Maniac Mansion and the trip to the NES... plus stuff
March 05, 2011

Ron Gilbert, the creator of Maniac Mansion, posts on Twitter. He recently gave a talk about Maniac Mansion and was talking about the talk on Twitter, so I took the opportunity to ask him about something I'd always sort of wondered about but never actively researched. He answered with a link:

http://www.crockford.com/wrrrld/maniac.html

My not-entirely-specific question was whether or not he had worked on the Jaleco version of Maniac Mansion that was published on the NES. He had not, but the article to which he linked me was written by the guy responsible for overseeing the conversion to that platform from the original PC version.

The article above discusses the changes that had to be made to the PC version for it to work as an NES release, and there is (I think) some fascinating information there. For an NES fan or a fan of early graphic adventure titles, I think it might qualify as required reading. Certainly it's recommended, so I thought I'd share.

In other news, it was recently suggested that I should post more often, give you updates on what I'm doing and such. So...

...today I read the forums, which is what I did yesterday and pretty much every day before. There wasn't much else to do on the site--maybe there will be later today--so I fooled around on Twitter and I'm finishing up posting this blog entry. Then I plan to spend most of the day working on a guide for recent DS RPG release, which won't be published here. However, when that gets done I'll write a review and that will be posted here... so in a sense, just about everything that I do today will somehow impact this site a week or so down the line. What are you doing with your Saturday?

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