The 90s was a good time for video games for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons being the popularization of full motion video (better known as FMV) games.
FMV techniques didn't use sprites or 3D models, but relied instead on filmed video files. This led to them being marketed as interactive movies. Years of $10 budgets and underwhelming gameplay eventually sunk this snippet of gaming history shortly before the turn of the century and many thought it was gone for good.
They were wrong.
In the midst of the glorious heyday of FMV's cheesy acting, cheap sets, and ridiculous plots, there was the particularly beloved Tex Murphy series of adventure games. Between 1989 and 1998 seven games were released chronicling the exploits of Tex Murphy, an old-school detective working in a grim post-war San Francisco set during the 2040s. The series drew critical praise as well as an incredibly loyal following. However in 1998, the final Tex Murphy game, Overseer, was released only to end on a colossal cliffhanger. Fans gave the series up for lost and moved on, until developer and Tex Murphy IP owner Big Finish Games brought their idea for a new game to Kickstarter. Fans of the series came out of the woodwork, together managing to raise enough money to resuscitate Tex for another adventure titled The Tesla Effect.
The new game will carry on the traditions of FMV games while updating the presentation for modern audiences. Chris Jones, the original Tex Murphy, will be reprising his role alongside Todd Bridges, who played Willis from Diff’rent Strokes, Larry Thomas, perhaps better known as the “Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld, and Kevin Murphy, who was Tom Servo on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure will release early 2014 on PC and Mac.
Honestly? I am pretty excited about this. The Tesla Effect looks like it just might scratch that old-school adventure game itch that resides deep within my soul while giving me some laughs.
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