Tim Schafer argues with a Backer on Twitter over Broken Age development troubles

Double Fine founder, Tim Schafer, has found himself in a bit of a pickle coming out from development troubles plaguing his first Kickstarter project, Broken Age (Double Fine Adventure Game).

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zeal0us2117d ago (Edited 2117d ago )

This was bound to happen. I'm surprise this didn't happen sooner like the day Schafer made the announcement about Broken Age. But LMAO the guy only donated $1 and wants a refund, dafuq?

sinncross2117d ago

I think ppl have a right to complain but honestly... for $1 that guy is taking this whole thing a little too seriously.

GodGinrai2117d ago

That was one of the most entertaining submissions I read in a while. wow...

NewMonday2117d ago

doing a second Kickstarter project with the first game behind schedule is arrogant.

the reputation of kickstarter is on the line.

Lucreto2117d ago


The people who are going Massive Chalice are a second team finished their part on Broken Age.

For example concept artists who were sitting around now have a new project.

nukeitall2117d ago

Actually, just reading part of the conversation, it is clear Tim Schafer is a d*ck, and Bobby Kotick was right!

At least that is the impression I get so far.

dedicatedtogamers2117d ago

There is a reason why Tim Schafer's previous games always end up being half-finished products.

It's fine if you're a fan of his games, but now gamers have a taste of how Schafer has acted with publishers' money for the last decade and a half.

wynams2117d ago

I think this is pretty commonplace in development (over budget, under completed code), but yes ... Tim definitely has a track record of releasing buggy af video games.

Monkey5212117d ago

TL;DR - Double Fine has been transparent always... Development always runs over-budget and over-time... Kickstarter is for funding projects, not buying a product... if you want to follow the development, go to the backer's forum

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I've generally refrained from commenting but I have been kind of getting annoyed by a small percentage of the backers (even that's questionable). While it may seem ridiculous that budgets and timelines get raised/pushed back, this is something that is quite regular in the gaming industry. The makers of the Banner Saga said it quite well,

"If Broken Age wasn't a Kickstarter game the first time you would have heard about it would be a couple months from ship, and that it was a two-part adventure game. And you would have been fine with that." - (

The true problem that comes out is that people think they are purchasing a product when they back a kickstarter... sorry but that is not at all what you are doing. You, as a backer, are providing funds for something to be created. Now, the legitimate criticism that has been brought out is that Double Fine should have budgeted better, but creative endeavors are probably some of the toughest things to really put a price on. As a designer myself, sometimes things come together perfectly, other times things go over-budget and miss deadlines. That's the way creative work goes. Sorry.

If ANY of you have been following this kickstarter on their forums/watching their documentary, you would know that they have been completely transparent the entire development process. Also, in the pitch for the game itself, they CLEARLY stated that this game could either succeed or completely go to hell. It was the choice of every backer to take a risk to fund it, and they should accept the consequences (if you can call a delay a true consequence). They are still delivering on the game and not requiring you to do anything at all. Anyways, if people really care about the game itself, go to the backer's forum and talk about it there... you will probably be shocked to see overwhelming support overall.

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UNGR2117d ago (Edited 2117d ago )

That dude is a disgrace to gamers. I could have backed more with the change I find on the ground walking around the block, his "symbolic" refund was about the most greedy consumer BS I've ever seen.

An extreme analogy, but bare with me. If I say I'll make you a house for $1, and I say I can no longer finish, but leave you with some work done, and all of the materials, would you B!^(# about that single dollar? Hell no. He should be banned from every gaming website and platform with that attitude, she craps on our already filthy title as a gamer.

Picnic2117d ago (Edited 2117d ago )

All I read was a bit about Tim Schafer deciding to spend someone's contribution on sparklers rather than on the game. So where would my £5 have gone? Schafer's blueberry muffins? They've raised an absolute fortune.

It sounds akin to the scene in Mary Poppins where the bank won't give someone their money back. Well they will but they're sitting so pretty on everyone else's that they don't give a damn.

What's more trollish than standing on the bridge chancing your luck by saying 'give us your money so I can make this game / get the bus home etc' anyway? Schafer/ Double Fine should respect every last bit of money that they've been given. Insult one backer and you might as well have insulted all.

schrnkuk2117d ago

to be honest , the guy paid 1$ and he wont receive the game anyway (the backers option, needs 15$ minimum). what i am pissed about is that even if its 100$ or 1 cent, people still try to support them with whatever the can, and instead of saying "we appreciate that" he says like an idiot that " he will buy sparkle cans". Moreover, the guy is totally right 2 campaigns (kickstart + humble bundle) and still not enough money, he needs to get his shit together.

ginsunuva2117d ago

He got 3 million from people and in the meanwhile, put out games like The Cave and such during that time.
He said he couldn't do it without the kickstarter money.

His Central American tour and hotels that he booked with your money cost more than he thought they would.

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