the crew for providing us countless hours of (il)logic tests, enthusiasm and fun. I remember I used to skip meals when I was stuck with a puzzle, and my parents got REALLY concerned about my mental sanity.
Well, maybe they weren't totally wrong, and this is all credited to you Ron. Thank you again, for what you've done, for what you're doing, and for what you will do ;-)

Posted by Pascal Parvex on Oct 29, 2005 seven pm

Well, The Secret of Monkey Island is my favorite game of all time. I loved Half-Life, I played Civilization endlessly, was intrigued by Midwinter, but The Secret of Monkey Island is my number one. Thank you Ron and team for this wonderful adventure.

Posted by Pascal Parvex on Oct 29, 2005 five past seven pm

I have to add this: I really love the graphics of Monkey Island 1. They are just marvellous, the best 256-color-320x200-graphics of all time. And the music is also great.

Posted by Genesis on Oct 30, 2005 five past six am

MI Series: the best and funniest ever! (the MI theme is unforgettable - sometimes my wife catches me whistling - "what kind of music is that?" heheheh) Thx Ron! (from Brazil)

Posted by Alex Tsironis on Oct 30, 2005 quarter past eleven am

A great experience!brings me back to my childhood...and keeps me there!! Yikes! Used to skip school for that game (12 yearls old...)! Still when i play monkey island 1 & 2, i totally forget everything else (work, girlfriend, vital stats...).Congratulations for making gaming history and truly thanks for a great great and inspiring game.
PS. Monkey Island 5.Please.Thank you!

Posted by Nicholas Scheltema on Oct 30, 2005 twenty five past one pm

When I finally convinced my parents to buy me a computer (VGA 286!) waaay back when I was about 8 years old, it came with a bunch of software, all of it already installed. The first thing on the disk-menu was this game, "The Secret of Monkey Island". I can still remember it now: First the annoying copy protection, then the twinkling Lucasfilm games logo, then a picture of a island set against a night sky (rendered in glorious EGA graphics, yes I had the EGA version (better in my opinion)) and then the logo appears and this cool music comes out my PC speaker...and my life changed forever...
SOB wish I still had those floppies now... Only got a CD-VGA version now.
Thanks Ron, and co for many fine memories and showing me what I wanted to do with computers! Hope that troll Lucas gives back the rights to you! No red-herring for him!

Posted by Leppa on Oct 30, 2005 twenty five to three pm

Thanks guys, for that ironic, fantastic adventure.

THE Leppa

Posted by Javier Daza on Oct 31, 2005 ten past two am

Wow 15 years, Monkey island has a place in my heart since I started playing it. Thanks Ron for this wonderfull game.

Posted by Marco on Oct 31, 2005 ten past three am

Wow, 15 years? Damn, I remember the first time I played The Secret of Monkey Island...I was only 4 years old! Ron, I have to thank you, for the great games you did...and for the games you will do! You're the best! Monkey will always be the greater LucasArts game.....it's a pity that they (LucasArts, I mean) have abandoned adventure games....but Ron, please, don't stop! If an adventure game will have your name on it, I'll buy it!

And happy birthday, Guybrush!

PS: And sorry for my bad english...I'm Italian! Ciao! Grazie, Ron!

Posted by Alkalino on Oct 31, 2005 ten past five am

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Congratulations, my favourite game !!!
(and favourite soundtrack !!!)
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Please review a new edition !!!
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Posted by Joe Ryan on Nov 1, 2005 four am

Happy Birthday Guybrush indeed,

I'm a uk MA student of digital games design and as an assignment we were asked to include our top ten fav games or important moments in gaming history.  Monkey Island was of course one of them.  

Pure Class.

Posted by Morebeat on Nov 1, 2005 twenty five past six am

Happy Birtday Monkey Island!
I like it Pixelated! Why everyone have to make 3D-Games.

Greetings from Germany

Posted by RaiD on Nov 1, 2005 quarter to nine am

Happy birthday Monkey Island.

You have taken me over my childhood. Monkey Island made me what I am, I have understood the real meaning of vitty and ironic.
It's not a matter of videogaming. It's a matter of Life.

Thanks Monkey!

Greetings from Italy.
Molto appropriato, combatti come una mucca.

Posted by CereS on Nov 2, 2005 five past five am

Dear Ron, I would thank you so much for what I've done!
MI was the first game I've ever played (I was 11) and, IMHO, it's still the best game ever made!!!

My hat is off to you, Mr. Gilbert, now and ever!

Greetings from Italy! Ciao!

Posted by CereS on Nov 2, 2005 ten past five am

"Dear Ron, I would thank you so much for what I've done! "

Ehm... the correct sentence is:

"Dear Ron, I would thank you so much for what you've done!"

Errata corrige :D

Posted by Joe on Nov 2, 2005 twenty five past ten pm

Monkey Island is the reason I have developed a passion for computer games, leading me into my current major of computer sciences. I'm a little late for the post here, but thanks for all the great memories Ron. Truly one of the greatest games of all time. I go back and play this occasionally, moreso than CMI or even MI2. It never gets old; I still laugh at the jokes.

Long live Thriftweed... er... I mean Threepwood!

Posted by Khriss Markk Orbegozo on Nov 3, 2005 six pm

Thanks Ron I am Khriss from Peru your games are one of the greatest memories of my childhood, Please give us a Monkey 5, I was thinking maybe the nintendo DS is the perfect platform for all Monkey Island Games I mean, Beautiful 2D games, I want to read those words again Deep on the Caribbean.....

Posted by toxicTom on Nov 4, 2005 twenty five to five am

Is it that long ago already? Seems like that "stone-age" game won't find any rest. People play it on their high-end machines, on their mobile phones, on PDAs and other devices. It's become a true classic, a piece of history, one of the few true cultural milestones of the digital age.

I ask myself - why do games so seldom and so small impact on people? Books and movies can change you, can make you think, point out a different view on things you're used to. Of how many games can you say that? Only very few. MI1 and 2 are among them, as is Loom and Grim Fandango.
But MI does even more - it grows with you. You can play it as a child and will have a great time with it. You can play it years later and find hidden irony and some great insight. And you appriciate that while playing the game as a grown-up lets you discover a lot of more subtle humour, on the one hand you could enjoy it a child without the feeling you're missing something and feeling dumb, and on the other hand the more childish jokes don't get in the way of enjoying it when you're older. When I should compare MI to anyhting from other media, it would stand firmly in a row with Terry Pratchett's Johnny- and Discworld-books.

Am 31 now and still play it every other year (as I do with Loom, but that one is easily played through on a rainy afternoon). And still I manage to find another detail, understand a play on words in a new way.

And I also passed it on: MI were the first games I let my little brother play, they were also the first my girlfriend ever tried. But got hooked with gaming (what makes life with my girlfriend so much easier except for the regular battle for the gaming machine...).

Great work, Ron, and thanks. Please pass this on to the rest of the old team if you're still in contact.

Posted by Ryam BaCo on Nov 4, 2005 five past five am

happy birthday, monkey 1!

i played the secret of monkey island back in 1998 (!) (i got my first computer only a short time before) as a 14 year old and despite to all the other games i played (and will playing) it's still the best game ever made. ron, tim, dave and co: thank you so much for these hours of joy! :)

best wishes for your new projects,
ryam.

Posted by Minnella Fabrizio on Nov 5, 2005 five to two am

Thanks for MI, thanks for Guybrush and Elaine, and thanks for Stan he was great ! I hope to see your name again in the credits' s section of a possible MI5.
Please Ron gave us a new MI. !!!
P.S.
Sorry for my bad english

Posted by Woutielion on Nov 5, 2005 half past two pm

Congratulations with the anniversary!!

It is truly the second best game every made. I will never forget the Sierra-parody with the rubber tree. Hilarious!
But the best game still remains Monkey Island 2 to me. I really loved it.
These two games are really childhood-memories and they grew on me. It was a true adventure to play those games. The animation, the graphics, the characters, the humour and the plot. Wow, all were great.
And also the theme to Monkey Island, great, I've got it on my MP3-player and on a CD. It's just a masterpiece!

Ron and everybody: thank you for these superb games, they will never be forgotten!

One request; let us all relive the happy memory of playing Monkey Island with Guybrush, Elaine, LeChuck and the rest of the gang and release Monkey Island V. Please?

Best wishes,

Wouter
(Sorry for my english)

Posted by Martin on Nov 6, 2005 five to four am

Happy birthday Guybrush! I recently introduced a co-worker to the MI universe and she was hooked immediately, so you still have what it takes too sweep the ladies off their feet :-)

If I could make a wish it would be, besides the obvious MI5 (hmm...imagine what MI6 would be like - Guybrush as a British secret service agent ;-), a remake of MI1 and MI2 to bring graphics and game engine up to date...

Have fun!
/Martin

Posted by patches on Nov 7, 2005 six pm

I'm only 17 and I've loved the Monkey Island series for as for back as I can remember. While I enjoy each installment on its own, MI1 and MI2 are easily my favorites. I accually remember having to play the game on th 5 1/2 disks.

I did have each game on CD up until a few months ago, but I seem to have lost my 'Monkey Madness' Disc with the first two on it. So needless to say I'm in a rush to find somewhere to purchase a new copy before it becomes even harder.

Anyway, I'd just like to say congratulations on making one of the greatest games.. well.. ever. And thanks for the countless hours of enjoyment you and the rest of the MI team have given us.

Posted by Paula on Nov 8, 2005 quarter to one am

MI 1&2 are still some of the greatest games there are! Funnily, I�m still using them to convert people into gamers. I�ve found that many people (especially women) who have zero intererest in games can still get really into Monkey Island. And then they get sad when they find out that these kind of games are not made anymore.

Monkey Island games SO need to be re-released with a full graphic update. On Nintendo DS if nothing else. Classic games deserve to live forever, just like classic books and movies.

Posted by chris on Nov 10, 2005 ten to eight am

I love MI 1&2. They were my first computergames.

Please tell Stan I need a new ship.

Posted by Dimi on Nov 11, 2005 twenty past nine pm

Thanks so much for the greatest adventure game ever played. This game changed my life totally. I got married to a girl who I played MI1 :). Ron you are a legend in my heart.. and hope you will entertain us again.

P.S: If you ever visit australia it's my shout for beers.

Posted by Exit! on Nov 13, 2005 half past eleven am

Monkey island 1 & 2, day of the tentacle , the dig, maniac mansion, zak mc kracken, and so on.....these adventures still rule even in 2005!! played on different platforms c64,amiga, pc ....come on development studios like lucasarts and others please create more of these games, there is a great need, not everyone like fps, and racegames and shit.....there are a lot of people who like 'click' adventures....wanne make good money again? create new adventure games like monkey island!!!

Posted by sache on Nov 15, 2005 half past six am

what whould have awaited us under this @!"$& stump?
Many greetings from germany!

**Bitte Disk 22 einlegen und Enter dr�cken**

Posted by BarberDominique on Nov 18, 2005 five past ten pm

look what you've done Ron...

you've enchanted us with a game!...
i know a lot of us will keep so carefully this oldie disks 'til the end of our lives...just to look at them and remember our childhood in front of a pixeled guy trying to be a pirate...the good old times...

i know a lot of us will remember you 'til the end of our lives in fact...

thank you SO infinitely much...luv ya ron, always in our minds...

(am i getting old here???? lol)

Posted by Nick on Nov 19, 2005 twenty five past one pm

Hello Ron, I really enjoyed Monkey Island until I got to part two. It took me forever to find the hatch (To this day I miss it) the ink too! Blimey. and when you finally make it to monkey island! I just had to give in, thanks to a magazine's walkthrough I managed to get to the end but I was left feeling a bit empty.

Be honest, if it was possible to erase the past and remake monkey island 1. Which bits that need changing really stand out, in your personal opinion? You can even imagine that you would create it using modern gfx techniques if you prefer. You have my permission and everything! SEX!

You bloody genius

Posted by Remi van Trijp on Nov 22, 2005 one am

"I say we all pool our limited resources together, form the Guybrush Coalition for Freedom and collectively BUY The Monkey Island Franchise, then hand it over to gilbert to make 5! and 6! And 7! Until there is no more monkey island to tell!"

This is in fact a great idea! Like the open source community who created Apache and beat companies like IBM and Microsoft with their free software, we could actually all chip in and give Ron the opportunity and freedom to make the third part of the trilogy and FINALLY know what the secret of Monkey Island is... How much are the rights in fact?

Posted by estradin on Nov 24, 2005 quarter past three am

I think it's not a bad idea... They did it with blender... I would contribute for sure!! Let's recapture Monkey Island and give it back to its legitimate owners... I can just imagine the incredible amount of legal problems there would be, but surely there is a copyright lawyer who is a MI fan too...

Posted by Nick Taylor (Creator of 'Joe and the Bassett') on Nov 28, 2005 ten past noon

How on earth do you compare Monkey Island to Apache?!

You flappy mouthed Linux obsessors get around don't ya ;)

And what would be the point in buying the rights to monkey island? Monkey island 1 and 2 already exist!

Have you made any other games ron?

Posted by louisa robertson on Mar 5, 2006 twenty five to two pm

hey there ho there love... Nick my lovely you are truely are crazy... but thats just one of the many reasons why i love you! ARSE! i really want to play that game of yours.... Joe and the Basset!

Posted by louisa robertson on Mar 5, 2006 quarter to two pm

hey there ho there love... how is my favourite man? i love you you crazy ARSE! but your crazyness is awesome...

I REALLY WANNA PLAY YOUR GAME... "Joe And The Basset"

Love Your Lou
XxoOoxXxoOoxXxoOoxX

Posted by Bobski on Nov 24, 2005 ten past one am

Monkey Island should be given an award or historical reference for the very cool piece of entertainment software it was..........

Congrats and thanks for bringing so many laughs to the adventure game world.....
Just a thought here, have you ever considered doing a new game with say some newbies like AGDI / Himalaya studios.... not monkey island...but some thing completely new....it might not pay aswell as lucas but you'd probably get a kick out of colaberating with other die hards of your ilk.....
and maybe even bring back some of the magic of the adventure game that is begining to be replaced with 3D everything......(except a story..)

Bobski

Posted by Tobia Tesan on Dec 4, 2005 quarter past noon

I guess Monkey Island is the only computer game which can be considered a piece of art. Really.

Posted by Meta on Dec 7, 2005 five to seven am

Really, really nice, great job!!!

Only a MI5 is missing... :D sure it would work out... Adventure games are back!


An other great fan of adventure games.
And game designer. :D

Posted by Pericle76 on Dec 8, 2005 ten to seven am

Monkey Island is the only game that make me smile and cry at the same time, reminds me a great period of my life. MI gave me dreams and fantasies.
Thanks a lot Ron (and all the team of course). Now our dream is a new adventure by Ron Gilbert, we need to dream again!
Happy Birthday Monkey Island, Happy birthday Guybrush!

Salvo from Italy

Posted by Smithy on Dec 13, 2005 six am

I just have to post a comment!!!
Monkey Island was one of my first games ever!
Ma father bought it (german version) and I had soo much fun with it.
Too bad I could not speak english at that time as I think the translation isn't as fun as the original.

Monkey Island started my interest in (interactive) storytelling and game-desgin. Thank you guys for that!!!

Long Live the Monkey Island spirit!

And now,.. gimme sum grog mate! ;)

Regards,
Smithy (switzerland)

Posted by Kain on Dec 22, 2005 half past five pm

Guybrush: "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
Woodsmith: "A woodchuck could chuck no amount of wood since a woodchuck can't chuck wood."
Guybrush: "But if a woodchuck could chuck and would chuck some amount of wood, what amount of wood would a woodchuck chuck?"
Woodsmith: "Even if a woodchuck could chuck wood, and even if a woodchuck would chuck wood, should a woodchuck chuck wood?"
Guybrush: "A woodchuck should chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood, as long as a woodchuck would chuck wood."

Posted by Elaina Marley on Jan 12, 2006 ten to two pm

Happy Birthday Monkey Island, and, of course, happy birthday Elaine and Guybrush! Why did you all guys forgot her? She is part of the soul of the game.

Thanks Ron for giving me my "alter ego", if you could see me dressed as Elaine you would agree with me ;)

Posted by Danny on Jan 15, 2006 ten to five am

This sucks. Monkey Island is dead. There will not be any more MI games. And Ron hasn't made anything successfull since he left Lucusarts, just a few lame kiddie games. Why are we admiring you Ron? You're history. You've made something good 15 years ago and we all thank you for that. But since that you've been sitting on your ass and complaining. I deny to believe that you cannot find enough investors to bring on another MI game. You're just fooling us you'd "gladly" make another one, but the truth is you've already lost it. All that's left of you is an old and grumpy man. Instead of complaining, try changing.

Posted by StA on Feb 3, 2006 quarter past two am

THX Ron, MI will ALWAYS on my mind!

Posted by Jaime on Apr 22, 2006 five to eleven am

RON, please...we need MI 3 ( i dissmiss the others..) You are the only one that can continue that game without lose the phylosophy of mi 1...ron please... don�t think of the money, think of you can make the last episode of the best game of the world and...everybody will remember you for making it. We hope you will...thanks

Posted by eoghan on Apr 24, 2006 twenty to nine am

Its great to see everybody give ron the respect and praise he deserves. I think Ron will go down in history as one of the great artists/entertainers of the 20th century. Up there with Chaplin, Kubrick, Gondry...

Posted by Duncan_Idaho on Apr 25, 2006 twenty past six am

Sigh--- Monkey Island was one of the reasons for me getting my first PC. And  today.... still playing Adventures.... at the moment Broken Sword 2 and soon The Longest Journey 2.... hopefully.

Posted by Mariano Cirigliano on May 21, 2006 twenty five past eight am

El Monkey Island es la mejor saga junto con el Broken Sword. Un saludo a Ron Gilert y a toda la gente de Lucas Arts.

Posted by Rup on May 29, 2006 seven am

SCUMMVM : what a wonderful engine ! My addiction to MI 1 and 2 push me to rediscover them for a thousand times... Hope for a new one now ! Make me dream.

Posted by sami on Jun 12, 2006 ten past eleven am

hi ron - i came across your blogging while wikipedia-ing for monkey island

i am surprised - with your experience, you must have been offered a role as creator of another monkey island like series - if not from lucas arts, then from someone else?

sami

Posted by Bashar Abdullah on Jun 15, 2006 ten past one am

Well, somehow I didnt notice that post before. I am registered to "Ron Gilbert" news in Google so I dont miss anything.

I cant believe how big this post got. Can you guys see??? you can scroll down and read all day. Doesnt that mean anything? Dont people have a sense of kind anymore? Why dont they let go the license they dont need??? :(

Anyways... i am late to the party and yet yelling, just couldnt keep it inside anymore... hey, I never did when it comes to MI :)

Would like to thank all the team who worked on this game, and all the people who kept supporting it until this day. Special thanks to Ron, but we still havent seen the last of you I hope.

upcoming Sam & Max and Vampyre Story could only mean there is still a hope for the monkeys fans :)

I really appreciate this site and how you still keep in touch with your loyal fans...

Thanks for all

Posted by WiLLuMPJuH on Jul 7, 2006 twenty five past five pm

Turn off and wake up !

"Whoop .. Mr. Ron Gilbert, sir... Can I say something ? .. I held my breath over 15 years.." :D

Thank you (and others) very, very much for this all time classic in adventure-gaming. Couldn't bother for Monkey Island-memoribilia like a 5th-sequel or so , but plotting and creating  the first one must have been a lot of fun.. it still shows if you play the game "these days" ... It's never meant solely as a product. It's .. priceless. .. 'Project led by Ron Gilbert' at it's best .. Again, thank you.  ;)

For the future.. I always thought there might be one where the best of SCUMM and 3D combined together propelled new levels of entertainment. With some effort.. and patience.. Dreams..

How appropriate .. Maybe I'll be like Guybrush one day....

.. or play the yukelele

.. or feed my canary

.. or give you my regards

.. or turn off my computer

Posted by TurgoN on Jul 8, 2006 six am

The One $ Question is: When will the next Ron Gilbert ADVENTURE coming out? :P

Posted by WiLLuMPJuH on Jul 8, 2006 five to seven am

Possible answer : .. whenever Germany wins the Worldcup in Sucker.. euhm.. Soccer ? .. :P

:D

Posted by TurgoN on Jul 8, 2006 twenty to eight am

So 2010 then.

Posted by WiLLuMPJuH on Jul 8, 2006 ten past nine am

So ... gimme that buck.. :P ;)

Posted by mastrognappo on Jul 22, 2006 twenty past ten am

Mr. Gilbert, you made the best adventures ever. Monkey Island will never be forget, i think'll play it even in 2030!! :D

Posted by Avantaris on Aug 4, 2006 twenty to four am

I was nine as I played Monkey Island! It was my first computergame! Today I'm a programmer (24) and I still love that game! ^_^

Posted by Avantaris on Aug 4, 2006 five to four am

Pirates of the carribean 2 is full of Monkey island Stuff! Voodoo lady, using a coffin as Boat, Cannibals, .... You should really get some Money from these jerks....

Posted by Gaeren on Aug 24, 2006 ten past nine am

Exactly what I thought... now I want to play Monkey Island again. Except I don't find my disks. And that I don't find anywhere to buy them.

Can I cry a river or will Elaine be mad?


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