Return to Monkey Island’s Ron Gilbert Retiring from the Internet After Abuse:

See, that’s why we can’t have nice things. Many fans of the retro point-and-click puzzle genre have recently been over the moon with the announcement of Return to Monkey Island† This will be a sequel to the original Monkey Island titles, which are considered groundbreaking forays in their field and paved the way for many imitators in the 1990s and 2000s. I know quite a few people who grew up alongside Guybrush Threepwood and its…triangle wood and manly brushes. The puzzles were great, the stories captivating, the comedy wonderfully dry. Despite ports and remasters, we’ve been waiting for a good series conclusion for a while now; and now, courtesy of creator Ron Gilbert, it’s finally on its way. But as usual, the internet can’t leave anything behind. According to Guybrush’s voice actor Dominic Armato, Gilbert is completely withdrawing from online discourse about the Monkey Island series. Why? He has become the target of abuse. Proud of you people. Fie, I say.

A tip, everyone: don’t be a LeChuck.

That’s right – no more announcements, no more trailers, no more details, dev updates, whatever. “I am closing comments”, Gilbert said: in a post featuring the new trailer for the game, which will likely be its final preview right now. “People are just mean and I have to remove personal attack responses. It’s a great game and everyone on the team is very proud of it. Play it or don’t play it, but don’t ruin it for everyone. I will no longer post about the game. The joy of sharing has been driven out of me.”

Always a victory for common decency when a hateful minority can successfully defeat a man’s will to carry his passion out of him. In case you’re curious, the vast majority of the negativity has centered around Return to Monkey Island’s art style, which abandons the traditional pixel art aesthetic for a classy 2D look. This, of course, ignores the fact that Monkey Island remasters come in different art styles, and Gilbert has already (very thoroughly) allayed his concerns about the change:

Gilbert speaks out

“So it’s not pixel art, and that was a discussion Dave Grossman and I had early on, ‘should it be a pixel art game?’ Shouldn’t it be a pixel art game?’ In the end we thought we just had a lot more freedom and flexibility not to make it a pixel art game, I think people will be really happy with the art once they see it and once they see it move and the animation. an incredible group of animators on the project, and it’s really nice when you really start to see everything moving in the game.”

Not good enough for you? That’s fine, but maybe don’t throw bile at Mr. Gilbert, eh? For example, I’m excited to see what has been announced as the latest Monkey Island outing, and I will do this in full knowledge that I never had to bash the creator to get it. Very.

And you? Are you a Monkey Island fan? Are you excited? Let us know!

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