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Sam and Max rocks! [Jul. 2nd, 2008|03:44 am]
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I'm playing Episode 1 of Season 1 of the Sam and Max games, and I'm loving it. The sharp wit and humour is there. It's absolutely brilliant. (Also it's inspired me to get a Max-based avatar, which I'm using right now)

Also, I have the dvds of the animated series, so I'm savouring each episode as I slowly inch through it. I just have this penchant for overly verbose, yet strangely elegant and witty lines like, "Once again we have stared Death, and his second cousin Dismemberment, in the face and lived to tell the tale." The obvious inyourface humour of the license is a slightly acquired taste, insofar that the cartoons are an obvious vehicle for "witty" conversations consisting of one-liners, as if the two characters are trying to upstage each other. However, the lines are razor-sharp and having read some of the comics (I'm savouring those too), I'm finally seeing the origin some of the in-jokes and Deux Ex Machinas. (Out of curiousity, just what is the plural of Deus ex machina? Do I just pluralise the Deus, and in that case what does it become? Or would I then have to pluralise the machina, although that might ruin in it because it's then "Gods from machines" rather than "Gods from a machine" which makes more sense in my mind)

Still, I've been captivated since the age of 11 or 12, when I first played Sam and Max Hit the Road from Lucasarts. If anyone has an old copy of the game (probably holed up called "samnmax.zip") you can run it perfectly in SCUMM VM, an emulator for old Lucasarts games. Even if you don't have the game, it's well worth tracking down (I may be able to help any interested parties in finding a copy), just to see what I fell in love with at the age of 12.

The really cool thing is, I feel I'm at an age to appreciate it. When I was 12, a lot of the jokes just flew over my head, but these days I really seem to be in the target demographic for the humour.
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