Hold On To Your Butts: Episodic Jurassic Park Games Are Coming

Jurassic ParkThere are few things that can elicit fanboy feelings of delight from me. For the most part, I try to keep a level head when it comes to gaming news, but I seriously can’t help myself with this one, as it concerns Jurassic Park. I might throw up a little from excitement. Jurassic Park is probably in my top 10 favorite films of all time. That’s why I freaked when I read the news over at Game Informer tonight that the franchise is seeing a re-emergence in video game form sometime in the near future.

And not only will we be seeing a new video game, we’ll actually be getting multiple titles released in an episodic format. The maestros behind this will be none other than Telltale Games, the same folks that have been creating Sam and Max for years, along with the recently revived Tales of Monkey Island. While there are few details known about this, it seems like this could be a match made in heaven, and I would love playing an old school adventure game (or several) in the world of Jurassic Park.

So what do you guys think of this? By the way, I could have used any number of quotes in the title, and ran through a dozen or so before I settled on “Hold on to your butts”. I suppose I will have to use other memorable quotes in future updates.

Update: Apparently Telltale also nabbed the rights to Back to the Future games. What magic did these guys do to land these awesome IPs?

Source- Game Informer

Cross-Contaminated Media: Star Wars

Star WarsWelcome back to Cross-Contaminated Media, a series in which I explore successful franchises that have made the transition to video games from other media, and vice versa. I know that in my previous article I promised that I would look at Blizzard’s franchises, but I felt that it would be appropriate, given the recent release of the Ultimate Sith Edition of The Force Unleashed, to take a look at George Lucas’ eminent sci-fi empire.

When the original Star Wars movie was released back in 1977, few predicted that it would become the massive entertainment juggernaut that it is today. For good or ill, George Lucas had the foresight to retain international merchandising rights, and once video games were beginning to enter prominence as an accepted form of entertainment media, LucasArts was founded to capitalize upon this new venture.

LucasArts didn’t find its early success with Star Wars titles, though; in its beginning days it was well known for its clever and inventive adventure games ranging from Maniac Mansion to Monkey Island. The first Star Wars title produced in house was X-Wing in 1993, a fairly deep space-combat simulator made for the DOS operating systems. Though the graphics and game-play appear dated now, the game is still highly regarded in fan circles with the TIE Fighter game being declared the favorite of the series.
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GamerSushi Asks: What are you Playing, August Edition

mgsIt’s about that time again. Time to check in with you guys and see what you’re currently tackling in the video game front. It’s hard to believe we’re already in August, but it’s here, and the slew of video game releases (though slightly lighter now than it was going to be) is almost upon us.

As I don’t have access to my consoles at the moment due to an awesome vacation, I am currently working through both Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy 7 on the PSP. It’s great to get reminded of old classics like that, and I’m loving the way they look on the PSP’s screen as well. Before that though, I’ve been playing some 1 Vs 100, Secret of Monkey Island, Battlefield 1943 and Civilization Revolution. In the near future though, I’m going to move on to Red Faction, Turtles in Time (out next week!), Fat Princess and Star Ocean: The Last Hope.

What about you guys? What are you playing?