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In 1982, George Lucas saw potential in the fledgling videogame industry and created his own interactive-entertainment company. Twenty-five years and dozens of award-winning games later, LucasArts has earned a prestigious place in the industry and in the hearts of gamers everywhere. Rogue Leaders is the first substantive survey of a videogame companya deluxe compilation thaIn 1982, George Lucas saw potential in the fledgling videogame industry and created his own interactive-entertainment company. Twenty-five years and dozens of award-winning games later, LucasArts has earned a prestigious place in the industry and in the hearts of gamers everywhere. Rogue Leaders is the first substantive survey of a videogame companya deluxe compilation that traces its history through never-before-published interviews. In addition, more than 300 pieces of concept art, character development sketches, and storyboards have been lavishly reproduced to showcase the creative talent behind such videogame classics as The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as games that were never publicly released. A thrill for millions of videogame and LucasArts fans around the world....

Title : Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts
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ISBN : 9780811861847
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts Reviews

  • Peter Smith
    2019-05-04 03:23

    LucasArts has produced some of my favorite adventure games over the years like the Monkey Island games, Day of the Tentacle and my all-time favorite Grim Fandango. But while I expected this book talk about these games in depth, I'm really surprised that it dwells more on their mediocre Star Wars games. Page after page is devoted to games that weren't that great either artistically or commercially. The adventure games were the ones that made LucasArts a superior games studio in the '90's and they deserved more recognition. But I suppose that in a nutshell is why LucasArts faces the situation they're in today. They'd rather focus on their next Star Wars iteration rather than the original properties that the game studio created that made them great. It looks like the author got significant inside access to LucasArts design documents which made the book more interesting, but I guess the trade off is that he seems to gloss over some the failures and transitions the studio had. I would have traded off that inside access for a more independent voice. And are internal documents that necessary when they're spending their time talking about underwhelming games like RTX Red Rock? The author could have used his time better. The coolest thing about this book is the cover which shifts between Darth Vader, Purple Tentacle from DOTT and Guybrush Threepwood. If only they had devoted the same proportion to those characters inside the book I'm sure it would have been a more compelling read.

  • Odile
    2019-05-20 21:31

    Nice and big, and beautifully illustrated, 'Rogue Leaders' is a fine tribute to one of the most prolific video game studios in the US and the world. The large amount of concept artworks and other tidbits make it a feast for the eye.Nevertheless, textually it might have been better. Smith gives a good overview of the company's history and structure, but the information about the games themselves is slightly cursory and perhaps lacks an element of critique. By the end of the book it's all Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars, when it's clear the company was in its heyday with originally developed titles and adventure games from the late 80s till the eraly 90s. Let's face it, howmany truly great games have the studio produced since then? Proportionally, I would have like to see more info and analysis about the games that will truly stand the test of time rather than the umpteenth Lucas-franchise game.

  • Brook Bakay
    2019-05-13 23:44

    Comprehensive, with a lot of nice art but not much in the way of interesting information. The author hints at some of the difficulties in the production of the various games, but doesn't seem permitted to tell the whole story.The story of LucasArts is a really interesting one - how did it fall so far from grace? They were really the top game developer at one point with an impressively diverse portfolio and but they became known for poor quality shovelware just cashing in on their licenses. How that happened is what this book should have been, and you get the sense that Smith knows more than he lets on but it seems the access he got to LucasArts came at the expense of journalistic freedom.

  • Gozzoman
    2019-05-20 02:22

    For all its (many) limitations, it's still great to read about LucasArts history!Unfortunately, only about the first half of the book is actually interesting, while the latter half is mostly comprised of cancelled games and the painfully bland Star Wars ones related to the never enough accursed Prequels.A shame the absence of both ebook and reprinting. Scalper price is really not worth.

  • Kris
    2019-04-28 01:22

    Too much text to be treated like a coffee table book: there's just too much info to merely flip through it, and text tends to refer back to earlier events making it hard to treat it non-chronologically. Too heavy to be treated like a normal non-fiction book: trying to curl up with this thing is hard, and you sure aren't taking it on the subway. But readers looking for either will be disappointed, as it doesn't have enough pictures or enough text to satisfy.The book goes through the history of LucasArts, starting with their earliest games on Atari machines all the way to whatever products were in development in 2008. And until that last chapter most games have the same amount of attention allocated to them. If the book starts to feel like "Nothing but Star Wars" after a while, that's because LucasArts was nothing but Star Wars after a while. Anyone looking for some deeper history and insight into their earlier adventure-game era will be disappointed, since this isn't a book about them. As it is a book about all of LucasArts, it dedicates as much as the company itself really dedicated to the genre (one thing you realize is that for all the nostalgia people have for that era, it was not a very long era).(I do think that their adventure games probably deserve a book of their own, though, with more info about the SCUMM engine, and maybe stuff about casting and music. I feel like I don't hear about that side very much.)Honestly, few games receive in-depth attention, making this largely unsatisfying, even for the Star Wars enthusiast. It becomes even more frustrating when the book starts to talk about all the games developed by outside studios; it's almost a laundry list of titles and features with no real insight, and besides, games made by outside studios aren't really the story of LucasArts, but the story of how they seem to have given up.

  • Kate
    2019-05-22 22:35

    A good, coherent timeline of LucasArts' publishing/production history, with lots of previously unseen concept art, design documents, and entertaining stories from current and past employees. I was disappointed by the book's end, though--the author fairly well glossed over a rather unfortunate (and infamous) period in LucasArts' history; namely, the cancellation of Sam & Max: Freelance Police and subsequent company "reboot" in early 2004.Perhaps I'm not the most unbiased of readers, and that's coloring my thoughts on the matter somewhat (I remember said incident, and the resulting fallout, quite well). However, in my opinion, any real history of the company worth its salt needs to at least make some attempt at addressing the situation, and to take a long and careful look at why and how the "reboot" in question happened--and whether or not it was successful. As it is, the author just acknowledges that yes, there was a reboot, and then moves on. He never establishes quite why, or exactly what the reboot was, although it's implied that it was successful. (This book is already out of date; since it went to print, LucasArts again laid off a great deal of its staff and outsourced much of its work overseas. So, whether the relaunch was successful or not is...well, up for debate, obviously.)Such an approach might be controversial or, at least, not well received with LucasArts, which may explain why the author didn't go that route. As it is, the book is an excellent "official" it seems we need another "unofficial" history to fill in the gaps.

  • Michael
    2019-04-30 19:30

    The premise of this book seemed so attractive to me, as I grew up during the golden age of adventure games from LucasArts and Sierra and a few other talented companies. But if you're looking forward to a book that celebrates the history of their games, you'll be in for a shock.First, and I feel this is most important, over half the book is dedicated to Star Wars titles. This is not an exaggeration -- pages 122 through 251 do not mention any classic titles, in fact, concentrate mainly on 2000 and later.The classic gaming system, SCUMM, is such an interesting topic in real life and so well loved that there are fan sites dedicated to programming for it, emulators to run the classic games on it, and other trivia. In this book, it receives a handful of paragraphs here, and a few sentences scattered throughout the book.The book also seems to avoid conflict. In the 2 pages covering Maniac Mansion (one of which is artwork), there is no mention, for example, of the battles the company had when marketing the title on the Nintendo, for example. Stories that have been reported for over a decade on fan sites and magazines.I use those few examples as just the tip of the iceberg. The book has some pretty artwork and interesting photos. But just like LucasArts the company in the new millennium, it lacks any teeth and does not cater to the curiosity of the true LucasArts fan base -- the adventure gamers.

  • Jim
    2019-05-01 20:37

    There's so much cool stuff in Rogue Leaders that it's easy to forgive the book's shortcomings. The author tried to cram a 25 year history in less than 250 pages -- many of which were filled with art -- and some sections that you'd hope were meaty are frightfully short as a result. There's only a single page dedicated to Day of the Tentacle, and Knights of the Old Republic is relegated to just two paragraphs. Considering that some titles could probably warrant a book of their own, seeing such short entries is a bit heartbreaking.But the book's sins of omission are greatly redeemed by the content that DOES appear. Endless pages of concept art, details of unreleased games, and more factoids than you can shake a stick at.And while Smith doesn't point a finger and say "this is when the company turned to shit," he doesn't shy away from that era either, discussing in some detail the attempts made behind the scenes to get LucasArts pointed in the right direction.Despite some minor frustrations about the brevity of content on some notable titles, Rogue Leaders is a must-read for fans of the golden age of LucasArts.Here's to hoping we get a revised second edition now that the company has been put out to pasture.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-13 19:14

    Ok I will have to give a warning here - if you are looking for a book which gives you insights in to how some of the most iconic Lucas Arts games came about you may be disappointed (in fact I see looking at other reviews showing that is exactly how some people felt) however if you are fascinated in the art of these games, the concepts that helped shaped them (both used and discarded) then this is a delight to read. Yes there may be no real details on the company, its philosophies or even its fate (it really only goes in to the late 2000s) then I am sure there are other books more worthy of your attention.Now for my own opinion - I was one of the tradition (old school) pc gamers of my time - day of tentacle - sam and max - 7th guest and Myst - to mention a but a few where my thing (not all were Lucas Arts but I associate them together). This book gives some of the history behind such games and a number of never seen images both from the development and design of the games. So with a heady mix of nostalgia and fascination at a design process by people far more gifted than I got to relive these games one more time - and yes I am probably bucking the trend but I give this a full 5 stars simply by putting a smile back on my face remember these amazing games.

  • Bee
    2019-05-06 19:24

    An interesting read for fans of LucasArts. I picked it up after the announcement of their closure.Reading through the early history was great as I'm a fan of their classic adventure games, and I admit I youtubed almost all the games mentioned from the 80s through to the 90s as a sort of visual aid. I still remember how the Monkey Island games looked because I still play them to this day, so it's a great book for nostalgia.Where it fails though, is how much focus is placed on the Star Wars games (expected though). I think more than half the book talks about Star Wars, but I would have wanted to read more about the host of other games that I didn't even realize was LucasArts.... Recommended for fans of LucasArts though. It's a shame it wasn't written after the closure. Maybe this book deserves a sequel? Haha

  • Kevin
    2019-05-06 00:27

    I really enjoyed this book, especially the early chapters that cover the beginning of LucasFilm Games and into the early '90s when they were producing the adventure game classics. I grew up with several of these games, and so it was both nostalgic and a bit inspiring (to the latent game designer in me). Recommended if you grew up with these games, or are just interested in software/game companies of the 80s/90s (another interesting topic to me).Also, great concept and game art throughout the book.And yes, the second half of the book is pretty much devoted to Star Wars games.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-24 19:26

    A little too light on text. It covers all the major and minor game releases of the company (and reveals some interesting details about cancelled projects), but doesn't spend much time telling us about their conception or development. Lovely artwork throughout, but it could have been so much more.

  • Mark
    2019-05-23 21:32

    Too few pictures for a coffee table book, too little text for a regular book.And honestly, even for a coffee table book the text is dreadfully shallow and hagiographic. It's like reading a press release from the LucasArts PR department.Cool hologram on the front cover.

  • Faz
    2019-04-25 03:42

    Rogue Leaders was meh. Take it or leave it. It mainly focuses on a few of the games released by LucasArts with trivia tidbits.