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Double Fine Misadventure: First Major Kickstarter Game Hits A Snag

Double Fine Misadventure: First Major Kickstarter Game Hits A Snag

Tim Schafer writes candidly about his game ‘Broken Age’ running out of money, but this is just the nature of the beast. Once upon a time, there was a website designed to crowdfund small, creative projects—a garage band’s new self-recorded album; a short film; a dance video. That website was called Kickstarter. Then, along came Tim Schafer and Double Fine Adventure, the video game now known as Broken Age, which transformed the site into an indie video game crowdfunding platform overnight. Kickstarter termed it the “Blockbuster Effect.” Well, not just a video game funding platform, but these days many of the biggest projects—from the Ouya to Star Citizen…

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Video game maker successfully crowdfunds over $10 million for project

Video game maker successfully crowdfunds over $10 million for project

Chris Roberts is feeling good. He has persuaded over 150,000 people to kick-in $10 million for a product that doesn’t exist and won’t be completed until the end of 2014. But it’s not the pile of cash that’s lighting him up, not even the opportunity to roll out the game’s full feature-set way earlier than previously budgeted, it’s the vindication this public investment represents. If there’s one thing the world has learned from the various successes and failures of video game crowdfunding — from Roberts’ Star Citizen and Tim Schafer’s Broken Age and Brian Fargo’s Wasteland 2, to any number of aborted Kickstarter’s such as Denis Dyack’s Shadow Of The Eternals — it’s…

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Intergalactic Kickstarter War Escalates With X-Wing Squadron Project

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Fear not, sons and daughters of the rebellion! A new Kickstarter project promises to raise enough money to build a squadron of “proton torpedo armed X-Wing fighters” to ward off the impending construction of a crowdfunded Deathstar! At the $10,000 backer level, you’ll even get training by Yoda himself—a steal. Like most of you, I thought it was funny when folks first hijacked the White House’s petition program to ask for a functioning planet killer. I then reveled in the PR acumen displayed by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, who shrewdly used the…

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With $7.7M raised via crowdfunding, Chris Roberts makes his sci-fi game in the public eye

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Chris Roberts is under a lot of pressure to get Star Citizen right. The new massively multiplayer online sci-fi title from the creator of the legendary Wing Commander sci-fi spaceship combat games raised $7.7 million via crowdfunding on the promise of bringing back the glory days of science fiction combat simulations in a persistent online universe. Roberts scored the money via Kickstarter and his own web site, Roberts Space Industries, for his new company Cloud Imperium Games, where he is chief creative officer. In an interview with GamesBeat at the DICE Summit game conference, Roberts said he is now working in the public eye. And everything…

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