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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday May 16 2018, @11:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the stop-monkeying-around dept.

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The Monkey Island is probably one of the most important landmarks in gaming history. For the millions who played it, it not only confirmed that games could become an artform, but also that they could be deeply, outrageously funny.

Over the course of five games, the Monkey Island series tells the tale of the endearingly hapless Guybrush Threepwood, and his quest to become the most feared pirate in the Caribbean.

[...] Monkey Island was just one of many iconic adventure games that came out of LucasArts. Its stablemates include the beloved Sam and Max series, Grim Fandango, and Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle

When Disney acquired LucasArts parent LucasFilm in 2012, it signified the end of an era. Disney's never really been that interested in games, and in 2016 the company announced that it would cease in-house production entirely, and transition to an IP licensing model, leaving the future of the Monkey Island series in doubt.

In 2016, Monkey Island co-founder Ron Gilbert asked Disney on Twitter for the chance to buy the Monkey Island and "Mansion Mansion [sic]" IPs, adding he'll "pay real actual money for them."

So far, Disney has remained tight-lipped, but fans have launched a petition begging the company to agree to Gilbert's request.

Although the petition is over a year old, it's picked up momentum in recent months, and in total has attracted over 12,000 signatures in total. This puts it within a hair's width of its 15,000 signature goal.


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  • (Score: 2, Disagree) by bzipitidoo on Wednesday May 16 2018, @03:16PM (4 children)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 16 2018, @03:16PM (#680407) Journal

    Maybe the petition will encourage some lawyers to sue Disney over this. The fastest way to pry anything out of a large media and IP company's stranglehold is make them hurt, give them such pains in their deep pockets that they see cutting their losses as the most prudent move.

    Even better, could sue the United States. A victory would mean that the creator would have freedom to continue work on the franchise regardless of Disney's preferences.

    On the other end, what about a legal defense fund? Encourage the creator to go ahead and risk a lawsuit. Make Disney go on the offensive to stop it. Or if Disney does nothing, then enjoy!

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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Wednesday May 16 2018, @04:23PM (2 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Wednesday May 16 2018, @04:23PM (#680433)

    Suing on what grounds ? I don't think anyone denies the Disney owns the franchise.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Dr Spin on Wednesday May 16 2018, @08:22PM (1 child)

      by Dr Spin (5239) on Wednesday May 16 2018, @08:22PM (#680503)

      Suing on what grounds ?

      Sue them for being Disney - surely that is a crime in itself.

      Putting your data in the cloud is like sending your teenage daughter backpacking in a 3rd world country with a pimp
      • (Score: 3, Funny) by arslan on Thursday May 17 2018, @04:39AM

        by arslan (3462) on Thursday May 17 2018, @04:39AM (#680624)

        What a mickey mouse idea!

  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 16 2018, @09:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 16 2018, @09:48PM (#680522)

    It was a work for hire. The law is very clear who owns it.