Return to Monkey Island has been one of the most long-awaited game sequels of all time. So, why are knuckle-draggers attacking its creators?
Following the release of the game’s trailer on June 28th, certain elements in gaming have taken deep offence at the lack of 16-bit graphics in the sequel. That’s right: a game never touted to be anything other than a sequel has been criticized for not looking how some “fans” expected.
(FWIW I think the character designs look great, and are in the spirit of the originals; but then, I only played the first Monkey Island game once, so what do I know?)
Criticism is one thing. Personal attacks are something else entirely. The YouTube video presented above features user comments offering their thoughts in a considered manner. Over on the Return to Monkey Island website, however, things have taken a darker turn, with personal insults from entitled keyboard warriors getting out of hand.
The attacks have resulted in Gilbert disabling comments on his personal blog for the game.
“I’m shutting down comments. People are just being mean and I’m having to delete personal attack comments. It’s an amazing game and everyone on the team is very proud of it. Play it or don’t play it but don’t ruin it for everyone else. I won’t be posting anymore about the game. The joy of sharing has been driven from me.”
Now, here’s the thing. We weren’t going to pay too much attention to Return to Monkey Island, what with it being a sequel and not a retro-styled game. However, Ron Gilbert and his team need everyone’s support to overcome this Philistine tendency. As such, we’ll be updating our readers on the game at every opportunity.
Learn more about Return to Monkey Island and support the game at returntomonkeyisland.com.
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.