Now I am 30 I can get away with saying things were so much better in the olden days. Actually, no that is not even vaguely true, there is always probably the same good to crap ratio, but the marketing of the crap means you have to dig a little deeper and smarter.
Anyway in the olden days Lucasarts the gaming arm of all things Star Wars was actually astoundingly good at making games. They had the best and brightest and created some of the most unforgettable experiences a person could have on their computer. Their adventure games were masterclasses for scripting and game echanics.
Anyway on to the point of this post - some linkage - two great articles about Lucsart classics, from the very beginning and the very end of their work in adventure games:
* Grim Fandango - Walk Don't Run
* Maniac Mansion - Lucasarts Secret history
And also another completely unrelated gaming article is the excellent retrospective of a game developer starting his commercial career with Donkey Kong on the Atari platform. Check out the post here.