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  • Blog Post: Rethinking Video Game Novels With Boss Fight Books

    Boss Fight Books is a small press with a large sense of scale. Series Editor Gabe Durham Kickstarted a line of books that encapsulates classic video games. Each book is filled with an individual author’s thoughts on a game, relationship to it now, and experiences surrounding their time with it... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Hyper Light Drifter Tips From Its Creators (And Four From Us)

    Hyper Light Drifter is a mysterious and beautiful game ( here's our review ), but it is also a challenging one, which is why it's handy to bring a few best practices along with you while exploring its large world. We spoke with Alex Preston, who is credited as the game's creator, designer... More
  • Blog Post: The Kickstarter Compendium

    Our regularly revised feature keeps you up to date on the Kickstarter games worth watching, and helps you track projects both before and after they’re funded. Welcome to the Kickstarter Compendium, a gathering of games and game-related projects that we’ve come across that deserve your attention... More
  • Blog Post: Friday The 13th: The Game Stalks Kickstarter With Jason Voorhees Actor

    When Summer Camp was announced last fall, its setting and tone evoked memories of the classic Friday the 13th films. It’s been a while since we heard from Gun Media about the game, and that’s because of what’s been going on behind the scenes. Shortly after the announcement, Friday the... More
  • Blog Post: Battle Chasers Meets Final Fantasy In Ex-Darksider’s Developer Kickstarter

    WildStorm originally started publishing Battle Chasers in 1998. It was a fantasy story about several unlikely allies who explored an arcanepunk world as they hunted down a group of powerful villains. The comic quickly became one of the most popular comics of the late ‘90s, but after only nine issue... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Funding Kickstarters Is A Gamble, So Stop Making Bad Bets

    Back in 2013, I wrote a brief set of best practices suggestions for project managers considering a run at Kickstarter funding. Since then, much has changed, and the advice I have to offer today is a bit more pointed. This story was originally published on February 18, 2015. We’ve seen a number... More
  • Blog Post: Kickstarter Project Managers Must Take Lessons From Nonprofits

    As readers may know, before I wrote about video games, I worked in the nonprofit industry for a number of years. I raised money and, in one of my favorite positions, I helped give it away to groups with worthy projects. In a previous position I was responsible for distributing state grant funds both... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Sony And Suzuki Need To Come Clean On Shenmue Budget And Funding

    Last night, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki posted an update to the Shenmue III Kickstarter. The note amounted to an apology for deception regarding the game’s budget and outside investors, including Sony, who invited Suzuki to announce the project during its E3 press conference. It doesn’t go... More
  • Blog Post: This Is What A Terrible Kickstarter Pitch Looks Like

    Update: Kickstarter responded to our request for additional detail on the Plug and Play Console Case project. The company says that it conforms to its rules. "Kickstarter is a platform, and we aim to be as open as we can while making sure projects adhere to a few simple rules," a representative... More
  • Blog Post: Despite 'Horrendous Mistakes,' Molyneux Says Godus Still On Track

    Last month, Godus designer Konrad Naszynski studio posted a disheartening statement about the status of the project. This week, the developer 22 Cans has answered questions about its Kickstarter project, missed goals, and promises it still has yet to keep to its backer community. “To be brutally... More
  • Blog Post: Shadowrun Team’s Third Project Will Change The Way You Think About Kickstarter

    Today, Harebrained Schemes launched its third Kickstarter project. The studio, which has successfully funded two Shadowrun campaigns and the digital/tabletop hybrid Golem Arcana is returning to the crowdfunding platform, but not how you might expect. Shadowrun: Hong Kong is definitely going to happen... More
  • Blog Post: Looking Back At The Conversations Of 2014

    On January 1 this year, I spent some time putting together what I thought would be the biggest issues of this gaming year . Now that we are nearing the end of the fall rush, it’s time to look back and re-evaluate where we are. Early Access Continues To Evolve As Kickstarter begins to plateau and... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The First Trailer For The Flame In The Flood

    We just gave the world the first information on the promising new Kickstarter game The Flame in the Flood. Now, you can see the game in action. This is the Molasses Flood's Kickstarter video for The Flame in the Flood. For more on the game, read our feature on the game and its development. Related... More
  • Blog Post: Without A Net: BioShock Vets Face Life After Irrational With The Flame in the Flood

    [Note: This article appears in the new issue of Game Informer. Molasses Flood's Kickstarter page is here .] [Photography: Dan Perez de la Garza , all photos subject to copyright] In the Boston suburb of Cambridge, six people sit in a cramped room in the basement of a nondescript office building,... More
  • Blog Post: Vrvana Announces Oculus Competitor With Onboard Cameras, Hardware Acceleration

    At GDC this year, I spent a lot of my time checking out different virtual reality solutions to see if there were any real competitors for the Oculus Rift. Sony’s Project Morpheus was the most impressive contender, with the mobile-powered Gameface branching off in the direction of self-contained... More
  • Blog Post: Five Reasons Why We Want An Amplitude Revival

    With a shorter Kickstarter campaign than normal and a hefty target goal, Amplitude is one Kickstarter that is likely to come down to the wire. As of this writing, the revival of Harmonix’s excellent music game is still over $100,000 away from its $775,000 goal, with less than two days remaining... More
  • Blog Post: Talking Snot With Boogerman's Co-Creator

    Fans of the 16-bit era are most likely familiar with Boogerman: A Pick And Flick Adventure , the potty humor-heavy platformer from Interplay. It came out for the Genesis 20 ago, and its original creators are hoping to revive the disgusting superhero via a new Kickstarter campaign . To learn more about... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Double Fine's Broken Age Now A Broken Trust

    Things were going so well for Double Fine. The company was singlehandedly responsible for making crowdfunding a viable, publisher-free mechanism for development. Broken Age (neé Double Fine Adventure) raked in $3.34 million dollars, which is 834 percent of the $400,000 goal. The original completion... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Much Kickstarting Is Too Much?

    Tim Schafer and Double Fine launched another Kickstarter today while their previously Kickstarted game is still deep in development. Are you still on board? Double Fine isn’t the only company to go down this route . Brian Fargo’s Inxile Entertainment is still cranking away at Wasteland 2... More
  • Blog Post: The Genre That Refuses To Die: Keeping Adventure Games Alive

    Most discussions about the adventure genre begin with an acknowledgement of its glory days in the ‘90s before bending toward its subsequent death. The decline of the point-and-click adventure is often presented as a phase of gaming history – an indisputable event. That isn’t necessarily... More
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