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Psychonauts

2 months ago

9 months ago

Feature: Ah yes, repressing your feelings

The Joy Of Psychonauts’ most revealing memory vault

Memory is a funny old thing. Our brains are like faulty cameras, letting us unconsciously suppress moments of our lives and swap them out for brighter, more palatable realities. When we’re reminded of these small time capsules, the serene environments we were in and the people we were with, we often feel an endorphin rush and a lurid longing for something that isn’t there anymore.…

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4 years ago

6 years ago

Sad News: VG247 Editor Won’t Be Eating His Trousers

How we had hoped to see Pat Garratt enjoying a hearty feast of broiled denim and shallow-fried zipper, but it was not to be. The editor of VG247 last year swore to eat his own trousers in the event Minecraft man Markus 'Notch' Persson made good on his talk of funding a sequel to Double Fine's Psychonauts. Alas, Persson has recently confessed that such a…

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7 years ago

Feature: Of Tim Schafer And Turret Wives

Story Time With Valve’s Erik Wolpaw, Pt 2

Yesterday, you probably read the first part of my chat with Valve's Erik Wolpaw and Double Fine's Anna Kipnis. If not, it's right here- but FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. By which I mean until the Internet ceases to exist, which, you know, could happen someday. Anyway, in today's installment, we branch out a bit from yesterday's story-centric beat. Valve's newfound love of wearable computing,…

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Humble Indie Bundle V Is A Corker

There's a new Humble Bundle, wouldn't you believe it. And blimey, it's a good-un. I'm not in charge of deciding what's best, but this looks to me like one of the best bundles I've ever seen. Just look at this list: Amnesia, Limbo, Sword & Sworcery, Bastion, and Psychonauts. Seriously. And it has an absolutely brilliant video to promote it.

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Feature: Fawning nostalgia

Interview: Tim Schafer On Adventures

In the second part of our interview with Double Fine's Tim Schafer (the first part is here), we get to talking about the nature of the adventure game, and reflect on some of Schafer's defining classics from the 90s, Day Of The Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango, to consider what lessons they offer for today, the reasons for avoiding 3D altogether, and I almost…

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Feature: Adventures In The Unknown

Interview: Tim Schafer On Kickstarter, Passion And Dads

Industry legend Tim "Industry Legend" Schafer has been at the front of gaming news for the last couple of weeks. After the twitterstorm that followed Notch's somewhat speculative offer to fund Psychonauts 2 came the record-breaking Kickstarter project, that saw Schafer's company, Double Fine, raise over $2 million in a fortnight. I spoke to him over the weekend to find out how the process has…

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Feature: Screens of joy

Ultro-Huge Psychonauts Screenshot Gallery – Part One

With all the recent brouhaha over Tim Schafer, from his raising $1.75m in four days, to the suggestion that Notch might fund a Psychonauts sequel, it was unavoidable that I'd replay Psychonauts. The astonishing game is in my all-time top 10, and makes me want to hug the planet and have them see. When I'm done with the play through I'll not be able to…

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VG247 Editor Promises To Eat Own Trousers On Film If Mojang-Funded Psychonauts 2 Happens

We don't usually allow RPS headlines to run onto a second line, but this is a very special case indeed. During idle Twitter discussions about the whys and wherefores of a possible Mojang-funded Psychonauts sequel, I heard that the first game had cost $15 million to develop and that Tim Schafer was estimating a $20m cost for a sequel. Clearly, these eyewatering figures cast some…

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Notch Says To Schafer “Lets Make Psychonauts 2 Happen”

We mentioned earlier that Tim Schafer would love to make a Pyschonauts 2, but can't get the funding. Well, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson spotted our story and suggested to Schafer that they should work together to make it happen. Multimillionaire Persson clearly has the funds to do this, and everyone in the world with their brain in the right place wants to see a…

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Double Fine Schafing At The Bit To Do Psychonauts 2

Update: Minecraft-master Markus 'Notch' Persson has been publicly trying to get Tim Schafer's attention today, saying "Let's make Psychonauts 2 happen" and confirming to us that he's serious. Who knows what, if anything, will come of this - but how exciting, eh? Ah, the fine art of reporting on non-events: not news as such, but they make us go all misty-eyed and slightly sad. In…

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8 years ago

Feature: Schafing at the bit

Wot I Think: Costume Quest PC

After far too long a hiatus, Double Fine Productions unexpectedly returned to PC last week, releasing their year-old, Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest on Steam. Hopefully the rest of their games will follow, but in the meantime here's what I made of their dress-up duff 'em up. There aren’t enough costumes! Then again, any number of additional costumes probably still wouldn’t have been enough to dissuade…

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Costume Quest: Double Fine Return To PC

Gentlethings, prepare to perform your happy dance. Unexpectedly and suddenly, Psychonauts-makers Double Fine have ended their silly sabbatical from PC games, and announced that they'll be releasing their Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest on Steam. When? Why, it's there right now. Happy, happy days. And hopefully CQ is but the first of many of the Tim Schafer-headed studio's titles due to return to the motherland. In…

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Mind Full Of Mac: Psychonauts OSX Release

Psychonauts unexpectedly updated itself on Steam today, adding achievements and cloud saves. For our Macintosh brethren, there’s super-exciting news in that the game is now available on OSX, so you too can neglect to buy it. To ensure that your portable iDevices won't be jealous when they see the mindscapes you're traversing, Doublefine have also released a Memory Vault Viewer app, which has all the…

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 2/5

Yesterday, as you may have noted, Dr Rossignol began our lecture series on the most important PC games of all time. Much like The Christmas Lectures, The Reith Lectures, and the TED Lectures, this definitive series has been a part of our institution as long as the Earth has borne stones. In this second part Professor John Walker explains the varying importanceness of a second…

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9 years ago

Psychonauts For £1! PSYCHONAUTS FOR £1!

You need no more information than this. Until Thursday Steam has one of the loveliest games ever, Psychonauts, for £1. It's hilarious, it's so beautifully written, and it's bursting with invention and ideas like nothing else. And if you want to complain that the platforming is often a bit dodgy, I reply with: IT'S ONE POUND. A pound. A pound. (Or two dollars.)

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10 years ago

Mind Games: Psychonauts Gets GoG Release

Once upon a time this platform game came out that no one cared about. Mark Donald was the editor of PC Gamer at the time, and it was given to me because it came from that guy who used to do adventure games, and I'm the adventure game guy. It was down on the magazine's flatplan for a page. Psychonauts or something. Not knowing anything…

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12 years ago

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