Posts Tagged ‘Double-Fine’

DF’s Massive Chalice Funded, Skipping Stretch Goals

It must take a pretty cool grandma to knit someone a scarf made of ghosts.

We live in a terrifyingly inconsistent, frequently unpredictable world. Whether it’s a walk in the park or the ending to a Game of Thrones season, nothing goes according to plan and usually lots of people die. But there is some solace to be found – a few unflinching bastions of stability in a swirling storm of madness. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I wasn’t particularly worried that Double Fine’s second Kickstarter would fail. Given the rather groundbreaking history that preceded it, Massive Chalice seemed destined for success. $725,000 (and counting) later, here we are. So then, what’s next? Why, a stretch goal mountain that only ski lifts made of money can scale, right? Wrong, surprisingly.

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Don’t Go Broke Age: The Humble Double Fine Bundle

“Double Fine?” someone somewhere has probably said at some point maybe. “Who do they think they are, claiming to be twice as fine as the rest of us? I’m no fool. I don’t believe it for a second.” But, Mr Somewhere, what if you’re wrong? Then you’ll just look silly, your only solace coming in the fact that going off the grid in shame would be simple, given that you have the least Google-able name of all time. Clearly, the only solution to your conundrum is a test. You need to play most of Double Fine’s back catalog, but your gleaming shield of skepticism must be kept aloft. Buying these games full price would only create suspicion that you might harbor legitimate interest. We can’t have that. The solution? A new Humble Double Fine Bundle. It’s offering all of the laugh factory’s PC games except Iron Brigade on a pay-what-you-want basis, and a pre-purchase of Broken Age if you’re willing to part with $35. Exceedingly strange, vaguely arousing video after the break.

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Double Fine’s Broken Age Receives Trailerage

Double Fine must be celebrating their crowdfunded adventure game’s birthday, or some other sort of coming-of-Broken-Age event, because the game has received lots of gifts this week. First it was an actual name and a website, and now there’s a trailer. Lucky Broken Age! Nobody has ever made a trailer about me and I’ve had more birthdays than I care to remember. This is my first proper look at the art style and I think it’s absolutely delightful.

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The Double Fine Adventure Has A Name: Broken Age

The Double Fine Adventure has a name and a website. It’s called Broken Age, which strikes me as a decent moniker, although I’ve already started reading it as one word, rendering it all but meaningless. “The toaster is not working. It is suffering from severe brokenage.” Broken Age is a point and click adventure and it has two protagonists, both of whom are presumably playable. They are “leading parallel lives”:

The girl has been chosen by her village to be sacrificed to a terrible monster–but she decides to fight back. Meanwhile, a boy on a spaceship is living a solitary life under the care of a motherly computer, but he wants to break free to lead adventures and do good in the world. Adventures ensue.

They should have called it ‘Adventures Ensue’.

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Double Fine Debuts Weird Motion Rhythm Game Thing

I'm still not entirely sure I didn't mean to write 'Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi' in that headline.

I wish I could live my life as eclectically as Double Fine develops games. If that were the case, they’d call me Nathan Grayson, bull-fighting harmonica fencer astronaut crocheter cowboy hat pterodactyl extraordinaire. And I’d be like, “Oh you guys” while tightrope tapdancing over the mouth of an active volcano. But alas, that’s not the case, so I must instead live vicariously through Double Fine, brain exploring heavy metal demigod mech walker of Russian dolls on Sesame Street. Such is my lot in life. Oh well. That said, I can’t complain about a lack of variety, and Double Fine’s latest may be the furthest outside its increasingly amorphous box yet. In short, Dropchord‘s a psychedelic rhythm visualizer thing that’s controlled by a motion device said to be “200 times” more accurate than Kinect. Wait, that wasn’t very short at all.

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No More Monkey Business: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine

Well, this is slightly unexpected. Ron Gilbert’s always kinda done his own thing, but sharing a colorful roof of pure, shining whimsy with partner in pirate-y crime Tim Schafer just sort of, you know, made sense. It is, however, like they say: all good things must come to an end. Also, The Cave was actually only kind of all right, so maybe this is for the best. But what’s next for the man they call “RonnyG” (and I guess also Grumpy Gamer)? Solve a series of increasingly obtuse puzzles to get past the break for more. Hint: the first one involves clicking. And also a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle.

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The Past, Present, And Future Of Brutal Legend

An action-RTS inspired by classic heavy metal album covers. Starring Jack Black. And a mad menagerie of metal icons. And a 100-strong soundtrack that pridefully pounded eardrums with everything from Judas Priest to Motorhead to (ew) DragonForce.

Let’s reflect, for a moment, on how absurdly specific Brutal Legend‘s chunky thematic stew actually was. And then let’s remember that EA, of all publishers, was manning the unlikely super group’s synth – which, in this particular case, was wired exclusively to make “ka-ching” sounds at Double Fine’s behest. Oh, and that was only after Activision flushed Schafer’s metal dream into the nightmarish bowels of development hell, nearly dooming it in the process. By most standards, Brutal Legend simply shouldn’t have happened. Nowadays – a mere three years later – a similar meeting of minds isn’t even conceivable. But Double Fine’s last truly all-or-nothing shout at the triple-A devil was unique for a number of reasons. It was a product of oddball inspiration, once-in-a-lifetime timing, and quite a bit of luck. Also guitars. OK, mostly guitars.

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Pending PC Success, Brutal Legend Will Go On

Brutal Legend is coming to PC! With shiny, PC-only bells and whistles, no less. Be still, my barbed-wire-wrapped, blood-and-oil-coughing heart. Its arrival comes at a bit of an odd time, though, given that it’s been more than three years since Tim Schafer’s metal epic knee-slid into living rooms, spraying fireworks and Judas Priest references every which way. But perhaps that’s not such a bad thing. After all, the Double Fine of today and the Double Fine of yester-three-years-ago are very different companies. Back then, EA called the shots, and that ultimately resulted in a canceled Brutal Legend sequel. But now Schafer and co make their own destiny, and as it turns out, that could well involve more guitar axes, tree-necked headbangers, and Jack Blacks. But how many, exactly? That depends on a number of factors.

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It’s The: Brütal Legend PC Announcement Trailer

Are you from the internet?
Listen Here Wolfchild
I Speak To You Of The Science Of Mythology
I Speak Of Maverick Deviation
The Psychotronic Love Commandos
We Shall Be Drunken Stars
We Shall Fear Nothing

–WOLFCHILD, Zodiac Mindwarp

And: the release date is going to be February 26thst.

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What’s All This About Brutal Legend? And Halo 3? Fez?

Hmm! The Klaxons of hype were blaring over the weekend, with Steam-database watchers claiming the appearance of Halo 3, Fez and Brutal Legend on the service’s list of forthcoming IDs. As far as I can see these have now been changed to “test” names, which suggests revealing their addition was a mistake, but nevertheless the information seems to point to Double Fine’s bizarre Jack Black-voiced rock RTS coming to PC, along with Master Chief’s third outing and Polytron’s dimension-rotating platformer. So that’s interesting. Oh and Quantum Conundrum 2.

Yeah. Anyway. What you been up to this weekend?

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The Cave Is Late On PC: Brief 360 Impressions

We’d rather hoped to have brought you a review of Double Fine’s The Cave by now, but unfortunately Sega only made 360 code available before release. And then to make matters dumb, despite its release date being today, and its being out today on 360, the Steam version has seemingly been set for the incorrect date, and is locked until tomorrow morning. Having already completed it twice on the consolebox, I’m in the frustrating position of wanting to tell you wot I think, but completely unable to advise you as to the state of the PC build. So while I hope this might get someone’s attention and have the Steam build unlocked for everyone, below I’ll give you a couple of lines of impressions and tell you to cross your legs.

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Dark Humor: Double Fine’s Cave Emerges Next Week

So yeah, maybe don't ring the bell.

Ron Gilbert’s told us all about The Cave. Ron Gilbert’s told us about what he might do after The Cave. The Cave’s told us about The Cave. So honestly, what’s even left? Well, logical progression would suggest that The Cave should now tell us about Ron Gilbert, and perhaps it will - but, you know, symbolically and stuff. First, though, we’ll need to be able to play The Cave (instead of just say “The Cave” way too many times in one post), and that requires it to be safely under our roofs, basking in the dripping liquids of our own neglect-borne ceiling stalactites. Fortunately, it’ll be doing exactly that in just one week.

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Digging Deeper: Meet The Rest Of The Cave’s Cast

Yaaaaaaay, I'm on fire!

Wanna know what you usually find in caves? Bats. Awful, shrieky little things with webbed wings, beady eyes, and a thirst for that red stuff that sloshes around under your precious neckflesh. Also spiky ceiling rocks that could fall and cave in your head, and lots of unpleasantly cold water. But sometimes – every once in an eerily blue moon – you also find yourself. Or at least, that’s what Ron Gilbert’s talking cave argues in a new trailer, and who are we to disagree? Not caves, that’s for sure – so probably not particularly qualified. But this cave also seems to know people, so what do I know? Probably nothing. Hear about the Adventurer, Knight, Time Traveler, and Twins in The Cave‘s learned, slightly sultry baritone after the break.

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