Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Where are they now? - Ron Gilbert


Have you ever wondered what happened to all the game developers of yesteryear? I find that like film pundits who have a preference to watching films by a certain producer or director, so is the case with me and computer games. I'm always curious to see if a favourite game producer/developer/composer of mine is still in the business and what he/she's working on.

For my first "Where are they now?" I decided to investigate a bit about Ron Gilbert. Many of you will remember Ron Gilbert as the mind behind the early Lucasarts adventures. He's had some part to play in producing the classics Maniac Mansion, Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: Le Chuck's Revenge. His most important contribution to Lucasarts however was the development of SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) which was used for almost all of their early adventure games. After Lucasarts, Ron switched companies every few years working on various projects, the most notable probably being his Putt-Putt children games and helping the now defunct Cavedog produce Total Annihilation.

Ron Gilbert is now working for a company called Hothead Games and is producing an episodic adventure/RPG (seems that is *the* thing to do nowadays - episodic content) called Deathspank.

For more info on what Ron's been up to recently, check out his blog: The Grumpy Gamer

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