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Submitted by doctorstrange 530d ago | news

Tim Schafer: "Every Game We’ve Made at Double Fine has Made a Profit”

After wading through way too many questions and comments about hair and pancakes in the Tim Schafer IAmA on Reddit today (no one asked about him about being robbed in the Hottest Man in Games), I finally discovered some interesting pieces of information about video games, mostly involving his studio, Double Fine. - PSLS (Double Fine, PC, PS2, PS3, Tim Schafer, Xbox, Xbox 360)

NYC_Gamer  +   530d ago
I'm happy he was able to get the rights for Brutal Legend away from EA
Foolsjoker  +   530d ago
Lucky for them, Jack Black just gets paid in doughnuts.
LOL_WUT  +   530d ago
Don't know whether to laugh or not... ;)
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Lone_Man  +   530d ago
hahahahahahaha!!!
oof46  +   530d ago
Preferably jelly doughnuts. No sprinkles.
TrendyGamers  +   529d ago
No sprinkles!?!? Those are the best.
TrendyGamers  +   530d ago
I never would have guessed Brutal Legend was their top seller.
UnHoly_One  +   529d ago
I never would have either, I thought that game was awful.

Not to mention they released a demo that was not at all representative of the game, since it contained none of the RTS stuff in it.

Also, another big difference between the demo and the full game....

The demo was funny.
Xof  +   530d ago
Good for them.

Larian Studio's made a little game called "Divine Divinity" nearly a decade ago. You may remember hearing that name somewhere. Odds are, it's from one of countless "Best games of all time," or "Best RPGs of all time" lists.

It was reviewed very well and sold very well.

And Larian?

They didn't get a single red cent in royalties.

....

But thanks to that, you can read some of the best explanations of why the publishing model sucks donkey ass on Swen Vincke's blog.
Y_5150  +   530d ago
???
Hicken  +   529d ago
I'm with you.
Y_5250  +   529d ago
So is that related to the article? I got lost after "Good for them."
Canary  +   529d ago
It's not exactly Rocket Science.

Many developers don't make any profit off their games, even the ones that are well received critically, and sell well.

Honestly, I'm a little worried about you that you couldn't put that together.
Skate-AK  +   530d ago
And THQ still owes them money.
BoNeSaW23  +   530d ago
Surprisingly good article.

I've been wanting to pick up costume quest for awhile now and Tim just sold it to me with this sincere interview.

Double Fine Rocks! \m/
GrandTheftZamboni  +   529d ago
If you get Costume Quest on PS3 make sure you run the latest update. If you update it after you start the game you'll encounter a game breaking bug (Wikipedia: "estimated to be about $40,000") at half the playthrough. I think it's the same with 360 and PC versions. There is no fix other than playing from the beginning. No wonder their games are profitable as they don't bother fixing their bugs. So Double Fine sucks and they won't get any more money from me. Otherwise I really liked the game :(
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BoNeSaW23  +   529d ago
So do you think Double Fine sucks because of that one bug issue(that they fixed) or did you not like ANY of their games?

Thanks for the heads up on the patch btw.
GrandTheftZamboni  +   528d ago
That's the point: they DIDN'T fix it! I guess it was the patch that actually broke the game. I loved Costume Quest or what I played of it. I'm not going to play from the start as there are other great games in the back log. Too many games too little time.
oxcar1  +   530d ago
Then make Psychonauts 2!!!
BitbyDeath  +   530d ago
Great studio, i got Costume Quest, Stacking and Psychonauts for free through PS+.

Bought the expansions for CQ and Stacking. Brilliant games.
Do not remember psychonauts tho
kupomogli  +   529d ago
Psychonauts is their best game.
Venox2008  +   529d ago
oh man, psychonauts is awesome :) that game sold me to this company :)
knifefight  +   530d ago
Well that's good. But yeah, bring on Psychonauts 2!
Max-Zorin  +   530d ago
Give me a Brutal Legends 2 and a Psychonauts 2 next gen and I'm cool.
Starbucks_Fan  +   530d ago
Oh wow I forgot about Brutal Legends for a long time until now. It's pretty cheap now yes? Good game?
Kevlar009  +   530d ago
If you can accept the dual hack'N'slash-adventure /RTS gameplay it is very enjoyable. If you like any combination of Metal, Hard Rock, and Glam you should enjoy the universe, and Jack Black as the main character seals the deal.

The game teaches you how-to-play the RTS part along the way while the bulk of the game is combos and abilities in a free-roam area. Definitely try it out since it is pretty cheap, it has heart, a tribute to the genres it encompasses
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nikrel  +   530d ago
There is the amazing Double Fine humble bundle going on, I picked it up today the 70+ one.

www.humblebundle.com

It's pretty awesome you should check it out.
InUrFoxHole  +   530d ago
Hmm
Will do.
ironfist92  +   530d ago
I loved Brutal Legend. I was hoping for a sequel to it.
KwietStorm  +   530d ago
Good for them. Their creativity and originality alone makes their games great.
oof46  +   530d ago
Love live Tim Schafer and Double Fine!
Picnic  +   529d ago
Why does hardly anyone ever mention The Cave? It's really good if you are prepared to just take things easy and enjoy the stories.
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TrendyGamers  +   529d ago
And it was free on PS+.
Picnic  +   528d ago
Yeah, damn them for that though. I paid £9.99 on day one. And I already had Playstation Plus then and when it became free. But I wanted to pay Gilbert for the free pleasure that I had previously had with Monkey Island 1 and 2, piracy so common and expected on the Amiga. I hate piracy now, no excuse when some games makers eventually give games away for free anyway.
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Wedge19  +   529d ago
Schafer is a genius in his own special way.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   529d ago
Brutal legend was so much fun. ..
UnHoly_One  +   529d ago
I think I'm the only person in the world that doesn't like this guy's games.

I have never seen what is special about them. They are supposed to be funny but they never are, and they are mediocre at best.

All my opinion, of course. It's just one of those things I'll never understand. I see so much love for his work and I just don't get it.

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