A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me to check out Kickstarter. I loved the idea but was disappointed by the selection of video game projects on there. My impression was that they were all just a bit amateurish, simply not strong enough to secure funding by more conventional means. If only more credible developers would give this a shot, I thought, it could be a really big deal.
And so it has come to pass. Tim Schafer and his chums at Double Fine – a company whose existence I am glad of, even though I rarely buy their games – put up their own Kickstarter fundraiser for a new point-and-click adventure game. Less than eight hours later, they had their money. A day later, they had doubled the original funding goal. I know it doesn’t work like that for everyone, and not everyone gets to be Tim Schafer, but it is hard not to be impressed. No doubt a big part of this success is down to the fact that there are many gamers “of a certain age” who regard the works of guys like Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert with infinite amounts of fondness and goodwill, are now all grown up with disposable incomes etc. For me, the bottom line is that I really do like so-called point and click adventure games. Their absence from the modern video gaming landscape is a constant source of disappointment for me.
So I stumped up some cash like everyone else. Really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. I bet a lot of independent studios are watching this with great interest too.