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LucasArts Classics Steaming Up on July 8

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Time for classic adventure.

In terms of classic PC gaming, LucasArts has its place in many gamers' hearts. While the adventure genre has now faded into the background (with the modern ones succeeding as episodic gaming), there are those of us who miss the point-and-click adventures from LucasArts.

Some of us have misplaced the media that the game was delivered on, or perhaps the media became obsolete and unreadable (remember when games shipped on dozens of floppies?). Thankfully, LucasArts starting July 8 will be re-releasing its classic adventure games on Steam.

The first wave of games to hit the digital download game service are: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, LOOM, and The Dig. Also included in this first batch of games are Armed and Dangerous, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure, Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Wars Republic Commando, Star Wars Starfighter, and Thrillville: Off the Rails.

"This effort is going to make it possible to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to LucasArts' classic games," said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. "It also gives more people a chance to play our games by making them available long after they’ve disappeared from store shelves.  We hope our fans are as excited as we are about our plans and we can’t wait to share what’s coming next.  This is just the beginning."

Just the day before, on July 7, Telltale will premiere the Tales of Monkey Island game series on PC, delivering a completely new adventure in the series. Then a week later, July 15, LucasArts will release The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, a re-mastered version of the classic. (Read more about those here.)

Hopefully we'll be seeing some of the Tim Shafer classics in the next round.

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    chaohsiangchen , July 6, 2009 10:57 PM
    Suggested next to-do list for Lucas Arts:

    Remake X-Wing,
    Remake Tie Fighter,
    Remake the Tentacle,
    Remake Money Island II.

    About time to revive adventure game, even though I play mostly FPS now.
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    jacobdrj , July 6, 2009 10:27 PM
    Happy happy, joy joy.
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    How appropriate. You fight like a cow!

    Yeah, when I think of Maureen, I think of two things: asphalt... and trouble.

    Signal Vice-Admiral Thrawn!

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    kutark , July 6, 2009 10:49 PM
    This is beyond awesome. I have to admit that i was sorely dissapointed that some of my favorites like Tie Fighter, X-Wing, Dark Forces, etc, aren't on the list. I would gladly pay $5, maybe even $10 for some of those games to replay.
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    chaohsiangchen , July 6, 2009 10:57 PM
    Suggested next to-do list for Lucas Arts:

    Remake X-Wing,
    Remake Tie Fighter,
    Remake the Tentacle,
    Remake Money Island II.

    About time to revive adventure game, even though I play mostly FPS now.
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    SDSUMarcus01 , July 6, 2009 11:00 PM
    Yeah, that's a pretty weak coming to steam... but at least they came! I hope in the next few months they roll out most of their back catalog.

    And since they are on steam, I assume that they've been upgraded to run on xp, vista, and 7.
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    matt87_50 , July 6, 2009 11:09 PM
    yes! steam is the perfect place for them, some of them would only be a few meg, you really could just download them whenever.
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    duckmanx88 , July 6, 2009 11:10 PM
    chaohsiangchenSuggested next to-do list for Lucas Arts:Remake X-Wing,Remake Tie Fighter,Remake the Tentacle,Remake Money Island II. About time to revive adventure game, even though I play mostly FPS now.


    or they could make better sequels to those games instead of rehash old material like hollywood.
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    jerreece , July 6, 2009 11:12 PM
    chaohsiangchenSuggested next to-do list for Lucas Arts:Remake X-Wing,Remake Tie Fighter,Remake the Tentacle,Remake Money Island II. About time to revive adventure game, even though I play mostly FPS now.


    I'm totally for a modern, 2009/2010 version of X-Wing and Tie Fighter. With modern graphics and all. :)  Those two were absolute classics, which I loved to play back in the day.

    I've been left for wanting since the days of those games. Nobody does any decent space fighter sims anymore. :(  Let alone, classics like Aces Over Europe or Aces of the Pacific by Dynamix.
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    kamel5547 , July 6, 2009 11:20 PM
    duckmanx88or they could make better sequels to those games instead of rehash old material like hollywood.


    Isn't that essentially the other Hollywood model? Given there are some games I want sequals to, but I really want new and original IP. I'm so tired of the same game with a different skin.
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    CR0W M@GN3T , July 6, 2009 11:22 PM
    Amen to that last line. Need me some Grim Fandango on Steam.
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    chaohsiangchen , July 6, 2009 11:31 PM
    duckmanx88or they could make better sequels to those games instead of rehash old material like hollywood.


    I fail to play any great space-sim since Tie Fighter. Tie Fighter and last two Wing Commanders are the reason why space-sim is almost a dead genre. The graphics back then was so bad, that you have to use your imagination in order to play it. That alone tells you the quality of those games. Why not give them great sound, music and graphics and let the new generation enjoy it like we used to?

    A lot of those old black-and-white soundless movies were remade after sound movies became popular. Those movies then were remade after colored film became widely available. Then digital revolution helped to achieve better spectacle. I don't mind some movies getting remake, I just don't want to see a new The Sound of Music and Gone With The Wind. Those two are perfect the way they are.
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    rigaudio , July 6, 2009 11:38 PM
    Wow, I remember playing The Dig when I was in grade 4. Nostalgia attack.
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    jacobdrj , July 6, 2009 11:42 PM
    The next 'big' space flight sim was supposed to be Babylon 5 Into The Fire which was canned by sierra when they were restructured. It was going to pass the torch along from Tie Fighter/X Wing Alliance. It failed. It was the year of sadness. The year of pain. Tie Fighter is the last of the great space flight sims. It was the last hope for victory...
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    Ogdin , July 7, 2009 1:17 AM
    Ya Tie Fighter was the goods,last good space flight sim i played was Freespace 2.
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    acecombat , July 7, 2009 1:21 AM
    Instead of buying these, couldn't you obtain them legally for free as abandonware (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abandonware)?
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    jimbofluffy , July 7, 2009 1:57 AM
    Abandonware is not an offical legal status. Even if it was, these games are most defintely supported and available, seeing that they will be available through Steam.
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    Honis , July 7, 2009 2:03 AM
    I would hardly call these games "classic" when Lucasarts has true classics like X-Wing, Tie Fighter, X-Wing Vs. Tie Fighter, Monkey Island... I could go on for some time...
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    MadCraiZ , July 7, 2009 2:26 AM
    Full Throttle!
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    doomsdaydave11 , July 7, 2009 3:31 AM
    wtf where is Outlaws?? That's the best game ever lol
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    randomizer , July 7, 2009 7:51 AM
    doomsdaydave11wtf where is Outlaws?? That's the best game ever lol

    +10

    Too bad it runs horribly in DirectX. Works well with a Glide wrapper though.

    "'Ees too bad you have manure for brains!"
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 7, 2009 11:42 AM
    Great news! Next step though: iPhone app versions.
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