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Posts tagged “Tim Schafer”

Feature: Can't Kill The Metal

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.…

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Feature: The Kickstarter Starter

Interview: Tim Schafer On Kickstarter, And Good Will

Yesterday you'll likely have noticed that Tim Schafer and Double Fine launched a new approach to a Humble Bundle, encouraging people to pay what they want for the chance to vote on what four prototypes the team would develop during their next Amnesia Fortnight. We then brought you his thoughts on why they were doing this, and what impact such things have on the studio.…

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Feature: Unprototypical

Interview: Tim Schafer On The Amnesia Fortnight Bundle

As we just mentioned, Double Fine have launched a unique Humble Bundle to let people vote from 23 game pitches to decide four that will go on to be made into prototypes. I spoke to Tim Schafer earlier this evening to ask how this came about, and how such a thing will influence the company. In this first half of the interview we talk about…

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Amnesia Fortnight: Decide Double Fine’s Next Prototypes

Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight has become a fairly well known event by the developer. For two weeks every year, everyone at the company stops what they're working on, and get together in small teams to create prototypes for new game ideas. And since 2009, all the games the studio have released have been born from these creative weeks. The likes of Costume Quest and Stacking…

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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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Glad Fandango: Double Fine Kickstarter Tops $2m

For all I know we'll be running a similar headline with a slightly larger number every week for the rest of the year, but Double Fine's crowd-funding experiment does appear to be slowing down now. Still: $2 million. $2,004,877 to be precise, from 59,854 nostalgic backers. That's a big fat budget for a 2D adventure game, and hopefully they'll spend it on making something stellar.…

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Double Fine Adventures’ Super Amazing Video Update

The first of the promised updates from inside the Fortress of Double Fine, regarding their Kickstarter funded adventure game, has arrived. True to to his word, Tim Shafer waves his sausage, warts and all, in your face with the lumpen, verruca vulgaris covered information there will be additional platforms like Mac, Linux, and handhelds, the game will have English voice-acting, and the text will be…

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Notch Clarifies All The Psychonauts 2 Things

Calling for the internet to stop hyping his offer to fund the imaginary sequel, Notch said: "“The budget for doing a Psychonauts 2 is three times higher than my initial impression." He went to insist that while emails had been exchanged and meeting at GDC was happening, "I have no idea if this is actually going to happen.” He also explained that he would be…

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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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Thought: Double Fine’s Kickstarter Asks Big Questions

Tim Schafer says he wants to make an old-school graphic adventure. He also says it's impossible to get publisher funding for such a project. So he turns to the audience, and asks if they want to pay to fund such a thing directly. Via Kickstarter he sets the target at $400,000, probably feeling a little bit guilty about how high a number he's put down,…

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Squee! Schafer & Gilbert’s Kickstarter Fund For Adventure

Well this is quite the thing. While we're all in the middle of crossing our fingers, legs and internal organs in the hope that Mojang and Double Fine will find a way to fund a sequel to Psychonauts, Schafer's company have surprised us by announcing they're seeking funding for another dream project - a new "old school" graphic adventure game from Tim Schafer and Ron…

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The Other Sequels We Need Notch To Fund

With Tim Schafer and Markus Persson now in talks over the possibility of a Psychonauts 2, it gets us to wondering what other games we'd like to see Notch's millions spent making happen. Notch reports that he and Tim will likely meet at next month's GDC, but also stresses that people shouldn't yet get their hopes up. Too late! But were it not to happen,…

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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 this…

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Doublefine’s Stacking Is Coming To PC!

When Costume Quest arrived on PC, I hoped it meant Doublefine loved us again. Now, in a characteristically jolly announcement during the X-Play Best of 2011 awards, it has been revealed that the beautifully characterised and wonderfully inventive Stacking is on its way too. All that remains is to sulk until Trenched Iron Brigade stomps onto PC as well. Stacking, for those who do not…

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Gilbert Reveals Art For Double Fine Project

Obviously we've known that Ron Gilbert has been working with/at Tim Schafer's Double Fine for over a year now, but ON WHAT we'd regularly scream at the sky. Then Double Fine revealed they were basically ignoring the PC for all their games, and we crossed them out of our Christmas lists and spank banks, and got on with our lives. Then they threw us all…

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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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Boys Will Be Boys

So Double Fine's Tim Schafer said Activision's Bobby Kotick was a prick and then Bobby Kotick said Tim Schafer was rubbish and he'd never even met him anyway and then Tim Schafer said Bobby Kotick was stupid and mean, and before that Bobby Kotick said EA were rubbish and mean and then EA's Jeff Brown said Bobby Kotick was rubbish and mean and now I…

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