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Old 02-01-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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Jim Ward quits

Hot off the presses, Jim Ward is calling it quits, because of 'personal reasons'. Now maybe we won't have to wait until 2015 after all?

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Old 02-01-2008, 04:30 PM   #2
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Hot off the presses, Jim Ward is calling it quits, because of 'personal reasons'. Now maybe we won't have to wait until 2015 after all?
Bah, beat me to it :P

See here as well.

Now that he's gone, we can't keep all those "Big Jim" is watching pictures anymore


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Old 02-01-2008, 06:55 PM   #3
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I have circulated this "good" news. Thanks.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:12 PM   #4
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Oh no!!!!!!!

Oh, well.

Bye, Jim!

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Old 02-02-2008, 07:54 AM   #5
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Now that he's gone, we can't keep all those "Big Jim" is watching pictures anymore
Now you need pictures of the new guy.
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:57 AM   #6
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It's a shame we didn't run this story as a rumour when we first came across it -- but then I suppose that Jim Ward should be able to control when the news gets out.

And I didn't agree with Ward's business "stagedy," but I'm sure that he's a good enough guy really, who did what he thought was right.

I wonder if his sucessor will be very different, though? We'll just have to wait and see.
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:52 PM   #7
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I hope his successor doesn't take over both of Ward's previous positions. Why can't we have a person whose job is solely to be the President of LucasArts? Senior Vice President of LucasFilm doesn't seem like an insignificant side job. Even for the most competent person I don't like the idea of the LucasArts prez only being able to devote himself halfway. We need someone who can put their entire focus on the company.

The acting president is Howard Roffman, who is also the "President of Lucas Licensing." He's only president in the interim, but man, how about one gigantic job per person?
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:39 PM   #8
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Ah well, it seems like Ward was an ok guy, I guess.

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Old 03-08-2008, 08:33 PM   #9
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I bet he was a nice guy, but he threw the creativity of the company out the window...



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Old 03-08-2008, 11:00 PM   #10
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Did Jim initiate the mass layoffs, or was that Mike Nelson, the interim VP after Simon Jeffries left?

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Old 03-09-2008, 06:49 AM   #11
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I don´t know. I only know that Mike Nelson was the (stupid) man behind the cancellation of Sam and Max 2.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:22 AM   #12
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Damn you Mike Nelson!!!

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Old 03-09-2008, 12:21 PM   #13
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I'm fairly certain Nelson in some way or other initiated the layoffs. (In all fairness, it probably wasn't his decision alone.)


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Old 03-09-2008, 03:43 PM   #14
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Yeah I think Jim Ward came into power in the middle of all the layoffs, when the "get rid of everybody and start from scratch" mentality was already set in motion.

I'm sure Jim is a nice guy, and we know he's a good businessman, and he's more than partly responsible for the fact that the company is in good financial shape, but it's hard for me to like a LucasArts president who has no respect for the company's legacy, and who's willing to deteriorate brand name to keep things safe. Of course, Hoffman (yet another Lucasfilm exec) may not be any better, but just because someone's worse than Ward doesn't mean Ward was good.
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Old 03-09-2008, 09:31 PM   #15
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but it's hard for me to like a LucasArts president who has no respect for the company's legacy, and who's willing to deteriorate brand name to keep things safe.
Compare this to the music industry - say Sony / SonyBMG. They'd never stop producing, for example, Michael Jackson Thriller CDs, the classics will always keep selling. Especially when on the 20th anniversary, and now the 25th anniversary they repackage the album with a couple of new bonus tracks and new artwork. And of course they re-release it on new media (UMD, Minidisc, digital download) too. They keep selling to collectors, plus people who have lost or worn out their old copies, and of course to a whole new audience.

It baffles me that LucasArts (and many other gaming publishers, to be fair) don't treat their back-catalogue with the same reverence as a continual source of income as music or movie companies do. This is especially odd when Activision have been releasing WinXP / Vista compatible versions of the LEC Classics for the past couple of years outside the USA, and an open source emulator shows that the Scumm games can run on handheld devices.

Wake up and smell the money!
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:18 PM   #16
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I don't know. Sierra tried something similar once, I believe. They started to redo their early games in glorious high res graphics... but amazingly the fan reaction was BAD. So much so that they stopped doing any more.

I'd love to believe that they could do a Grim Fandango Deluxe and really make it worth my while... but I just know they **** something up

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Old 03-11-2008, 04:40 PM   #17
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I'm not talking about remaking / enhancing the games though. Grim, Sam & Max, The Dig, Full Throttle etc have all been repackaged and rereleased by activision in the last few years outside the USA. XP / Vista compatible.

If anything was to be tweaked, and the source code still exists, it would be to remove the dead ends from the FM Towns version of Zak McKraken (and maybe Last Crusade though that may need a graphic overhaul to be saleable).
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:08 PM   #18
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XP / Vista compatible.
Yes only compatible, but technically the same!

The enhanced FM-Towns versions are very fine!
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:06 PM   #19
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Are these re-released versions legit? Why weren't they released in the US?



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Old 03-11-2008, 08:13 PM   #20
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Yes they're legit.

http://www.mixnmojo.com/php/news/sho...=lucasartsnews

As to why... it must be because Activision are clever and LucasArts are not.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:15 PM   #21
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It's to do with publishers. I don't know the full story of the American releases - do LucasArts publish themselves? - but in Europe at least Activision have control over LucasArts IP. This basically means that the decision to re-release the games wasn't made by LucasArts, although they still obviously get their money from sales.

You can still buy them in retail stores here in the UK, and they're common on Amazon (.co.uk) and eBay of course.


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Old 03-11-2008, 09:52 PM   #22
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Yes, LucasArts publishes their own games in the US, which means that, as you noted, they can take no credit for the re-releases.
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:09 PM   #23
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do LucasArts publish themselves?
Good question! And I thought EVERYBODY, who play LA games know that!

Sorry.
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:33 PM   #24
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The re-releases didn't exactly set the world alight over here. In fact I don't know anyone who bought one: They're very old games, and games don't generally age well

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Old 03-14-2008, 06:01 PM   #25
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I bought maybe 30 copies across the range for $10 each, put them on NZ's equivalent of eBay for $25 each and sold the lot very quickly.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:38 PM   #26
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I might have to go ahead and buy sam and max and the dig b/c i don't have those anymore, and it'd be so nice to play them again...thanks for the help guys!



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Old 03-16-2008, 08:12 AM   #27
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I must buy them! Later. Sometime.
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:57 AM   #28
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There are some weird versions floating around in the UK. I remember that Curse of Monkey Island was released in a regular-colour DVD case, and Hit the Road and Day of the Tentacle were originally re-released in a single DVD. These days if I see CMI it's exactly the same except the artwork has been modified - a sort of sepia toned version - and Sam & Max Hit the Road has an individual release. I think the latter is because it was included in the 'LucasArts Entertainment Pack', which had Grim Fandango, The Dig, Full Throttle and Hit the Road. Day of the Tentacle seems to be completely unavailable now, as it wasn't released individually and the double-pack with Hit the Road was superceded by the individual release.

The collector in me wanted to snap up those versions whilst they were still around, but I decided that would have been crazy.

That post sounded really complicated, so I went and found the images. This is the release order, I think:

Original CMI


Hit the Road & Day of the Tentacle double


New, faded CMI


Hit the Road single



Of these, the original-colour CMI release seems to be the hardest to find if you want to buy it - although it's quite possible people will sell it on eBay and use the faded image just because it's such a minor difference, and the faded image is easier to find.

Edit: Also I've just realised that there must be two versions of the Hit the Road DVD release because the one in the image has the new LucasArts logo (this must be the 2007 release, Vista compatible) whereas the one I own has the classic gold-guy logo.

Sorry for the overkill, but the information will probably come in useful to someone... somewhere.


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Old 03-16-2008, 03:19 PM   #29
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new LucasArts logo (this must be the 2007 release, Vista compatible)
All the german 2007´ XP/Vista re-releases (Sam and Max, Full Throttle, Grim Fandano and CMI) have the new ugly LucasArts logo.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:37 AM   #30
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Well, it seems Ward's successor is indeed different... he's got a, shall we say, interesting hobby.

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Old 03-31-2008, 10:03 AM   #31
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Photography is his professional hobby. His pictures became famous in 1991 after the publication of his postcards and calendars with young males posing nude. He has published many gay themed photo-albums. He is known to recruit models by giving his business-card to people at restaurants, on the street, and in discos.
So, who's going to meet him at E3? ;


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Old 03-31-2008, 11:26 AM   #32
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Now, who´s the new president of LA?
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:43 PM   #33
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Hey, looky looky: http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/new...hp?story=18112

I don't think we'll see much in the way of old franchises being resurrected though: "I couldn’t be more excited to join such a dynamic and innovative company as LucasArts. The people are world class and the IP is the best in the business. To be able to work with such cultural icons as Star Wars and Indiana Jones and develop new franchises is like a dream come true."

Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and... new franchises. No mention of anything else.

Edit: Also, there's a press release.

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Hmm...new franchises = games like Thrillville...



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