Psychonauts 2's Tim Schafer And It Takes Two's Josef Fares - MinnMax Interview

"MinnMax's Ben Hanson put together Tim Schafer from Double Fine and Hazelight Studios' Josef Fares to talk about Psychonauts 2, It Takes Two, and designing a great platformer in 2021."

LucasRuinedChildhood911d ago (Edited 911d ago )

This was a great interview. It reminded me a bit of the Devs Play interviews that Double Fine used to do: https://youtu.be/DxUfaZuGQK...

The ramblings of Josef Fares are endlessly entertaining. haha. He basically sounds crazy at the start of every tangent, but by the end of it, it's obvious that he's very talented and really knows what he's talking about.

He has a strong vision for his games - he didn't water down It Takes Two so it could also be played in solo with an AI and lose the need for collaboration, just like people don't want single-player games to be watered down. ​I would like if more studios took Hazelight's approach to game design: huge amounts of gameplay variation with very distinct levels.

I felt a bit bad for Tim because he talked about the struggle of cartoonish-looking games appealing to older gamers ... whereas Josef talked a lot about the high sales of It Takes Two (3.5m now). lol. Psychonauts 2 is fantastic and deserves higher sales and more recognition.

Fist4achin911d ago

If only psychonauts 2 had a physical release on ps.


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Spectrum Studio Boss in Hot Water as "Naked Sauna" as Part of Employees' Requirements Surface

Spectrum Studios is in hot water, as part of their job requirements involve "attending sauna sessions" that are "non-negotiable."

rippermcrip7h ago

Hopefully their next game isn't about a murderer and they require employees to kill to someone to have a real understanding.

excaliburps4h ago


But you can't develop a game with sauna elements UNLESS you've been in a sauna with a game dev...preferably naked.

H96h ago

He is right you need to experience something to be able to write about it just like Tolkien threw himself in mount doom to understand Sauron and like Agatha Christie organized a death game on a remote island

Inverno5h ago

Ah yes I read that news outlets were picking up on this string of facebook posts. Easy to write about some random conversation on FB without much context. Let's see how long it takes for them to talk to the devs directly for clarification. I'm sure these sites will drag this out as long as they can painting this guy as a creep. Maybe he is, maybe he isn't.

excaliburps4h ago

Have you read his replies?? He is even explaining how his rationale is correct...

Inverno4h ago

Yes I've read the replies. But if sites are gonna write about this they should do their jobs as journalist and get in contact with one of the woman who works in the studio.

swedishMeatwad2h ago

Why would it only be a big deal for women? I wouldn't want to be required to sauna naked, wouldn't work at a place like that. Really strange that owner is defending this. Since the owner is involved in those communications, that's enough to write an article about. That's not to say they shouldn't reach out to them and any employees willing to talk but this is freakin' weird.


Best Story-Driven Indie Games

Hardcore Gamer Writes "If you're on the hunt for a great gaming narrative, but don't want to pay AAA prices, then you need to try these 10 Great Story-Driven Indie Games"

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Yui_Suzumiya5h ago

Bokuten: Why I Became an Angel
Doki Doki Literature Club
Seven Days
The Grisaia Series
AI: The Somnium Files
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
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The House in Fata Morgana
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