Schafer's partner in LucasArts adventure game glory, Ron Gilbert, also remembered the studio today.

While I was looking for a vintage image of Schafer from his LucasArts days, I found this terrific SF Gate article from 1998:

Think of it as "Casablanca" meets "Roger Rabbit," but without the bunny suit.

It's "Grim Fandango," a lively new PC adventure game created by film-noir buff and veteran game designer Tim Schafer at LucasArts, the game subsidiary of George Lucas' Marin County entertainment empire. It hits stores Friday, just in time for Day of the Dead celebrations Monday.


Those were the days!

Top photo: Schafer at the Video Game Awards in 2008. (AP)