Return to Monkey Island has been criticized even before its release, mainly because of the choice of art design. Apparently some critics don’t stay objective and attack the makers of the point&click adventure personally. Industry legend Ron Gilbert is now taking severe consequences and has announced that he will no longer publicly share any news about the game.
His exact words on the personal blog, captured on Twitter by Dominic Armato (protagonist Guybrush Threepwood’s voice actor), read:
I turn off the comments. People are just being mean and I need to delete comments with personal attacks. [Return to Monkey Island] is a fantastic game and the team is very proud of it. Play it or don’t play it, but don’t ruin it for everyone else. I will no longer write about the game. I lost the joy of sharing.
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Valuable criticism vs. bad behavior
Dominic Armato emphasizes that there are also numerous passionate but civilized debates about Return to Monkey Island. But he describes the comments on Ron Gilbert’s blog as
Guybrush Threepwood’s voice is by no means exaggerating. A snippet of the intolerable behavior of some users is on Reddit to read. But we have to warn you, because the comments are really from the lowest drawer of human etiquette.
Don’t let it get you down, enjoy a nice interview instead: Our Editor Peter Bathge talks to Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman and Craig Derrick about the unique challenges of the late reboot of the beloved classic. And the headline could hardly be more apt:
Interview with Ron Gilbert and Co.
The greatest danger is the internet
What is the criticism?
Some people don’t seem to like the visual design of Return to Monkey Island. As the cover photo of this article shows, the developers are opting for a stylized comic look that is not too far from the new editions from 2009 in terms of art, but is more exaggerated.
Nevertheless there is absolutely no justification for personal attacks, insults or threats of any kind. Unfortunately, this is a phenomenon that occurs with sad regularity on the Internet.
Our editor Fabiano Uslenghi takes a clear stance in his column:
This game is too important to me to demonize because of the graphics.
Return to Monkey Island – A cliffhanger is finally resolved properly
If you want to get in a better mood now, we recommend our Return to Monkey Island video, which you can watch above.