IGN has an interview with Ron Gilbert about his days at Lucasfiilm Games and his work on the SCUMM adventure game engine. It's hard to believe that it's 20 years since the first point and click graphic adventure game was created.
Monkey Island was a huge inspiration for my Flight of the Amazon Queen graphic adventure game. I was a huge comic fan and had been making arcade style games prior to seeing Monkey Island, but when a friend showed me the game a light bulb went off in my head. This was a game that was like a comic book!
Prior to that I had written some text adventures (a genre I also love) but these were more akin to interactive novels. Graphic adventures were just way cooler! What's really exciting is the work now being down by Telltale Games, and the talk of moving their games over to the Wii. I think the Wii is the perfect platform for adventures and can't wait to play Sam and Max on my wide screen TV.
So, congratulations to Ron on the 20th Anniversary!
By the way, if you're interested, you can download the ScummVM version of Flight of the Amazon Queen from my website here. It's freeware! (Just scroll down to the Free downloads! section).