Someone in a Monkey Island discord linked this: Aric’s World
Reading the three early documents on Monkey Island? I’m pretty convinced that, whatever the Secret of Monkey Island is nowadays, it was originally meant as the hellgate and accompanying undead resurrection. Note that the concept of a “secret of Monkey Island” seems to exist before the game had anachronisms as a running gag.
“The secret was unknown, but legends value it as priceless.”
“A bizarre glowing crack which sits exactly where the map says the treasure should be.”
“That crack descends to a place at the center of the earth, the name of which changes from religion to religion, from faith to faith. Most pirates call it Hell.”
Nah. That line wasn’t recorded simply because Ron should have killed anyone who was involved in the recording. That’s why that specific line was recorded in a sekrit location, using Ron’s mobile. And then, well, Dominic Armato had to be killed, obviously. So chances are we’ll have that line in the game.
Q: Are we any closer to finding out the secret of Monkey Island in this game?
A: Okay, here’s some interesting, provocative thing. I was working with Ron when he was working on the very first Monkey Island, the Secret of Monkey Island and I know what he had in mind for the secret way back then and it has a significant bearing on what you see in this next game. That’s as far as I’ll go. So, whether you get closer to it or not, closeness is a very subjective thing. There’s a lot about storytelling that will be up to the individual taste of a user.
I have no idea what he is referring to, but I find this statement intriguing.
I wonder if he is able to make the connection between Ron’s original idea and the new game just observing what has been publicly disclosed about RtMI.
Edit: well no, I have my idea, actually. I think it’s related to the old “coming to age” trope. Back then, Ron was young and so it was Guybrush. Now that Ron has aged, I also expect to get a more mature Guybrush.
who would talk like this, if Ron had simply implemented the secret he had in mind back then?
he would have simply said “I know what he had in mind back then, and he implemented this very well.”
Instead, he said the original secret has a bearing on what we’ll see. It’s like the original secret influenced what we’ll see, but what we’ll see is not exactly the original secret. I’m curious how this can be. Either the secret was a vary vague thing, or …?
I do know the secret to Monkey Island, but if I told you, a wild troop of three-headed monkeys would chase me down and hang me by my littlest toenails over a totally indigestible vat of grog. Thankfully, players never die in Lucasfilm games.
Well, here is what GPT-3 can say about the secret:
There is no clear answer to what the secret of Monkey Island is, as there are many possible interpretations. Ron Gilbert, the creator of the Monkey Island games, has stated in interviews that the secret of the island is meant to be open to interpretation and that there is no one correct answer. Many of the characters in the games express their own theories on what the secret may be, but none of them are ever confirmed or refuted. It is up to the player to decide what the secret of Monkey Island is, if there even is one.