Monday, September 11, 2006

Sam and Max Hit the Road

I stood up from looking at some friendly blogs and had a sudden memory of this game:Who can say where these images come from? Memory: she runs one whacky playground.

Sam and Max, you ask. Sam and Max, I say, was one fun game. I remember one joke in particular. The little bunny creature (Max, I believe) explains the name of his cat: "His name is Mittens; I think he'd make a nice pair." Why do I remember that?

I remember another game by the same company: Monkey Island. The first sentence from the following excerpt has haunted me since at least the 5th grade.

Excerpted from "The Memoirs of Guybrush Threepwood: The Monkey Island Years"

"I cursed my luck again as I slid down the monkey's throat. Have my dreams of guzzling grog and plundering galleons been reduced to this. "Three small trials and you're a pirate like us." Fair enough. If only I could stomach the foul brew these scurvy seadogs swilled, the rest would be easy. How could I have known I'd meet a powerful and beautiful woman with a jealous suitor too stupid to realize he'd been dead for years? And how can I crawl through this great stone monkey to find a man who walks three inches above the ground and sets fire to his beard every morning?"

Therein lies much of what I've since become.


rl said...

Strange... Very strange

Father Barry said...

I must admit to being a far bigger Guybrush fan than I am a Sam and Max fan. In fact, only the Myst series could be placed above the Threepwood Chronicles on my list of games I would gladly purchase a computer for...

Part of that must be attributed to the fact that Stan is a brilliant character, part of it is the fact that the "in utero" name I gave my second son was Murray, the demonic skull, and part of it is the amazing quotability of all 4 games.

But the biggest reason is the music. I love the score, and even own the complete soundtrack to each game. (The internet is a wonderful place.)

No love for Day of the Tentacle?

Hansonius said...

I don't know which I'm more frightened by: the fact that you're not a real priest or your extensive knowledge of LucasArts games.

Day of the Tentacle was good, but I'm more of a Zack McCracken fan.

Father Barry said...

Hansonius said I don't know which I'm more frightened by: the fact that you're not a real priest or your extensive knowledge of LucasArts games.

I know which if those two you should find more frightening, even if you can't decide. Just think of me as a "Father" in the "Old, Father William" sense. That should help.

Or, just pretend I'm Karl Malden whenever you see me.

As a last resort, check out the really cute pictures of my kids on my blog. At that point, it would probably become more frightening if I were a priest.

You'd be better off with one of the first two, though.

(And now you're brought up Zack. The memories are flooding beck; memories I've tried to supress for many years. Pretty soon I'm going to be thinking about The Dig, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When will it stop?)

la petite bĂȘte... said...

Hey, it's probably morally superior to the Sims. My favorite game, evvver.

mccaleb said...

Alas, no Sam and Max graced my childhood; instead my younger days were filled with Frog and Toad (timeless treasures, those), Beatrix Potter and Richard Scarry's Busy Busy World.

The only board game I remember was called Splat, and I recall nothing about it except that it involved attempting to flatten play-dough bugs of other players. Really a violent game.

My word verification for this post is "ofwuwnks." It reminds me of a rodent.

Which reminds me I need to go to bed.

Rach-o said...

I've heard many good things about this "Sam and Max", like it was such a good game that there is a petition floating on the interweb asking for a sequel.

I've also heard good things of Monkey Island.

However, I am much deprived in that I have not played either game.

L-Dawg said...

Interesting, Hanson. Didn't know you had played those types of computer games. I haven't played either Sam or MonkeyIsland, though I have played Tentacle, which was fun.

I guess I should have known you'd be into the off-beat humor of those games. Note the warning label on your picture of the Sam and Max game: "Parental Advisory - Twisted Humor". That explains a lot about you, Hanson.