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Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again (Video) 91

Posted by Roblimo
from the everybody-loves-Larry dept.
In this exclusive video interview, Slashdot chats with Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe, who is working with Replay Games and Kickstarter to bring Larry Laffer to a whole new generation of computers. They'll maintain the original Larry style of being naughty without crossing the line into porn, which is appropriate for an 80s game about a 70s dork who wears a (shudder) leisure suit. You can donate to this effort through Kickstarter if you like. (We aren't getting paid to say this, and it's a labor of love for Al, too, who is more recently famous for running the hokey daily comedy email newsletter, CyberJoke 3000.)

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Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again (Video)

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  • Re:Age check (Score:4, Informative)

    by greghodg (1453715) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @11:37AM (#39735209)
    As a horny adolescent, I had the full page color ad for On-Line Systems "Softporn" featuring Roberta Williams in a hot tub, so I had no reason to actually play the game, or its follow-up, LSL.
  • Re:Space quest? (Score:3, Informative)

    by pcj_sq (2618455) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @12:33PM (#39735823)
    No kickstarter yet, but check out http://guysfromandromeda.com/ [guysfromandromeda.com]
  • Transcript (Score:5, Informative)

    by QuasiSteve (2042606) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @02:58PM (#39737953)

    Title: Help Al Lowe Bring Back Leisure Suit Larry!"
    Description: 80s video game character Larry Laffer is stuck in the Land of the Lounge Lizards and needs your help to return.

    00:00) <TITLE>
    The SlashdotTV logo bar with "Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again!" scrolling from right to left appears over a title graphic in the style of the old Leisure Suit Larry games reading "Leisure Suit Larry in The Land of the Lounge Lizards" while in the background the Leisure Suit Larry theme tune plays.

    00:10) <TITLE>
    A picture-in-picture insert of Al Lowe giving his interview is shown in the bottom right corner over a view of a Leisure Suit Larry game setting.
    "Your Host: Al Lowe" scrolls into the SlashdotTV logo bar.
    Throughout the interview, the background changes between various Leisure Suit Larry game settings and the picture-in-picture view of Al Lowe disappears, re-appears, zooms in, zooms out, and other shenanigans appear.

    00:11) Al>
    About a year ago Paul Trowe gave me a call and said "I think I can obtain the rights to Leisure Suit Larry. [...]

    00:19) <TITLE>
    A static view of Paul Trowe fades in and out of the picture-in-picture view while the SlashdotTV logo bar reads "Paul Trowe is the primary instigator of ReplayGames.com"

    00:19) Al>
    [...] Would you be interested in helping me do a remake?" and I said "Absolutely!"
    In the last.. oh, gosh.. it took him probably a year to obtain the rights, and then a period of months to seek funding.
    When Tim Schafer [...]

    00:19) <TITLE>
    The SlashdotTV logo bar fades in and out of view, reading "Tim Shafer of Double Fine did an amazing KickStarter campaign".

    00:19) Al>
    [...] blazed a trail for the rest of us back in - when was it, February or March - he made it obvious that crowdsourcing was the way to go with this thing.
    So we jumped on KickStarter, we developed a.. I think a funny video, it's kind of pleasant.. and asked people for money and we've been absolutely astounded with the response we've gotten - a real kick.

    01:08) Al>
    I think we've done a lot of creative - shall I say - reward levels.
    We've got a bunch of interesting stuff, and in the true spirit of Leisure Suit Larry; a little on the naughty side, but not obscene.
    We're just havin' a ball with this.

    01:33) <TITLE>
    The background changes to a static screenshot of the "Make Leisure Suit Larry come again!" KickStarter project appears.
    The SlashdotTV logo bar fades in and out of view, reading "Donation figures as of Apr. 10, 2012".
    The figures* referred to are:
    5 updates
    6,411 backers
    872 comments
    $267,723 pledged of $500,00 goal.

    01:33) Al>
    The way KickStarter works is: you pledge money at whatever level you wish to contribute, and then if [...]

    01:40) <TITLE>
    The background changes to Leisure Suit Larry game settings again.

    01:40) Al>
    [...] the campaign doesn't make its goal, nobody gets charged anything; we get nothing, and you pay nothing.

    01:48) Al>
    We're giving people a chance to actually be in the game, to put an image of themselves in the game.
    In fact, if you remember Leisure Suit Larry, there was always a friendly dog that, if you stopped moving for too long, the dog would show up [...]

    02:06) <TITLE>
    The background changes to a view of the scene described.

    02:06) Al>
    [...] and humiliate you in yet another way; we're even giving you a chance to have your dog immortalized in the new version of the game *laughs*

    02:16) <TITLE>
    The background music changes to that of a live version of the Leisure Suit Larry theme tune, played by Axes Denied.

    02:26) Al>
    We need your support.
    If you ever played Larry and maybe didn't pay for it back then, now that you've got money, you've got a job, and you can afford it: come and help us - give a donation - give us a little donation on KickStarter.com [...]

    02:45) <TITL

  • Re:Age check (Score:5, Informative)

    by DudemanX (44606) <dudemanx@NOsPaM.gmail.com> on Thursday April 19, 2012 @03:29PM (#39738281) Homepage

    Here's the box cover you mention...

    http://www.sierragamers.com/uploads/24082/The_Games/1981_09_Softporn_A_Front.jpg [sierragamers.com]

    Roberta Williams is the one on the right.

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