"That font just makes me so happy."
May 15, 2014 3:48 AM   Subscribe

 
I remember this from the DFA doc, but I actually just watched the whole thing again. DOTT is one of my most favorite games of all time. I remember that my cousin mailed me a box of floppy disks filled with pirated games, one of which was Day of the Tentacle on something like six or seven disks.

The floppy edition didn't include voiced dialog, but I must have played through the CD version a bunch of times since then, because I associate it very strongly with the (excellent) voice acting. There's something really perfect about the shape of the game and the way it works. It's evidently penetrated my life to the point that I was actually just describing one of the puzzles to my wife last week--shrinking the sweater to fit the hamster.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:30 AM on May 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


The CD version was the one - an early example of the benefits the increased storage could bring. IMO this is the best and funniest adventure of the era, and I include "Monkey Island" in that.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 5:44 AM on May 15, 2014


Coincidentally [and tangentially], I saw this cosplay pop up at Kotaku this morning.
posted by jangie at 6:31 AM on May 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Kinda regret not playing DoTT now (art style always freaked me out a little, although not as bad as Neverhood), but I'm enjoying the video. Would love to see more this sort of thing for pretty much any game of that era.
posted by postcommunism at 6:34 AM on May 15, 2014


Tim Shafer seems to be the very definition of "Doesn't play well with others," unless the editing of that video was very unkind to him, or Tim is deeply unaware of how unfunny his attempts at jokes are. I understand his trail of successful games, but it's quite disorienting.

His callout of someone(who he doesn't name) for daring to suggest that Quality Assurance is important(the time crunch limiting the decision to include/exclude Maniac Mansion from Day of the Tentacle CD because of QA) strikes me, in particular.
posted by Yowser at 6:35 AM on May 15, 2014


No idea who this Shafer fellow is, but I love me some DOTT. Such a classic game.
posted by Theta States at 6:45 AM on May 15, 2014


I still remember this, fifteen fucking years later:

USE KNIFE ON HAMPSTER

"I can't do that, me and my therapist have an agreement."
posted by The Whelk at 7:20 AM on May 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


put the hamster in the microwave ..

Ahh, the original maniac mansion let you do lots of bad things.. I don't remember as much in DOTT, though it was very very funny.
posted by k5.user at 7:38 AM on May 15, 2014


His callout of someone(who he doesn't name) for daring to suggest that Quality Assurance is important(the time crunch limiting the decision to include/exclude Maniac Mansion from Day of the Tentacle CD because of QA) strikes me, in particular.

Well, I think his point was that it was a silly easter egg that he wanted to include because it was neat, and that doing real QA on it would have been a waste of time (since it's an entirely separate game, and QA would be likely to turn up issues that wouldn't be corrected anyway).

That said, to say that Schafer is focused on his own ideas about the way games should work is maybe an understatement. I haven't played all the way through Broken Age yet, but I did play a bit, and while I found the art compelling, the gameplay so far seemed a little flat to me, which might be a result of his relentless pursuit to make the "perfect" adventure game. "Perfect," of course, as defined by his own ideas of what the genre means, and not necessarily what has tested out as "fun" in previous efforts.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:59 AM on May 15, 2014


No idea who this Shafer fellow is, but I love me some DOTT. Such a classic game.

Schafer was one of the two lead designers of Day of the Tentacle, along with Dave Grossman, as well as one of its main writers (along with Grossman, Ron Gilbert, and Gary Winnick).
posted by cjelli at 9:20 AM on May 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


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