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LucasArts says it's good to be a pirate this weekend

Posted by: Chad at 9/18/2009 9:33 AM
September 19th of every year is a very special day.  It is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day."  This celebration was officially started in 1995 by two Oregon-based pirate lovers.  It's now much more than simply using pirate speech; people have fun and insert pirate activities into their everyday life.

LucasArts is showing that it supports this day of pirates by announcing some special offers Monkey Island games this weekend.  There is all kinds of booty to grab bounty to be had this weekend:
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Episode 1 will be free to download all day tomorrow.  Click this link tomorrow and you'll be in for some free pirate action.
     
  • 50% off through September 21st on The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and PC (via Steam and Direct2Drive). 
There is even more Monkey Island coming to the Apple App Store in the near future.  Click read more for all the swashbuckling details directly from LucasArts.


LucasArts and Telltale Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19
Hearty Monkey Island Pirate Game Bounty A'plenty to be Plundered!
 
SAN FRANCISCO – September 17, 2009 – Each year on September 19, brigands and scallywags ‘round the globe rule the day on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. And what better way to mark the occasion than by jumping into the celebrated Monkey Island® swashbuckling pirate games by LucasArts and Telltale!

On September 19, Telltale is making the premiere episode of Tales of Monkey Island® a FREE download on their website (http://www.playlikeapirate.com/) all day.

In addition, today through September 21, LucasArts is offering a virtual treasure trove of deals on several versions of The Secret of Monkey Island®: Special Edition titles, including:

• 50% off the iPhone and iPod touch version of LucasArts’ new The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition via Apple’s App Store
• 50% off The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on Steam®, Valve Corporation’s delivery and management platform for the PC and Direct2Drive, IGN Entertainment’s digital download store

Best ye’ jump on these offers smartly before they expire!

LucasArts will also soon release a free “lite” version of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch as well as a sound board application for iPhone and iPod touch that features 16 witty and ridiculing sound-bites from The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.

Taking place each year on September 19, Talk Like a Pirate Day was officially started in 1995 by two Oregon-based pirate lovers and has since become a pop culture phenomenon celebrated by would-be scallywags all over the globe. The event has evolved beyond simple pirate speech with people inserting piratey activities into their everyday life by eating, drinking, dressing, blogging, laughing, Tweeting, and gaming … like a pirate!

The Monkey Island pirate game phenomenon all started in 1990 with LucasArts’ The Secret of Monkey Island, a graphical adventure PC title featuring an aspiring pirate named Guybrush Threepwood. The game was an instant critical success and has since spawned three additional titles, making it one of the most enduring videogame franchises of all time.

The new wave of Monkey Island excellence kicked off this summer with two new projects. Telltale premiered the Tales of Monkey Island game series on PC and WiiWare™, in July, delivering a completely new epic storyline and swashbuckling flair that is unfolding across five monthly episodes, which are available for download on Tellale’s website, http://www.telltalegames.com. Wii™ users can also download episodes individually from the Wii Shop Channel.

The Monkey Island celebration continued when LucasArts published The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, a completely re-imagined version of the first game in the series that adds updated high definition graphics, a re-mastered musical score, and full voiceover to the classic adventure game. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PC via Steam and Direct2Drive, and iPhone and iPod touch through Apple’s App Store.

About Steam
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About Valve
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About Direct2DriveDirect2Drive (D2D) is IGN Entertainment's digital download store (http://www.direct2drive.com and http://www.direct2drive.co.uk). Launched in October 2004, D2D allows consumers to conveniently purchase and download the latest premium PC games directly from the Web to their desktops.

About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is the first and only studio to release interactive episodic content on a monthly schedule. Founded in 2004 by LucasArts veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for downloadable game seasons and releasing more than twenty games to date. Telltale's games have won numerous awards, including “Adventure Game of the Year” accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers, and have been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times to Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on PC, Wii™, and Xbox 360™, with plans to expand to additional platforms and channels in the coming year. For more information, visit http://www.telltalegames.com.

About LucasArtsLucasArts, a division of Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers and the Internet. Based in San Francisco, Calif., as well as on the Internet at www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multifaceted entertainment company.

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