Again with those well-aligned priorities! I’ve spent a couple of days over the New Year — not sorting out my paperwork and cleaning like Dave Radcliffe — but spending hours and hours replaying a decade-old computer game that I haven’t touched in years.
It started well enough. I had to tidy my room to find my P60s to complete — late! — my tax return. I eventually found them amongst various wodges of vaguely important paperwork, but before I got there, I threw out enough cardboard to fill the recycling wheelie bin. Not enough cardboard to expose much in the way of carpet, or desk. But in doing so, I uncovered my Monkey Island Bounty Pack. The Pack is supposed to have Monkey Island 1, 2 AND 3 in it, but I lent 1 and 2 to someone years ago (Hannah?) and so only had 3 left.
Oh, well, it was fun reliving the adventure, The Curse of Monkey Island. Oh, the sights and sounds of the Caribbean. Caber-tossing on Plunder Island. The lost art of insult-sword fighting. And who could forget Sherman, the lactose-intolerant volcano ably guarded by Lemonhead.
Erm. Getting a bit carried away. Will there be Monkey Island for Wii? Do Lucasarts still make Monkey Island-style games – their website seems to be covered in Star Wars tie-ins, and doesn’t seem to have anything like Guybrush Threepwood or Grim Fandango, or even Day of the Tentacle any more? Is the adventure game really dead?