Double Fine Adventure raises over half a million in a day

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Brother None, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    Pretty sweet. Double Fine is looking to self-fund a point-and-click adventure game, started with a 400K goal, now at $600K. $15 bucks to preorder the game (digitally, on Steam).<blockquote>Over a six-to-eight month period, a small team under Tim Schafer's supervision will develop Double Fine's next game, a classic point-and-click adventure. Where it goes from there will unfold in real time for all the backers to see.

    2 Player Productions will be documenting the creative process and releasing monthly video updates exclusively to the Kickstarter backers. This documentary series will strive to make the viewer as much a part of the process as possible by showing a game grow from start to finish, with all the passion, humor, and heartbreak that happens along the way. Double Fine is committed to total transparency with this project, ensuring it is one of the most honest depictions of game development ever conceived.

    There will be a private online community set up for the backers to discuss the project with the devs and submit their thoughts and feelings about the game's content and direction, sometimes even voting on decisions when the dev team can't decide. Backers will also have access to help test the game once a beta is available. Once the game is finished, backers will receive the completed version in the available format of their choice.

    For fans of adventure games, this is a chance to prove that there is still a large demand out there for a unique medium that inspired so many of us.</blockquote>Since they're over the minimum, they'll spend the surplus on additional polish/VO budget and the like.

    Pretty awesome.
  2. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    Telltale games really proved that point & click adventure games are far from being dead. Let's see if these guys can rival them.
  3. fedaykin

    fedaykin Vault Fossil

    Jul 15, 2007
    Are you kidding me? Telltale has been making some of the shittiest PnC adventures ever made. They're not even remotely as good as the old Lucasarts titles.

    Germany is pretty much the hub of PnC adventures nowadays. Daedalic and the people behind Black Mirror 2 & 3 have been doing a great job of reviving the genre.
  4. PlanHex

    PlanHex Legislative Senator oTO Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Nov 4, 2007
    It's kinda insane that the goal was reached so quickly (< 9 hours I think?).
    I saw it this morning when it was around $200 000, put down $30, went to school, got home on my lunch break and it had passed the $400 000 mark.
    Not even the OOTS kickstarter had its goal reached that fast.
  5. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    I think fedaykin is right. Germany has been producing point 'n clicks at a very high rate, some of them are pretty good. But I wouldn't think they sell well in the US and elsewhere.

    Also, why are people putting up that much money for a stick figure comic? I mean, I like Order of the Stick fine, but it's not *that* good. Kickstarter gets kinda crazy at times.
  6. Serge 13

    Serge 13 Cranium Cat oTO Orderite

    Jul 20, 2006
    Care to elaborate?!
    Also, from all the "modern" graphic adventure games that have been realeased in the past 10 years(The longest Journey, Dreamfall, Syberia, Machinarium, A Vampyre Story...) you pick some utter crap like Black Mirror as an example of how an adventure game should be?

    And please, for the love of whatever you like, don't even get me started with german adventure games...

    Exactly, they produce a lot of adventure games which aren't necessarily good. Occasionally they manage to get it right with some games such as The Moment Of Silence for example, but even that was pretty mediocre in my book.
  7. PlanHex

    PlanHex Legislative Senator oTO Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Nov 4, 2007
    RPS says the project started at 2 am GMT.
    Current tally is ~ $830 000 with six hours left before the 24 hour mark.

    Looks like you might have to edit out "half" in the thread title, BN.
  8. Stanislao Moulinsky

    Stanislao Moulinsky Vault Fossil

    Jul 16, 2009
    I read this on NeoGaf:

    Does anyone know if it's true? @_@

    Edit. Wow, there's someone that gave 10k dollars?
  9. Ardent

    Ardent A Smooth-Skin

    Jul 24, 2009
    Awesome idea. Both funding the project directly from fan contributions and revealing the development process to the public. Of course I backed the game immediately 8-)

    It would be cool if what seems like an astounding success they scored here prompted the other developers to try this approach too. In a perfect world, we'd get better games for less money :)

    A man can dream... :roll:
  10. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    I dont think it would work well for RPGs.. They require way more time to develop and there is no primary "pattern" one can make an RPG in, too many subgenres where choosing one subgenre might piss off other people who in turn won't fund the kickstarter project and so on.

    Still awesome for Mr. Schafer though. :)
  11. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    Hehe, they are at 1 million now. That was pretty fast.
  12. agiel7

    agiel7 First time out of the vault

    Oct 3, 2010
    Those Old Man Murray pieces on Roberta Williams and Gabriel Knight sum up my feelings on PnC games quite nicely. I'm disappointed that we can't let that genre die the ignoble death it so richly deserves.

    Seriously, that genre is like a contest among developers on who can make the most inane puzzles that fly in the face of causality. I will never forgive Funcom for making that "Feed the cop a mint slathered in radioactive goo" puzzle in the Longest Journey.

    And in my mind, PnC games feel like cop-outs. I mean, they're basically games in their most stripped down and basic form. There's a reason PC gaming moved on to more complex genres like RTSes, RPGs, FPSes, and flight sims.
  13. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Hmmm if professionals start using Kickstarter it could mean the start of a pretty cool era of gaming. No more throat stomping DRM or games cut in half to sell dlc, etc.

    And now it seems we will get the most expensive Point and Click adenture in ages? holy shit.
  14. shihonage

    shihonage Made in USSR

    May 8, 2007
    No, I'm pretty sure that Telltale games were more expensive than whatever this is going to be.

    And they were higher quality, too...

    ... if you're into this genre...

    ...which I'm not.
  15. mobucks

    mobucks President of racism. Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    This sounds very cool. I want my old school RPG now. I've been telling you guys that the wheel will come back around, and now it is approaching. The era of tired, consolized, hand holdey gaming is coming to an end. Old school always becomes cool again at some point, it was just a matter of time.
  16. agiel7

    agiel7 First time out of the vault

    Oct 3, 2010
    I'm saying that gaming has outgrown the PnC genre. In the age where RTSes began to introduce mechanics that rewarded players for thinking laterally (Relic have been exemplary in this regard) and FPSes started encouraging team-play and planning beyond "shoot monster in the face," adventure game developers almost across the board flat-out refused to evolve the mechanics of the genre, and they paid dearly for that.
  17. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    I've never been as big a fan as others either, but I don't confuse personal dislike with a genre having no reason to exist. Clearly, a lot of people still like them.
  18. Chuman

    Chuman First time out of the vault

    Feb 10, 2012
    Got to say, I'm extremely excited, as Tim Schafer has been involved with the majority of my favorite Adventure games. Hope he still has the magic, I've really been getting back into PnC recently (the DS has been pretty good for them actually).
  19. Stanislao Moulinsky

    Stanislao Moulinsky Vault Fossil

    Jul 16, 2009
    Are you aware that only the bad PnC games use that kind of moon-logic puzzles, right?
  20. mobucks

    mobucks President of racism. Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    I should get my mom in this thread, her list of games on steam is like 2x as long as mine, and they're all PnC. She admits a lot of her games are crap, but she loved Jack Keane, the Broken Sword games, and a few Secret Files games. Heh my mom kicks ass, she used to play the fuck out of Wolfenstien 3d, Myst, Return to Zork, Monkey Island ect.