Do you like classic adventure games? Do you like Double Fine Productions? Do you want Double Fine Productions to make a classic adventure game? Of course you do! Only people who are evil and hate cats and don’t ever visit their parents wouldn’t want this magical game to happen, and for that reason, you need to head over to the studio’s Kickstarter appeal page and start giving them money.
But, wait, what is this Kickstarter of which I speak? Damn all of these questions to hell! Kickstarter is a neat little website that gives indie developers, artists, movie makers or any sort of creative organistion access to crowdsourced funding for their projects. That means that you, the people of the world, have an opportunity to give Double Fine money to develop video games. That’s almost like being a game developer, or maybe a producer or something, but you don’t have to know anything about business.
There’s more to just giving away your hard-earned (or begged) cash, as pledges of $15 grant you the full game when it releases, beta access, entry to the community discussion forum and a video series. A $30 pledge gives you all of the above as well as an HD download of the documentary and a digital download of the soundtrack. The pledges go all the way up to $150,000, which studio lead Tim Schafer says will give you one of his very own sealed, triangular shaped copies of Day of the Tentacle! Wait, that’s, er, not really worth it. Either way, you can decide what you feel is the right amount for you to contribute based on the following formlua: size of wallet / size of heart * desire to have stuff. If you actually managed to come up with a number, then you process the world in a very different way to me.
Anyway, go![Updated 10/02] It turns out that, at the time of writing, over 32,000 people want Double Fine to make an adventure game – no surprise there, really. The received pledges now total over $1.2 million – three times the amount that the studio was aiming for. So, what does everyone get for their cash now that Double Fine could probably include a free Big Mac with every purchase? Thankfully, not free Big Macs – Mr Schafer tells it like it is:
“All money raised will go to make the game and documentary better. Additional money means it can appear on more platforms, be translated into more languages, have more music and voice, and an original soundtrack for the documentary, and more!
“Your backing and comments have been truly inspiring to me and the team, so on behalf of Double Fine and 2 Player Productions I want to say THANK YOU!!!”
There are still 32 days to go for people to pledge their money. We’re willing to bet that this will hit $2 million before then.