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Publishers: A Necessary Evil

A recent update from Double Fine gets Jesse thinking that maybe publishers aren't completely useless after all.

It’s been a little over a year since Kickstarter kicked down the door of the video game industry and introduced itself.  Double Fine’s then untitled adventure game utilized the crowd funding site to finance a game in a genre that most have presumed dead, or at least mostly dead (which means a little alive), for quite some time now.  No reasonable publisher would hand money over to a studio not known to be especially financially successful, for an unproven IP in a genre that some younger gamers may not even know exists – and it’s hard to blame them.

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Sega Publishing Ron Gilbert's Mystery Title?

Sega's mystery photo reveals quite a bit.

Ron Gilbert, the man behind Monkey Island, has been working on something for Double Fine for a bit now.  The game is said to be the studio’s next release, but we’ve gotten little information on it beside a few character portraits.  Today Sega dropped a hint that may lead to much more info coming sooner than later.

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Kickstarting an Industry

What does fan based funding really mean for the industry?

I’d bet dollars to donuts that only a miniscule number of our readers had heard of Kickstarter a couple of months ago.  And those that had heard of the crowdsourcing fundraising site could not have possibly known that it would become an important part of an evolving video game industry; that it would throw a wrench into the workings of how things have “always been done” and give the community – the fans – a voice that is not only heard, but heeded as well.

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The Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter Campaign Ends Tonight

Check this space for a live stream from Double Fine's office.

Double Fine's Kickstarter Campaign is ending at 8 pm tonight, and the game designers have something special planned for their supporters and fans.

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"The Cave" Trademarked By Double Fine

The game is confirmed to have no relation to the Kickstarter-funded Double Fine Adventure.

UPDATE - The Cave is confirmed to not be the official name for the Double Fine Adventure, which is being financed by their Kickstarter fund. The following was released by Double Fine: "While we can't comment on unannounced projects, we can say that Double Fine's Kickstarter-funded adventure game has not been started, designed, or even imagined yet. No trademarks have been filed on its behalf."

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Double Fine Kickstarter Reaches Two Million Dollars

The feel good story of the year just keeps getting better.

The Double Fine Adventure fundraising effort on Kickstarter has just hit $2 million in pledges, less than two weeks in. After reaching its $400,000 goal in just eight hours, the fundraiser has continued to raise more than five times the original amount requested.

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The AAA Problem

The industry's favorite business model is starting to collapse. It's time to change.

Take a moment and type in the world “layoffs” in the PixlBit search field. Press enter and see where it takes you.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

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Community, Not Publisher, Funds Double Fine Adventure

The next game out of Double Fine Productions will be entirely funded by community pledges.

Sometimes miraculous things happen in the video game community.  Double Fine Productions, creators of cult favorite games like Psychonauts, Costume Quest and most recently Double Fine Happy Action Theater wants to return to their roots and produce a simple “point-and-click” adventure game that they are aptly calling Double Fine Adventure.  Usually a developer would have to rely on a publisher, investors or bank loans to bankroll such a production, but Double Fine has instead decided to reach out to the community to fund the game.

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Rise of the Martian Bear Review

What has a bear, a beard, two-legged mechs, and flies? Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear.

Last year, I praised and criticized Double Fine's Trenched before it received a new name. My verdict? It played and worked well, but didn't offer enough variety and versatility to last as long as a proper tower defense game should. Fortunately, Rise of the Martian Bear provides a lot of content, weapons, and towers that resolve many of the issues the original Iron Brigade faced.

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Double Fine Happy Action Theater Review

I got to lay waste to a city, break dance, take risqué pictures with myself, and star in my own '70s style dance video.

I'll be honest; Double Fine Happy Action Theater had me laughing out loud on a fairly frequent basis. As I made my way through the game's default Director Mode, I experienced 18 mini-game toys that were all completely unique in their construction. Because you can't win or lose and the game gives you no directions on how to play, each mini-game is all about experimentation and just having fun. With such a low barrier of entry and gameplay that accommodates up to six simultaneous players, it's almost impossible not to have a blast with Happy Action Theater.

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