LucasArts was closed by parent company Disney yesterday. Although the studio’s output in recent years was somewhat sporadic and lacklustre, LucasArts’ heyday in the 1990s easily qualifies it as one of the most influential game development studios of all time, with widely revered titles such as Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, Maniac Mansion. Loom, and the Monkey Island series to its credit. LucasArts also harnessed great industry talents such as Brian Moriarty, Ron Gilbert, and the legendary Tim Schafer.
My fondest memory of LucasArts games was the Jaleco-published Maniac Mansion for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It featured a lot more purple than the original DOS version and age-inappropriate content was removed or changed, even though the hardest working hamster in video gaming got no salvation at the hands of Nintendo’s kid-friendly nonviolence standards. Razor’s theme, however, is still one of the most rocking five-channel compositions I’ve ever heard.
Rest in peace, LucasArts. Your legacy lives on.