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Remember the Space Quest series from Sierra's duo the Two Guys From Andromeda? Well they are back & making a brand new SpaceVenture™!
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February 2015 SpaceVenture Update: Gary Owens, Clucky Bird, Scrapyard, Cranepit update and more!

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LEGENDARY GARY OWENS PASSED AWAY

So as most of you have probably heard by now, the man with the golden pipes, Gary Owens, passed away on February 12th. We are deeply saddened by this news as I'm sure you all are as well. As you probably know, we had commitment from Gary that he would be the narrator for SpaceVenture as he was for Space Quest 4 and 6. 

I had the honor of talking with Gary a few times. He truly was one of the nicest guys you would ever have the pleasure to talk with. Some fond memories I have of Gary involves talking with him about SpaceVenture and how excited he was to return as the narrative for another Two Guys From Andromeda game. I remember going over the lines that he would say for the Narrative skit that we did with Scott, and him bragging on the dialogue, all the while needing to "Xerox" a copy of the script to magnify the font so he could actually read it. He talked fondly of his family and his weekly lunches with other legends of the entertainment industry. Ultimately Gary was just an all around nice guy and positive thinker, just as you'd expect him to be, and he was very grateful for voice over work that came his way. The entertainment industry truly lost a good one on February 12th!

Mark took a moment to write the following:

"Hey Gang -

Scott and I are both very saddened by the news of Gary Owens' passing at the age of 80. What can we say- the man was a living legend in the entertainment biz whom we were both extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to work with and honored to have featured in Space Quest. It was definitely a high-point in our younger lives/careers and an experience I'll always look back on warmly. What makes this news doubly hard ,of course, is that (as you all know) Gary was to be featured as the narrator in Spaceventure. Unfortunately, Mr. Owens health fell into decline before we were able to record him. But what we want everyone to know is that, though we could never replace Gary as the narrator, we will work hard to find the right talent for the job. 

Best,  

-Mark"

Some links that might interest you involving Gary:

Amayirot Akago put together a video tribute involving Gary Owens voicing in Space Quest

Akril's Memorable Moments and Lines from Space Quest 4

Akril's Memorable Moments and Lines from Space Quest 6

SpaceVenture Narrator Skit that Scott Murphy, Chris Pope, and Gary did together

Guys From Andromeda Podcast with Gary Owens

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INTRODUCING CLUCKY BIRD, A CLASSIC CLUCK YEGGER ARCADE GAME

As the story goes, the Two Guys From Andromeda once authored a marginally successful coin-op arcade called Cluck Yegger many, many years ago. They recently re-released the game in the form of a downloadable on galactic app store app, only to find that it completely took over as the top selling game (via paid advertisements). In fact, they originally made so many buckazoids on it, they felt guilty and ended up pulling it from the app store never to be played again. As a side note...Ace Hardway just happens to own one of the few remaining Cluck video arcade consoles in existance.

As a side not, we are excited about a catchy little 8-bit tune that will go along with the game as well!

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MEET WELDON

Take control of Weldon and help him do what he does best, weld stuff!

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A DEATH SEQUENCE TEASER

The below video is two fold. You're gonna get an updated look at the Scrapyard leading out of Scrap's garage, along with a fun little death sequence that can happen if you play your cards wrong, or right depending on how you look at it! ;)  Take a moment towards the end of the video to soak up some of the awesome pop culture scifi content inside!

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AN UPDATE ON THE CRANEPIT

When you last saw this scene back in January, we showed you Ace walking along the navigation path. Here is an updated look at the scene, just like the Scrapyard scene, take a moment towards the end of the video to soak up some of the awesome pop culture scifi content inside!

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AN UNSPECIFIED BONUS SCENE

The guys don't want to reveal too many details about this scene but lets just say Ace will be spending a lot of quality down-time in here.

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A COUPLE OF BONUS IMAGES THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE

Next up... an exclusive sneak peek at an exciting new gaming platform expected to be unveiled this year at ANDROMECON. Remember you saw it here first.

Thanks for all of your support everyone!  

Chris Pope a.k.a your humble local intergalactic SpacePope

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    1. KSimms ✵ ✵ on

      Maybe a non-celebrity narrator would also be ok? Maybe working with less well-known people would be easier because there might be less ego on their part and you could tell them to read lines exactly how you want and not be feel afraid of offending them. There are so many incredible voice actors available who can literally do any kind of narrator personality or style that's asked of them. More important than *who* is chosen is *how* they're instructed or directed to deliver the lines.

    2. Happy Cock Head on

      Has any one heard of Ted Williams?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      Saw this video and thought I would share it. Thoughts as far as a possible Narrator for Space Venture?

    3. Andrew Tuckett on

      Bruce Campbell would be awesome! William Shatner for a space game would be pretty funny.

    4. Bjarni Oskarsson on

      With Gary gone, I nominate Bruce Campbell.

    5. Riggo on

      Another awesome, but depressing update... I vote for James Earl Jones or an impostor for narration... Maybe the Allstate guy... Sorry to non-US backers for the All-State reference... Maybe the mayhem guy?

    6. Jeremie Lariviere
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      Sad news, but thanks for the update

    7. KSimms ✵ ✵ on

      I agree with Tomimt.

      I say look for low male (female wouldn't work) voice. No nasally head voices, please. Someone expressive in a subtle way and *NOT* over-the-top. Go for someone who understands the nuance in the humor and who doesn't speak too slowly or too deliberatively.

      Please don't direct the actor to overdo the "sarcastic narrator" shtick. Let any sarcasm be delivered in a more light-handed way. The "sarcastic narrator" character has become a cliche, and such narrators start feeling overbearing and tiresome after awhile.

      Look for someone who sounds intelligent but who does NOT come off as an arrogant a-hole all the time. We should be entertained by the narrator, not think the guy is an overly obnoxious prick and despise him.

      I have seen clever, funny adventure game writing ruined by narrator actors who overdid the "sarcastic personality" delivery. Sometimes restraint and subtlety works so much better.

    8. Tomimt on

      Voiced narration is really tricky. I don't want to name any names, as it was another indie adventure, but it had a lot of narration. But at places it was pretty damned annoying when the sarcastic narrator kept repeating the same lines for the hundereth time when you looked at something with a generic line or did try to do something that gave same, generic answer to everything.

      Though the quality of the actual writing is pretty important as well, it's not all about the deliery. It's 50/50.

    9. KSimms ✵ ✵ on

      I think an understated narrator actor might be worth considering. Someone with a knack for subtlety. Not everyone can pull off the big announcer voice personality like Gary Owens could. We don't want an annoying narrator irritating players. Sometimes less is more. Remember, there are going to be a lot of narrations, and what might what sound funny or fresh the first few times might be grating by the 1000th piece of dialogue.

    10. speedster -Armikrog Army Annelid- $4.96 on

      but almost certainly too expensive, unless he is a secret Space Quest fan

    11. Arvid Granat on

      William Shatner could be an amusing alternative, certainly.

    12. BigD on

      William Shatner speaking.....three words at....a time then.......pausing for dramatic.....effect. It might work. Certainly would add several hours to the game! Gary Owens was one of a kind. I'm old enough to remember him on Laugh-In. He will be missed.

    13. Tomimt on

      But...would we... want... the narrator... to talk... like... this?

    14. Happy Cock Head on

      My condolences are on the table as well here. What a loss...

      As far as this update goes I am BLOWN AWAY! The lighting on the crane scene is gorgeous Mark!!! Fantastic job on this game you guys and I can't wait to see the final product.

      Also If I may throw my 2¢'s in on the narrator and perhaps this may be out of budget here but I think realistically William Shatner could really deliver a simular kind of magic that Gary would have.

      Thanks for the Update again you Guys and keep up the great work!!!

      HCH

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      Ismail Saeed on

      Little I could add about Gary Owens now except to say that this is such a bummer. Rest in peace, Mr. Owens.

      You know, I'm not sure how others will react to the Cluck Yegger game, but I personally didn't get to play the app being lampooned here so I look forward to this. But I am curious what classic mode looks like since the video showed the enhanced mode.

      The welder... do you control the welding or just where it welds?

      In the cranepit - I hope look is a usable command. :)

      The bonus scene's area looks beautiful once the colors come in.

      The flavor of the galaxy is in place in those last images.

      I look forward to the game coming out and wish you all success with it.

    16. Arvid Granat on

      I hope there will be some kind of mention, like "In memory of Gary Owens" or similar, in the end credits or in the intro.
      I like the videos and the music you showed in the update, though :)

    17. Steven Don on

      Sad to hear about Gary. He will be missed, not just by Space Quest fans. May he rest in peace.

      On a positive note, it is good to see some of the progress made. I'm not bothered at all that the project is taking longer than intended, as the upshot is that it seems like we'll be getting an awesome game!

    18. manokanaka on

      Awesome! Can't wait, - this game is going to be worth every waiting hour! And the Cranepit looks great too! It reminds me of SQ3 inside the Junk Freighter! Brings back fond memories ! :)

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      Kevin on

      While I am saddened by Gary's passing, I do have a suggestion for a possible replacement. Denny Delk, a voice actor for many Lucasarts adventure games, who has a wide range of talent. http://www.dennydelk.com He can sound a bit like Gary, and might be able to carry the same role.

    20. Darklord on

      Very sad, real shame he hadn't already recorded all the lines, would have been a nice tribute.

    21. Tomimt on

      It would have been so cool to have Gary narrate another Two Guys game. Sadly that just wasn't in the cards.

    22. KSimms ✵ ✵ on

      Okay, I am back to feeling positive about this project. The graphics and music are excellent. Damn it, I really want this game to kick some ass and be successful. I hope Mark's brother can help out again with filming a little launch video starring the Two Guy when it's getting close to release time. I believe a lot of people are going to be pleasantly surprised when they play this game. Although there is still much work to do, I say this team is going to get this baby done and done right.

    23. KSimms ✵ ✵ on

      After hearing about Gary Owens death, I went and listened to some interviews with him. He really did seem like a friendly, warm person who was rightly proud of his large body of work and who loved what he did. He helped make many people happy through his work, and I am glad that he was able to be a part of the Space Quest series.

    24. Brandon Allen-Trick on

      Yeah, I was really saddened by the news of Gary's passing. He was a singular talent.
      On the upside, all the new bits of the game look AWESOME!

    25. Dr. Fortyseven (@Fortyseven) on

      Damned shame. He'll be sorely missed. :[