The Special Edition of Monkey Island

In more Xbox Live Arcade news, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition hits today. It’s 800 Microsoft Points (about $10). It’s basically a re-release of the original game, but with updated HD graphics (although you have the option to switch to the original VGA graphics at any time).

If you’ve never played The Secret of Monkey Island, now’s your chance to experience what is easily one of my favorite videogames of all time. LucasArts set the gold standard for the adventure game with SOMI, and I can’t wait to play it again.

Dr. Mrs. Ghostal and I also just finished up the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island. I recommend it to any of you who enjoy adventure games.

Odds ‘n Ends

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  • Man, it is dead, toy news-wise, ahead of SDCC. Speaking of which, here’s an exclusives checklist courtesy of TNI, if you’re curious what you’ll be missing out on.
  • Particularly due to the paucity of news, I could use more Show and Tells. Email me if you think you’ve got a good one. All I need is a brief (or long) write-up and a few photos.
  • I’ve been kicking myself lately for missing out on the Jason Voorhees figures from waves 1 and 2 of Mezco’s 7″ Cinema of Fear. They appear to be damned hard to find, even on eBay. But I’m not sure I ever even saw them in stores. Anyone seen them around? I suppose I could just get the Jason from the remake…he’s everywhere.
  • Dr. Mrs. Ghostal and I own two guinea pigs, and I have to admit we’re kind of looking forward to G-Force. It looks like it might be good–kind of like Small Soldiers. Speaking of which, whatever happened to you, Joe Dante? We miss you.
  • Don’t forget, tomorrow is Man-At-Arms Day. Once again I have to order multiples for friends, because no one else apparently has the patience for sitting in front of the refreshing screen. I should really start charging them for “handling.”
  • DMG and I started playing the first episode of Tales from Monkey Island, after some significant problems getting the damned thing to work. While I admit I didn’t make a good video card a priority for my PC, I’m kind of shocked by how hard it had to work to get the game to run. We solved the problem by switching to my wife’s laptop, believe it or not. Anyone else playing TOMI?