Few studios have made a lasting and important impression in the gaming industry. Some of the biggest franchises of the last two generations are new IP’s from upstart studios, and while they produce brilliant work, I really don’t feel anything when names like Naughty Dog, Bungie or Treyarch are thrown around.
But if you say Bethesda, Bioware, or Lucasarts, my eyes light up. I’m ten years old again, earnestly clicking through dialogue in my parents’ computer room. My big eyes are awash in the warm glow of a gigantic monitor with a two-liter of soda tucked between my knees, a soft blanket wrapped around my shoulders, and not a care in the world.
Today another part of that childhood is forever cemented as past. Disney has announced that they’re shutting down Lucasarts, and I have to say my feelings are more than a little hurt.