Tag Archives: Double Fine Productions

Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… of focus groups rather than inspired innovation.

As recent fundraising for gaming company Double Fine has shown, crowdfunding site Kickstarter is now changing these rules.

Traditional publishers vs the crowd

Funding is a big issue for game developers because making good games costs money. A lot of money. Developing a decent downloadable game can cost up to $2M, while a high class retail product can easily blow out the budget to $40-50M. That’s not the kind of money you can ask …

Tags: Brian Fargo crowdfunding crowdsourcing Double Fine Productions Graphic adventure game Kickstarter Long Tail microtask microwork monkey island Ron Gilbert Tim Schafer

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AudioDraft: for a better sounding business

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… our latest partnership with AudioDraft, a platform that creates (no surprises here) custom audio productions via crowdsourced contests. We hoped AudioDraft’s eager and talented musical community would be able to devise a soundtrack for our company video – the rather funky animation that’s embedded in our homepage. The video, which explains Microtask’s concept, has already had some great feedback, but we felt it still lacked that extra spark you get from a really toe-tapping tune. …


Could equity based crowdfunding pay for your retirement (and save the world)?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the 450 or so crowdfunding platforms raised $1.5bn last year. This figure that is expected to double in 2012.

So far most of this funding has been in return for rewards (like merchandise) or simply donations. Crowdfunding platforms, for the most part, have been unable to offer equity in companies by securities laws, so opportunity for ‘real’ investment has been limited.

That is, until now. Early last month, Obama signed the JOBS Act, which clears the way to offer the crowd …

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Keep Watching the Iron Skies!

Posted on by Davin Gaffney

… more effective and easier to use, and we will get better at motivating people to take part in productions.

As more and more distributed rendering projects come online, independent film makers will have access to almost unlimited processing power. To me the future looks great (if we can just survive the invasion from the moon Nazis).

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… this adds to the feeling of nostalgia, it also means that such text is not searchable. This is fine when you are rummaging through a shoebox of letters, but it becomes a bit of an issue when you’re talking about 400,000 documents (presumably many of these will be fully digitized, but based on the archives available so far, I’m guessing a great deal will not).

By the people, for the people

The issue is, I assume, one of cost. Accurately digitizing massive collections of records …