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Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again (Video)

Roblimo posted more than 2 years ago | from the everybody-loves-Larry dept.

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In this exclusive video interview, Slashdot chats with Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe, who is working with Replay Games and Kickstarter to bring Larry Laffer to a whole new generation of computers. They'll maintain the original Larry style of being naughty without crossing the line into porn, which is appropriate for an 80s game about a 70s dork who wears a (shudder) leisure suit. You can donate to this effort through Kickstarter if you like. (We aren't getting paid to say this, and it's a labor of love for Al, too, who is more recently famous for running the hokey daily comedy email newsletter, CyberJoke 3000.)

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Old Timers Ressurected? (5, Interesting)

Miltazar (1100457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39733521)

It seems like all the old designers of all the cool games from my youth are suddenly coming out with Kickstarters and/or new products. For old time Sierra it was Al Lowe, then Jane Jensen of Gariel Knight fame, and just recently the Two Men from Andromeda are back(Space Quest). Brian Fargo of Interplay fame is back with Wasteland 2, and Shadowrun is back with its original creator. Its an exciting development, but my hunch is its short lived.

Liesure Suit Larry was never a big favorite of mine, mostly because I was too young to get any of the jokes. I still donated though just to show support for the old Sierra crew. Next we need to get Toys For Bob to work on Star Control 4.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

aekafan (1690920) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734885)

Not just those either. They are rebuilding the entire Baldurs Gate series through Kickstarter, and a bunch of old school type games are being made, like Legend of Grimrock. Very old school, with new graphics. A sure sign that the original video game generation is getting older. Me, I would love to see the No One Lives Forever series with shiny new graphics, and the same gameplay

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

choubbi (1841914) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735393)

I'd love to see the old Lucasarts point&click brought back to life (other than with ScummVM on my phone, which is already great). I mean, Sam&Max and Monkey Island got a new life thanks to Telltale, but what about Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Zak McKracken ?

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735545)

Neuromancer

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735893)

NOLF would be great!

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

crazyjj (2598719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735935)

I would love to see a new entry in of the Bard Tale's series (and I'm not talking about that comedy RPG that happened to have the same name from a few years ago).

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39736253)

They are rebuilding the entire Baldurs Gate series through Kickstarter...

Citation needed? A quick search on Kickstarter returns no results for Baldur's Gate. There is the Enhanced Edition [baldursgate.com] planned, but that's not through Kickstarter to my knowledge.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

aekafan (1690920) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739225)

My info came from here [shacknews.com] . Admittedly, its looks like they don't mention Kickstarter, but old school games are still being built. Like Legend of Grimrock, but without Kickstarter. My bad. Also the official BG Site [baldursgate.com] has a good bit of news on it. I am looking forward to this one. They are remaking the entire series.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

RadioElectric (1060098) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734965)

The big question for me is: Are the jokes still going to be funny?

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (3, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735173)

The big question for me is: Are the jokes still going to be funny?

Were they funny back then? I seem to recall it was rather a lame video game.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

metalgamer84 (1916754) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737339)

You were too young to understand the humor.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738087)

You were too young to understand the humor.

Well, Leisure Suit Larry came out in 1987 -- I was in high school. I also saw it again while I was in university.

Maybe the jokes were old and dated even then? It wasn't that I didn't understand it, it just wasn't funny to me.

Leonard Part 6 wasn't funny either.

Maybe I needed to have actually snorted cocaine off someone's tits in Studio 54 to get the humor. But I should think if you were doing that, you wouldn't need Leisure Suit Larry.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735201)

Jokes about sex are always funny. they spur up the adolescent boy in each of us.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

Max Littlemore (1001285) | more than 2 years ago | (#39743527)

Pffft. You WISH you had an adolescent boy in you.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734987)

Kickstarter is starting to ruin me, I'm already funding five projects, included this one... and now you tell me the Guys From Andromeda are having one too. Damnit, it will be Ramen at the end of the month again...

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735213)

But, you don't get charged until they reach their goal. So, you may or may not be eating ramen in the near or distant future...

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735053)

I'm all for a proper sequel to Star Control 2. No, Star Control 3 never happened. Though I wonder how the current generation of gamers would handle this type of gameplay. Balance between ships in Star Control did not exist. Some ships were just plain better than others, some ships just sucked, and some ships were more about rock paper scisors versus other ships.

Also, I'd like to thank the old Lesuire Suit Larry for teaching me much of my English. Never underestimate a kid who doesn't speak English, has a dictionnary, and wants to see pixelated boobs. It never happened as I didn't finish the game, but the dream kept me going. Incidentally, that same year our school couldn't get a permanent English teacher, the result was the majority of the class failing English, I easely passed. :p

Now, I'll go sit in a corner and wait for the jokes about what I just said, and the grammar nazi to tell me that Larry didn't teach me proper grammar. :p

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735655)

You weren't very good at SC2 then. I am out of practice now, but back then I could beat almost any ship with any other ship, including taking out a Chmmr Avatar with a Pkunk Fury.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

Miltazar (1100457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739441)

You weren't very good at SC2 then. I am out of practice now, but back then I could beat almost any ship with any other ship, including taking out a Chmmr Avatar with a Pkunk Fury.

While this is true on average, there has been some relatively interesting results lately. The Star Control 2 port named Urquan Masters added internet multiplayer for melee a while back. The result is their forums are full of some interesting ship rankings on which is best. There have even been some pretty good results of redoing the cost of each ship based on how powerful they actually are. Results are pretty surprising.

http://forum.uqm.stack.nl/index.php?topic=3816.0 [stack.nl]

Just one example of many. This particular one is geared toward veteran arena players, however.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39740987)

My friends and I used to play the hell out of Super Melee (with the /frenzy parameter even), so as a "veteran" player myself, I have to say that i disagree with almost all of the rankings in that list.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737715)

Intruder!..Intruder!..Intruder!. ;) SC2 was awesome. I got the Neo-Geo port on PC somewhere on the web a few years ago for free. (You can save time buy getting the Rainbow Worlds map off the web too) As for Larry, I am sure you still remember buying the rubber at the quickie mart. I mostly learned typing with the sierra games. I even wrote to Ken Williams when I was young to help him make games. Memoriiies

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39738215)

You misspelled "lubber"

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

Creepy (93888) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735081)

Brian Fargo isn't the only one - I noticed inXile and Obsidian are teaming up for Wasteland 2, and Obsidian hired Tim Cain late last year (the first employee working on and lead programmer for Fallout) so I have to wonder if he's involved as well.

Strangely, Al Lowe didn't really create the game that is Leisure Suit Larry, which is also the one being remade, he took a text adventure game (Softporn Adventure by Charles Benton) and made it graphical and created the titular character, who was unnamed in the original text adventure (though I'm 99% sure him wearing a leisure suit is mentioned). Note that I played the text adventure when I was like 10 or 11, and it definitely wasn't a legal copy, whereas the LSL I played years later was (my college roommate's, and I think they were up to 3 or 4 by then). I was actually surprised by how close to the text adventure the game was - only a couple of changes, really, aside from some visual cues. Many of the jokes were even the same.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736117)

If you can find the CD ROM boxed set of LSL games, it comes with Softporn Adventure. LSL was definitely inspired by it in terms of style and so on, but I don't recall much similarity in terms of story...

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39742385)

Having recently dug up a copy, I can vouch that it's a direct ripoff. And wikipedia even says as much.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735337)

Next we need to get Toys For Bob to work on Star Control 4.

Star Control 3 never existed. You're off by one.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (3, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735409)

Lately I have been replaying the Quest for Glory games... I am not sure if it is just nostalgia. But I like the old Sierra games, they were not the high action games, even the Quest for Glory games which were the more action pact then the others, still had most of your time walking around and looking and trying to solve puzzles. That didn't require Top notch hand eye coordination. Back in the days Sierra Games were Top of the Line in graphics. Your reward for solving a puzzle was to be able to get to a new screen. In the days before internet these games were hard to go threw if you won it you felt like a hero, as you would play the game for months to try to win and solve the problems. Sometimes you are spending your time solving a problem that doesn't exist. I want to break into the Bakers shop, but I get arrested for making too much noise, I find ways to do it quieter and still I never got in... Well There isn't a way in. You don't know that, perhaps if you get in you can get something good.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

PlastikMissle (2498382) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735889)

That baker shop haunted my dreams. I was *sure* there were treasures galore inside. Got arrested way too many times trying to get in. Even accidentally killed my character with a lock pick trying to get that damn "gone fishing" door to open.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738069)

Back in the days Sierra Games were Top of the Line in graphics.

Now I wont deny that the sierra games were fun, but graphically they were anything but top of the line. I do say this with Fond amiga memories though.

1986 Defender of the crown Screenshot [wikimedia.org]

1987 Leisure Suit Larry Screenshot [wikimedia.org]

Space quest? (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735513)

Where's the Space Quest kickstarter/site? I see it mentioned in a few places but haven't seen anything official?

Re:Space quest? (3, Informative)

pcj_sq (2618455) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735823)

No kickstarter yet, but check out http://guysfromandromeda.com/ [guysfromandromeda.com]

Re:Space quest? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39741211)

Check out Space Quest: Vohaul Strikes Back [sqvsb.com] too. It is an unofficial sequel to SQ6.

You might also be interested in the Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge Remake [infamous-adventures.com] and Space Quest: Incinerations [boxofmystery.com] .

Re:Space quest? (1)

pcj_sq (2618455) | more than 2 years ago | (#39744543)

Thanks man, I was lead developer for VSB. While we're promoting SQ sites, be sure to check out http://spacequest.net/ [spacequest.net] and its forums, http://forum.spacequest.net/ [spacequest.net]

Ressurected again and again (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735743)

This is not the first time it's come back. Last time was in 2009. Got absolutely horrible reviews. [metacritic.com] That was clearly shovelware with the name slapped on it. This take sounds like someone is actually putting effort into it though.

Re:Ressurected again and again (3, Insightful)

PlastikMissle (2498382) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735911)

Yeah, but that one didn't have Al Lowe's participation or blessing. He had nothing to do with any LL game after Love for Sail.

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (2)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735987)

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39740905)

Leisure Suit Larry was just a GUI & sound for the text game Softporn Adventure. Instead of encouraging rehasing of a knockoff, how about somebody try resurrecting the original?

Re:Old Timers Ressurected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39741869)

Bollocks - you obviously haven't even played SoftPorn - otherwise you wouldn't be spurting out this absolute myth. Try playing it before you make such accusations in the future......

can not be in a app store due to content blocks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39734733)

can not be in a app store due to content blocks now just think back in the day if the app store was only to get app back then?

Re:can not be in a app store due to content blocks (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734795)

I think you're giving LSL's adultness too much credit.

Great title! (1, Insightful)

DogDude (805747) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734809)

Great title! And here I thought you guys had thrown out all of your fun-ness after the big corporate buyout!

Re:Great title! (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735085)

That's how the kickstarter project is called. Slashdot didn't invent it.

What's the object, anyway? (1)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734829)

We've got emulators for the platforms Leisure Suit Larry ran on. Why port the game?

Re:What's the object, anyway? (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734865)

So they can redo the graphics to modern standards.

Re:What's the object, anyway? (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735045)

Is that good? Surly the point is, old game looks old. The UI is awful and sound is dire; but somehow they are still better that today's games EVEN if you don't heap on a ton of nostalgia.
It would be a shame/crime to change some of them. I loved the work by Team 17's artist Rico Holmes when I was playing their stuff year ago.
Whilst looking for Rico's surname I found reference to a Leisure Suit Larry remake Team 17 made. Code masters touched it, so no shock it was awful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leisure_Suit_Larry:_Box_Office_Bust [wikipedia.org]

I'd love to play old Amiga games on my phone. I wonder how I'd fit the disc in?

Re:What's the object, anyway? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735221)

There are some amiga games (running on an amiga emulator) on the iPhone app store. Defender of the Crown, for example.

Re:What's the object, anyway? (3, Interesting)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734881)

We want High Resolution, and real voices. Have you played the new Monkey Island?

Re:What's the object, anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39734935)

Yes, I played it in classic mode :)

Re:What's the object, anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735079)

Yes, with voiceovers turned off.

Re:What's the object, anyway? (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735653)

Yes, with voiceovers turned off.

You played it... without Dominic Armato and Earl Beon? Why?!

Re:What's the object, anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735629)

No, I haven't. I prefer playing Fate of Atlantis and Sam&Max with subtitles only though. High resolution sounds good but I hope it doesn't mean huge changes in art style.

Re:What's the object, anyway? (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735129)

I think there even used to be an online version of it, but I can't seen to find it. I thought it was on sarien.net.

Re:What's the object, anyway? (2)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735181)

By my understanding, it's to drum up interest in a new Larry game. I hope it works, but I think most people who are interested in old games are able to play them already through Dosbox or ScummVM.

Re:What's the object, anyway? (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735241)

We've got emulators for the platforms Leisure Suit Larry ran on. Why port the game?

They're not.

Convincing Al Lowe himself to come out of retirement for this top-to-bottom re-imagining of his 25-year-old creation. DONE!

Call it a "reboot" if you like, but it certainly isn't going to be a port.

A Remake like Monkey Island (1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734863)

I love the original LSL series, especially the first one. I'd love to see it in High Def with actual voice. Would also be fun to play on the iPad or Android tablet.

Already been remade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39734889)

It's already been remade as a point-and-click adventure game, why would they need to remake a remake again?

why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39734909)

What's to shudder at?

Softporn Adventure never needed graphics anyway. (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | more than 2 years ago | (#39734971)

xyzzy

Age check (5, Funny)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735033)

As a horny adolescent, I think Leisure Suit Larry's age check did more to teach me about history than any classes I took.

Re:Age check (4, Informative)

greghodg (1453715) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735209)

As a horny adolescent, I had the full page color ad for On-Line Systems "Softporn" featuring Roberta Williams in a hot tub, so I had no reason to actually play the game, or its follow-up, LSL.

Re:Age check (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736325)

Yeah.. horny adolescents....

Speaking of it, is this release coming out in light of the recent Obama visit to Colombia? Good timing.

That could work as April 1st material (1)

jones_supa (887896) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735165)

I read those LSL Kickstarter pages some days ago, and they read exactly like some April Fools joke. It appears they are serious and I wish them luck, but just look at this piece from the FAQ, for example:

Our good friends over at Tell Tale have licensed King's Quest from Activision. If we do our job right then maybe, just MAYBE we'll be able to partner with them and ruinite the Space Quest team, King's Quest team (go Roberta!!!!) and Police Quest team for re-makes or new versions of those (Space Quest 7 anybody?).

Shouldnt it be.... (0)

Adam Appel (1991764) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735281)

Leisure suit Larry cums again?

Re:Shouldnt it be.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735537)

Only if you're illiterate.

Ken Sent Me! (5, Funny)

Gordo_1 (256312) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735361)

Now that I pledged $15, I don't feel so bad about pirating it using the dual 5 1/4" floppy drives on my Tandy 1000.

It's interesting that they measured piracy based on the difference between the number of actual copies of the software they sold versus game guides.

Kickstarter (2)

JimboFBX (1097277) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735539)

I'm wondering how kickstarter is going to be long term. It seems like a lot of crappy games manage to get funding which amazes me. Kickstarter is for most projects a means of preselling the end result of the project and from what I can tell, the money put into it usually dwarfs what you would be paying if you were buying it retail. I have a cool game idea that I've been working with and its feasible, unique, and doable, but I don't have the free time. With kickstarter I could secure money that I would lose by reducing the hours I put into my job (or quitting if enough people donate) and dedicate my time to the project, then turn and make a good profit if it sells. Worst case, I at least get paid if I set my target threshold high enough, and based on what I'm seeing, I'll get paid more than I'm being paid right now.

My only issue is that I hate top skimmers and there are two on these project donations. Kickstarter takes 3% and the credit card companies take another 3%. The economics of it always make it a win since there is no risk in putting your project up, but still, is there a kickstarter like website that takes a smaller cut?

Re:Kickstarter (1)

lance_of_the_apes (2300548) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736019)

Wow, you're worried about 6% of what is essentially free money? There might be places that take a lower cut, but you won't reach nearly as many people, which is kind of the point.

That said, I do wonder how much Kickstarter will continue to grow. I think it was a brilliant idea and wish I'd come up with it myself. Instead, I'll just have to start a project of my own. Success is all about the incentives, though, which tend to be hard to come up with for software.

Alternatives to KickStarter (2)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738083)

is there a kickstarter like website that takes a smaller cut

Some, but not many.

Keep in mind that at best, you can only drop the platform's take. If you need to accept credit cards, PayPal, or whatever - they have their own charges. You can try to accept BitCoins, I suppose.

The exact takes per platform are sometimes difficult to decipher, depending on how you set up your project, whether or not it's successful, how people are paying (if a backer uses a throw-away credit card, the take is higher), etc. Plus they change them every once in a while without particular notice, so I stopped noting them down.

I won't copy/paste my earlier post from another story, just follow the link for some alternative platform names:
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2786853&cid=39685171 [slashdot.org]

To be honest, though, you'd have better success at KickStarter and let them take their ~5%, unless you've got a very good publicity campaign to point people to your alternative of choice.

Re:Kickstarter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39738581)

"Kickstarter takes 3% and the credit card companies take another 3%"

So this is your issue? Let me tell you: YOU ARE A LOSER!!.

As a looser with looser mindset you should try to use your own webpage, then you will get 100% of $0, witch is what you want, after all.

Do not consider ever getting 94% of possible hundreds of thousands if you are good, because you will discover that you are not good enough, or that people do not trust you to deliver because "give me money so I could spend it what I want" only works when you have a history of proven work.

So the only thing is that you don't have the time, you really need to keep that mindset for winning the biggest looser award. You are actually deluding yourself into believing that what you had never done is easy. It is not. I assure you that if you made a game it will be the crappiest of all, because even with the first works of masters, it is always that way.

It is so easy to criticize instead of doing.

Re:Kickstarter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39745215)

The word is spelled "loser", not "looser". (You got it right the first time)

Re:Kickstarter (1)

chrismcb (983081) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739625)

the money put into it usually dwarfs what you would be paying if you were buying it retail. I have a cool game idea that I've been working with and its feasible, unique, and doable, but I don't have the free time.

The lowest donation request is typically a decent price (and usually less) for the game. All other levels usually come with a bonus (tshirt, face in game, lunch with designer)
Good luck with a new project. You probably need to do some work before hand to show you are serious, and where you are headed, and to give people a reason to donate to your project.
Sure Kickstarter takes their percent, but they also bring people to you. While you hate "top skimmers" they are offering a service. You won't get much money without a credit card company.
Just take the costs into consideration.

Re:Kickstarter (1)

JimboFBX (1097277) | more than 2 years ago | (#39742267)

Once kickstarter becomes overloaded with projects it won't be much of a service anymore. I think now is a good time to jump in, though.

If you look at the donations compared to the money donated, almost all successful projects require someone or multiple people to shell out way more than a copy of the product would cost.

No way would I kickstart this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735723)

They already had a chance to reboot the franchise.

They shat out one of the worst games ever made for the xbox, or any other console.

Editors coming back?!?!?!?! (3, Interesting)

bernywork (57298) | more than 2 years ago | (#39735725)

Rob, your editing again?

advanced mode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39735827)

This is going to need a Kinect interface... just so we can watch the youtube videos of people playing.

High time for an adventure game revival. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39736143)

Touch devices are perfect for old school adventure gaming and I won't mind the update on my desktop either. Pledged.

Re:High time for an adventure game revival. (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736423)

Old school adventure games used a text interface. T Mid-school (high school?) adventure games had the click-action-bar/click-object interface which would seems designed for a touch interface. But what about a mix of old and new? A text-interface with voice commands instead of typing. You might not want to play LSL in public, though ("Ask the hooker to fuck me in the asshole with a dildo").

LARRY ROCKS! (1)

garyoa1 (2067072) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736499)

Well, used to rock. Let's hope he has a chance to relive his daze of glory! :)

Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again (2)

edelbrp (62429) | more than 2 years ago | (#39736611)

I see what you did there...

Go all the way (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39737353)

The first person with the ball to create a true real life graphical experience of a totally X rated game will become a billionaire in world record time. Why doesn't anybody do this?

Re:Go all the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39738521)

Can we assume that you have no AFK experience to compare it to?

Re:Go all the way (1)

hackus (159037) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739389)

You bet!

But, in my defense, my laptop is an Asian chix who loves me long time.

-Hack

Re:Go all the way (1)

aekafan (1690920) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739381)

Are you kidding me? Go to TPB and browse Porn>Games. All kinds of XXX rated games, most of them anime based, and lately all are 3D. The Sexy Beach games have some truly disturbing mods :/.

Transcript (4, Informative)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39737953)

Title: Help Al Lowe Bring Back Leisure Suit Larry!"
Description: 80s video game character Larry Laffer is stuck in the Land of the Lounge Lizards and needs your help to return.

00:00) <TITLE>
The SlashdotTV logo bar with "Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again!" scrolling from right to left appears over a title graphic in the style of the old Leisure Suit Larry games reading "Leisure Suit Larry in The Land of the Lounge Lizards" while in the background the Leisure Suit Larry theme tune plays.

00:10) <TITLE>
A picture-in-picture insert of Al Lowe giving his interview is shown in the bottom right corner over a view of a Leisure Suit Larry game setting.
"Your Host: Al Lowe" scrolls into the SlashdotTV logo bar.
Throughout the interview, the background changes between various Leisure Suit Larry game settings and the picture-in-picture view of Al Lowe disappears, re-appears, zooms in, zooms out, and other shenanigans appear.

00:11) Al>
About a year ago Paul Trowe gave me a call and said "I think I can obtain the rights to Leisure Suit Larry. [...]

00:19) <TITLE>
A static view of Paul Trowe fades in and out of the picture-in-picture view while the SlashdotTV logo bar reads "Paul Trowe is the primary instigator of ReplayGames.com"

00:19) Al>
[...] Would you be interested in helping me do a remake?" and I said "Absolutely!"
In the last.. oh, gosh.. it took him probably a year to obtain the rights, and then a period of months to seek funding.
When Tim Schafer [...]

00:19) <TITLE>
The SlashdotTV logo bar fades in and out of view, reading "Tim Shafer of Double Fine did an amazing KickStarter campaign".

00:19) Al>
[...] blazed a trail for the rest of us back in - when was it, February or March - he made it obvious that crowdsourcing was the way to go with this thing.
So we jumped on KickStarter, we developed a.. I think a funny video, it's kind of pleasant.. and asked people for money and we've been absolutely astounded with the response we've gotten - a real kick.

01:08) Al>
I think we've done a lot of creative - shall I say - reward levels.
We've got a bunch of interesting stuff, and in the true spirit of Leisure Suit Larry; a little on the naughty side, but not obscene.
We're just havin' a ball with this.

01:33) <TITLE>
The background changes to a static screenshot of the "Make Leisure Suit Larry come again!" KickStarter project appears.
The SlashdotTV logo bar fades in and out of view, reading "Donation figures as of Apr. 10, 2012".
The figures* referred to are:
5 updates
6,411 backers
872 comments
$267,723 pledged of $500,00 goal.

01:33) Al>
The way KickStarter works is: you pledge money at whatever level you wish to contribute, and then if [...]

01:40) <TITLE>
The background changes to Leisure Suit Larry game settings again.

01:40) Al>
[...] the campaign doesn't make its goal, nobody gets charged anything; we get nothing, and you pay nothing.

01:48) Al>
We're giving people a chance to actually be in the game, to put an image of themselves in the game.
In fact, if you remember Leisure Suit Larry, there was always a friendly dog that, if you stopped moving for too long, the dog would show up [...]

02:06) <TITLE>
The background changes to a view of the scene described.

02:06) Al>
[...] and humiliate you in yet another way; we're even giving you a chance to have your dog immortalized in the new version of the game *laughs*

02:16) <TITLE>
The background music changes to that of a live version of the Leisure Suit Larry theme tune, played by Axes Denied.

02:26) Al>
We need your support.
If you ever played Larry and maybe didn't pay for it back then, now that you've got money, you've got a job, and you can afford it: come and help us - give a donation - give us a little donation on KickStarter.com [...]

02:45) <TITLE>
"To donate: http://www.kickstarter.com/ [kickstarter.com] search for 'Leisure Suit Larry'" and "video by Robin 'Roblimo' Miller" and "live 'Larry' theme by Axes Denied" fade into view .
and help us see our way through to... bring a smile back to the computer gaming business.

-----

* Tip, for funding progress charts, see Kicktraq :
http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/leisuresuitlarry/make-leisure-suit-larry-come-again/ [kicktraq.com]

When? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39740365)

will we see Max Headroom again?

This is potencially bigger than it looks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39740655)

If you go to the Kickstarter page they have allot more information. First off the last Two games that came out under the "Leisure Suit Larry" name where not done by any of the original team. Al Lowe the creator of the LSL series had great disdain for both of them. Its really no surprise they were both flops.
If you go check out http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/s8u88/i_am_al_lowe_creator_of_leisure_suit_larry_ama/ Al and the team really spell out things.
Like this is not a simple reskinning with some glitter dumped on it. This is a from the ground up rebuild, and while they are keeping the original premise of the story. "A guy that's in his 40's looking for love, or to atleast loose his virginity" They are not ruling out a great deal of changes and updates.

Now for the rest of you wanting other Sierra games, you should really take notice. This LSL Reloaded and Jane Jenson's KickStarter are the testing grounds to see if KickStarter works for funding or not. The higher both of these Sierra Veterans KickStarter $$$ goes the better chance we have at getting other games. I mean if two fairly big names like Al Lowe and Jane Jenson have issues raising the money it will really put a damper on the Kickstater thing.
If you don't like "Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded" or Jane Jensons projects, Take a quick look around and see if there is anyone you know that does. I mean this would be a Awesome gift! I'm intending on giving it as a gift to one of my Married Friends.

Bottom Line, Many people are watching these projects including the "Space Quest" Two Guys from Andromeda, If this succeeds you going to see allot more of your old favourites. As they will see what doublefine and Waste Land 2 did were not just the prefect storm, a rare occurrence. And it makes a great gift for a minimum of $15 Dollars. I've given gag gifts that cost more than that.

Re:This is potencially bigger than it looks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39749855)

That's disingenuous. The Leisure Suit Larry series sucked and didn't sell well for a number of sequels, even before Al Lowe stopped being involved. Really the only decent one in the series was the first, which was a re-write of an earlier game. A large part of the series was just "ha ha a game with boobies!", before this became a normal thing. Even this is just the second re-make of his re-write.

What will put the damper on Kickstarter is developers with proven track records of "one good game in the 80s and then a whole bunch of shovelware" getting such outrageous funding. When Wasteland 2 is as shitty as the 2004 version of Bard's Tale, people will be hesitate to "donate" money to a private company with no recent track record, no demo, and a long history of crap games.

Re:This is potencially bigger than it looks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39761223)

You're kidding right? Larry 7 was one of the biggest selling adventure games of all time, and still is up there...the overall sales for the series is massive when you compare it to the numbers other games were doing back then.

Larry 2 and 3 were great adventure style games also - you obviously never played them if you are calling them crap?

And to call Larry 1 a re-write is lame - you've obviously never played Softporn either...

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