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Great Moments in Video Game Humor: Who's John Muir?

Who's John Muir? Do you really want to know? I could tell you, or a bunch of stuffed and mounted animal heads from the title that proved a video game based on a comic book could surpass its source material can. Hit it, Sam and Max!


Steve Purcell's Sam and Max: Freelance Police was a revelation to the young comic book-reading Michael Fahey. Adrift in a sea of semi-serious superheroes, Purcell's dog and bunny-thing show invaded my spandex-clad dreams, replacing the battle between good and evil with the battle to not laugh-out-loud in the middle of math class and get my comics confiscated—a battle I lost, by the way.

I wasn't expecting much from LucasArts' 1993 adventure game Sam and Max Hit the Road. I knew Purcell was involved, but I figured there'd be no way the same level of humor would make it from page to PC monitor.


I was right. It was better. Just ask John Muir.

The subtitles are for extra edutainment.

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I absolutely adore Sam and Max Hit the Road. The game is just amazing. The new ones aren't half bad either, but the original is still an utter classic of humor and game design.

My dad still quotes it from time to time. I don't know why he remembers this one line so well, but he has a tendency to say "This is a completely unusable thingamabob" in the Sam voice fairly frequently.