…and that’s why we can’t have sequels – The Ron Gilbert Story

Imagine toiling away on a sequel awaited by so many, it’s destined to get a warm welcome. After years of absence, you – a respected game developer – decide to give it a shot. Your previous games, all published with critical acclaim, have become a benchmark by now. So naturally, you’d expect your fan base to stand by your side, even when times – and therefore things – have changed over the course of time. Your fans will get it. Right? Ehm… no. That’s not how the modern gaming community works. Ask Ron Gilbert, who has been receiving quite a bit of criticism after showing off the long-awaited Return to Monkey Island.

It was supposed to be something wonderful. An April Fool’s joke that turned out to be the opposite of an April Fool’s joke. After making light of a Monkey Island sequel, original creators Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman revealed that we’re actually getting one. The world stood still for a second. Fans went fucknuts. The Lord Jesus had finally answered their prayers. And then, the Lord tooketh away the glee by showing us the art style.

It was a rude awakening for some. Ron Gilbert in particular. Because fans – and God bless the souls of fans worldwide – have expectations. And those expectations are often based on memories of previous games. So, changing the way a look can rattle a cage here and there. And that’s exactly what happened with Return to Monkey Island. Fans didn’t dig it. And since it’s 2022, they aren’t going to let it slide. In fact, fans have been very vocal. To a point where it made Ron Gilbert sad. Because if there’s one group of people that he didn’t expect so much hate from, it’s hard core fans. So, Ron took to his Grumpy Gamer blog to express his feelings, too.

Return to Monkey Island may not be the art style you wanted or were expecting but it’s the art style I wanted.

When I started this game my biggest fear was Disney wouldn’t let me make the game I wanted to make but they have been wonderful to work with.

It’s ironic that the people who don’t want me to make the game I want to make are some of the hard core Monkey Island fans. And that is what makes me sad about all the comments.

Return to Monkey Island is an incredible rollercoaster. Get on and have some fun or stomp out of the amusement park because it’s not exactly the rollercoaster you wanted.

I hope you’ll jump on with the rest of us.

See? This is why we can’t have nice things. Because we can’t appreciate it when it’s given to us, even though nobody’s forcing a dev to do so. They are people too, you know? You haven’t even played a single frame of the game and you’re already torching it like there’s a BLM march happening. For Pete’s sake, let devs do their thing. And if you really hate it, leave it. Nobody’s making you buy it. Quit being such a baby, unless you desperately feel like ruining other people’s lives. In that case, go to Jerusalem. They have a whole frickin’ wall, just for you and your whining kind.