PCA: The Monkey Island maestro has raised over $1 million in online pledges for his new adventure game. But is it a wise investment?
Granted, Monkey Island was a pretty long time ago. Psychnauts is brill tho. Bring on the sequel!
The guy has proven himself as a wonderful developer. Creativity/games in general win out over corporations here. This proves that fans want it. From a game perspective, I have no doubts he'll create a great game. From a business perspective, everyone who invested will most likely by his product, so the fanbase is big. Win-win.
Problem being is that everybody that backed the game with more than $15 will already get a copy of the game via steam. I'm sure it'll be a fun game but all the hard-core fans have effectively already bought the game. It'll be interesting to see how it sells.
Not that I actually trust people with money, but if I had a choice between Tim and all the current publishers... I think only Good Ole Games/CDProjekt would rank higher than him. Tim makes fun games and doesn't care about mainstream trends in a manner that he'd change to match them and yet still produces quality material. He also makes games he likes, not games that will make a ton of profit. The fact that he wants to go back to his roots, so to speak, is even better considering how his roots have lasted the test of time so far. So, yeah, with this endeavor, I trust him with the money.
I didn't give Tim Schafer $1 million. I gave Double Fine $15. And considering their history and recent output, yes, I think $15 is a reasonable gamble. To tell the truth, though, I don't really see it as anymore of a gamble than buying a conventionally funded game that I've never played before. I think the "charitable" portion of the donation process is what's sending some diehard corporate junkies into a tizzy. Charity is what it is. I like Tim Schafer and Double Fine, so I have no problem giving them money to help make their next game, especially if it means they are able to make a game that would otherwise not be made thanks to some shitty publishers. Edit: BTW I just gotta say, if the actual article was intended as some sort of joke, it wasn't funny...at all.
Definitely. He's one of the most creative guys in the business.
first things first..HE ASKED FOR 400K, not 1,400,000... Secondly, Double Fine has been a respected company for years, and there titles speak more than words for the quality that Double Fine, Ron Gilbert, and Tim Schafer have. It's a team we can trust, with people we can trust. There's fewer people other than them I would want to give my money to.
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